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National Clarion

'Fellowship through cycling'


Nottingham Clarion is a member of the National Clarion Cycling Club, a collective of Clarion clubs across Britain and further afield.
When you join Nottingham Clarion you have the option to also join The National Clarion.

Membership Benefits

  • Only £12 per year / £6 for Under 18s
  • Cycle with clubmates throughout the UK
  • Two 'Boots & Spurs' magazines per year
  • 3rd Party Insurance & Accident Assistance / Legal Support
  • Annual Easter Meet - Dinner, Prize Presentation, Race & Ride + Autumn Meet
  • Competition: Time Trials; Road Race; Track Champs; Cyclocross; Season-long Point Competition
  • Discounts: Inc. 15% from Cotswolds Outdoor & Lusso; 10% from InMotion Products & Cycle Surgery
  • Over 30 sections throughout the UK and Europe

National Clarion History

The Clarion cycling club was formed in 1895 after a group of likeminded individuals got together in Birmingham in 1894. It took the Clarion name from Robert Blatchford's socialist newspaper.  

The National Clarion cycling club grew during the early 1900s with 8000+ members at one time and with sections all over the UK. Working class people were getting their freedom on bikes in the countryside and the Clarion was spreading the word and the newspaper to industrial towns and villages. In those days before most people could own a car, the bike gave freedom and fellowship...the Clarion thrived.

National Clarion now have a rapidly increasing membership over 1250 members in 25 sections, with new sections currently being formed, which makes us one of the bigger cycling clubs in the country. Bikes still give us our freedom, freedom from the motorcar, the stresses of the rat-race and gives us great friendship, great friends around the country.

Whether we race, socialise, tour or meet in cafes, the Clarion is a Club, a true club not an association.

The 'Boots and Spurs' greeting - what does that mean?
 
It comes from when Clarion newspaper editor Robert Blatchford, used to sit in the barracks late at night telling stories between friends...to make sure their listeners were still awake, the storyteller would say 'Boots!' those stil awake would reply 'Spurs!', the story would continue. 'Boots and Spurs' continues to be the Clarion call to this day.