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.”

>>> Will Norwich meet deadline for cycle funding?

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.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1