The Link My Ride pre-ride organizing platform is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Co-founded by current and former professional cyclists Tom Pidcock and Jacques Sauvagnargues, Link My Ride helps cyclists connect with riders, clubs and cycling centers.
The app works by showing the cyclist other users on the map and highlighting nearby rides and clubs or in the defined area. Using the app, cyclists can follow other cyclists to see their activity and rides, discover and join local clubs, view activity in their area through an interactive map, interact with others, and also upload their own routes to create group tours.
Link My Ride also provides a number of security features within the app, including privacy controls and location masking. Among many unique features, the app also provides the user with a calendar to keep track of all upcoming planned trips.
Sauvagnargues said: “Organizing group rides, finding local ride clubs to join or connecting with other people to ride has never had a simple solution. With different groups using other non-cycling-specific apps and forums to organize meetups, accessing these networks has always required painstaking research or a degree of networking to find the right people.
“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 an easier and more enjoyable experience. We also wanted to create a space for clubs to manage their members and travel as well, thus bringing everyone together.”
Link My Ride is free to use for passengers who register individually. There is also a personalized club portal that makes it easy to manage members and club trips which cost £240 per club, per year.
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The Club Portal, which is accessed through a web platform, allows subscribers to organize their trips, manage memberships, as well as the club kit. It serves as a marketing tool to other potential club members in the area who will become aware of the club through the Link My Ride app.
Pidcock added: “I have joined club rides and chain bands for as long as I can remember, but organization via other apps or social media has always been lacking. We are so excited to finally bring the Link My Ride app to riders around the world. We are on a mission to become the only tool cyclists need to connect with other cyclists, clubs and cycling centers, at the touch of a button.”
Link My Ride recently received backing from sports technology investor, the Dutch Sport Tech Fund, to help drive plans for the launch and beyond. The Link My Ride app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or from Google Play on Android.