Everything's changing: The hip new face of British cycling clubs

While the traditional clubs and shops continue to be a backbone of the sport a new generation is enjoying cycling in a whole different way

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(Image credit: Phillip Barker/Colourtrendz Photography)

While we love the UK cycling scene it can sometimes feel a little staid, a little too tradition-bound. Cycling Weekly has been going for over 130 years, and there are clubs and shops with similarly long heritages around the country. They are the foundation of what makes much of the sport great, but coming into the sport the weight of that tradition can feel like a barrier to entry. It’s understandable some crave something different, something fresh, to take cycling in a different direction, and involve new people. 

Bristol is like many other provincial English cities with a strong cycling history, the home to institutions that have been there for decades - Bristol South CC, its largest club, has been around since 1893 - but it has a perfect case study for how people are trying to mix up the world of cycling.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.