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.

26th September 2014

On Thursday night “our Luke” was awarded the Spirit of Manchester prize for the Young Volunteer of 2014. He was a very popular winner getting a very noisy reception when he went up for his trophy, flashbulbs popping, whoops of delight and a few little tears (mine and his Mum’s). Simply Cycling did very well at these awards with Geoff getting to the shortlist for Old Volunteer but came away without the winners trophy(well he did get one from Trafford the week before). Anyway back to Luke – many congratulations to him and we all hope his knee gets better soon allowing him to resume his Ice Skating career. Boy can he get around quickly on those crutches! Don’t forget to give him a high five when next you bump into him at the track.

Have a look on our Facebook page too and see the rest of the pictures of the awards ceremony.Luke Spirit of Manchester Award photo Whole gang

12th September 2014

Mencap have made a great short film about Simply Cycling with good shots of loads of bikes and riders and interviews with riders who explain why they like cycling. Why not give it a viewing – it’s on You Tube, just click here to view!

Don’t forget that Simply Cycling is an all ability activity with all sorts of people coming to the sessions. Last Sunday at Longford Park a man who had come with his family was so excited and thrilled at his cycling experience that he told me three times ” they don’t have sessions like this anywhere else – not even London.”  Well I don’t know about that but I do know that we have had record numbers coming over the summer and everyone seems to have a great time.

Now that Autumn is upon us we need to get things organized for our run up to Christmas so watch this space for news of the Cycling Holiday in October, the Halloween Party and the Santa Ride.

29th August 2014

In addition to our track sessions this week, we have been on tour!

On Tuesday a group of 16 Simply Cyclists rode the Lights in Blackpool and made lots of friends with our 5 person “quindom” which we made with a series of tagalongs. There was also 5 or 6 lowriders in our group and 2 very courageous handbikers. Hats off to both Steves who in their own way made my night with serious handbiking along the Prom. Steve 1 had an unfortunate experience of a broken bike after about a mile but put on a great show with him completing his ride using his own wheelchair.

On Thursday a group went abroad to Wales and completed a grand cycle route of 15 miles along the Rhyl Riviera in lovely sunshine – much ice cream and fudge was consumed.

We at Simply Cycling would want to thank all our young riders who came along over the school holidays to all our events and we hope to see you soon at the weekend sessions at Wythenshawe and Longford Parks (Don’t forget Longford Park is not on this Sunday, 31st Aug).

Its not quite time to get on the woolly hats and gloves but get them ready for Autumn is just around the corner- eek!