The existence of the various cycling clubs in Nairobi is a benefit to many cyclists. After all, there is an African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The cycling groups in Nairobi fulfil this saying to a T!
The cycling clubs cater for all cadre of riders, from beginners to amateurs, to intermediate riders and professional riders. Above all, they provide a way for cyclists to interact, motivate each other and provide awareness on cycling.
This article provides a list of some of these cycling groups in Nairobi. It is up to you now to decide which one of them to call home. Some are exclusive to men, or exclusive to women (and girls), while others are for everyone.
Cycling clubs in Nairobi
Let’s now look at some of the cycling clubs in Nairobi that you might be interested to join.
1. Critical Mass Nairobi
Critical Mass is not a cycling club per se, but a monthly event held by Nairobi cyclists on the last Saturday of every month (or every two months). The mission of critical mass is to make Nairobi a more cyclist-friendly city and getting people out of their cars and onto bicycles.
The event is open to all cyclists who would like to see a change in the culture of cycling in Kenya, including the availability of infrastructure and equal rights to cyclists on the roads. The meeting point is at Jevanjee Gardens (Nairobi) by 9.00 a.m.
Cyclists bike through the streets and neighbourhoods of Nairobi to create awareness about cycling as a fun, safer, greener, healthier, cheaper and more efficient means of transport. In the process, they also sensitize the motorists and pedestrians about the necessity of sharing the road.
The event also aims to create a passion and awareness for commuting by bicycle. It is a free event and all cyclists are welcome with whatever type of bike they have (yes, even black mambas!). There is no specific route for cycling and the route is determined on the event day by the number of cyclists in attendance.
For more inquiries about critical mass, talk to Cyprine on +254 (0) 739 595659. Like their Facebook page Critical Mass Nairobi to be notified when the cycling events take place.
2. Dada Rides
DaDarides is women driven group that empowers women to take up cycling for transportation, fitness and source of income i.e being a mechanic.
DaDarides is a community-based organisation (CBO). It has a racing group, DaDarides cycling club.
The CBO is located at Kenya Railways Club in the Nairobi Business District (CBD). DaDarides comprises of all women riding bikes. It does not matter what age you are or how fast you can ride. You are welcome to sign up with them.
To be an official member of DaDarides, the entry fee is KSh1000. If you want to just join their monthly ride, the fee is KSh200 for non-members and KSh100 for members.
They focus on riding with Nairobi town and it’s surroundings. Their social monthly ride is more of awareness ride (i.e creating awareness about women on bikes, encouraging motorists and pedestrians to share the road, etc.)
You can follow them through their social media accounts: Twitter @Dadarides, Instagram @Dada_rides, and Facebook @dadarides. Their website is at dadarides.co.ke.
DaDarides also has income generating activities. These include bike mechanic workshops with an entry fee of KSh300 to non-members and KSh200 to members. This takes place every weekend.
They also have a WhatsApp group with over 100 people. To become a member of DaDarides, talk to Sally (Salome) through the following contacts: +254 (0) 716 433028 or +254 (0) 773 670554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. RDX Express
RDX Express is a cycling group that usually congregates in Ruiru for group rides. They can meet at any other venue agreed upon. It caters mostly for riders who live along Thika Road.
The group consists of riders of all levels and ages. It is open to anyone with a bike. The group usually carries out its rides on Saturday and Sunday, of no less than 80 kilometres. They also do long distance touring on bicycles ocassionally as part of local tourism (Tembea Kenya).
The group is planning to register formally to have an organized structure. The requirements to join the group are minimal and they have a WhatsApp group with more than 250 members. To join them, find their Facebook page, RDX Express Ryders.
4. The Ladies Sunday Cycle
The Ladies Sunday Cycle is one of the cycling clubs in Nairobi that cater for women cyclists. They ride every Sunday, but this depends on some factors such as the weather conditions or other cycling activities that may take place the previous day.
They are welcome to women of all ages and cycling proficiency (beginners, etc.) and all their rides are free. Their alternate their cycling routes among Karura Forest, Limuru and Kasarani and each ride is an average of 40 kilometres.
They do not have a WhatsApp group, but you can confirm your attendance for their weekly rides by contacting +254 (0) 711 182376 or +254 (0) 717 285016 or join their Facebook group, The Ladies Sunday Cycle-Nairobi.
5. Cycling Adventures and Fitness (CAF)
The Cycling Adventures and Fitness (CAF) cycling club caters for members who reside in Ruaka, Banana, Runda, Ndenderu and Limuru. It is open to all levels of cyclists and who should be above 18 years of age.
Children are also welcome to join, but their parents or guardians should accompany them on group adventures. Entry is free and they love new members. They do daily rides depending on the availability of members.
To join them, contact Kagai on +254 (0) 713 449471.
6. Top Team Cycles
Top Team Cycles and Fitness is both a bicycle shop and a cycling club. It caters for those who live around Lang’ata area. They have bi-monthly rides of a minimum of 20 kilometres depending on the number of people in attendance. The group meets at the Top Team Cycles and Fitness bicycle shop for every ride.
The group accommodates both beginners (including those who have not been cycling before but are interested) and elite cyclists. They do different routes on every ride. To join them, reach out to Ken on +254 (0) 706 994999 and like their Facebook page, Top Team Cycles.
7. Danaa Riders
Danaa Bike Tours is a bike touring company located in Nairobi and Iten, Eldoret. Besides organising bike tours, they have group rides for members within and outside Nairobi. They sometimes collaborate with RDX riders.
They welcome anyone interested to join them on their group or tour rides. Their motto is “life is a ride.” In their own words, the motto means a lot to the founders and to the riders that “truly feel their bicycle life.”
They are also looking to set up elite cycling teams for both ladies and men by the end of the year. Their facebook page is Danaa Bike Tours and Danaa Bike Tours on Instagram too. They also have a YouTube channel for tour videos and educative videos for local amateur riders.
You can contact Reagan of Danaa Bike Tours on +254 (0) 728 710929.
8. Extramilers Cycling Club
Also known as Miles and Hope, it is a cycling charity Bikeathon that was begun by International Christian Center in January 2013. It seeks to mobilize cyclists, individuals and organizations or corporates to ‘take an extra mile’ that raises funds to bring hope to orphaned and vulnerable children through sponsoring them for early childhood development and primary education.
This cycling club is located at International Christian Centre, Nairobi West. Anyone is free to Join and be part of their initiative. They cycle to educate orphans and vulnerable children.
Membership is KSh500 per month or KSh200 on their weekly rides. The club cycles every Saturday from 7:00 am from Nairobi West . Their weekend rides are shared in all their social media platforms.
To join them, contact Benji on +254 (0) 729 796096 or Charles on +254 (0) 723 969746. You can also find them on social media through Facebook Miles and Hope, Twitter @extramilersicc and Instagram @extramilersicc. More so, find their website at. milesandhope.org. They have a members only WhatsApp group.
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