Following the recent Roadmap out of Lockdown announcement from HMG, Charlotteville Cycling Club are pleased to announce the return of our legendary club rides from 3rd April.
We organise weekly rides (Club Runs) every Sunday morning that cover many of the scenic and undulating roads around Surrey and the surrounding counties. As with our Club Nights (see above), our Club Runs are open to all and are a great way for prospective members to get a feel for the Club before joining up. Novice riders should note that we organise regular Beginners Rides that are shorter in distance and slower in pace than our regular Club Runs; generally these are held on the first Sunday of the month. Our Club Runs depart from the Guildfordians Clubhouse (map) and while the COVID-19 restrictions are being eased, we will have slightly staggered starts from 0830 for Sundays and 0730 on Saturdays. See the club run calendar for more specifics below.
Club rides almost always go to a suitable cafe, where we stop for coffee, cakes and conversation. In light of the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the routes from 3rd April 2021, have
been chosen for good cafes for takeaway or later in the month seating outside but at a pinch you can get all the way round if the weather looks unsuitable for outdoor seating.
Until restrictions are fully eased, our guideline will be groups of 6 on the road, which we will organise in advance via WhatsApp, although we can accommodate small changes or additions on the day.
Suggestions for future destinations are always welcome. Club members: please volunteer to lead these rides, we try to have members scheduled to lead each ride but if this does not happen then any members on the ride are expected to 'lead' or work out where to go! The planned Club Runs Calendar can be found below. We try and mix up the rides each week with different lengths and at least once a month we will have a beginners ride (as described above). For more details about club runs please contact James Curry or Andy Milner.
Please note that you will need to log in to your personal Garmin Connect account before clicking on the link for Garmin files, registration to Garmin Connect is free.
Many people ask about the pace of our club rides. Firstly, let's emphasize that club rides are social events, not training rides. Generally the pace will be about 19mph on the road, with an overall average lower than that, as we stop to regroup at appropriate intervals. Remember that it's much easier to ride in a group than on your own, so if you can ride at 17mph on your own, you shouldn't have any problems with 20mph in a group. There will also be different groups that leave for each ride and this will always include both a faster and slower group so don't be concerned about getting dropped or not being able to keep up.
Beginners' rides are generally slower, and we boast that no-one will be left behind, so someone in the club (I mean a club member!) will always ride with the slowest rider, providing help and encouragement. The pace of the main group is likely to be around 16 mph.
Distances ridden vary from 70 miles at the longest to around 30 miles for some of the beginners' rides. You can expect to be back in Guildford anywhere between 12.15 and 14.00. Riders should carry at least one spare inner tube (preferably two), a pump and some tyre levers. Some basic tools will help you to be self sufficient, such as allen keys, screwdriver(s) and an adjustable spanner. There will always be someone else in the group carrying these items, but it's nice to know that you can take care of emergencies if necessary.
If you have any questions Sunday club runs, please contact us. Non-members are welcome to join the Sunday club runs on a trial basis.
Perhaps you've not ridden a bike for a while and you're looking for the easiest way to get back in the saddle? Or you fancy a fun way to get out with your friends? These rides are about building confidence for all abilities and ages in a relaxed environment.
Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. Our aim is to help thousands more women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride.
Breeze Rides in Woking are on the 3rd Thursday of the month and follow a short circular route along quiet lanes and cycle paths wherever possible. We always keep to the pace of the slowest rider so no one feels left behind.
Everyone's welcome – look forward to seeing you there!
Karen Smith (Breeze Champion)