One of the greatest pleasures of cycling is to cycle with a group! Cyclop is itself India’s largest community of cyclists. But as we just mentioned, it is an ALL INDIA community. Here is a list of cycling groups that meet locally, ride regularly.
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Why Cycle in a Group?
Cyclists often start cycling with short, friendly rides but soon after, find themselves planning rides in the Himalayas or rides of many hundred kilometres together. It is their fellow riders who motivate them, hydrate them, and support them with a sweep vehicle when they test their limits.
It also adds to one’s social life where you start waking at 5am to meet your friends for breakfast rides, instead of 9pm for drinks! There is a whole different camaraderie in a cycling group.
Find the group near you from the list below, and start riding with them. Connect with them via social media. The groups are listed below as per cities in alphabetical order.
CYCLING GROUPS IN BENGALURU
Two Wheels And A Handlebar (TWAAH)
Friendly medium paced rides, long rides, we believe cycling and hogging are made for each other!
CYCLING GROUPS IN BAREILLY
Friendly tight-knit group
20 members as of July 2020.
CYCLING GROUPS IN CHENNAI
This is a huge cycling group, well established and running for many years. Their rides include – Endurance, exploratory, ITT, Commute, Fun, Food Rides and International Cycling Tours.
This one is a tight, small group in Chennai, into competitive cycling, friendly rides and racing. They are also into running. It’s for “people who are dedicated to their goal and eager to achieve the goals. Road Bikers who have good knowledge in cycling but are struggling to improve their performance.”
Venghais Cycling Tribe
They are into food, fitness and friendly rides, and cycling and duathlon events. They also enjoy obstacle course races, frisbee and fitness activities.
CYCLING GROUPS IN DELHI
Cycloon (South Delhi)
This is a great group for new as well as intermediate riders. Many cyclists begin group rides with Cycloon that has a supportive and friendly vibe, and then find themselves doing brevets and randonneuring with the group members. The cyclists in this group are also into running events.
MTB Tribe, also known as #MTBT is a cycling group based in Delhi NCR that was made out of love and passion for the sport of cycling. We’re on a journey that promotes cycling, be it 1km or a 100km ride. We believe in learning from every ride with everyone sharing their experiences. On our rides, we love clicking pictures and creating memories that last forever!
Doctors On Pedals (DOPE) (Also in Lucknow and Coimbatore)
This group is for doctors and paramedical staff. DOPE is a cycling group created by doctors who are passionate for cycling and go on regular rides either solo or in groups. The aim of this group is to meet and connect like minded people and to promote cycling for fitness and also as a mode of commute.
CYCLING GROUPS IN FARIDABAD
A group of competitive as well as friendly cyclists.
CYCLING GROUPS IN GHAZIABAD
Fun and friendly rides. Also into motorbiking.
The Cycling Circle
“We’ve got a mix of riders in our group. Most of them are into endurance riding and few into speed riding. The age group of our circle is between 12 to 60. Most members are in the age group of 25 to 40. On Saturdays we do long rides and on Sundays fun rides to the countryside.”
CYCLING GROUPS IN GREATER NOIDA WEST (Noida Extension)
Endurance, weekends, trails and new locations.
CYCLING GROUPS IN GURUGRAM
Aravalli Trail Hunters (ATH)
This cycling group is of high-level cyclists who conduct rides of various difficulty levels, with some being for beginners. They are race-focussed and tally points by each rider to proclaim a winner at the end of their seasons. To join them on rides you must have an MTB bike and a love for trails.
One of the earliest cycling groups in India perhaps, Pedalyatris cycle both on road and offroad. The vibe is friendly, and they have some favourite spots like the Lost Lake that you’ll find yourself exploring if riding with them! They are open to riders of various ages, with good fitness.
CYCLING GROUPS IN GWALIOR
Daily practice, tours. Apart from social media, they invite you to connect at their hangout club cafe – Motology. “Anyone can join. We have sub groups for Roadies and MTB cyclists.”
