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Novice cyclists who already have cycling experience but want
to start riding with the club and need to gain experience of
good group riding skills.
at the pace of the slowest rider. The group will wait for anyone who gets a puncture.
not yet ridden on the roads before then we recommend you gain some experience before attending a LifeCycles Club ride.
Sunday Social C Ride: 30-40 miles
around 3 hours including some hills. Pace varies depending on the ride leader and who turns up but it’s usually level 2
welcome to come along but the focus is on encouraging more women to try cycling in a non competitive environment.
Cyclists who can comfortably:
something more challenging
Tuesday/Thursday night training rides:
There will be a cafe stop but it depends on the ride leader/who
comes out. If you're not sure if you will be able to keep a steady
pace, it might be worth trying one of the easier rides first.
The pace on these rides varies depending on who turns up.
Usually racers or experienced cyclists who can comfortably
ride above 18mph*.
These are tough training rides and the
speeds vary. The group will not wait for anyone who is
dropped / gets a puncture.
It is accepted that some riders will
not be able to keep up the 1st time but each time they try the
ride they'll keep up for longer and longer as they get fitter until
eventually they can complete the training ride with the group.
Sunday Social A Ride/Sunday Century Ride (80-120 miles):
Generally around 100 miles, may be less if the route is
particularly hilly. There will only be a stop to refill bottles or for
convenience breaks. Generally those that are fitter / stronger /
quicker and may be on a time limit will attend this ride. Only
have proper cafe stops on the very long very hard rides - please see the event info for details.
For those looking for a competitive edge, we run ad hoc race
training sessions. Check out Facebook, twitter, and the shop
noticeboard for more info and updates
We do not currently run a chain gang but we are in the process
of devising a new route starting from the shop.
Watch this space!!
We organise lots of rides throughout the year as listed on the club rides page. We have some regular weekly, monthly and seasonal rides and also other rides organised on an ad-hoc basis by our members, keep in touch with https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifecyclescyclingclub/ for more info.
All of our rides are dependent on members being able to lead them so please volunteer to organise a ride if you can. Anyone wanting to do a faster ride or specific training is encouraged to organise a ride by adding it to the rides list.
To find out which rides would be suitable for you, please read the guide below. We recommend you start with the easiest ride and work your way up so that you avoid going on a ride that's too fast for you and getting discouraged.
All of our rides assume you have some road cycling experience and that you have the equipment and skills needed to fix a puncture if you get one.
Please read our Ride Guidelines before joining us for a ride.
* Speeds given below are based on a flat 30 mile course