The Liverpool Braveheart Bicycle Club is an exciting new club in Merseyside built on a wealth of experience in cycling and building on the great history of this wonderful sport to embrace the future.
Cycling is a hard sport at whatever level you do it. It challenges you and pushes your limits and in doing so rewards you with a sense of achievement and adventure second to none and friendships that last a lifetime.
It is one of the most brutal sports in the world but you are only brutal to yourself. You work as a team. E.g. You need your teammates to win the Tour de France, to set you up for a sprint in your local race, to help keep you in the bunch, to support you in a time trial, to marshal an event so you cycle safety, to help with that mechanical when you are many miles from home on a club run, to give you the encouragement you need to keep going when you feel you are on your last legs 40 miles from home, to pass you that extra bottle of water or mars bar which gives you that extra bit of energy to get you home.
This means you need to respect everyone in the team / club. You also need to be brave enough to give it a go and look after each other on the way and you need good communication and cooperation. Positive thinking is essential. You need to believe you can do it and remember you can always do more than you think you can.
The club run is a great training ground for getting you fit, learning about riding in a group, learning about the respect you need for each other and the discipline you need on the road, forming the team bonds that keeps you together in a race and most importantly the fun of riding your bike.
On a club run it is everyone’s responsibility to look after everyone else. Rides will be organised by leaders but it requires teamwork and consideration for those around you to keep groups together and work well. All club runs are advertised so all members are aware of them. Everyone is welcome to take part in runs they feel they have the ability to complete and we encourage people to work their way up to harder level runs as their abilities improve. We applaud honesty, however if people have disagreements or objections about club matters we would advise that these are not discussed on social network sites but in club meetings.
There are not many rules in cycling and we have written some brief guidelines to help keep you safe on the bike. There are lots of ways you can ride your bike, but being part of a club helps you learn new skills, achieve things you didn’t think were possible and most importantly have great fun adventures and make good friends. ENJOY!