CYCLING GROUPS IN HYDERABAD
WUCA – Year Rounders
Friendly Long Distance Weekend Rides. Great for “anyone who is keen on doing long rides.”
CYCLING GROUPS IN ICHALKARANJI
“Our group has 8 Ironman finishers from Austria and Malaysia, a few are Tiger Man Finishers and Half Triathlon Finishers. We go for rides four days in a week, and have 2 days for strength and gym workout. We ride 30km to 100 km. You can ride with us with any bike you have but for mountain rides you need to have an MTB as we go offroad. You cannot ride with us without safety gear like a helmet. We support each other while riding. Ages 15 to 60 are allowed, whether male or female, boy or girl; must have experience of riding a cycle.”
CYCLING GROUPS IN ISLAMPUR
Islampur Cycling Club
They do friendly rides, and are also into running.
CYCLING GROUPS IN KOLKATA
North Kolkata Runners
Friendly, food rides – our group is new in cycling. We are open to all kinds of cyclists.
CYCLING GROUPS IN MUMBAI
CRL Official Dombivli
Friendly daily rides. “We welcome all, no bars on the age group as well. Just maintain the group harmony and follow the guidelines given by the admin for the safety of the riders.”
Coffee rides. It’s good for road bikers as the rides are slightly fast (25-28kph average speed). This group is associated with a store as well – Bikeshark, in Mumbai.
Cyc’d Riders Club (SOBO)
Their usual route in Colaba to Bandra. Friendly. This group is for intermediate riders, mostly road riders, not for amateurs.
ECC – Everest Cycling Culture (Navi Mumbai)
Leisure Rides, 20kms to 100kms. Our group doesn’t leave a slow rider behind.
Century Riders 100Kms+ (Panvel)
Friendly, weekday and weekend rides that include nature. “We love to explore places.”
One Spirit (Thane)
Friendly and food rides. Also into climbing. It’s for anyone who love sports, cycling, trekking
Vasai Virar Cyclists Network (Vasai-Virar)
Friendly rides. All are welcome.
Wheels and Barrels Cycling Club (Thane, Dahisar & Vasai)
“Our group was formed in 2016. Today we have more than 700+ members in Wheels and Barrels and we participate in many events happening in the city. We ride every Sunday and follow all the safety norms and motivate others to cycle to work, cycle to college, and go to the market. We have conducted many events, including Women on wheels, Neon Cycling Festival, Cycle Chalao Dharti Bachao, and festival rides like Christmas ride, Holi ride etc.”
CYCLING GROUPS IN NAGPUR
Saddle Up Guys
All kinds of rides. “We plan it a week before. All are welcome but with helmets.”
CYCLING GROUPS IN PUNE
Gang of Runners
Friendly, Competitive & Training rides. Also into running.
This group’s focus is to encourage novice riders towards cycling. “We organise city rides for the riders who are keen to join. We also demotivate crooks who charge a fat amount for cycling events. We have a no helmet, no ride policy.”
*Note – Many cyclists may disagree with the crooks statement, but we included it as it is the group’s opinion and definition of self!
CYCLING GROUPS IN RANCHI
Ranchi Cycling Club
Ranchi Cycling Club is an open club with cyclists of all categories. There are regular events for beginners and pros as well. The fourth Sunday of every month is celebrated as Ranchi Cycling Day on which we conduct a a group ride for beginners.
CYCLING GROUPS IN SANGLI
Sangli Cycle Snehi
Friendly group for healthy Sangli. All are welcome except professional cyclists.
CYCLING GROUPS IN SINDHUDURG
Pedals And Wheels of Sindhudurg
Friendly rides, all are invited.
CYCLING GROUPS IN SRINAGAR, KASHMIR
This group is known to organise major expeditions exploring the terrain of Kashmir. All are invited to join them, cyclists living in Kashmir and tourists to the area.
CYCLING GROUPS IN TIRUNELVELI
Friendly group rides. All are welcome.
And there it is. Find the group for you and start cycling!
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*All information above is as shared by cycling groups.
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