“Gym for cyclists” opens in London

H2 club has bike storage and servicing facilities for Soho commuters

Clubs in London Wall and Holborn could soon join the newly opened Soho centre

A private members’ fitness club for cyclists has opened its doors in Soho, London.

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H2 hopes to capitalize on the surge of cycling in the capital by offering a more attractive proposition for the commuting population. An oft-cited reason why people don’t cycle to work is a lack of shower facilities once they get there. The new centre hopes to solve this problem by providing cyclists with everything they need to freshen up – as long as they work nearby.

The club houses a 240-space bike parking area, lockers, sports massage and even a cycle service centre. This means members can drop off their bikes in the morning for a full service and pick it up on the way home. Dry cleaning and laundry facilities are also available.

The gym is also set-up for cyclists, running spinning classes for those wanting a bit more than just their commute.

Alice English, of H2, told BikeRadar that although they’ve only been open six weeks, they’ve had a huge response from cycling commuters visiting the club, and already have 400 members.

“It was the idea of a frustrated cycling commuter who loved the freedom of riding to work but being unable to shower once they got there,” she added. “We wanted to create a facility that catered for their needs, and we’ve been delighted with the response.”

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A second club is set to open in London Wall in mid 2012, while a third club in the Holborn area is in the pipeline. For more information on joining, visit the H2 website.