Shrewsbury business helps RAF establish cycle club

Servicemen and women at a Shropshire air base will be encouraged to ride off their Christmas mince pies by joining a new cycle club in 2015.

And thanks to Stan’s Cycles in Shrewsbury, which has teamed up with RAF Shawbury, it means they won’t even need their own bike.

The independent bicycle retailer located on Wyle Cop has helped to provide the base with eight new Trek road bikes to help encourage more people to get into road cycling.

It comes as personnel at the base attempt to establish a dedicated cycling club for those stationed at Shawbury.

Mike Jones, managing director of Stan’s Cycles which sponsors the Shrewsbury Paramount Cycle Racing Team, said he was delighted to support the RAF and its new club.

He said: “We are keen to support anyone wanting to get into cycling and it’s fantastic to see so much interest among RAF personnel.

“We have provided eight new road bikes for the club so that those servicemen and women wanting to have a shot at road cycling can do so even if they do not own their own bike.

“It’s a great way to get started and means they won’t have the initial expense of funding a bike.

“The RAF base is located in an ideal position for some great rides around the Shropshire countryside so we hope the new club members will enjoy riding out together.”

Cyclist Flight Lieutenant Fay Jordan, who in September 2013 completed a 710 km endurance cycle ride over the Pyrenees to raise money for Combat Stress and the Severn Hospice, is heading up the new cycle club at RAF Shawbury.

She said: “There are so many individuals at the base who enjoy cycling that we thought it would be a good idea to bring everyone together and form a club so we can enjoy riding together.

“There are also a lot of servicemen and women that would like to give road cycling a go but don’t have a bike so having a stock of cycles available will hopefully encourage more people to join the club and give it a try.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of Stan’s Cycles. Mike and his team are very experienced and knowledgeable about road racing so it has been a huge benefit to have them on board as we launch the new club.

“We were able to purchase the bikes from using money from the Nuffield Trust, a centrally owned grant at Air Command and Stan’s were able to advise on what bikes might suit us best.

“We are already planning a charity ride from Lands End to John O’Groats  in the summer so having the new bikes will give us plenty of time to get training.

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