Seacroft Wheelers was formed in 1975 by Mike and Barbara Penrice, especially to help develop younger cyclists. Racing and time-trialling were later introduced as membership levels increased.
From inception, the club adopted as its emblem, a windmill – a long-standing local landmark located at the A64/A6120 ring-road roundabout. The windmill was originally used for grinding corn and dates back to the 1700s. It is still standing today and forms part of the Britannia Hotel. No images of the mill with blades exist, other than from artists’ interpretations, which puzzles historians as to how the mill was actually powered. The stylised version of the mill with blades was chosen because it signifies a more recognisable feature. The windmill still features on the club’s kit today, as recognition of the heritage and history of Seacroft Wheelers.
Over the years, the club evolved to encompass all riders interested in improving their fitness and cycling skills. As well as social rides most Sundays, the club organises several racing and time-trialling events in different disciplines, and works with other local clubs to support events that promote cycling in West Yorkshire.
Several members have won regional, national and even international awards and recognition in various disciplines, including track, road, time-trial and cyclo-cross.
Why join a cycling club?
“Joining Seacroft Wheelers is the best thing I have ever done”
Steve Kirk, 10 September 2017 (Hope Steve’s wife doesn’t read this 🙂 )
Whether you’re a complete beginner or already an experienced cyclist, there are lots to be gained by joining a club. Cycling clubs form the basis of cycling and cycle sport in Britain.
- Cycling with others is fun; group-riding provides energy-saving protection from the wind, and the camaraderie will motivate you to get out of bed on a Sunday morning in winter 😉
- Riding with others improves your skills and fitness quicker
- You discover new roads and routes that you never knew existed
- You learn more about about the mechanical workings of a bike (or at least have help at hand if you have a roadside puncture!), and how to ride more efficiently and effectively
- You have the opportunity to time-trial and compete against yourself, or against others if you choose to race.
Seacroft Wheelers is affiliated to the sport’s main organisations/associations, allowing you to participate in time trials and racing if you wish. (you will need a race license for the latter).