Throughout the year the Club organises a series of group training rides at the weekends. The sessions 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.
The rides are designed as a group activity where the aim is for the group to cover a certain distance together. It is not a race, and the general rule is that the group goes at the pace of the slowest cyclist. In this way it is hoped to provide opportunities 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. Distances vary between 20 and 80 miles.
Saturday rides:- a longer & faster group ride for more experienced rider with average speeds of around 15mph. We meet outside the library in Petersfield
May to October from about 08.20 to leave at 08.30
November to March/April we meet at 08:55 to leave at 09.00
Coffee & refreshments after – usually around 11/11:30 – please feel free to join, even if you haven’t cycled.
For further information contact Roy Matthews.
Sundays rides:- If you're worried about your fitness on a bike, or new to road biking and want a gentler weekend ride then the Sunday ride is for you.
Coffee & refreshments after – usually around 11 – please feel free to join, even if you haven’t cycled.
For further information contact Rich Roberts.
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. Maintaining momentum on the hills (we always find some) is essential so we don't get spread out but re-group at the top.
Everyone is responsible for their own maintenance on the ride so please ensure you know how to repair a puncture and bring appropriate tools with you to do so. We ask that all riders carry In Case of Emergency ID with them, wear appropriate food, drink & clothing for the weather, carry a charged mobile phone & have a rear light
Wednesday nights during the summer Ben Willis is organising a series of 10 mile time trials over a new course. Watch our facebook & events page for dates. Start time is 7pm, meet opposite the Post Office, South Harting 6.45pm to sign on.
These will start and finish in South Harting. The course is pretty flat and goes out to Elsted, Elsted Marsh and back. It's exactly 10 miles. If you've never tried time trialling before come along and give it a go. It's a great way to improve your speed on the bike.
Please remember have a working rear light and carry In Case of Emergency details with you. These time trials are for club members only, they aren't a race and are purely to help you with your training. As these are a club members only training event they are not run in accordance with Cycling Time Trials (CTT).
To find out more about Cycling Time Trials - click here
For more information on Basic Skills for Riders - click here