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Porn Pedallers to carry on riding – despite being stripped of British Cycling affiliation

Club's name fell foul of UCI regulations - "but that’s our whole identity,” says founder...

Porn Pedallers  Cycling Club (PPCC) is to carry on riding to raise money for charity – despite losing its affiliation with British Cycling (BC).

The club, whose members work in the adult entertainment industry, had its licence revoked by British Cycling earlier this month.

The reason given was that the club fell foul of UCI regulations that banning licence-holders with being associated with pornographic products.

British Cycling subsequently said that it was in contact with the club and was offering “constructive advice” on how it could comply with the regulations.

But founder Chris Ratcliff insists the club, whose members have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), will continue but without British Cycling affiliation.

“They got in touch saying if we change our name and drop our sponsors then we could get it back, but that’s our whole identity,” he told the Daily Star.

“We needed the affiliation at the outset, but now we can stand on our own. I cannot say whether we’d join up with BC again – it’s not a decision for me alone to make.

“We will have to weigh up our options and take it from there.

“PPCC is not for everyone,” he acknowledged. “BC wanted to get people involved in cycling and that’s what we did, we put bums on seats and raised money for a great charity.

“On the same day we got the message from BC, we reaffirmed our commitment with THT for 2019 and they are really happy."

News that British Cycling had revoked the club’s affiliation saw it receive a huge number of messages of support on social media, and Ratcliff said: “I don’t think they expected this reaction from people.

“We received hundreds of messages supporting us and organisers have got in touch telling us they want us at their events.

“We just wanted to show that we are normal people who enjoy riding bikes and have fun doing it,” he added.

“What BC has done is say ‘cycling is for everyone, except for people like you’.”

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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