Booming cycle group Rasen Riders seeks town support

Johnny Snowball, Luke Barton and Leon Goodwin of the Rasen Riders in Thetford at the weekend. TTlhSERWM4irdVrvmVOc
Johnny Snowball, Luke Barton and Leon Goodwin of the Rasen Riders in Thetford at the weekend. TTlhSERWM4irdVrvmVOc
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In just a matter of months, a bid by a Market Rasen engineer to get someone to go for a bike run with him, has led to a successful group with more than 80 riders.

Now, the Rasen Riders is seeking official recognition as a club as well as support from Market Rasen Town Council.

Founder Jonny Snowball said his group is not officially a club yet, but it has approached the town council for possible support.

The Anglian Water project engineer said when he moved into Market Rasen five years ago, he didn’t know of anyone to go for a bike ride with.

“We formed a Facebook page in January to get other guys in the area to sign up and have a ride. We created a community called Rasen Riders. By the early summer, it started kicking off. We now have two weekly rides. We also go on competitions under the Rasen Riders banner,” he said.

“I think we are going to be an official club, but I wanted to speak to the council about using its coat of arms on club jerseys. There is also some funding available to help start a club.”

Rasen Riders claims 86 followers, including 15 regular riders, for its Sunday and Wednesday cycle rides. Some come from as far away as Lincoln, Louth and Grimsby.

The group is for both road bikers or mountain bikers, with an emphasis on fun.

“There’s a few little groups locally but there didn’t seem to be a general cycling group in Market Rasen. Clearly, there’s some people who are keen,” continued the 37-year-old.

“I wasn’t expecting it to kick off as it did. There’s the social side. There’s clearly the health benefits, but I don’t think that’s why people are doing it. It’s the interest of cycling,” Jonny added.

Market Rasen Town Council will discuss the club at its meeting tonight.