What do we do......
Club runs are one of the core activities of the club, they are an entry level ride and are tailored to suit most riders.
These rides follow the ethos of travelling at the pace of the slowest rider and are designed to allow the rider to learn the signing and skills involved in group riding whilst building their confidence. They are social rides that usually involve a cafe stop and allows everyone the chance for everyone to chat and get to know one another.
Rides are posted on the club Facebook page every week and we publish a 2 month list in advance so you can plan which rides you would like to come along to. The rides usually leave the club house at 9:30 but always refer to the Facebook page for updates due to changes in the weather.
These are a specific type of ride that tests the riders ability to keep a constant average speed over a set distance. The average speed should be 12.5 mph, an example of one of these rides is as follows:
50 in 4 (50 miles in 4 hours) The idea is that the rider sets off on a predetermined course of 50 miles and has to get back to the club house or finish in 4 hours. There is some lee way on this as the rider is allowed to arrive up to 20 minutes before the 4 hours but not a second after.
Other distances include:
75 in 6
100 in 8
Staying safe on a club ride
It is important when riding on a club run to stay safe and understand some essential hand signals.
The illustration below shows the hand signals and descriptions of what each signal means.
Hand straight up in the air. Group is stopping for a junction, puncture or because there is an obstruction in the road.
Move one hand as if gently patting a dog. Group is slowing down or just easing things back a bit.
Waving/Pointing behind back indicates that there is an obstruction such as a parked car or pedestrian and that the whole group needs to move in the direction indicated to avoid it.
Left or right hand extended out to the side. Direction of turn/change in direction coming up.
Pointing down at the road sometimes with a circulating motion to an obstruction on the road such as a pothole or drain cover that needs to be avoided. Be sensible with this one and only point out major obstacles. This signal is often accompanied with a call of "below".