Frequently Asked Questions.

Please be aware that during the COVID 19 pandemic, all riders are required to pre-book on rides. 

Group sizes are limited to 6. An Email is sent to all members in advance with the deadline for booking.  Groups are then announced on a dedicated What’s App group. These rides will be run in accordance with British Cycling Guidance
and the committee has developed a Risk Assessment, You must read and confirm that you have read the Bath CC Covid-19 Risk Assessment prior to the ride.


How do I find what rides are available?

Everything is on our Ride with GPS account https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/3960-bath-cycling-club/events? Instructions on how to sign up for free https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hsw2e4Qe3g_X9SbMhnk80DSv0sUBPRqkd41D6hCg2wI/edit


Weekend rides

We offer rides of various distances & speeds ranging from a 25 mile social ride to paceline training for those who want to focus on improving speed. Details of all rides are on the Ride tab of the website. http://bathcc.net/ride/ 

Rides are open to anyone, but for insurance reasons we will ask you to join the club after 3 rides

A parental consent form is required for all riders under age 18. Under 16s to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Club Rides/Paceline. 

The following notes are intended to give all new members an insight into what to expect on a club rides especially if you have no previous experience of riding in a group.  


What should you take with you on a club ride?

  • Crash helmet
  • Membership card (as it included your emergency contact details in the event of an emergency)
  • Tools to fix a puncture – a spare tube or 2, tyre levers, and a pump or air canister.
  • A bottle of drink, particularly in the summer. A sports drink would be a good idea.
  • Emergency food, e.g. a banana, energy bar or some other energy giving food.
  • Money to spend at the ‘coffee’ stop.
  • A mobile phone. If you are carrying a mobile, make a note of the ride leader’s number. 
  • Some ID ideally with your name, address & contact details of next of kin. Some people store this in their mobile under ICE (in case of emergency). Your membership card also has this information
  • Padlock (for locking bikes outside the café) 
  • Lights are also useful for the 2 tunnels path & essential for riding in poor riding conditions. 
  • Appropriate clothing. Please check the forecast in advance.


In winter all bikes should be equipped with effective mudguards. Not only does this keep your own chamois dry but it also avoids other riders being sprayed with your muddy water. 


Shouts you might hear in the group. 

If you have never been on a cycling club run before you may find that some of the loud exclamations you will hear rather confusing. Here are a few examples.


‘EASY’  ‘STOPPING” or ‘MECHANICAL’ In each case, riders will be slowing down. You may get little warning so it is essential that you react promptly to avoid a pile up. 


‘CAR UP!’ or ‘CAR DOWN’  or ‘CAR BACK’ means someone has noticed a car behind and is waiting, or about to overtake (car up/car back) a car coming towards us (car down).

Depending on how much room there is for the car to get past, it’s often sensible to go from two abreast to single file. You might then hear ‘SINGLE OUT!’ We normally remain in single file when there’s a lot of traffic.


‘ON THE RIGHT/LEFT!’ may be accompanied with a hand gesture to indicate a hazard on the road, e.g. a pothole, glass, or when passing a pedestrian, runner, or another obstacle. Sometimes, only the riders ahead will give the hand gesture. 


One last thing, if you are on the receiving end of a motorist’s aggression, tempting as it may be, try not to retaliate either verbally or with a provocative gesture. This never results in a positive outcome and reflects poorly on the club, especially as many of the group will be wearing club kit.


During the ride.

The ride leaders will note how many riders they have in their group & check periodically to make sure everyone is accounted for, so please let the leader know if you decide to turn off & go home or if you switch group during the ride. 

Please don’t ride off the front of the group as there is a risk that you might pass a junction where the ride leader planned to turn off.  Hills are the exception to this rule as we all have our own approach to climbing. If the group fragments on a hill we will always regroup at the top. 

If you stop for any reason, please tell the ride leader. If you can’t get to the ride leader, ask one of the other riders to pass the message on.

If you puncture or have any other problem, someone or the whole group will stay with you to help. Just make sure you let the group know that you have a problem.

The Sunday rides are not competitive. We endeavour to ride at a comfortable pace for everyone in the group. If you want something more challenging, move up a group or join us on the Saturday  Paceline. During the Summer, there are also lots of opportunities to take part ion Time Trials or Road Races. 


Odd Down closed circuit (access by Chelwood Drive off Bloomfield Road, Bath) http://www.openstreetmap.org/ & search for Odd Down playing field.


This is a 1.5km cycle circuit where training & racing are organised by local cycling clubs. Bath CC offer youth coaching in conjunction with other BaNES Cycling Clubs under the Sulis Scorpions Youth Cycling Alliance 5-6pm every Thursday & 9-12 every Saturday morning.  Sessions must be booked & paid in advance through http://www.sulisscorpions.org.uk/ £2.50 per session. 


