PEDAL POWER: Winsford Wheelers

10:10am Wednesday 27th November 2013

By Gina Bebbington

THE Pedal Power campaign is all about encouraging people out on their bikes and celebrating others who are doing the same.

We aim to provide advice and tips on how to get started, or keep going, as well as featuring inspirational cyclists from mid Cheshire and events people can get involved in.

This week we take a look at a new cycling club that has been set up in Winsford to cater for anyone who enjoys cycling, no matter what their ability.

 

A NEW cycling club is encouraging people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the freedom of life on two wheels.

Winsford Wheelers started as a group of friends who enjoyed going out on bike rides and has snowballed into a official club in a matter of months.

Founder member Jeff Johnson said: “I only started cycling again five years ago.

“My wife has MS so I decided I wanted to do something to raise money for the MS Society who have helped us a lot.

“I hadn’t been on a bike since I was a teenager but decided to cycle from London to Paris for the MS Society – I wanted to do something out of the ordinary that I knew would be worth it.

“After I did the ride I just carried on cycling, mainly on my own.

“I always wanted to join a club but felt a bit intimidated and didn’t feel they catered for novices.

“I was out cycling with a couple of lads and said I was going to set up a club for Winsford.

“I set up a Facebook page called Winsford Wheelers, said ‘who wants to go out?’ and the next thing I knew there were more than 100 people on the page.”

Jeff said the club’s motto and ethos is ‘leave nobody behind’.

“It’s about getting people out on their bikes, whether they’re old, young, not that fit – it doesn’t matter,” he said.

“I still don’t know where it’s going but it seems to be going in the right direction.”

Winsford Wheelers organises novice, intermediate and advanced rides and is currently working on official affiliation with a cycling body.

Members range in age from teenagers to members in their 50s and the club is for men and women.

A team of 12 have just completed the club’s first charity challenge – a 113-mile ride to raise money for 3L Care, in Chapel Lane.

They left The Red Lion, in Winsford, in ice and sleet at 7am on November 19, cycling to both football grounds in Manchester and visiting the velodrome, before cycling from Manchester to Liverpool and eventually arriving back at Winsford at 6.15pm.

The challenge, organised by Joey Joy, looks set to have raised more than the club’s target of £2,000.

For more information search for the Winsford Wheelers group on Facebook.

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