Are you thinking of joining a cycling team? Tips on how to find the right team for your lifestyle
Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy; however, if you're looking to develop as a cyclist, being a part of a team can make all the difference. When you start to train with other individuals who share the same interests, you can learn a lot from each other, and you’ll be motivated to try harder.
This is why so many cyclists often prefer cycling in a group than alone. But apart from having a mentor, joining a cycling team has many benefits. It helps you in finding like-minded people who can later become your lifelong friends; you can find new roads and routes to experience, skill-building, companionship, and more importantly, it is safer. An important safety tip for cyclists is to always cycle in groups, to ensure you have help should the need arise. Especially because you’re likely travelling far on your bicycle. It’s always best to have people around you look out for your safety.
At Chris Willemse Cycles, we don’t just offer you bikes, cycling gear and cycling accessories. We want you to fully experience cycling, which is why we believe it is important that we share tips on how to find a group to ride with. So, keep reading this article to find out more.
Start going to more cycling events
To find a group that is right for you, you need to start connecting with like-minded people. You can do this by going out more and investing time in the cycling scene.
Trying out different routes such as on-road cycling and off-road cycling can be beneficial in your search. For instance, mountain biking in South Africa has grown over the years, and many teams are looking for new team members. But, you can only find the right one when you go out and cycle in popular routes among other cyclists. Trying out different types of cycling will help you find your element, allowing you to see people who share the same interests as you do. When trying out different routes and going to races, start networking with other cyclists to find out if they are a part of a cycling team. If they do, ask to join them on a weekend trail and see if they are the right fit for you.
Start connecting with different teams
When you see cyclist teams; start having conversations with them. Get to know the people in each team and find out how they work together. You can also ask to cycle with them from time to time, to see how they work together in practice, and whether you will fit into the team. Because you have not joined any team yet, you can cycle with various teams so that you can find out which one you like.
Do your research
If you have weekend responsibilities and aren’t always able to attend cycling events, then the best alternative is doing research online. The internet, and social media, is a useful tool that can help you find cycling teams in South Africa. You can find many options, and it’s up to you to decide what you want from a team. Once you find one, contact the team director and find out what you need to do for you to join. As mentioned, you can have a trial period so that you can see if it’s the right team for you.
What to look out for
Once you have networked at events or connected with well-known teams on the internet, there are several things you need to consider before joining. So ask yourself the following questions;
Are you looking for a team with a mentorship programme that can help you improve in cycling? Or is it only for companionship?
Are you looking to become a coach in the future and is there room for growth?
Is there a joining fee or any additional expenses you need to pay?
How and when does training happen, and does it fit into your lifestyle?
What type of cycling will you be doing?
Are you required to purchase a cycling kit specific to the team?
These are the questions that you need to ask yourself before agreeing to join a team. This will ensure you join the right team that fits your lifestyle.
Chris Willemse Cycles is one of the best bike shops online, and we always try to go above and beyond for our customers by making cycling in South Africa a full experience. So, if you need anything, take a look at our website where you can find cycling clothing and more.
You can also visit any of our stores to seek advice on finding a cycling team.