Welcome to Out of the Saddle Cycling Club Website

Brothers Russell and Dean Downing raising money for good causes with support from Bike Pure.

We want to show what cyclists can do off of the bike by raising funds for good causes and also with our association with Bike Pure show everyone what we believe in. So anyone out there who wants to join us, please get in touch via the contact us page.

In 2012, we raised nearly £10,000, bringing our total in the last 4 years close to £30,000 which has been split across the charities we support. The charity in 2012 was Brothers on Bikes, who rode the length of the British Isles and completed John O Groats to Lands End. The brothers Sam and Ollie Turner were 15 and 14 years of age at the time of the charity bike ride they took on. It was a pleasure to support these guys in 2012.

The cycling club now has close to 40 members and most members are actively involved in raising money and promoting the club ethos. With brothers Dean and Russell Downing acting as popular role models in the local area, the club has decided to focus its attention on helping the talent of the future realise their enjoyment for cycling.

On Saturday 2nd November, professional cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing hosted their fifth annual fundraising evening with the stars, welcoming 240 guests to “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers”.

Taking place at the Hellaby Hall Hotel in Rotherham, the event was attended by a number of big names from the world of cycling, including Team Sky riders Ben Swift and Ian Stannard.

Cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing will once again be hosting “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers” on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at The Hellaby Hall Hotel in Sheffield/Rotherham.

Last year’s event saw the brothers joined by stars from the cycling scene, The Tour of Britain Winner Jon Tiernan-Locke, Team Sky Rider and one of OOTS top supporters Ben Swift, Rapha Condor Sharp Boss John Herety, with rider Kristian House and Olympic Champion Ed Clancy alongside many more. With family and many friends from the cycling community attending, the night was heartily enjoyed by all who attended.

In its 5th year the Out of the Saddle charity evening with the Downing's on 2nd November 2013 is now sold out. But for those of you who can't attend the evening, but are still wanting to show your support. There is the leisure ride on the morning of the dinner. Last years 64km route attracted around 80 riders, of all ages. This year will hopefully be the same number of people. We are going to go with the exact same route as we all enjoyed last year, which is a very nice flat 64km, no complaints there then.

What a superb turn out for the Out of the Saddle road race today on the small Thurcroft course, this was in memory of Pete Hinchcliffe a local road rider who died suddenly three years ago. The family came out to support the event and award the trophy at the HQ afterwards. A lovely little tribute was said on the line about Pete to the riders by Ian Davenport and the riders responded with applause.

The overcast conditions did not deter this years Out of the Saddle RC today and the quality field did the club proud. Fifty seven riders took to the start line from the idyllic setting of the Garden Rooms Tea Room at Braithwell (alternatively known as the the Out of the Saddle) club room.

A huge thank you to Helen Johnston at the Dinnington Guardian for the story in todays paper.

Maybe it’s the Bradley Wiggins effect, but cycling seems to be enjoying a bit of a heyday. 

More and more people are taking to two wheels, inspired by the Tour de France winner and our Olympic champions.

The knock-on effects can be seen at Out of the Saddle cycling club at Thurcroft.

Thanks to Marc Etches for the race report on race One . Out of the Saddle Spring Road Race 1

55 riders departed the Ruddle Centre in bright but breezy conditions to tackle 8 laps of the rolling Braithwell circuit. The event was organised by Steve Ellis and his team of helpers from Out of the Saddle Cycling Club.

Thank you Jules Rodman for the report for race 2. 
 
Due to the popularity of the course, it's location and the excellent organisation skills of the Out of the saddle cycling club, the original plans for one road race had to be reassessed by Steve Ellis the organiser. prompting him to be able to run two full field events on the day.

5 club member raced over the weekend, At Lime Kiln RR, We Love Mountains Spring Road Race, EMRRL - Beeston Road Club and LVRC race at Elland.

Great effort today Stephen Ellis tough conditions, well done to Dean Downing on a productive weekend, 1st and a 2nd place on 2 windy days.

Gutted to see Richard Moore is spending the night in hospital with a broken rib, punctured lung & separated shoulder, heal fast good man from all Out of the saddle.

Train well this week guys. Nmrrl is only 2 weeks away.