Break the cycle: Britain's oldest off-road club

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive relives a time when mangled wheels and treacherous mountaintops were no match for cycling enthusiasts

Often described as the world’s oldest off-road cycling club, the Rough-Stuff Fellowship (RSF) was founded in 1955 by a group of hardy cyclists from northern England who shunned smooth tarmac in favour of bumpy tracks, muddy bridleways and rugged hill passes. Their goal: to traverse “the rougher and less-beaten ways”.

Having lived through at least one world war, these no-nonsense types thought nothing of riding epic distances, often on single-speed, clunky steel steeds, whether to and from work or in pursuit of that relatively new idea, “leisure”.

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Source: The Guardian
Break the cycle: Britain's oldest off-road club