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. You don't need to sign up, just turn up at the appointed time. Sunday rides all start in the same place – we meet under the railway arch next to Speedy’s Chinese Takeaway. If the link doesn’t work, it’s at the top of West Heath Road in Farnborough:
Gentle Pace Social Ride, (with cafe stop)
[Start time 09:30] Andy runs a popular ride of around 35 to 40 miles. Andy's rides attract a large number of riders, so sometimes the group is split into two to make it manageable.
There is also a similar ride on Wednesdays, also at 9:30 am from Speedys. Pace is around 14-15 mph, but as with all rides this will vary depending on terrain, weather and composition of the group etc..
Mid Paced Social Ride, (with cafe stop)
[Start time 09:30] Jeff's ride slots in nicely in-between Nick's and Andys' rides. Covering 45 to 50 miles at an average pace of around 15.5 to 16.5mph, but as mentioned above, this can vary
Quick Paced Social Ride, (with cafe stop)
[Start time 10:00 from Sunday 13th November] Nick's ride covers from 45 to 65 miles with an average pace of around 16.5 to 17.5 mph but this too can vary.
Fast Paced Non Stop Ride
[Start time 09:30] These “non-stop” rides are around 50-60 miles but usually a smaller group (6 – 12 riders). Pace is a bit quicker, around 18 -19.5 mph. The key difference is that there is no cafe stop, so we are all usually back home between 12:30 and 1:00pm. Keep an eye on the forum events calendar and Facebook page for announcements of routes etc, as these rides have no designated owner.
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.
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 (14mph). 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.
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 Cycling UK. Cycling UK membership is available to club members at a significantly reduced cost.