The Marvejols mountain bike club, the Target bike adventure, celebrated as usual with its licensees at the end of its weekly outing, Saturday January 15, thanks to cakes from the Delmas bakery, Loïc, the boss of the family business, is part of the club. This was an opportunity to make a small informal update on the association which is now ten years old.
Starting with about twenty mountain bikers, the club has gradually increased in number and level. And while the pandemic could have raised fears of a drop in the workforce, nothing happened, on the contrary.
Nearly 70 registered and a new team
An outdoor sport practiced in public spaces, cycling is one of the physical activities that has been least affected by health restrictions in 2020.
Faced with a clear increase in licensees, Olivier Berne, the president of the club and of the departmental cycling committee, wanted to be cautious and thought that after having been able to serve as a sporting retreat, the club would experience a drop at the start of the 2021 school year.
But there again, it is an increase which appears at the beginning of the year, with nearly seventy registered for the new season. This makes it the second largest cycling club after Mende.
With results in competitions, both in cross-country and enduro, a discipline hitherto less highlighted but which will come into the spotlight thanks to the new Lozère cycling departmental team.
This will support both practices and probably more in the future as needed.
Four pilots from the club will be part of the A team of the departmental committee in enduro and one in cross-country, as well as two more in each practice as a B team.
However, Olivier Berne insists on the family side of the association, where a beginner adult can come and practice without feeling judged by young people who aspire to practice at the highest national level, or even beyond.
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