Hitting the road to make a difference through cycling

Hitting the road to make a difference through cycling

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Some 50 plus cyclists from all over the country gathered together at the Pavilion Cafe in Bradford’s City Park early on a Sunday morning last month to share the joys of cycling the hills and dales of Yorkshire and the open road.

Prior to the big ride, members of both clubs had the pleasure of being hosted by Al Markaz Ul Islami based on Duckworth lane in Bradford.

image1Members of Bradford Cycle Club and the Brothers on Bikes Cycling Club took to roads recently and raced on in the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire. Heading to Bolton Abbey and Burnsall in perfect cycling weather, the riders of both clubs, from a broad social and cultural background, found they shared common interests and experiences and made new firm friends.

Both clubs also share the common ideals of breaking down community barriers and promoting a healthy lifestyle through cycling. Each encourage and welcome cyclists, both experienced and inexperienced, from all sections of the community.

The Bradford Cycle Club (www.bradfordcc.org/bradford-cycle-club), now over a year old, has strong associations with the Bradford Bulls and the Bradford Cycling Campaign, and is looking to grow its already successful format and ever-expanding membership. The club prides itself in the warm and friendly welcome it gives to new members or anyone who just comes along for the ride. They also extend their welcome to members of other local cycling clubs to ride with them. BCC use the Pavilion Cafe in City Park as their image2regular meeting place. Rides setting off from there are every Saturday at 9am, Sunday at 8am and Wednesday at 6pm. Also on offer is traffic-free training at Bradford Bulls Odsal Top stadium every Tuesday evening at 6pm. For more information contact Sheraz Rashid / Altaf Hussain on 07799 335766/07788 206405 or find them on Facebook.

Brothers on Bikes (http://brothersonbikes.cc) are a nationwide club with more than 150 members nationally but with centres in the West Midlands and London. They have caught national interest with story features by the likes of the Guardian newspaper and were awarded Best Community project 2016 by the London Cycling Campaign. Administered and coordinated by Abu Thamim Choudhury, they regularly visit and ride in different regions across the UK.

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