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Cycling is a great sport, loved by millions around the world.

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An Overview of Cycling

Cycling is a great sport, loved by millions around the world. The sport has a lot of different disciplines - BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cycle-cross, Mountain Bike, Road and Track Cycling is an excellent form of physical activity for people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health.

British Cycling is the national governing body for cycle sport in the UK. As the governing body of cycling, British Cycling has a range of responsibilities, which, for operational purposes, the organisation groups under two main headings:

Excellence: British Cycling runs the lottery-funded GB Cycling Teams in Road, Track, Mountain Bike Cross-Country and Paralympic cycling and is offering an increasing amount of support to the GB team in non-Olympic disciplines.

Participation: British Cycling members have access to an extensive events programme, racing licences and a range of benefits. British Cycling underpins cycling with programmes focusing on Facilities, Major Events, Coaching, Volunteers, Club Development and Grass-Roots participation.

Find and Join a Club

Joining a club is a great way to get the most out of your cycling. There are several cycling clubs in Northamptonshire affiliated to British Cycling and each club has a different focus. Some clubs are geared towards off road, BMX or cycle speedway, whereas others specialise in road riding. There are Go-Ride clubs setup to develop young riders, clubs who cater for families and leisure riders, right through to clubs who focus on racing. Find a British Cycling Affiliated Club near you.

Riding with a Group

Riding together is great. If you like the idea of riding with others, joining a ride led by a British Cycling trained Ride Leader, or having someone else plan your route for you, we've got loads of great options. See our Get Active page for more information.


  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Improved posture and coordination
  • Strengthened bones
  • Decreased body fat levels
  • Prevention or management of disease
  • Reduced anxiety and depression.


Bikes can be expensive but once you have one you can cycling anywhere and everywhere.


Just hop on a bike and you're good to go. British Cycling, have information about clubs and racing tracks, and the Breeze programme for women cyclists offers a range of safe and sociable cycle routes for all abilities. If you don't have access to a bike there are hundreds of bike rental facilities across the UK.


Bike, Helmet, reflective clothing, lights.


  • In London 2012, the Great Britain Cycling Team won eight gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals which easily placed them at the top of the medal table
  • Great Britain Para-cycling Team won eight gold medals, nine silver medals and five bronze medals also at London 2012

Find Cycling Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Cycle to Work Day

Thu, 08 Aug 2019

Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event.

National Parks Week: 22-29 July

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

National Parks Week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces.


Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun.

National Governing Bodies

British Cycling

Contact Name
General Enquiries
Contact Telephone
0161 274 2000

Brixworth Velo

Brixworth Velo is a friendly social cycling club that meets in Brixworth on a Sunday morning for the social club run.

Northampton High School Community Sports Centre

A great facility offering a 30 station state of the art gym, studio classes, court hire and swimming pool. Monthly membership available at great rates!

Kings Cliffe Flyers Cycling Club

Based in Kings Cliffe, in East Northants, Kings Cliffe Flyer’s main focus is Youth Development and has a very strong volunteer coaching team in place. The club is registered with British Cycling as a Go-Ride club, which means they are working towards ac

British Cycling - The Places to Ride Programme

1:00am - Fri 31st December, 2021

The Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England.

Catherine Ruffley

Go-Ride Coach


Josie Heffernan

Regional Development Manager

0161 2742070

Peter Cox

Recreation Manager

0161 274 2000

Will Heckford

Sports Development Officer (NGB's)

01604 366122



01604 366 976

Latest Jobs

Multi Sports Coach

£7.05 - £11.50 (depending on experience and setting)

12:00am - Thu 1st August, 2019

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