Why ride in a group?
To start with, cycling as part of a group is a great way to stay motivated. You’re much less likely to bail out on a group ride than a solo one, however bad the weather is. Committing to a regular group ride means you’ll make – and protect – the space in your diary that you need to get out on your bike.
Learning from other riders is another great bonus. Whether they’re more experienced and happier to share tips or they’re simply a little more daring, pushing you to go outside of your comfort zone, the experience of encouraging and learning from each other is one of our favourite things about group rides. You just don’t get that same boost in skills from riding alone.
Feeling part of a community has also been shown to boost mental health and wellbeing, and it’s lovely to have some friendly support if you take a fall or are finding a section of the ride tough going. Not to mention it’s always handy to have a few helpers in the event of a mechanical issue!