I don’t know if it’s just the east coast new yorker in me (central/upstate….ya know the whole of the state that is not new york city even though every time you say new yorker people think of the big apple), but I kind of think of clubs as being for children.
As an adult, I have always taken on my hobbies and endeavors single handedly unless it was a team sport. After the fact, I have found out that there really is strength in numbers. The internet has made it so much easier for those of us with similar interests to get together and really flourish in our hobbies, talents and crafts.
So when I found out about cycling clubs I became very intrigued. How do you find out about these things? Where do you all meet up and what do you do? Is it awkward to walk into a group of strangers and say “Hey, I like to cycle too”.
Well, to start I did what we all do. I googled it. To my surprise USA Cycling Clubs popped up first. To my extraordinary surprise Oswego, NY (Yeah, where IS that? The middle of nowhere; trust me), popped up second with cycling and running clubs! Who knew.
Local Races.com has all these neat little club events, practices and races for nearly every locale. Apparently it is pretty easy to start your own club as well. But why join a club for cycling?
Well, from a personal stand point; the best way to learn something is to ask people who learned it before you to teach you. What better way for “free lessons” then to get together with a group of people who cycle that can share their experience and wisdom?
Most cycling clubs put together organized group rides weekly or monthly for cyclists of various skill levels. It’s the perfect way to discover new routes, new riding buddies, improve your group-riding skills and connect with fellow cyclists in a social setting. You can also learn things from other cyclists like bike-repair tips, workout ideas and other secrets to improve your cycling.
In addition to the in-the-saddle camaraderie, many clubs have barbecues and picnics a few times a year as a way to socialize off the bike.
So get out there and join a biker gang to further your cycling lifestyle!