What started in 2012 as one man’s dream to get people to explore the beautiful world of bicycling is today a bicycling club with over 1000 riders and 7000 fans on Facebook. Gautam Verma, a popular spinning instructor and the founder of Spinlife, started the club as an extension of his spinning classes and his vision to make cycling a way of life. Partnering with him was Ela Ghose, one of the earliest women hobby cyclists in NCR. Between the two the club took shape, while Gautam got people excited about riding and helping them with cycles and helmets on rent, Ela set up the infrastructure, social platform and was often the ‘enquiry desk’ and a strong reference point for women wanting to explore the sport.
The club started with about 15 riders around old Gurgaon and now has riders from all over Delhi NCR and has at least 150 riders riding each week. This year January the club celebrated its 5th anniversary!!! Currently the club has an inventory of 50 cycles that can be given on rent and each week about 20-30 bikes are rented out!!
Spinlife is the only club in Delhi NCR that has special rides for beginners, they call it ‘Newbie Ride’ and also help rider’s graduate to serious riding through their Regular rides of 100+Kms every weekend. The club and its promoters have a very strict conduct about safety and doesn’t allow anyone to ride without helmets and proper gear like lights, florescent jackets etc. The club is run by its members and guidance from the founders. Today Ela & Gautam are supported by Anil Puri, the man who integrates the riders from the forces and Yogendra Singh who manages the practice rides and endurance rides and is supported by Adiyta Bhandari.
Spinlife is committed to social causes and regularly organizes rides with a cause to spread awareness about a variety of social issues. Starting with the ride in support of the protest for Nirbhaya Rape & Murder case in 2012, with Jagori to CMR (Critical Mass Ride) in 2014 to promote non-motorized transport and the need for infrastructure for safe and secure riding, Ride to support women safety on International Women’s day in 2015 and Ride for Charities Aid Foundation & ride against Corruption in 2016.
In the last 5 years, the club has helped a lot of its members achieve their cycling goals by making help and guidance available and also charting routes and ensuring there is a ride every weekend and designated weekdays. In 2014, 5 riders from the club participated in the PBP (Paris Brest Paris) and 3 of them participated in the TFN (Tour De Nilgiris) recently while many riders have been successfully completing the Manali-Leh cycling expedition every year. There are 7 SR’s from the club till date and the club is expecting 6 riders to become double SR’s this year and doubling the SR numbers as well apart from a strong participation in the 2019 PBP!!
If you are in Delhi-NCR and looking out for some interesting rides, you can get in touch with the club at email@example.com and follow their rides on https://www.facebook.com/SpinLifers