Welcome to Out of the Saddle Cycling Club Website

Brothers Russell and Dean Downing raising money for good causes with support from Bike Pure.

We want to show what cyclists can do off of the bike by raising funds for good causes and also with our association with Bike Pure show everyone what we believe in. So anyone out there who wants to join us, please get in touch via the contact us page.

In 2013, we raised nearly £20,000, bringing our total in the last 5 years close to £45,000 which has been split across the charities we support. The charity in 2013 was Hope for Justice, Human Trafficing is a big issue. Tom Lister, actor and friend of the Downing Brothers rode across Europe taking part in The Zoe Challenge in aid of Hope for Justice. It was a pleasure to support Hope for Justice in 2013.

The cycling club now has close to 70 members and most members are actively involved in raising money and promoting the club ethos. With brothers Dean and Russell Downing acting as popular role models in the local area, the club has decided to focus its attention on helping the talent of the future realise their enjoyment for cycling.

Cycling brothers Dean and Russ Downing will once again be hosting " Out of the Saddle - an evening with the Downing brothers." on Saturday 1st November 2014 at Hellaby Hall Hotel in Sheffield Rotherham.

Last years event saw the brothers joined by television actors Tom Lister and Dean Andrews both keen cyclists. With stars from cycling scene, Team Sky riders Ian Stannard and Ben Swift, Rapha Condor JLT's Graham Briggs, Scotland's Chris Pritchard and many more.

Big thanks to Julie for the race report and results from our race.

South Yorkshire has certainly been the start of many a pro riders cycling careers over the years, and I'm sure more will following judging by the standard of racing at today's Out of the Saddle Road race at Thurcroft.

The home town of the Downing brothers, it certainly has a course that sorts the men out from the boys, a small circuit covered twenty five times, with deceptively hard climbs and fast straights, it bodes for good racing. More like a high paced criterium at times.

The sun shone on the fifty five starters with a great turn out for the Pete Hinchcliffe memorial race, by lap three we had guys trying to break away but it was soon pulled back together.

Report by Julie Rodman

James Gullen of Velosure-Giordana timed his attack just right to take victory in the Out of the Saddle Summer Road Race.

The annual race just went up a gear this year with National A status, the organising team did the event proud in good conditions with a nice breeze to break it up a bit.

With riders having the Tour of Britain in their minds it could've distracted from a good race, far from it. The sixty riders taking to the start line saw attacks from the moment the flag was drawn into the lead car.

Date – 23rd of July 2014

Race – Sheffield Grand Prix

Organiser – Marc Etches.

Rider – Dean Downing.


Seems strange to be writing this, but today marks the end of an era, the end of a career.

But the start of a new chapter in the life of soon to be retired professional cyclist and my friend Dean Downing.


On Saturday 2nd November, professional cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing hosted their fifth annual fundraising evening with the stars, welcoming 240 guests to “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers”.

Taking place at the Hellaby Hall Hotel in Rotherham, the event was attended by a number of big names from the world of cycling, including Team Sky riders Ben Swift and Ian Stannard.

The overcast conditions did not deter this years Out of the Saddle RC today and the quality field did the club proud. Fifty seven riders took to the start line from the idyllic setting of the Garden Rooms Tea Room at Braithwell (alternatively known as the the Out of the Saddle) club room.

A huge thank you to Helen Johnston at the Dinnington Guardian for the story in todays paper.

Maybe it’s the Bradley Wiggins effect, but cycling seems to be enjoying a bit of a heyday. 

More and more people are taking to two wheels, inspired by the Tour de France winner and our Olympic champions.

The knock-on effects can be seen at Out of the Saddle cycling club at Thurcroft.

Thanks to Marc Etches for the race report on race One . Out of the Saddle Spring Road Race 1

55 riders departed the Ruddle Centre in bright but breezy conditions to tackle 8 laps of the rolling Braithwell circuit. The event was organised by Steve Ellis and his team of helpers from Out of the Saddle Cycling Club.

Thank you Jules Rodman for the report for race 2. 
Due to the popularity of the course, it's location and the excellent organisation skills of the Out of the saddle cycling club, the original plans for one road race had to be reassessed by Steve Ellis the organiser. prompting him to be able to run two full field events on the day.

5 club member raced over the weekend, At Lime Kiln RR, We Love Mountains Spring Road Race, EMRRL - Beeston Road Club and LVRC race at Elland.