Quite often we have ideas of things that we believe will help communities grow together, Poplar pedders is one of those ideas.
Cycling is a great way to keep fit, to get around London for free and I am beginning to realise more and more a great community of people.
As we discussed ideas around the Peddlers and started to train to 20+ women who have learnt to cycle already this year, we also started to look at ways we could attract people who may like to race, or do longer rides, but who share our vision of getting people cycling together, talking together and generally creating a club that embraces all types of cycling, because to create great communities we need to embrace people from all backgrounds.
Last night our first Poplar Peddler team went to the Oakley in residence pop up shop in Exmouth Market along with many other keen cyclists to register for our first race, the Jupiter London Nocturne, courtesy of Face Partnership who organised the event. We have already seen again and again that the cycling community welcomes new people and wants to support initiatives that get people cycling so we were grateful for this opportunity.
Not only did we get to sign in , have a free coffee and get a very cool key ring but we also had a chance to race on some pretty cool bikes although it was a virtual race! Two of the team managed to stay in the leaderboard quiet late into the day giving us some hope for the race, Luke and I pictured here weren't officially timed but if we were.........
Tonight we race for real at Smithfield Market, and hopefully I'll still be able to type to update in that later on.
We are so grateful for this opportunity but I can't stress enough to this isn't the end game for Poplar Peddlers, whilst excited at the adrenaline rush I know will come at racing, I get more excited seeing Sunara, another member (who sadly couldn't make the launch) Learning to ride and then going on straight away to qualify as a cycling trainer, I love the fact that we will be running rides into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from Poplar or down to Tower Bridge, opening up the world of London, the amazing sites and a more active lifestyle to many people.
If you're interested in joining us then do get in touch, we are new and we my be a little different but we love cycling and we love people so you will definitely be welcome!