Launched by professional cyclists Tom Pidcock and Jacques Sauvagnargues, the new Link My Ride app lets you find, create and manage group rides anywhere in the world.
Or, for now, wherever there are other users to join. It’s new, and adoption rates will determine its success, but it’s an idea I came up with myself that fills a real need to find other riders to ride with.
The app is available on iOS and Android and can be downloaded and used for free as an individual cyclist. You can search by area for rides, riders and clubs, just make sure you get your username exactly as you want it when you sign up…you can’t change it afterwards!
In the app, you can control who can see you and your location to maintain privacy. Also enable or disable notifications and location tracking.
Once you’ve found the rides you want to take part in, you can add them to your calendar. Or create your own group outings and share the link or invite other users. It looks like a great tool for travelers trying to find someone to ride with away from home.
The pair received funding from the Dutch Sport Tech Fund to fuel their launch. Although free for users, they monetize with a paid club management portal (£240/year) which makes it easy to manage members, journeys and details of a cycling club.
A Club account allows you to approve or deny membership to an unlimited number of members, message everyone, and set rides as public or club-only. Club managers have secure access to the member list, can add GPX files and route links, and edit route details after they have been created.