Look out for our Club Introductory Ride to which everyone is welcome. We try to keep to quiet lanes and cover about 30 miles including a stop at a café for refreshments.
The 'Intro Ride' is a flat route. The 'Hilly Intro Ride' will be a route that features a few gentle hills.
The aim of these events is to provide a relatively short, easy-paced ride suitable for newcomers or riders who are not yet confident of being able to ride with the main club runs, riders returning to cycling or those who are still gaining cycling fitness.
The rides are intended as an introduction to club cycling, not as an introduction to cycling and a minimum level of fitness is expected.
As a guide, participants should be comfortable completing solo rides of 15 miles in approximately 1.5 hours before attempting one of our introductory rides.
We do not leave anybody behind but a reasonable rate of progress must be made and we expect a minimum average speed of approximately 13mph.
The Progression Rides are intended to start the journey from the Intros so that new members and time limited irregular riders can build up their endurance and eventually speed to join the regular Club Rides.
There will be occasions on the routes where we will stop to gather the group together and also official extended stopping points to replenish our empty stomachs and refill our drinks bottles. Expect a pace similar to the Intro rides around 13mph.
As a guide, the Club Ride is suitable to anyone who would average 14-16mph on a 50 mile flat route with favourable weather conditions. However this is for guidance only to help you find a suitable group. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by many factors including distance, route, weather etc. The Club Ride will typically be 50 to 75 miles long with the odd longer ride in the summer. There will always be a cafe stop to replenish food stocks, drinks bottles and to rest weary legs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the route a few days before the event.
The Inters Ride (aka
Intermediate Ride) is aimed at riders who want to, and have the
ability to ride at a quicker pace than the Club Ride but
think the Sporting Ride is a step too far. As a guide, this ride
should be suitable to anyone who would average around 17mph on
a 50 mile flat route with favourable weather conditions. As with all our rides
the actual pace will be determined by many factors including
distance, route, weather etc. The Inters Ride on a Sunday will typically be 60 to 80 miles long with approximately 5000ft of climbing at ~14mph avg. There will usually be a cafe stop on route. The Inters Ride
will be ridden as a group at a controlled pace with regrouping when required.
The Sporting Ride is suitable to anyone who would average 18+mph on a 50 mile flat route with favourable weather conditions. However this is for guidance only to help you find a suitable group. The actual pace of the ride will be determined by many factors including distance, route, weather etc. The Sporting Ride on a Sunday will typically be 50 to 80 miles long with some longer rides in the summer. There will usually be a cafe stop to replenish food stocks, drinks bottles and to discuss the route home. We will always sit up to regroup when required.
Most of our rides start from the Euxton Mills Pub. (Start times and locations will always be on the calendar and Facebook page). The map below shows the location if you're unsure.
Etiquette: Riders should warn other riders of:
- Change of speed
- Approaching vehicles
- Traffic lights/junctions etc
- Cars approaching from behind
- Members dropping off the back
- When to single out to let traffic past
Equipment/Accessories you should have with you
- Helmet (Mandatory for guest riders)
- Spare tubes, pump and Basic toolkit
- Money for cafe lunch stop
- Mudguards in winter
- (no guards you ride at the back)
- Lights in winter or bad weather