If you like the idea of a pleasant ride in the countryside with a stop for refreshments and a relaxed chat we have several regular activities for you. The emphasis is on enjoyment with a steady pace and routes using the best of the local lanes. Regulars range in age from 14 to 70+ and can offer enthusiasm and a wealth of cycling experience to both new and established riders.
You are most welcome to come and join us for a couple of trial rides before you apply for club membership.
Saturday rides typically cover between 30 to 45 miles, and are finished by lunchtime. We alternate between hilly and flat routes, visiting a good range of cafe destinations. There are several groups, with average speeds ranging from 14 to 20mph, lead by ride leaders. Any variations on what people find ‘comfortable’ will usually show up most on hills so we have an understanding that we regroup at the top of any climbs before moving on.
From April through to the end of October the club runs 3 rides each Sunday, departing from Pittville Pump Rooms at 8:30 am & 9:00 am. Our social ride leaves at 9am and aims to average 16 mph over around 60 miles. Our Inter ride also leaves at 9am and will average 17mph over around 55 miles. Both have a café stop halfway.
In the summer months, our Sportive Ride leaves at 8.30am and will average 18+ mph over around 65 miles with a café stop halfway. During the winter months (November to March) the sportive ride is replaced with a series of Winter Training Rides of a similar distance, leaving at 09.00 and without a café stop.
Rider safety is a priority for the club, and we review rides every week to ensure that we are responding to changing weather and road conditions. We reserve the right to change or cancel rides accordingly. Please see the link here for the detailed policy.
Generic Risk Assessment (Inc MTB)
In order for us to regularly assess the general safety of our group rides, we use our generic risk assessment (RA) which has been developed over a long period of time and is regularly reviewed. We ask our members to view this RA and should you have any queries, please feel free to speak with our road captain or MTB captain in the first instant, who will provide any immediate assistance and guidance, with any relevant comments passed back to our safety committee for theoir review. Our current RA is provided below: