PRiDE OUT is an inclusive, friendly and multi-regional cycling group for LGBTQ+ people (and allies) across the UK. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, bike or ability.

It all started in May 2019 when PRiDE OUT was established as an LGBT+ cycle group in Manchester, unbelievably for the first time ever; We failed to understand why there had never been such a group before, especially considering Greater Manchester has an LGBTQ+ population of more than 200,000 people. It was even stranger when you considered Sport England's 2019 report that of those exercising more than 150 minutes per week, cycling is the 4th most popular activity after walking, fitness activities, and running or athletics. We asked ourselves why had there never been a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender (trans) or queer cyclists which was open to everyone and decided to do something about it. So... PRiDE OUT was born; And we quickly attracted cyclists from Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Yorkshire and beyond πŸš΄πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈ 🌈 

The next chapter started May 2020, when we officially became a cycle group affiliated with Cycling UK and they published an article. PRiDE OUT started to attract interest from all over the UK; from places like London, Bristol, Birmingham, Scotland and elsewhere. People started asking if we put on bike rides in their area and we initially politely said 'not yet'. But then we started thinking... rather than turn people away, we can do better than that. Given there has never been a national LGBTQ+ cycling in the UK, we decided we would tentatively and cautiously start laying some foundations to become just that. But we decided we would only do it in such a way that meant we deliver reliable and professional events that are good quality and enjoyable experiences. To help get the conversation started we set up 10 regional Facebook groups; to view the list and  join one, CLICK HERE. In the near future we plan to start putting on trial bike rides in more areas, region by region. We are so excited and hope to see you on a ride sometime soon!

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f have any questions or would like to find out more about PRiDE OUT then please email us: hello@prideout.co.uk

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If you would like to register to join our rides then please go to www.letsride.co.uk/groups/ride-out-manchester

See you on an event soon!

Will you join #OurPrideRide? Socially distanced of course...

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On 13 June 2020, PRiDE OUT and our allies are coming together virtually to celebrate LGBTQ+ people who cycle, with a weekend of social-distanced riding with #OurPrideRide.

To view our Facebook event: CLICK HERE

 

As part of #OurPrideRide campaign, we've partnered with award-winning blogger & author Emily Chappell. In this CyclingUK article, hear what Emily has to say about why it's just as important as ever to make sure LGBTQ+ people feel welcome in cycling.

We're also delighted to confirm this Pride Ride is being supported and promoted by CyclingUK, British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling.

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This is the first in what we hope will be an annual celebration of the #LGBTQ community in cycling, with a chance to virtually hear from LGBTQ+ cyclists and understand what we can all do to make cycling more diverse and inclusive at every level.

 

With restrictions on group activity this year it means no Pride marches and no group rides. But it’s more important than ever that we come together virtually as a community by sharing our support on our solo/household rides that weekend. Whether you are riding around the park, on a mountain biking trail or an epic route, you can make it an #OurPrideRide celebration by:

 

1. Wear something rainbow on your ride (For example Rainbow Laces, Rainbow armband, t-shirt etc ) or even just something brightly coloured

2. Tag your rides and any photos from it using #OurPrideRide on Strava, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

3. Share stories from LGBTQ cyclists from your friends or that you see published by cycling organisations and the cycling press.

 

Get riding! 

 

#PrideRide #RideWithPride

Hello, I’m Richard Hearne. I founded PRiDE OUT in May 2019 to meet new LGBTQ + friends who like to cycle. I started cycling in 2015 to get exercise, get fresh air, improve my health and to have fun. At times I’ve had anxiety and occasional mild depression like many people. Exercise has always been important to me and I enjoy actives such as walking, hiking, camping, kayaking and skiing. But cycling has always been my go-to sport, something I can really push myself at whether solo or as part of a group.

I’ve always loved cycling especially as a child, so I decided to buy my first adult bike five years ago. It’s the best thing I’ve EVER done. In the early days I cycled solo for two years which I enjoyed, but then I wanted some new friends to cycle with. I searched the internet for a gay or LGBT cycle group in Manchester,  and I couldn't find one. So I tried one session with a local cycle club. But it wasn't much fun. I wasn't made to feel welcome at the start point and it was unsettling feeling so nervous. Overall, it wasn't a pleasant experience; I had a good level of fitness, but still struggled to keep up on a 35-mile bike ride. If someone broke down or got lost, they didn't wait or even look back. I wasn't keen to go back.

 

I've cycled with other groups, some of them L(GBT) and also plucked up the courage to lead some cycle rides. Actually, with a little bit of help, it's not too bad leading a ride and can be quite stimulating to see other people having fun at an event you've created. But on some rides, there were very few people which was a little disappointing. I continued to think why isn't there an LGBT + group for cycling when there is one for walking, water polo, badminton, running, line dancing, football, and even rugby! At this point, I decided to roll my sleeves up and have a go... PRiDE OUT was created in May 2019.

 

There have been a few times I've procrastinated and wondered whether there was a real demand for an LGBT+ cycle group in Manchester and beyond, but I kept thinking there has to be! I stuck to my guns and continued to ask anyone I can think of that may be interested or willing to share news of our group and it's worked, we've had some fantastic support. In early January on our 3rd ride as a group, 18 people had signed up and 16 people came along on a dreary, damp day. I couldn't believe my eyes – it was incredibly (and slightly emotional) to see. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and I was sent some lovely comments afterwards. It motivates me, even more, to continue growing the group and spreading the joy of getting some fresh air and endorphins on a bike.

 

I want our cycle group to be a haven for all LGBT+ (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) cyclists (& friends) so everyone can truly be themselves without fear of being judged. I strongly believe that many in the LGBTQ+ community feel isolated and lonely. It's not unusual for some in the LGBTQ + community to feel they struggle to meet new people without using dating apps or going to a bar. I really believe that we can persuade many more people to join a social or sports group like PRiDE OUT rather than relying solely on pubs, clubs or dating apps to meet new people.

 

Some LGBT+ sports groups aren't fully inclusive e.g. for women or trans. Some say it, but don't do it. And some are quite elitist and don't cater for beginners. We want to overcome these barriers as much as we can. Some community and sports groups don't feel inclusive whilst others can even be elitist and intimidating. We don't want people to think of us in that way and we will do everything we can to prove it. It's going to be a rewarding journey building something extraordinary, which will make a real difference to people's health and happiness.

We already have people from North West England in our cycling group including locations such as Bolton, Blackpool, Chester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Preston, Sheffield and Warrington. We even have some cyclists from over the pennines in Yorkshire including Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield.

 

If you need any help, advice or support, we want to help. Send us a message on social media or email us - hello@prideout.co.uk.

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Thanks,
Richard Hearne.

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