We are incredibly fortunate to live in an area full of fabulous and varied countryside with some of the best coffee stops in the country. Consequently we offer a wide variety of road and track cycling opportunities:
|Midweek, all day riding||Relaxed Ladies’ Rides||Easy pace and Chaingang||Sunday Club Run|
|9 @ Locksbrook Rd.||8.45 @ Cadence, Chelsea Rd.||9 @ Cadence, Chelsea Rd.||8.30 @ Cleveland Bridge|
You can find more details for our rides by clicking the links above, a full calendar of events can be found below.
David Oliver our Club Captain and Claire Phillips, our Ladies Captain organise rides for all members to join and enjoy. Every ride has a leader who you can contact for more information and a lot of the routes are posted on the website for people to download.
We want everyone to have fun and to come back again. We try to arrange rides for all abilities and ambitions with logical steps between rides/groups to facilitate transitions between each one.
All rides have a designated ride leader who you should introduce yourself to. They are responsible for making sure that the group stays together. We observe normal cycling etiquette of letting someone in the group know if somebody has a mechanical or if somebody has to stop. We also don’t ride off the front of the group, we do use mudguards when it is wet, observe the Highway Code and smile in adversity!
For insurance and in case of emergency we ask new riders to join the club after 3 rides. You can do this by clicking here to contact Aileen Brown. If you are under 18 you will need a parental consent form. Click here to email Darren Edwards for more details.
Racing is very well organised by David Stoyle, Darren Edwards and Nigel Vuagniaux. Events are posted in the calendar in the Ride section of the website. If you want more information check out our racing page or click on their names to send them an email.
There are 5 groups that ride on a Sunday catering for a wide variety of riders. Each group ranges from 5-15 riders and rides 80-110km. We all go to the same coffee stop although not necessarily by the same route. Group membership is very flexible and people move around groups between weeks and also at the coffee stop if they fancy a change of pace. All the groups leave from Cleveland Bridge and start times vary from 09:00 in winter to 08:30 in the lighter months and aim to be back by about 13:00. The aim is to have an enjoyable ride together so groups will wait at the tops of hills and at junctions to make sure everyone is together. No one gets left behind unless they want to be. Downloadable gpx routes are published alongside each ride on the calendar above.
The 5 groups are:
Double Espresso: The fastest group that will average over 29km/hr. It is suitable for stronger riders who want to ride hard for the majority of the ride, we ride hard along the flat, not just up the hills. These are good training rides and can be up to 130kms in the summer, sometimes we might take a longer route to the coffee stop. For more details click here to email David Stoyle or Peter Brookes
Espresso: We have a wide range of riders in this group: club and LVRC racers, strong triathletes and regular club riders. The youngest riders are in the teens and the oldest in their seventies! Depending on the route and weather conditions the group will average 25-28km/hr. For more information click here to email David Oliver or Andy Hicks.
Americano people who ride in this group are experienced riders who don’t want to push quite as hard as the Espressos. They will typically average 23-26 km/hr. For more information click here to email Andy Greenham, Paul Dale or Rob Macmillan
Double Shot Latte: This group is for people who are getting stronger and want to push themselves a little bit harder. They are likely to have ridden previously with the 40 milers on Saturday or the Cappuccinos on Sunday. They will normally take a slightly shorter route than groups 1-3, between 80-100km and will average 21-25km/hr. If you want more information or to join the WhatsApp group or email Hilary Oliver.
Cappuccino This group is perfect for people who have enjoyed the 40 miler on Saturday and want to push on a bit. They will do the slightly shorter route and will average 19-23 km/hr. For more information click here to email Brian Turner, Chris Cole or Chris Holbrook
On the second Sunday of the summer months there is a longer ride of up to 150km. It is open to all riders who we organise into groups of similar speeds. The ride does not go to the same coffee stop as the other Sunday rides and will have as many stops as the group wants. The route is published in the calendar on the website. For more information click here to email David Oliver.
