British club run 1980s

Cycling Weekly - - FROM THE ARCHIVE -

Mid­lands cy­clists on a win­try 1980s club run put some miles un­der their wheels in prepa­ra­tion for the com­ing sea­son. With nary a hel­met in sight, not to men­tion un­der-seat folded tubs, sidepull brakes and com­fort-fit jack­ets, there’s no dis­guis­ing how this pic­ture has aged.

But at the same time, the win­ter club run is a rit­ual re­peated many times an­nu­ally with the same goals in mind, the same in­vig­o­rat­ing rasp of cold air in the lungs, and that same ruddy-faced glow af­ter­wards as you con­tem­plate a job well done over a big mug of tea or soup when you get back home.

They’re cer­tainly worth en­joy­ing in their own right, and not just as a nec­es­sary chore in the prepa­ra­tion for the events of the sum­mer.

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