Keen to get out on a training ride with others at the weekend? Then join us on our regular club rides exploring the Hampshire countryside.
Throughout the year, as long as the weather conditions are not unsafe, there are regular club rides at the weekend. These sessions are a great way to meet other club members, and vary your cycling routes. The rides are not coached therefore anyone participating does so entirely at their own risk. You must always undertake your own assessment of the conditions before commencing a session. Riders must also be able to carry out their own minor bike maintenance such as puncture repairs, carry suitable supplies, and have a road worthy bike.
Worried you won't keep up?
Our rides are a group activity, where the no one gets left behind. The objective is to have a fun and social training ride where everyone can improve their cycling and get to know other club members.
There are regular Sunday rides where the pace is fairly relaxed (ideal if you have not cycled with us before), and often a Saturday ride as well which tends to be slightly longer and a bit faster paced. If we have a large group then we will sometimes split into smaller groups to make sharing the road with cars easier, and giving the opportunity for riders of similar pace to group together.
Each week the distance will vary, usually between 25-35 miles, and so will the hill quotient! You will soon get to know all of our local climbs, which will all feel easier sharing the effort with others. The aim of the rides is to provide an opportunity for:
• A sociable & enjoyable ride
• Group training – drafting, pace, line etc
• Encouragement for the less fit cyclists
• Experience for newer cyclists
The distances and terrain chosen vary each ride according to the difficulty of the ride and the time of year, e.g., a hilly ride will likely be shorter, off road mountain bike rides out of season.
Occasionally there will be a longer ride of between 50-80miles, and we also join local events such as the Isle of Wight Randonee, and Petersfield Ups and Downs.
Will I be fast enough?
No one gets left behind on a Sunday ride, however you should assess yourself if your general level of fitness is sufficient for a ride of two hours or more. There are riders with a range of speeds out each week, so you will always have someone to ride with. It's a good idea to look at the ride length and profile on the facebook page, that will give you an idea of the level of difficulty. But do feel free to message the ride leader if you have questions. Rides differ from week to week in terms of elevation and distance, so there is something for everyone.
What type of Bike do I need?
Whilst the majority of riders will be on road bikes, please feel free to join us on whatever steed you have in the garage. The only requirement is that it is safe and roadworthy. If you're new to the club and considering what bike you should have for your triathlon venture, you will find a bunch of enthusiastic bicycle owners who are a fountain of knowledge on all things kit related.
Where and When?
Rides start from the Square in Petersfield, and generally at 8.30, although this can vary in some circumstances. The ride leader for the weekend will post the route and timing each week on our facebook page and via email.
As weather conditions can change, keep an eye on the Facebook page in case there are any changes to the plan. If you are planning to attend please indicate on the post (especially if it's your first ride with us), but please don't forget to let us know if circumstances change and you cannot attend, otherwise the group will be waiting for you!
We ride as a group either in pairs or a single line as much of the ride as possible with stronger riders taking turns on the front. If we get spread out on a climb, then we will regroup at the top, so take the climbs at your own pace.
Please make sure you have all the supplies needed to repair a puncture. Although there is usually someone willing to help, it's also good practice to familiarise yourself with how to carry this out. As all our members will attest, you never know when a puncture will strike! We ask that all riders carry In Case of Emergency ID (ICE) with them, wear appropriate clothing and have enough nutrition and drinks for the weather. Please also carry a charged mobile phone & have a working rear light. ICE bands can be bought on joining the club, and these are an ideal way of having your emergency contact details to hand.
Working rear light
In Case of Emergency details. please contact Kate Smith for ordering details.
Puncture repair equipment - inner tubes, inflation equipment (pumps, cannisters etc), tyre levers.
Sufficient nutrition and hydration - Distance, hills, and the faster pace that you will sometimes find riding with others means that you may need some nutrition with you. This is especially the case if the ride will be significantly longer than you usually do on your own.
Appropriate Clothing for the weather conditions.
These rides are for club members only, however potential members are welcome to come along for a couple of taster rides if they would like to. Please contact us via email or Facebook if you would like to join us.
For more information on Basic Skills for Riders - click here