Retired driving instructor launches over 60s cycling club in Northamptonshire

Cycling Club: Ben Roff, Dave Cooper and Mark Dawkins get ready for a ride out. Mr Cooper has set up the county's first over 60s cycling club. Photo by David Ikin.
Cycling Club: Ben Roff, Dave Cooper and Mark Dawkins get ready for a ride out. Mr Cooper has set up the county's first over 60s cycling club. Photo by David Ikin.

A great-grandfather who has set up Northamptonshire’s first over 60s cycling club says it’s never too late to learn the joy of two-wheels.

Retired driving instructor Dave Cooper, 68, is launching the club to help people stay fit and healthy in their older years.

Cycling Club Ben Roff David Dave Cooper & Mark Dawkins NNL-150128-113730009

Cycling Club Ben Roff David Dave Cooper & Mark Dawkins NNL-150128-113730009

He said: “If I can get people out there in the fresh air it is going to make them feel so much better.

“We have got so many elderly people out there who are lonely - or they may be looking after a relative who is not so mobile.

“If you can just get out there for half an hour a week, you can meet new people as well.”

Mr Cooper said anyone over 60 can join providing they have a bike. In the foreseeable future, he is hoping to be able to provide a set of wheels to those club member’s without a bike through a recycling scheme.

Mr Cooper took up cycling himself two years ago after suffering a back injury.

He said: “I took early retirement to play golf, but then my back went - so I just thought I would try cycling to stay fit.”

The great grandfather-of-two started by buying heading out irregularly on a mountain bike.

Now, having bought a specialised road bike, the sexagenarian rides out five times a week and completes 25 miles a day.

But he said the cycling club will be for riders of all abilities.

“If you try it for a while and are finding it hard to keep up with the cycling side of things there are even motor assisted push bikes you can get now.

“It really is about the social aspect of the club as well.”

If you are interested in joining the club, email Mr Cooper on DG.cooper@lycos.com, or give him a call on 07977060461.

Mr Cooper is hoping to start the club at the beginning of February.