Setting up and Promoting your Cycling Group

Setting up and Promoting your Cycling Group

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Our guide to setting up and promoting a cycling group.

Getting out and about on the bike with likeminded people from your local community has had positive effects on the mental and physical wellbeing of thousands of people across Wales. With a focus on the social aspect, the increased safety of group riding and a non-competitive approach to being out on the bike, it’s no wonder that recreational cycling’s popularity is increasing throughout Wales.

As the national governing body for cycling within Wales, Welsh Cycling are working alongside British Cycling and HSBC UK to provide more people in Wales with the opportunity to cycle. We aim to support those cycling at all levels, in order to try to help those looking to develop groups we have collated a range of tools and information around the creation of cycling groups whatever the level.

Getting Started:

Setting up a cycling group could be as easy as getting on your bike and inviting some friends to join you for a ride. If you require some extra support with the in's and out's of setting up a group Welsh Cycling offer a Recreational Cycling Workshop that may be delivered to members of the public, local authorities or organisations to help support group development. All sessions are free of charge and can be adapted to accommodate any group or riding style.

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Route planning:

Struggling to find a route? Start by checking for a ride in your area, if there are none locally, check out our route planning page.

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Hosting your rides:

If you are looking for information on how to deliver your rides, look no further than our HSBC UK Ride Social platform at If you would like to deliver rides with a qualified leader, our ride leadership training will help.  Take a look at our host your rides page.

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Hints and tips on group riding:

Our colleagues at British Cycling have produced a range of videos covering tips, hints and best practice for all levels of cycling.


First aid:

Worried about your first aid requirements if you are taking riders out on the road?

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Promoting your group and rides:

Hopefully, you should find everything you need here to help you promote your groups, clubs and rides.

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Whats next?

If you feel that your cycling group would like to progress and learn more about the wider cycling community?

Affiliating your group as a Club has many benefits and takes less than you might think. find out more:

Club Affiliation

If you would like to learn more about setting up a cycling group please get in touch with us at Welsh Cycling, as all cases are different we can tailor advice to best suit your group or club.

Happy Riding!

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