We take a spin out with the Shrewsbury-based Rhino Velo Cycling Club that only formed in 2015, but has already attracted a healthy number of cyclists
– Words: Sean Lacey / Photos: Andy Jones
Based: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Meets: Sundays at 9.30am, club run with speed and distance groups as required; Wednesdays at 9.30am, same set-up as Sunday, both meeting at the Stop Cafe in Shrewsbury town centre. Longer distances and specific training rides in the summer months.
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Considering the Arctic conditions that Shropshire had endured just days before, the turnout for today’s ride is great, with a hardy bunch of riders keen to get some winter miles in. Rhino Velo CC are a relatively new club on the scene and it’s good to see a collective mentality already in evidence, with everything done and decided as a group, including today’s ride.
Three of the guys volunteer as group leaders, with founder and ex-pro Mike Jones taking the fast boys. I am rolling with the medium group so take the opportunity for a quick word with Jones before they leave.
“After moving to the Pyrenees, spending time riding with the club when I’m back is always a priority,” he says. “I helped to form the club but being a part of it as a rider is the real reward.”
We chat about life in the Pyrenees, and how a good portion