Our club rides are a great way to improve your riding and get to know the rest of the members. There are a variety of rides from intro rides for those just starting out on group rides, right through to tough, fast training rides aimed at the club’s racers.
Have a look at the Club Rides page to see a summary of our regular rides. Pick a ride that suits your level of fitness and come along. If it is your first ride and you're not sure what level you are, try a Sunday Social B/C Ride first, mention to someone that you are new and we will watch out for you. Make sure your bike is well maintained, that you are able to ride the distance and be safe on the road, and that you can fix a puncture.
If you are new to riding with a club, there are some important guidelines below:
Ride no more than two abreast except when overtaking.
Be aware of riders around you and try to ride smoothly and consistently.
Call out "car up"/ "car back" when a car is overtaking from the rear and requires space
Call out "car down"/ "car front" when there is oncoming traffic on a narrow road
Point out obstacles in the road such as potholes and parked cars/ pedestrians/ slower cyclists etc
If someone has a mechanical or is being left behind you should wait for them. Note that this doesn’t apply on the Race Training rides.
Try not to react aggressively to any negativity from drivers when on a club ride - you are representing the club and may put the rest of the group in danger.
Behave in a manner which represents the Club in a good light
Drink, food, money
Appropriate clothing in case it gets very cold and/or wet
Lights (for a night ride or a long ride on which you may still be out when it goes dark)
Spare inner tubes
A tool to fix a broken chain can be useful but not essential
Emergency contact details
If you find the ride too slow for you, you can always go on a faster ride next time.
If it is too fast, tell whoever is leading the ride so that they can either slow the pace down or check that you are ok getting back. Note that the race training rides are aimed at challenging riders so it is expected that some riders will be dropped.
It is always worth taking a map/GPS in case you want to make your own way home.
In Case of Emergency (ICE)
The club requires all members to carry ID and emergency contact details with them in their saddle bag (or in the absence of a saddle bag their jersey pocket) on all club rides.
Details to be available in the case of an accident are:
In the event of an accident in which the injured rider is unable to communicate the emergency contact details, after contacting the emergency services (where required) an accompanying rider should get the emergency contact details from the saddle bag (or jersey pocket) and contact the emergency contact as well as a committee member.
Other than that just stay safe, alert and ENJOY!