Are you a keen cyclist? Do you want to hit the open road with like-minded cycling enthusiasts?
Then, why not join the UK’s first ever cycling club for members of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces?
The Bluelight Cycling Club was launched in May and was the brainchild of three Met Police officers – Colin Nye, who is President, Neil Turner and Dan Bryant. The trio had planned to do a London to Paris charity bike ride to raise money for COPS – Care of Police Survivors - in June 2020 but because of the Covid pandemic it got cancelled.
Still, word of the bike ride quickly spread on social media and it soon became apparent that there was a real passion for cycling amongst emergency services personnel. So much so, that in March of this year a group of emergency workers from different agencies got together virtually on Zoom and talked about starting up their own cycling club, later to be named the Bluelight Cycling Club.
Since then, the club has officially launched its own website and club kit along with the benefits scheme supported by David Birch from Endurance Zone. It has also teamed up with Wahoo Fitness, an international indoor bike trainer and accessories company. Members also have access to hundreds of exclusive discounts on some of the biggest brands in sport including Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Peloton. Another benefit is free unlimited group rides on RGT with no additional costs to members. Each year, there will be at least two major bike rides for members to participate in.
President Colin Nye
said: “The club has been created to support all blue light workers, partner agencies and the armed forces to attain the physical and mental health benefits from cycling. The last year has placed an enormous strain on our communities and we sincerely believe this is an opportunity to help our colleagues. They will also benefit from exclusive benefits that no other cycling club can offer”.
College member and LAS paramedic Allan Woodhouse
is the NHS Chair of the Bluelight Cycling Club and is keen to get as many of his NHS colleagues on board as possible. He said: “Sport is a great way to escape from the everyday stresses of life and cycling is my way of doing just that. When the opportunity to be involved with the Bluelight Cycling Club presented itself, I welcomed the chance to represent NHS members. Well-being is a key focus of the committee and I hope the club has a positive impact on the overall mental and physical health of members.”
The cycling club, which is affiliated to British Cycling, is open to riders from the police, the NHS, fire and rescue services, HM Coastguard, the RNLI, HM Prison Service, the armed forces, the National Crime Agency and search and rescue organisations.
The club is a non-profit community interest company and funds raised through membership and sponsorship will assist the following five nominated charities: COPS, Help for Heroes, NHS Charities Together, the Fire Fighters Charity and the Coastguard Association.
Ambassadors for the club, who will be getting on their bikes for some of the rides throughout the year include British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, Commonwealth Games sprinter Chris Pritchard and former England rugby player Andy Goode.
For more info please go to: www.bluelightcc.co.uk