Norwich's Brewery Tap pub starts its own cycling team

Barman Jude Garrod started the Fat Cat Brewery Tap Cycle Club as a number of the pub's regulars and staff were keen on cycling

Coffee stops are a regular occurrence on bike rides, but one Norwich pub offers members of its very own club something a little stronger after their ride.

Jude Garrod, barman at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap on Sprowston Road, started the club because many of the pub’s regular punters and bar staff were already into cycling.

The club’s inaugural 30-mile ride attracted 28 participants, according to the Norwich Evening News, and Garrod urges any other interested parties to join them on their next ride on May 17.

“Cycling is really popular because it makes you feel good,” he said. “Anyone can do it whether you have borrowed your Grandad’s old steel frame bike or have a high-end race bike.

“It’s a sport that is always growing in Norwich and now is a great time to get on your bike as the weather gets better.”

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The Evening News reports that Iain Palmer, owner of nearby Borwell Cycles, was also in attendance to help riders out with their bikes and provide advice.

“It is our local so we thought we would pop down to help out and check people’s tyre pressures and answer any technical questions they might have about their bikes,” Mr Palmer said.

“The image of cycling has certainly changed over the years. It used to be seen as a bit of an oddball sport, but since the Olympics it has really taken off,” he added.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.