Are you a keen cyclist and missed socialising with fellow riders over the last year? Perhaps you’ve been wanting to get into cycling for a while but have never found the time? Or are you hoping to combine some exercise with meeting new people?
Whatever the reason, the Blue Light Cycling Club could be the perfect opportunity for you to connect with others in the emergency services – all while boosting your mental wellbeing.
The club, which is the UK’s first ever cycling club to support emergency service workers and armed forces, launched on May 4 and is offering its members a string of exclusive deals, regional, national and international group rides and ultimately the chance to meet like-minded others – all in support of five worthy causes, including The Fire Fighters Charity.
Colin Nye, Honorary President of Blue Light Cycling Club, says: “The club has been created to support all blue light workers, partner agencies and the armed forces to attain the physical and mental health benefits from cycling. The last year has placed an enormous strain on our communities and we sincerely believe this is an opportunity to help our colleagues. They will also benefit from exclusive benefits that no other cycling club can offer.”
Indeed, it’s never been more important to focus on our mental health – and cycling can be hugely beneficial.
While exercise undoubtedly contributes to our fitness, strength and stamina, it also has an extremely positive effect on our mental health as well. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, a feel-good hormone that makes a hugely positive impact on your overall sense of wellbeing.
Meanwhile, through its partnership with Endurance Zone, Blue Light Cycling Club is offering discounts with major sports brands like Nike, Adidas, Giant, Reebok, Pelotan and more. It’s also offering members free group rides and the chance of attending at least two major events every year – including London 2 Paris and Coast 2 Coast, with the first ride confirmed for the UK in June 2021.
Alongside The Fire Fighters Charity, Blue Light Cycling Club is supporting Care of Police Survivors (COPS), Help for Heroes, NHS Charities Together and The Coastguard Association.
You can join from £29.99 a year to make the most of all the benefits. There’s also a major prize up for grabs for anyone who joins in May, including tickets for two adults and two children aged 5-17 to attend the Festival of Sport Holkham 2021 from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 August. A camping pitch is also included, for the family to bring their own tent.
Visit www.bluelightcc.co.uk to find out more.