Cycling clubs report post-Olympic boom

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 1, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Cycling Road Women. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 1, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Cycling Road Women. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

LONDON 2012 has set the wheels in motion on a huge clamour to get involved in cycling, according to Doncaster’s leading clubs.

Rossington Wheelers, of whom Graham Briggs is still a member, and Doncaster Wheelers both say interest in the sport has taken off in the wake of Team GB’s cycling heroics.

And both clubs have been inundated with enquiries from youngsters keen to emulate the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy.

Les Hudson, chairman of Rossington Wheelers, said: “On the back of the Olympics we’ve got more riders coming out on our social rides on a Tuesday night and Sunday morning.

“As a club we’ve worked hard over the last year to publicise our events but the Olympics have given us another boost.

“We were down to about 20 members at one point but we’ve currently got 60 members on board, which is really good.

“Next year we’re hoping to launch something a bit different and have a different feature ride every week. It’s an ambitious plan but hopefully it’ll come off.”

Trevor Siddons, chairman of Doncaster Wheelers, was equally positive about the current buzz in British cycling.

He said: “The Olympics are definitely having a knock-on effect.

“We’ve been inundated with enquiries over the last few weeks, especially from youngsters who want to get out there and race.

“I had a couple of thirteen-year-olds email me last week and it’s fantastic that the young kids want to get involved.

“The older ones tend to want to get involved for the health benefits.

“It’s not just men but women too,” he added.

“There’s even a good chance we’ll start our own women’s section.

“Just like there was after Beijing four years ago, there’s been an influx of new members and it’s just a case of trying to maintain that now.

“If the local authorities could get on board and help us with road structures that would really make a big difference moving forward.”

For more information about Rossington Wheelers visit www.rossingtonwheelers.co.uk. For Doncaster Wheelers go to www.doncasterwheelers.info.