Russian rider covers 20 miles per ride with his feline friend

A cat belonging to a keen cyclist in Russia goes for rides with its owner – and has even joined his cycling club.

The cat, Semyon Semyonych, sits on the shoulders of its owner, Alexei, when he takes it for a spin, reports Mail Online.

The cyclist, from Ulyanovsk, said that the moggy first got the hang of perching on his shoulder earlier this year.

“It all started when I taught him to sit on my shoulder. I taught him during one day. I cycle the whole year round, but he did it on March 4 for the first time.”

Currently, the pair cover up to 20 miles on a ride, but Alexei hopes to increase that to 60 miles and has even secured a cycling club membership card for his feline friend.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.