From the very first ride, on penny farthings in 1891 to the dynamic multi-faceted organisation of the present day, the story of Gloucester City Cycling Club is an eventful and fascinating part of the city’s heritage. The full history can be read in Bicycles and Blancmange, by Alastair Goldie and Roy Hook, Club Treasurer and Archivist respectively, that was published, with financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, in the Club’s 125th year.
As part of the celebrations of that Jubilee year the Club’s origins as the Tyndale Athletic and Cycling Club were recognized by the creation of a “Tyndale 1891” section. The initial idea of renewing the Tyndale CC emerged following the 125 ride to Dursley in 2016 when Gerry McGarr and Ivan Bowkett, each had the Idea of creating a retro cycling club.
A few months later the first ride was held, to Toddington with four members. This proved to be a very enjoyable day out and planted the seed for further adventures. Since then we have been out on many occasions, with short rides on a Saturday, for mixed abilities and a ride out once a month. The monthly ride which has proved very popular is usually between forty and sixty miles and usually planned to tie in with a Gloucestershire event or attraction e.g. Dean Forest Railway, World War 2 weekend at Toddington, Gloucester Motor Show. Carnival and Stroud Steam Fair to mention but a few. This distance on old bikes can be a challenge but great fun all the same. If we hit a big hill we simply get off and walk…there’s no rush.
The aim of Tyndale 1891 is to be the retro side of GCCC. You’ll see their activities posted among the Club’s events and can read more at a dedicated Facebook page, here
Great British Bike Build & Tyndale Cycling Club are looking for Heritage Cyclists to appear on film. Filming is at Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds on the 20th June. If you have a Pashley or any other heritage bicycle and would be pleased to dress in Tweed - We need...
Just a few words of introduction concerning the latest exciting addition to Gloucester City Cycling Club. The all new ( well...rather old actually) Tyndale Cycling Club / Tyndale 1891. For those of you new to the club, this was the Original club name...actually, in...