A chance to chat and ride with like minds and improve your skills and fitness
Group rides are great social events, a chance to chat and ride with like minds and improve your skills and fitness while you’re at it. You’re also very welcome to pick my brains about training tips while you’re about it.
During British Summer Time I lead or take part in two of these rides, or “chain gangs”. They are non-competitive, particularly the slower ones, although it’s not unusual for the hammer to go down in faster rides should group members feel like it.
At the time of writing (September 2013) I’m leading one of two Wednesday night rides in conjunction with Veleton Coffee and Cycles in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Ride One (which you can find here) ride is slower, more relaxed and definitely suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and ability. The distance is 17 miles (27km) and is mostly flat – it should take about an hour.
Ride Two (which you can find here) is for those who want a little more of a challenge, is 25 miles (40km) and has a pretty steep climb in it.
Neither ride is competitive. Both leave the Veleton shop at 6pm on Wednesdays.
Veleton also offer other rides – check their website for details.
The club I race for is Ride 24-7 in Cirencester, and most Tuesday nights at 6 I’ll take part in their chain gang. They offer different ability groups, starting with a slow and relaxed group and at the top end some high-category riders making for a fast, hard ride.
Ride 24-7 also offer other rides – check their website for details.
On all group rides you should aim to be self-sufficient with food, drink, tools and spares. This is not as daunting as it sounds: an energy gel or similar, a bottle of water, a multi-tool, spare inner tube or two, pump/gas cartridge. The chances are that if you get in to trouble someone will help you out. However, you shouldn’t rely solely on that. A rear light is also a good idea at the start and end of the season.
Maps in gpx or tcx format are linked to above and it’s good planning to have an idea of where the route goes in the unlikely event you get lost.
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