Which Group Will Suit My Riding?
We welcome riders of many abilities to join our rides. You don't need to become a member straight away before you can ride with us. You are able to join for up to 5 rides as a guest which means you can give it try to see if you like it - and us.
For experienced riders who want to do rides of up to 60 miles on a Sunday morning at a pace of around 16 - 18 mph then you should join our A group. You'll have great fun riding with others at a competitive pace. Huw Thomas usually leads this group although all riders are responsible for themselves.
If you can do distances of around 40-50 miles at a pace of 12-14mph then the B group is for you. These routes are designed as a social ride but still challenging enough to keep you on your toes and push your fitness levels. It aims to be back at Wellington by 1pm. This group is very well subscribed with 25 - 30 riders setting out, so it is becoming normal to split it into two, with one group going at a slightly faster pace (15-16mph).
If you're a novice rider, not confident that you can do long miles, or you don't want to be out too long on a Sunday morning then the C ride is for you. These rides go along at a pace of 9-12mph for 20 – 30 miles, depending on the availability of coffee stops. You should be competent on your bike as the routes are undulating and contain climbs and descents. Each ride is accompanied by 2 experienced members of the club who will ride at the front and back of the group. No one gets left behind. There will be several breaks along the way where the group comes back together before setting off again and there will be a coffee stop along the way or at the end. The ride aims to be back at Wellington around 12pm.
Tuesday Daytime Rides
If you are able to ride on Tuesday during the day then you could join our group who head out on Tuesday mornings. These are usually quite long rides of around 60 miles but are taken at a steady pace with a good stop for lunch along the way. They start at 9.15 and aim to be back in Wellington at around 2.45.
Our rides are organised over a three month rotation, and in each rotation the B group will have two or three routes that are designed to be more accessible for C group riders. Likewise, the A group will have a few opportunities for B group riders to join at a slightly moderated pace. Movement between the groups is important for the club, but there is no pressure on anyone to do anything they are not completely comfortable with doing.
None of the above?
Should you feel you are unable to meet the requirements mentioned above please still make contact with the club and we will endeavour to offer advice and guidance to get you to the required standard
You should be clear that, although we make every effort to make these rides as safe as possible, the onus is upon you to ride in a safe and respectful manner. Alert fellow cyclists to dangers ahead and behind, check junctions are clear before proceeding and be courteous to other road users. We strongly recommend the use of a helmet and you should carry some basic repair and maintenance equipment such as spare inner tube, tyre levers, Allen keys. The ride leader's decision about whether you ride on the day is final and binding.
All rides start from Longforth Road coach park in Wellington (Asda) at 09:00 on a Sunday and 09:15 on Tuesday. Destinations can be found on the Rides Calendar.
If you have any questions about the rides and want any advice on which ride you should join then please do drop us an email through the contact form on the website.