As I think most of you will know the club was founded by Ron Clint in April 1991. Ron & Sue had just opened their new bike shop in the premises of what is now the sweet shop ‘Daffy-down-dilly’, opposite Homedale in the High Street.
Almost straight away it became a hub for groups of local cyclists. Ron, an accomplished rider had cut his teeth with the big clubs in Yorkshire, and was keen to get a road group going in Sidmouth. Working in the town it wasn’t long before Ron had a group of riders meeting in Newton Poppleford for a regular Sunday ride.
At the time, cycling off-road was becoming increasingly popular, a group of youngsters, some of which are still with the club today (and not so young), were already regularly meeting on a Sunday morning at the top of Station road and heading off to Woodbury Common for a day of Mountain Biking.
It didn’t take long for the off-road group to gravitate around Ron’s shop, attracted by lots of shiny new bike parts. This was when the idea of forming a new Sidmouth cycling club, inclusive for all riders and types, was conceived.