In the summer there are also races each Tuesday evening.  Entries can made via the British Cycling race calendar.  There is also open training on Thursday evenings from 6-dusk. Less experienced riders from 6pm graduating to more experienced ‘roadies’ from 7pm.  These sessions are all finished for the season but we will let everyone know when we start again in spring.  


 The Odd Down calendar can be viewed at    http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/cyclecircuit


Indoor Activities

In the winter months there are races on Zwift.  Please ask the club Captain if you are interested in participating.

Do I need a license to race?

If you only intend to take part in time trials, you do not need a license. If you want to take part in mass start races, you will need to join British Cycling and buy a license. http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership. A minimum of ‘Commute membership’ is required if you want 3rd party insurance. If you want to take part in road racing, you will need to add a full license. If you’re new to racing, you only need a 4th Cat license. The classification system is explained on the BC website. http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/article/race-licence BathCC members joining British Cycling for the first time will receive a £25 discount on 1st year membership (see discount section below).


Where can I find a list of races & entry requirements? 

The Time Trial calendar is published in late January each year & can be ordered through the CTT website. https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/

You can also search for events on their website & filter by distance, region, date etc. Our region (West DC) code is U. Local event including club confined events are at http://www.westdc.co.uk/Calendar.html,


Club Strava Challenge

The Club Climb and the Club Sprint.

The rules are very simple.

  • The Club Climb is East Harptree – you can find the Strava Segment called BCC Club Climb 2020 here https://www.strava.com/segments/22381454
  • The Club Sprint is Eastbound on the road from Tormarton to Acton Turville – you can find the Strava Segment called BCC Club Sprint 2020 here  https://www.strava.com/segments/22275602
  • You need to be on Strava and part of the Bath Cycling Club Group and then record a time for the segment on Strava at any time between 1 January 2020 and 30 November 2020.  You can ride each segment as many time as you like, whenever you like and in whatever weather conditions you like.

The winners in the categories below will be the riders with the fastest time for 2020 on those Strava segments on 30 November 2020.

Categories are:  

Age Groups

    • Men over 50 on 1 January 2020
    • Men under 50 on 1 January 2020
    • Women over 50 on 1 January 2020
    • Women under 50 on 1 January 2020

How to buy club kit? 

We keep a limited stock of Santini and Kalas kit which can be purchased direct from the club.  If you would like to buy any kit check whether it is available on the stock list below. If the kit is in stock email [email protected] detailing what you want to buy.  You will be asked to transfer the money to the Bath CC bank account and to advise whether you want the kit delivered to either Cadence Bike Shop, Chelsea Road, Bath or 73 Degrees in Keynsham.  You will be notified by email when your kit is available for collection from your chosen bike shop.

If the kit you want is not in stock it will be ordered direct from Kalas via the Kalas eShop.  The Kalas eShop is open 3 or 4 times a year, depending on demand.  When an ordering period is planned you will be sent an email to give you the link and password for the eShop and to advise you when the eShop will open and close and the potential kit delivery date, usually 8-10 weeks after the eShop closes.  There will be at least 2 ordering periods; January for Spring/Summer kit and June for Autumn/Winter kit.  For further information please email Hilary Oliver at [email protected].


Does membership give me a discount at any bike shops?

Yes on production of your membership card, you will be given 10% discount from 


Other discounts – BC membership

If you are thinking about joining British Cycling & you haven’t been a member in the last 2 years, you can obtain a discount by using our club discount code NEWCMRA (NWECMRD for Ride membership) which gives free Fan membership or £24 off any other membership. You need ‘Commute’ membership if you want the 3rd party insurance & legal support (£37 pa). If you are a Cycling UK member (formerly Cyclist Touring Club) you will already have the insurance cover through them. 

What if I have any medical conditions or need medication? 

If you have any medical conditions or take any medication which you would like to inform a paramedic about in the event of an emergency, please add the information to your membership application details on Rider HQ IMMEDIATELY so it is picked up & printed on your membership card. The cards you are issued with when you join is a ‘card for life’ Requests for duplicate cards with amended details cost £5.50


The easiest source of information is the club website, but some specific contacts include

Webmaster [email protected]

Club clothing [email protected]

Club rides [email protected] 

Ladies captain [email protected] 

Road Race queries [email protected]

Time trial queries [email protected]

Club coaches [email protected]


We also have our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/560656480641309 and an

Instagram page: bathcyclingclub


If there’s anything you want to know, just ask. If you can think of anything which you would have found useful to be included in a new member’s information pack, please let me know. You’re probably not the only person wondering the same thing. 


Aileen Brown 0785 414 9008

[email protected]