Age no obstacle for cycling club

Raring to go: the Autumn Tints prepare for another ride
Raring to go: the Autumn Tints prepare for another ride
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AN OCTOGENARIAN is inviting people to join him at a local cycling club.

Philip Lees, 82, has been cycling since he was a boy and is group leader of the Calderdale branch of the Autumn Tints cycling club.

The club is open exclusively to over-50s of all abilities and offers a chance for people to stay fit and socialise.

Mr Lees said: “It’s more social than anything else. We do about seven miles then stop for a coffee another few miles and then stop for lunch.

“There’s usually about 15 of us making our way all over the place.

“We try never to repeat a route within a six-month period.”

Mr Lees has 70 years experience on a bike but said that the group is open to riders of all abilities.

“I’m part of the easy riders group now who tend to take it a bit easier,” he said.

“All people need is a bike and a helmet and you can come along.

“Generally people quickly get bitten by the bug and start buying proper kit as they get into it.”

Mr Lees said Calderdale and Yorkshire were ideal for cycling – despite the punishing hills.

“You don’t realise how wonderful an area Calderdale is until you take time to have a look around,” he said.

“The hills are a strain but but that’s your aerobics for the day and you get a rest coming down the other side.”

The group meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays although their rides are sometimes curtailed by the weather.

If you are over 50 and interested in joining you can call Mr Lees on 01422 357 632.