Stu­art Bul­loch, so­cial sec­re­tary

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Cy­cling Weekly: How did you get in­volved with the cafe/club?

SB: I be­gan vis­it­ing the cafe reg­u­larly for the fine cof­fee and sour­dough bread. When I fi­nally plucked up the courage at the end of sum­mer to ask James Con­nolly how fast they went on Sun­days I was ter­ri­fied to hear about 17-18mph. No chance, I thought! A few char­ac­ter-build­ing ex­pe­ri­ences later I was hang­ing on and then thor­oughly en­joy­ing it — well, when I wasn’t be­ing be­rated for my cerise (it’s NOT pink) Planet X bike.

CW: Your so­cials are… lively?

SB: It’s safe to say there’s a strong so­cial el­e­ment to the club and we like to re­ward our­selves for the hard rid­ing, par­tic­u­larly on a Thurs­day! I think we only missed two win­ter evening Thurs­day rides due to weather such was the ded­i­ca­tion to a cou­ple of so­cial pints postride. There’s been an em­pha­sis on sup­port­ing lo­cal brew­eries so we’ve also started the oc­ca­sional rides to Pu­rity, who are nearby.

CW: Which wins out, beer or bikes?

SB: If I had to pick I’d say beers, but I think the beauty of the club is we haven’t had to choose and never will. The two in tan­dem (and moder­a­tion) have made me a fan­tas­tic num­ber of new friends in the past year and I’m hugely grate­ful for that.

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