Channelling their enthusiasm for cycling into charity, GS MOSSA have been supporting CALM for a long time, hosting a MOSSA Mind Week to raise money for our services. Dave says:
“My brother in-law died by suicide seven years ago and I wanted to do something to recognise Matt, the journey he went through and the tragic loss of life at such a young age. We wanted to raise awareness within his group of peers and make it part of a celebration for Matt. That’s why we chose CALM.
“We partnered with CALM to be a vehicle to signpost to people. We might not be the biggest club, but we’re quite widespread across the south of the country. People see CALM’s logo on our kit and ask what it is and we can have a conversation and amplify things. That’s powerful.”
It doesn’t matter if you join a ride for the chat or a bit of competition, this lot are just glad you’ve turned up. They’re serious about their sport, but cycling is also a vehicle for taking care of their emotional health. Dave says:
“Cycling is like physio for your brain. A lot of us get caught up in the moment of suffering, but when you’re out for a ride and you have to pedal, be wary of the road and the signals you’re giving, it forces you to pause the chaos you’re in at that point in time. It gives you a natural break and some emotional freedom.”
There’s no doubt that Ollie and Dave train hard, but the group is far from intimidating. The pair realise that everyone has to start somewhere, helping people on their cycling journey, no matter how experienced they are. Ollie says:
“If you’re riding a bike, you’re doing it right. We get more satisfaction welcoming someone who’s new to a bike, rather than someone coming in who’s a shit-hot cyclist who keeps doing what they’ve always done. I know for a fact that cycling clubs can look intimidating, but we understand and sympathise with the feeling that you’re not good enough or fast enough. If you join the right club, you’ll soon realise that jumping on a bike is all that matters.”
Join us and cycle against living miserably. Hop on two wheels and put in some miles for your mind, fundraise in memory of a loved one, or join a club and use it as a way to meet some new mates. Find out more about CALM Clubs here.
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Photography: New Forest Off Road Club & GS MOSSA