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26th March 2015

Lana is 44 years old.

How long have you been volunteering with Simply Cycling?

I have been volunteering with Simply Cycling every Tuesday for two years.

What do you do here?

I meet and greet the cyclists and take and record the £2 subs.

Why do you volunteer for Simply Cycling?

I like meeting people, I am also a keen cyclist and I had some spare time!

What makes it fun for you?

No two days are the same, I always have a laugh and a talk to all sorts of people from all walks of life.  I can also really see how my few hours volunteering helps people and can change people’s lives.

16th March 2015

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Gregor is 29 years old and has enjoyed riding a bike for as long as he can remember.

How long have you been volunteering with Simply Cycling?

I have been volunteering with Simply Cycling for nearly five years. I come three times a week.

What do you do here?

I help to mend and maintain the bikes, get them out of the containers and put them away again. It has also been known for me to make the odd cup of tea.

Why do you volunteer for Simply Cycling?

I like being helpful and busy but I usually have time for a chat with friends and colleagues. Last year I was helped by Simply Cycling to complete the City Guilds Level 2 Cycle Maintenance qualification, so I now get to tackle bigger repair jobs.

What makes it fun for you?

I get to see friends, old and new and I really love the long bike rides we do on the cycling holidays like the 2 Coast Challenge in May this year.

Look out for Gregor at the Longford Park track, he will be the tall chap wearing his favourite army gear. Don’t forget to say Hi.

10th March 2015

Spring is just around the corner and Simply Cycling is busy planning 2 cycling holiday breaks.

The first one is to North Wales on 2nd and 3rd of April. The start will be at Talacre and the ride will follow the coast towards Rhyl and Colwyn Bay – quite a flat ride but quite challenging if it is windy.

The second one is much more for the experienced cyclists amongst you! We are calling it the 2 Coast Challenge taking place 24th -26th May, cycling from Manchester to Hornsea in East Yorkshire to paddle in the North Sea and then cycling from Manchester to Southport on 28th May to wet our toes in the Irish Sea. Altogether that is about 220 miles but we have allowed a day off between the two and arranged transport home and overnight accommodation where necessary. So if you fancy either the Welsh Coast Ride or the 2 Coast Challenge then call Sue or Helen to find out more.

24th February 2015

Last week was half term school holidays and the weather was cold but mostly dry. We knew that all sessions at Longford Park, Wythenshawe Park and Boggart Hole Clough would be quite busy – well in total we had 900 riders at the 7 sessions. I think this must be a record and we are looking forward to breaking the 1000 barrier for our weekly total! We were getting really excited for the Sunday session at Longford this last Sunday but it started to snow, followed by hailstones and then persistent rain – all we had were 2 bright young boys who got really wet but didn’t seem to care!

What a roller coaster –  roll on Spring!

13th February 2015

We had a great ride out yesterday from Wythenshawe Park to Media City along the Bridgewater Canal – 15.1 miles (musn’t forget the point 1). At Media City the 12 of us piled into a great pub called the Dockyard, not for beer you understand but very good coffee. The breakfasts looked good too but only Rob availed himself of the grub. Weather was cloudy and a bit chilly but no wind at all.

Next week it is back to the old faithful – Fallowfield Loop with a group of young people from the NCS scheme, probably about 15/16 miles again. If there is anyone out there wishing to join us please let Sue or Helen know so they can get a bike out for you. Half Term Hols start next week so we are expecting a great turnout of younger riders all week at all venues. You don’t have to book at the track sessions – just turn up. We are bound to have a bike, trike,tandem,recumbant,side by side, to suit you.

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10th February 2015

Hello everyone, the Blog is back! After a significant period of Blogger’s Block we are ready to restart with a belated Happy New Year and here we are in 2015.

Even though it has been witheringly cold recently our cyclists keep on coming with heavy rain being the only thing that affects the numbers. As an example, here are some numbers of riders for the last few days – Saturday 7th February at Wythenshawe,101 riders, Sunday 8th at Longford,111 riders followed by a very lively birthday party. Monday 9th again at Longford saw 43 riders turn out.

Numbers recently at all three venues have been great and will grow as the temperatures rise a bit. Thursday rides out are still popular but a bit muddy, especially for those cyclists who insist on riding through every puddle. Simply Cycling’s Spring and Summer Programme of Events is being compiled at the moment so watch this space for a full list of the exciting rides, parades and weekends away for cyclists of all abilities.

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21st November 2014

 On Thursday this week Simply Cycling had a stall at the Kidz Up North Exhibition at EventCity in Manchester. The event featured all things for young disabled people and was inundated with folks from all over the North of England. Simply Cycling talked to all sorts of people all day and we are sure we will see some of them at our track sessions. Other disabled groups from as far away as Yorkshire, Cumbria and Merseyside were happy to talk to us about starting their own cycling projects and of course we were happy to help. I was quite hoarse after talking to so many people, and that is quite something because I can talk a lot.

21st November 2014

At the AGM last week, Sue Blaylock recounted how Simply Cycling started in February 2004 with four bikes and a handful of pupils from PiperHillSchool on one morning a week. It has now grown to a vibrant 7 day a week, 50 weeks a year club with an average weekly attendance of 500 riders of all ages and abilities. What a great 10 years and we are all looking forward to the next 10. We have got some new bikes, renovated some of the old favourites and are welcoming new riders all the time. So come down and join us and we are sure you will get a friendly reception.

28th October 2014 

On 10th November, Simply Cycling will hold its Annual General Meeting. It will be held at the Longford Athletic Track in Longford Park, Stretford M32 8PX (entrance off Ryebank Road) at 6.30pm.

In addition to reviewing our activities over the last year we will be looking ahead to 2015 and doing the usual things like setting the budget and electing the officers. I think we will also be getting a bite to eat and a chance to catch up with fellow cyclists from the club.

All Simply Cyclists are welcome but just phone or text

Helen  – 07871621778   or  Sue     –  07753428937

so that we can arrange the catering – see you there, I hope!

 

9th October 2014

Well summer is finally over with the rain and wind arriving this week. Simply cyclists are still keen to attend our sessions at all venues but numbers are down a little. There are quite a good number of cyclists who don the waterproofs and ride no matter what the weather. Our ride out today was great with about 13 miles covered from Wythenshawe to Sale along the River Mersey and the Bridgewater Canal. Special mention must go to British Waterways who have resurfaced the towpath from Sale all the way to Broadheath with extra smooth tarmac – making a lovely ride.

Don’t forget the Halloween cycling party on 31st October at WythenshawePark track – 5.30 til 7.30 with spooky cycling in the dark, music and food available. — £2, what a bargain. Don’t forget your spooktacular costumes !!!

See you there or I will set the zombies on to you.