This is an informal ride organised on email. It normally goes out on a Tuesday but if the weather is not looking good or people are busy it moves to other days of the week as advised on email. The usual meeting place is the start of the cycle path in Locksbrook at 09:00. The ride is normally about 80km at an average speed in the low twenties, although the pace will vary depending on who is out. It is ridden as a group. If you want to join the group please click here to email Brian Turner.
There are women’s ride on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month during school term times leaving from Cadence at 08:45 in the Summer and 09:15 in the Winter.
On the 2nd Friday of each month there is a short ride of around 30km that is designed to suit new riders who want to get a feel for the Club and riding in a group. They ride together at the pace of the slowest rider and finish up in or on the outskirts of Bath for coffee.
On the 4th Friday of each month they do a slightly longer ride of around 50km that is designed as a gentle step up from the 30km ride. Again they ride together at the pace of the slowest rider but stop half way for coffee. Contact Claire Phillips and Julia Adamson for more information.
All of our Saturday chain gangs start at Cadence between 08:45 and 09:15. A chain gang is a group of up to 10 riders who rotate around like a chain in two lines to take turns on the front. The idea is to ride smoothly but quickly. If you have never done a chain you might find this short video helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWEoBFkwsc0
The range of groups and speeds allows riders to switch between groups on the road as necessary. The slower groups start first so if a rider feels the pace is too low they can jump onto a faster group as it goes past. Conversely if a rider is dropped from a faster group they can join a slower group coming behind. Coffee is in a Chelsea Road Café after the ride.
The Foundation Chain Gang (the rockers) is a good starting point if you have never ridden in a chain gang. It starts at Cadence at 08:45 or 09:15 depending on whether it is a long or short ride.
The short route is a 23km loop out to Keynsham, you can see the route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29096752 The average pace will vary depending on conditions and who is out but you can expect it be somewhere between 25-28 km/hr. The group will stay together. The coffee at the end often takes longer than the ride itself!
On the first and third Saturdays of each month they do the longer 70km route starting from Cadence at 08:45. You can find the route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29096723
If you want to find out more click here to email Claire Phillips or here for Julia Adamson.
The Moderate Chain Gang (the mods) is the next step up. It is actually a number of different chain gangs depending on who is out on the day. We aim to match speeds so that riders can enjoy the morning. Average speeds will vary depending on conditions but will be somewhere between 28 – 35 km/hr. It should appeal to any one who rides regularly whether they race or just want to get stronger. The more moderately paced groups will try and stay together while the faster ones will keep going and not wait if you are dropped. The groups start at Cadence at 08:45. It is a 70km route that you can find here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29096723 If you want to find out more or to join the Whatsapp group click here to email Jonathan Schofield or here for David Oliver.
The Fast Chain Gang is for experienced riders who are used to riding in a chain gang. There will be between one and three groups depending on numbers, speeds will vary from 32-39km/hr depending on the group and the time of year. There will be normally be a group leader and the group will work together (you maybe shouted at – but no offence is meant it’s just hard to have a polite conversation when on the rivet!). The aim will be to stay together for the first hour, but if you are having a bad day and do get dropped then you will be expected to find your own way home. These groups are an excellent stepping stone into the local racing scene. They start from Cadence at 09:00 and do the 70km route that you can find here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29096723. If you want more information click here to email David Stoyle.
After all the Chaingangs we all meet at one of the cafés in Chelsea Road, its an excellent opportunity to chat about and analyse the ride and have all those conversations that you were unable to have when chewing your stem.
There are two less-pressured rides on Saturday mornings aimed at riders who want to get out but don’t want to go too far: a 40 miler will cover 60-70km at an average speed of 19-22 km/hr. The 25 miler will cover 35-45 km at an average speed of 18-20km/hr. Both start from Cadence at 09:15. To find out more click here for Aileen Brown, Brian Turner, Julia Adamson, Jon Whitehead, Susan Whitehead or Amanda Whipp.
We would ask any Under 18s to fill in the parental consent form, copies will be available at Cadence bike shop, and Under 16s to be accompanied by a parent/guardian
A full calendar of club rides and races can be found below and on Ride With GPS Club site, calendar view shown below.