Club Rides

Sunday Social Rides | Sunday at 8:30am

As we slowly ease out of Covid-19 Lockdown and get back to in-person activities, please do keep in mind government advice regarding social distancing and hygiene to keep yourself and others safe. Please see advice from British Cycling (Click here) and BTF (Click here)

Before going on a social ride.

If safe to do so, groups of 6 from different households can cycle together. Smaller groups may be safer & more practical.

  • Keep a safe (at least 2 metre) distance when overtaking other cyclists and from pedestrians.
  • Consider the ‘aerosol effect’. Aerobic activity such as cycling will cause a person to expel air and therefore droplets to a distance of up to 20 metres behind them.
  • Keep cycle rides local, to a known route and let others know your route.
  • Agree before setting out how you will handle injuries or accidents while maintaining social distancing and hygiene.
  • If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home.
  • You can sit and rest outside before, during and after your ride (maintaining social distancing).
  • You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance.
  • In line with UK Government guidance, those aged over 70 should continue to take care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

As a Committee, we don't recommend wearing club colours on social rides at this point.

(Updated 27 June 2020)

 

  • Every Sunday from 22nd March, we will have at least 1 group, but depending upon numbers 2 to 3 Groups. There will always be a “24-26kph” Steady Group and where numbers dictate, a “Speedy” Group and/or “Long” Group. The Long group is more aimed at members who are training for Half or Full IM events but all welcome. The “Long” rides will generally operate from April onwards through the end of September and will depend upon demand. 
  • Arrive 8:15 for 08:30 depart prompt. 
  • Steady Group: 60-80KM – 3 hours @ 24-26KPH average group speed (speed on flat, obv slower if going to the Surrey Hills).  This will be a NON DROP RIDE and normally involve a coffee stop. 
  • Speedy Group: 60-90KM – 3 – 3.5 hours @ 27-29KPH average group speed  this will be a DROP RIDE. 
  • Long Group: 90KM+ – 3.5 hours + @ 27-29KPH.  (You need to be capable of travelling at this speed on the flat in a group). 
  • We would ask that you join the “Steady” group the first time you come out unless you are confident you will keep up with the speedy group. 
  • Route will vary each week, we'll aim to publish on social channels in the days prior.
  • Helmets, cycling clothing and clip in shoes are compulsory. 
  • No TT bikes, fixed gear/single speeds are permitted for both safety and riding reasons when riding in “Steady” or “Speedy” Groups. 
  • Each rider must be self sufficient. Bring your own food, water, tools and navigation (Garmin/Smart Phone). 
  • Riders should try to download supplied navigation route (Strava) prior to the ride. 

Introductory Ride | Posted on Social Media, but generally 1st Saturday of Every Month starting from June.

(Before this there will be the Introduction to Triathlon Course March - May that will include 3 weekend rides which members are very welcome (encouraged) to attend.)

  • Casual ride designed for those new to cycling or looking to improve their group riding skills and advance to some of our longer social rides. 
  • Support from regular ride leaders and experienced riders, offering advice, tips and tricks that will be handy for all cyclists. 
  • Meet at 08:30 for 09:00 depart at Warwick Close (opposite entrance to HOP). 
  • Around 40km at a pace comfortable for everyone. 
  • All abilities welcome // Any bike, any age! 
  • Helmets are compulsory as well as bringing tools, food, water etc.

 RIDE RULES 

  • Respect yourself and those around you. 
  • Riders must be self sufficient - food, water, tubes and puncture repair kit. 
  • Listen to your body. Eat well, drink well, sleep well.
  • Obey the laws of the road.
  • Respect each other; riders, drivers & pedestrians.