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Liferiders

COMMUNITY CYCLING & WELLBEING PROJECT

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ABOUT Liferiders

Liferiders is based on a simple idea....

 

....that riding bikes together helps us to feel better 

 

We know that getting started is the hardest step, so we're here to help

 

Sociable, supportive and free bike rides every week to help build your physical and mental wellbeing. If life is stressful, or you'd simply like a friendship group, please join us for a free cycle ride along beautiful countryside cycle paths and quieter roads

The big vision is to create a Liferiders cycling community in every town and city across the UK

We help workplaces to build cycling into their Wellbeing Strategy and show stressed-out employees how to regain their mental and physical wellbeing with talks and workshops

 
 

WEDNESDAY EVENING RIDES: We meet at Indulge Cafe, Hornbeam Park HG2 8QT - please wrap up warm and bring strong lights

SUNDAY AFTERNOON RIDES: We meet at Dragon Rd Car Park, next to Asda Harrogate, HG1 5BD - this is a very easy 3 mile ride, once a month, on traffic-free bike paths (there is one small stretch on a quiet road) and includes a cafe stop in Starbeck

We have discovered the most pleasant cycle paths and country lanes throughout Harrogate, Knaresborough, Pannal, Spofforth, Follifoot, Wetherby, Ripley and the surrounding towns and villages in this beautiful part of North Yorkshire - and we'll share them with you on these totally FREE bike rides !!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

During the dark, wintry evenings we wrap up warm and keep riding (unless icy/snowy) - the adventure and experience of night riding is very special, and brings a real sense of achievement. If you prefer to cycle in the warm,  Go Revolution is a friendly and supportive indoor cycling studio - great for beginners and experienced riders - everyone is really welcoming, inclusive and non-judgmental (40 Commercial St, Harrogate) 

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME ?
PhysicaL

Weight-loss, fitness, stronger, healthier you - a healthy body is the foundation for a healthy mind

MENTAL

Exercise releases natural happiness chemicals, being present in the moment and leaving the stress behind 

SPIRITUAL

Be the support for others, connect with nature, it's just you, some friends and a sense of liberation and freedom

EMOTIONAL

Build personal pride from achieving something challenging, make new friends and become a part of the team, enjoy the adventure

Q. What do I need to bring ?

A. Just you, wearing the appropriate clothing for the weather, your helmet and a roadworthy bike (plus lights if it's dark). If you don't have a bike or helmet and would like to ride, please Contact Us

Q. How do I book in ? 

A. Simply register here, and you'll be able to see the calendar of forthcoming rides

Q. Does this bike ride cost anything ?

A. It's 100% FREE to ride (bring some cash for a cuppa at the cafe stop though) 

Q. Is it dangerous or difficult ?

A. We like to use the quieter roads and cycle paths whenever possible. We always ride safely and supportively at the pace of the slowest riders. Check your own household / contents / personal insurance policy before riding for cover details. There is no group insurance policy in place.

IMPORTANT: please read the Ts&Cs for 'Ride Social' events HERE All riders take part at their own risk - the organiser can't accept any responsibility for injuries or accidents that occur 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

URGENT HELP

www.samaritans.org   Confidential 24/7 helpline (116 123)

www.mentalhealth.org.uk   Useful A-Z of mental ill health

www.mind.org.uk  Useful A-Z of mental ill health

www.maytree.org.uk   A Sanctuary for the suicidal – Confidential 24/7 telephone & email support (020 7263 7070)

www.papyrus-uk.org   Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person (0800 068 41 41)

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/north-yorkshire-mental-health-helpline  A mental health crisis hotline for North Yorkshire residents 

 
 

Volunteers

Please Contact Us if you would like to join the team of volunteers

You will need a current DBS check, be a confident bike rider, and be a friendly helpful 'people person'

workplace wellbeing

 
Increase Productivity
Engaged Employees
Lower Sickness & Absence
More 'Presenteeism'
Lower Labour Turnover Costs

Simon successfully led Operations teams in the fast-paced corporate world for 19 years and has 'lived experience' of stress, midlife crisis, and the cultural changes necessary to engage people in finding mental & physical wellbeing. He shares his experience and learning with organisations through inspirational talks about: Wellbeing, Mastering Mid-Life, Healthy Ways of Living & Leading   

He also founded a Wellbeing & Learning Consultancy specialising in turning organisations into places where people can be at their best. Simon delivers interactive and enjoyable workshops in Workplace  Wellbeing,  Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, Influencing Others, Performance Management, Managing Stress, Resilience and Maximising Personal Energy - he is also an executive coach helping clients to regain clarity and make progress in their careers and lives

 

As a British Cycling Ride Leader and Hypnotherapist (although not at the same time) Simon has first hand experience in how cycling changes lives. He will help you to build an amazing culture of Wellbeing in your office, school and organisation which will pay for itself many times over in increased productivity AND engagement

  

 

Having cycled to work (from Harrogate to Leeds) for many years, covering thousands of miles in the process, Simon has plenty of experience to help you get started.

He loves helping people to ride their bikes more, so you can ask him any question - no matter how small or big.

He'll even help you prepare for commuting by bike - Want to know how to fix a puncture ? Want to know how to adjust your bike so it fits you ? Want to know the safest / easiest routes to your workplace ? Contact Us 

Here's a handy guide to help you get started

 

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/cycle-work/how-start-cycling-work

  

Bike BUDDY

 
What bike should I get ?
What kit do I need ?
What route options are there ?
Who can help me get started ?

* The legal bit: please note that all advice is given in good faith and Simon can't be held liable for anything that goes wrong as a result of the advice he has provided. He's not insured for that. 

 

Here's an inspirational story about how cycling helped to overcome depression

https://www.letsride.co.uk/article/breeze/my-cycling-life-keri-bramford-hale

If there seem to be barriers stopping you, maybe this article can help - we'd love to see you !

https://www.letsride.co.uk/article/overcome-the-barriers-to-cycling

If you need a little more convincing to join us for a ride, this background information may just do it !

https://www.letsride.co.uk/guide/healthy-living/cycling-and-its-wellbeing-benefits

This blog has lots of tips to aid positive thinking, based on the work of Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman

http://www.optimusteamlearning.co.uk/resources/5-easy-steps-towards-happier-2017/

Here's some helpful tips from Mind about how to overcome the barriers, and the benefits of using our bodies to heal our minds   https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-sport-and-exercise/overcoming-barriers/#.WSKu2BQqloE

This TEDTalk from Amy Cuddy is one of my favourites - it shows how our bodies can change our minds !!

 https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

Here's an article showing the researched link between cycling and positive mental health

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/cycle-away-from-stress-22726/

Want to know how to use the power of Cycling to make your organisation a brilliant place to work ?

http://www.optimusteamlearning.co.uk/resources/16-cycling-initiatives-to-maximise-productivity-and-wellbeing-in-your-organisation/

If cycling isn't your thing maybe you'd like a kick-around with some like minded footballers ?

https://www.northyorkshiresport.co.uk/disabilitysportnews/2017/06/think-with-your-feet---mental-health-football-programme1

                                                 

 

Blogs & Resources

Here's a blog from one of our Liferiders. Jules shares her inspirational story of how cycling helped her to regain a sense of adventure, friendship and wellbeing that meant she was better able to manage PTSD, agoraphobia and depression

 
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