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Club Rides

Club Rides are a great way to progress your cycling. You’ll learn how to ride safely and efficiently in a group and it’s far easier to head out for a training ride knowing you’ll be with others rather than on your own.

 

Do I have to be a Club Member?

No, we welcome all potential new members, so please feel free to come along as it's a good way to find out more about the Ystwyth Cycle Club. If you like it, sign up and join the club!

 

How do I let the Ride Co-ordinator know about a medical condition?

Complete the Rider Information Form and hand it to the Ride Co-ordinator.

 

Chaingang

The Club Chaingang is a great way to enjoy a mid-week faster paced ride. The ride involves riding in a group of your own ability and taking short turns on the front before moving over to allow the next rider to come through. The aim is to keep the pace consistent and smooth.  Further information can be found on our Chaingang page

Do I have to be over 18 to take part in the Club Chaingang? If you are aged 14-17 and would like to join a Club Chaingang, you will need to complete our Parental Consent Form beforehand and bring along with you to the ride. During the ride a nominated rider will ensure you are not on your own for the club ride.

Each ride will have a nominated Ride Co-ordinator who will provide a short briefing and determine appropriate groups, however, you should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bike and other equipment) during Club activities. You take part in Club rides entirely at your own risk. We highly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance for your own sake. Membership of British Cycling can offer you this form of cover.

 

Sunday Rides

There are various Sunday rides organised throughout the year – the Beginner Ride,  the Sunday Club Run and the Social Ride.  Take a look at the ride descriptions to select a ride that is suitable for your level of fitness.

Each ride will have a nominated Ride Co-ordinator who will determine an appropriate route and pace, however, you should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bike and other equipment) during Club activities. You take part in Club rides entirely at your own risk. We highly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance for your own sake. Membership of British Cycling can offer you this form of cover.

Do I have to be over 18 to take part in the Sunday Rides? If you are aged 14-17 and would like to join a Sunday Club Ride, check out the various ride descriptions above to choose a ride suitable for your level of fitness and ability. You will need to complete our Parental Consent Form beforehand and bring along with you to the ride. During the ride a nominated rider will ensure you are not on your own for the club ride.

 

What Equipment do I need to carry?

  • Clothing appropriate for the day’s weather, take a rain jacket if rain is forecast.  Layers are good that you can add/take off.
  • Spares including an inner tube, tyre levers and pump in case of a puncture.
  • A mobile phone.
  • Food and drink needed for the ride.
  • Enough money if required for a café stop, refreshments or emergencies.

 

Do I have to have a racing bike and all the kit?

  • A well maintained and roadworthy road bike is highly recommended.
  • It's recommended that riders wear cycle helmets on our club rides.

 

Do I need mudguards?

  • They will keep you dry (and the rider behind!) and modern versions like SKS Race Blades can be fitted to most bikes. But there's no requirement to ride with them.

 

What do I need to consider when riding on a club ride?

  • Observe all aspects of the Highway Code
  • Be courteous and do not shout abuse at other road users or cyclists.
  • Ride in a manner that is predictable and safe.
  • Stronger riders should wait at the agreed re-group point (usually at top of climbs and junctions) to avoid anyone taking a wrong turn or becoming left on their own.
  • Communicate with your fellow riders of any road defects and hazards.
  • Ride at a maximum of two abreast, but be prepared to single out where necessary, warn other riders of approaching traffic.
  • Above all - enjoy yourself!
  • For more information on Group Riding visit: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/knowledge/skills/article/izn20121221-group-ride-0

Risk Assessments available for the Beginner Ride, Social Ride, Chaingang (Borth) and the Club Run.

A handy checklist for the Sunday Ride Co-ordinator’s can be found here