Cycling is fun and all, but it can be much more fun with friends. Local clubs can provide space to learn about bikes, get cycling tips, find riding buddies, and meet people who can mentor, befriend, and challenge you. Find a club in your area, and get ready to spend some time outside!
Greenville Spinners is Greenville’s largest cycling club with over 700 members, weekly road rides, and a road racing team. The Spinners host road rides for new and experienced riders alike, especially during their longstanding in-season Tuesday night rides at Donaldson Center. Membership dues support the Spinners extensive advocacy work in Greenville and with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, including donations to Palmetto Cycling Coalition and heavy involvement with BikeWalk Greenville. Spinners events offer opportunities to meet other cyclists, improve your riding skills, get fit, and have fun! See CycleLink’s events page for scheduled rides, or visit the Spinners’ website for membership information.
Upstate SORBA is the local chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), an advocacy group with over 4,000 members in the Southeastern U.S. (and itself a subsidiary of the International Mountain Biking Association, IMBA). Upstate SORBA is regional mountain biking’s official voice, liaising with local government and private landowners in order to preserve access to local trails as well as foster the development of new trails. In addition to creating a culture of responsibility and cooperative relationships between landowners and cyclists, Upstate SORBA promotes mountain biking by providing a (awesome) social network of riders and like-minded people. Whether you’re new to mountain biking or an experienced hammerhead, Upstate SORBA provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in which to learn and (most importantly) to play on bikes in the dirt.
The Freewheelers of Spartanburg was founded in 1973 to provide education and promotion of bicycle safety, as well as a forum for amateur sports competition and touring. Serving the Spartanburg area as well as parts of western North Carolina, this large club hosts the annual Assault on Mount Mitchell (one of the country’s premiere century rides) as well as the simultaneous Assault on Mount Marion (a 74.2-mile companion event to the registration-limited Mitchell race). For more information on the Assaults or their full calendar of group rides (yes, even through the winter!) see the Freewheelers website.
Momentum Bike Clubs utilize the benefits of cycling and mentoring relationships to positively impact the development of young people. This community initiative of Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life establishes bike clubs in underserved communities, basing each on the principles of positive youth development. The clubs share active lifestyles, healthy nutrition, and positive mentorships with middle and high school youth who face significant risk factors such as persistent poverty, parental incarceration, and/or instability in home life. Five current clubs include Sterling, Nicholtown, Berea and Lakeview Middle Schools as well as the Challenge Team, which trains for longer rides and tougher climbs; plans for 2014 include the development of three new clubs. Each club sets their own ride schedule, and mentors receive training in effective mentoring practices. If you are interested in passing on a love of cycling, please contact David Taylor at email@example.com.
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