Finding love in a cycling group
Before online dating, people met in all sorts of ways, and for Cycling UK members that’s often in a cycling club.
“Almost all the single women I met when I first joined the Cambridge CTC in the early 90s are now married to other people in the Cambridge CTC group,” said Cycling UK member Sue Taylor. “And they’re all still together today.”
Sue met her future husband Neil when he joined the group in 1992 and she admits it was probably inevitable that she would end up with another cyclist.
“I knew I would have to marry a cyclist. It was and still is, such a large part of my life,” Sue explains.
The first tour
Around a year after they met, Sue and Neil went on their first cycle tour. They tackled the famous Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
“It was a lovely trip, I really enjoyed it. We saw so much of the country, the seasons changed as we travelled up the country.
“It was the first time I’d done such a long trip in the UK. Before that we’d only done shorter weekend trips. That was our first big adventure.”
Finding a new love
After their two-week LEJOG, Sue was in love all over again and this time it was with cycle touring.
“We even went on a cycle tour for our honeymoon,” said Sue.
Since then, Sue and Neil have gone on cycle tours every year. And for ten years they led CTC Cycling Holidays, two per year, one in Scotland or the north of England and one in Europe.
“We got into leading cycle tours through another couple in our club. After going on so many wonderful tours we were interested in leading some ourselves.
“I very rarely cycle on my own, it’s much nicer in a group,” said Sue.
“Cycling is a really social activity; you learn so much from cycling with others. Not just about cycling but about different people, their jobs their lives.
“It’s so important for happiness and wellbeing, spending time with others, doing something positive and out in the fresh air.”
Travelling at their own speeds
After nearly 26 years of marriage and countless incredible cycling adventures together Sue and Neil now enjoy different aspects of cycling.
Sue still loves to go long distances and never without hills and Neil likes a more leisurely ride with some off road thrown in.
“Being together doesn’t mean you always have to cycle together,” said Sue. “Many blokes go too fast or too far for their partners, in our case it’s the other way around!”
“It’s great if you can find someone who matches your own enthusiasm and energy, but it’s also great if you can let each other love their own kind of cycling.”