Between March and October, the club organises rides on Wednesday, Saturday (early season) and up to four on Sunday. The club continues its riding programme during the winter but at a reduced level (see our ride calendar for details).
The Sunday club runs are a key part of the club and provide an opportunity to ride in a group with the benefits of drafting, camaraderie and the occasional bout of sarcasm! A café stop is 'mandatory' (where indicated) and allows time to recover and have a chat. We aim to keep all our runs together and people with mechanical problems are not abandoned. All participants are expected to be familiar with and follow our Club Run Guidelines.
Non-members are always welcome to join the club runs on a trial basis.
To allow for different levels of fitness runs are split (click on the heading for ride dates);
- Social/Novice Ride - On both Wednesday and Sunday around 30-35 miles with a cafe stop, ideal for beginners and returning riders. Start time 10am.
- Training Rides - Run on Sundays at 9am, these rides are aimed at those training for Sportives and Audaxes or just just wanting to ride further and faster. They last for 3/4 hours and cover up 50/70 miles with and average speed of 16-17 mph depending on distance and climbs. Any stop for refuelling is a short one, usually at the roadside. Longer rides may be planned from time to time. On the first and third Saturdays of the month in the Winter and Spring, there is also a base level ride.
There are also rides of 50 miles or so at around 14 - 14.5 mph on Saturday mornings, usually on the first and third Saturday of each month from the autumn to the spring, starting at 9:45am.
- Café Ride - This is on most Sundays and a bit further and faster than the social/novice ride; also over a "lumpy" route. This is suitable for those able to sustain a pace of 14-15 mph but may be a bit faster depending on the group; start time is 9:30am.
- Ladies - There are also rides for ladies only, jump to the Ladies Rides page for more details.
Next Ride Dates
There is a calendar of all rides planned in the next month here.
Unless otherwise stated in the rides list, club runs start from Speedy’s Chinese takeaway at the West Heath roundabout in Cove (map) at the time specified. Please note that the ladies rides start from Tythings Community Centre, Reading Road, Yateley GU46 7RP at 10am.
Discussions on plans and routes also take place in this forum if you have any ideas on routes and rides or want to offer to help lead a ride. If the weather is poor, rides may be cancelled. Please check the calendar or forums for details, or contact the ride guide.
People who are thinking about joining the club are always welcome to do a couple of club runs on a trial basis following which, we would be delighted if you choose to join us. There is no need to make prior arrangements, just come to the Speedy’s and introduce yourself. Please check the clothing and equipment article for advice on what to bring and don't forget to bring some cash for cakes, coffee or water!
How experienced do I need to be? - No experience, no problem. This is a benefit of joining such a well established club who are keen to help introduce new riders to club riding.
How fit do I need to be? - For the sociable group, you need to be able to ride for about 3.5hrs in total (in two sessions, before and after a tea stop) at a steady pace (13mph). If you're not sure, please consult your doctor.
Do I need an expensive bike? - No, but it must be roadworthy. Smooth tyres and well-functioning gears will help. Carry an inner tube and tools to fix a puncture. Get your bike checked at a local bike shop if you're unsure.
Etiquette and Rules
The club has produced a guide to cycling etiquette and group riding, please take the time to read and understand them. Download it here . The club has formulated a policy framework for Rides and Events which includes the identification and management of any problems (including but not limited to inappropriate behaviour, harassment and bullying) and applies to all club events, club rides, club evenings and training sessions, to all riders and attendees at club events whether members or non-members. Please see the attached documents here for further details. If any problems are identified or suspected, the Rides Coordinator should be notified immediately.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You ride as an individual with responsibility for your own actions and entirely at your own risk. All members and guests on club rides are advised to consider their own insurance cover. FCCC can recommend the third-party insurance provided to members of British Cycling or the CTC. CTC membership is available to club members at a significantly reduced cost. Click here for details.