Launch of Link My Ride on App Store and Google Play

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Link My Ride, the pre-race organization platform, is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play. The free platform helps connect cyclists looking to connect and ride with others, on a ‘simple and easy to use smartphone application.’

Link My Ride has former and current professional cyclists Jacques Sauvagnargues and Tom Pidcock at the heart of the business. Former teammates, Sauvagnargues and Pidcock developed the idea as a way to increase cycling participation globally and simplify the way group rides are organised.

“Organizing group rides, finding outings at local clubs to join, or connecting with other people to ride with has never been an easy solution,” said Jacques Sauvagnargues.

“With different groups using various other non-cycling-specific apps and forums to arrange meetups, accessing these networks has always required painstaking investigation or some degree of networking to find the right people.”

He continued: “We wanted to create a simple way for any cyclist to explore, plan and create group rides and make connecting and socializing with other cyclists a simpler and more enjoyable experience. We also wanted to create a space for clubs to manage their members and rides too, bringing everyone together.

Use of Link My Ride is free for passengers registering individually. There’s also a bespoke club portal that makes it easy to manage members and club journeys, costing £240 per club per year.

The app works by showing the rider other users on a map and highlighting rides and clubs nearby or within a defined area. While using the app, users can follow other cyclists to see their activity and rides, discover and join local clubs, see activity in their area via an interactive map, interact with other and also upload their own routes to create group outings.

Link My Ride provides a number of in-app security features, including privacy controls and location masking. The app also provides the user with a calendar to keep a log of all upcoming scheduled rides.

The Clubs Portal, accessible via a web platform, allows subscribers to organize their outings, manage memberships, as well as the club kit. It serves as a marketing tool for other potential club members in the area who will be notified of the club through the Link My Ride app.

Tom Pidcock, INEOS Grenadiers rider and reigning Olympic XC mountain bike champion, co-launches Link My Ride after a successful year on the bike, winning a Tour de France stage atop Alpe d’Huez, the World Championships cyclocross and the European Mountain Bike Championships.

Pidcock said: “I’ve been joining club rides and chain gangs since I can remember, but organizing through other apps or social media has always been lacking. We’re really excited to finally bring the Link My Ride app to riders around the world.

“We’re on a mission to become the one tool cyclists need to connect with other cyclists, clubs and cycling centers at the touch of a button.”

Link My Ride recently received support from the Dutch Sport Tech Fund, to help drive plans through to launch and beyond. With a number of partnerships already in place and many more on the way, Link My Ride adds that it’s… ‘fast becoming the app every cyclist should have on their smartphone.’

www.linkmyride.com

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