Club Rides

Please email Membership@EGCC.net if you wish to attend a Club ride.

Members are encouraged to join our main WhatsApp group, please send your name and mobile number to Membership@EGCC.net to be added.

 

The meeting point for all Club rides is in front of the Atrium Cinema on King Street, RH19 3DJ.

On Saturdays there are usually 4 club rides;

  • Group 1 – Steady pace. A great introduction to the club for riders looking to enjoy social rides and improve fitness. These rides average 12-13MPH and are usually around 20 miles. If a new member is unsure which group to join, we ask you start here. The ride leader will suggest moving up a group as necessary.
  • Group 2 – Steady pace. An enjoyable pace for riders who are confident on the road, seeking to maintain or build fitness, enjoy social rides and explore the surrounding area. Average pace of around 13-14MPH with distances of around 25-35 miles.
  • Group 3 – Intermediate. Riders who have good fitness and enjoy longer rides of around 30-50 miles, at around 14-15MPH. These rides suit those with good endurance & fitness, who are looking to enjoy longer routes at a comfortable pace. Some of our Group 4 riders ride in this group during the winter for steady endurance.
  • Group 4 – Mini-sportive. This group is for those looking to ride consistently between 15-18MPH, with a distance of around 40-60 miles. Rider fitness is essential.

All Saturday rides are led by experienced riders, are non-drop and include a coffee stop around half way. Routes and distances vary each week and members are asked to register on to rides via an electronic form.

Group 1 meets at 08:15 for an 08:30 departure, Group 2 at 08:30 for 08:45, Group 3 at 08:45 for 09:00 and Group 4 at 09:00 for 09:15.

Sunday Club rides are currently ad-hoc and are usually more frequent in summer months. 

 

Please note rides and meet up times are subject to change, it is best to check for updates within our WhatsApp group

 

The group always reforms at the top of hills to ensure no one is dropped and there may also be times, where possible, that the group is split based on ability.

A common misconception for new riders thinking about joining a club ride is “I won’t be fast enough”. Club rides are about cycling together, we ride as a group. Nobody is left behind.

A café stop of around half an hour for a rest and refreshments is a feature of all Club rides and we therefore advise you to bring some method of payment should you wish to refuel.

Riders are advised to bring a spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers and perhaps a multi-tool. In the event of a ‘mechanical’ the group will stop and help if required.

Sensible clothing is advised and is a matter of common sense depending on the weather and road conditions. It is also more pleasant for everyone if your bike is fitted with mudguards on wetter days.

The rides are open to anybody with a road bike, this includes hybrids with road tyres (not a mountain bike)

Participants must be 12 years of age or over and an adult must accompany riders under 16 unless you have a prior arrangement with a club member who is riding.

Club rides will generally be cancelled when ice is a hazard on grounds of safety.