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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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.