How do I order club kit?
Club Kit is selected & paid for using Kit tab of our website http://kit.bathcc.net/ We keep a stock of Santini kit but ladies Kalas Kit and Men’s Skinsuits are purchased to order so you may have to wait approximately 3-4 months for delivery. You will be notified by email when your kit is available for collection at Cadence Bike Shop, Chelsea Road, Bath. Bring your confirmation email to the shop. For further information, see http://kit.bathcc.net/pages/faqs. If you have any other questions please email [email protected]
How do I join the Bath CC Facebook group?
Go to the Bath Cycling Club Facebook page and apply to join the group.
Do I need a licence to race?
If you only intend to take part in time trials, you do not need a licence. If you want to take part in mass start races, you will need to join British Cycling and buy a licence. http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership. Bronze membership is currently £23.00 & includes a provisional licence which will allow you to enter most Cyclo Cross & MTB races. A minimum of ‘Ride membership’ if you want 3rd party insurance. If you want to take part in road racing, you will need to add a full licence. If you’re new to racing, you only need a 4th Cat licence. The classification system is explained on the BC website. BathCC members joining British Cycling for the first time will receive a £23 discount on 1st year membership (see 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/find-events
You can also search for events on their website & filter by distance, region, date etc. Our region (West DC) code is U. http://www.westdc.co.uk/ some events accept on line entry.
Does membership give me a discount at any bike shops?
Yes on production of your membership card, you will be given 10% discount from
- Cadence (where or Saturday Chain gang & Saturday social rides meet) http://cadencebikeshop.com/. Will & his team offer a great service & advice.
- 73° in Keynsham (owned by club member Jim Cartridge) https://www.73degreesbicycleshop.com
- Avon Valley Cyclery (great for folding & utility bikes) http://www.avonvalleycyclery.co.uk
- Green Park Bike Station http://www.greenparkbikestation.info/
British Cycling 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, Silver or Gold membership if you want the 3rd party insurance & legal support. If you are a Cycling UK member you will already have the insurance cover through them.
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.
‘CAR UP!’ or ‘CAR DOWN’ means someone has noticed a car behind and is waiting, or about to overtake (car up) 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 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. The chances are the cyclists come off worst.
Each Sunday we normally have three groups to cater for different levels of fitness (see below), all leaving from Cleveland Bridge at 8.30 (9am Dec-Feb) . GPX files of most of our routes are available to download from the club website.
The ride destinations can be found in the monthly newsletter & on our website http://www.bathcc.net
You are free to choose which group you ride with, but if you are not accustom to riding briskly in a club group or you think that a ride of 55 miles could be a bit much, please join our Saturday social rides until you have found your feet/wheels. You’ll enjoy yourself much more riding with people of similar ability and will be able to judge what pace you are comfortable with and learn club riding skills.
Each group has a run / ride leader, who has planned the route & knows which café has been booked for coffee.
||Competent, fit riders who may compete in road races, time trials, sportifs or Audax events
||Competent, fit riders who prefer a less challenging pace
||Reasonably fit riders of mixed ability
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 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 Chain Gang. During the Summer, there are also lots of opportunities to take part on Time Trials or Road Races.
Saturday Chaingang Training Ride
A more formal training ride at a faster pace. Two groups leave Cadence Bike Shop, Chelsea Road, Bath.
- First group leaving at 9:00am, with an average speed ~16-18mph.
- Second group leaving at 9:10am, with an average speed ~19-21mph.
The route is a ~42mile circuit with no stops. A map can be found here, we advise riders to study this route in advance, as the groups will not wait if you get dropped.
The groups use a more formal riding style than the other club runs, a style known as a “chain gang”. In the chain gang the riders form two lines, a faster line (typically on the outside) and a slower line. Riders in the faster line, on reaching the front of the slower line, pull across to the head of the slower line, and ease up to the pace of the slower line. Riders in the slow line, on reaching the back of the fast line, pull out to join the fast line. This slowly rotates the riders which lead the group, and spreads the effort between the group. Riders which are having difficulty maintaining the speed of the group have the option of staying at the back of the slow line, which means they spend no time leading the group, and so save the extra effort required to lead. After the ride, get together at The Chelsea Café, opposite Cadence.
Saturday Social Ride
We have a choice of a set 25mile route or varying 40-45m routes each week. Out mantra is to start together, finish together & want to ride together the next week. Nobody gets left behind.
Meet at Cadence Bike Shop to leave at 9:15 (Chelsea Road, BA1 3PP). Map.
The shorter 25 mile route follows the Bath to Bristol Bike Cycle path to Shortwood before climbing Shortwood Hill to the B4465, then dropping down to Pucklechurch. The route then leaves Pucklechurch towards Hinton before turning right to Doynton and Wick before rejoining the cycle path near Oldland Common. The route and more details can be found here.
The 25m group aim to be back in approx 2hrs and meet at Chelsea Rd Cafe for a coffee and a well earned cake. The longer rides include a coffee stop & aim to be back by 1:30pm
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.
Ladies only rides
We have women’s rides on the 2nd & 4th Friday each month during term time meeting at Cadence at 9am. These rides are very relaxed & cover about 40 miles on the 2nd Friday of the month & 20 miles on the 4th Friday. This group does not usually run during school holidays – check dates on the training planner
Off Road Bike rides
A sociable 2 ½ hour MTB ride leaves at 9am on the 1st Saturday of each month from Cadence bike shop (Chelsea Road, BA1 3PP), see map here., returning to share a coffee & cake with the Chain gang riders in Chelsea Road cafe opposite.
Odd Down Circuit
Access is by Chelwood Drive off Bloomfield Road, Bath.
This is a new 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 Scorpians 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 with events being organised on alternate weeks by Bath CC, VC Walcot & Somer Valley CC; 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
Contact our Youth development officer Darren Edwards at [email protected] or for further information.
Who should I contact?
The easiest source of information is the club website & forum but some specific contacts include
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.