u3a - Cycling Spotlight - East Midlands

Wirksworth u3a - Cycling for Fun 

by Jeremy Taylor, Group Leader

The title tells all.  This Group is inclusive and is made up of cyclists with different levels of skill, fitness and age. 

Wirksworth is situated at the southern end of the Peak District, about 14 miles north of Derby, and we ride every fortnight from April to November. We ride on trails, canal paths and other traffic-free fairly level routes. Our members are of varying ability and the group takes care to accommodate all levels of performance. The social side of the rides is important to us and we always include a cafĂ© stop.   

The rides are designed to be enjoyable and interesting and at the same time, as well as beneficial to our physical and mental well being.   

We have riders on all types of bikes, from road bikes to mountain bikes, including folders and electric-assist bikes. There is no competition between riders and we support each other should have a breakdown. No one is ever left behind. Sometimes we will break into two groups with a slower ride as an option.   

We find that local u3a members are good at finding our group through our website and by word of mouth. We encourage members who have bikes in sheds, unused for years and years, to dust them down, get them safety checked, and come to join us on the open trails in and around the beautiful Peak District. 

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