Millom BeSpoke Biking
Millom BeSpoke BikingTM , formed in November 2014 as a cycling based life enrichment project for pupils in the Millom area, is extremely pleased to be supported by the Fred Whitton Challenge.
Although school based, the project is totally self-funding and could not function without the support of sponsors such as the Fred Whitton Challenge.
Millom is in the District of Copeland which has the high levels of social depravation, alcohol consumption and smoking. It has the highest levels of childhood obesity in the whole of the UK.
Millom BeSpoke Biking`s members are pupils from this area, and the objective of the club is to take in disused or unwanted bikes from the local communities. The members then assess and rebuild or repair the bikes as required.
Then, in the summer of each year, the members actually ride the bikes they built or repaired on the C2C cross country route over 5 days, staying in campsites overnight.
During the year, as well as learning practical skills, they also learn interpersonal, work place and life skills. The club also teaches road riding skills, including group riding, nutrition and provides winter “turbo training” sessions to build fitness.
This holistic approach goes a long way to countering some of the health & lifestyle issues the members may face living in Copeland.Indeed since the club has started there is already an increase in children riding bikes in the Millom area-some groups mentored by members from the club!
The summer of 2015 saw 14 members and 4 adult supervisors undertake the first C2C ride.
here are some comments from members who rode:
Harrison Fisher, 13
“The C2C was amazing! It was very rewarding to ride the whole journey on bikes which we had fixed and built over the year. It was really hard at times but everyone kept going.”
Jessica Neate, 13
“Being part of Millom BeSpoke Biking is such a good experience. Completing the C2C challenge was incredible. I saw the whole country by riding my bike.”
Caitlyn Young, 12
“Being part of Millom BeSpoke Biking has been challenging but it has meant that have been able to see so many different landscapes through cycling. The C2C was so tiring but doing it with the group made it fun. The club has also given me confidence because I know how to fix my bike when it breaks.”