If it is your first time riding with the club, make yourself known to one of the people organising the ride so that you can be looked after. Each group will aim to go at the pace of the slowest rider. If in doubt when selecting your group, please select the slower, shorter ride. We try to ensure that if you get dropped the group will wait at the next major road junction or area of safety such as a lay-by.

Be prepared
It is imperative that your bike is road legal and well serviced with efficient brakes and tyres. If something fails you will endanger the safety of the whole group.

Please carry the following with you: a pump, essential tools, spare tubes, food for three to four hours and don’t forget to take more water/energy drink than you think you’ll need (most people carry at least 2 x 500ml and some 2 x 750 ml even in the winter).

A mobile phone is a must and it’s worth taking the numbers of other people on the ride in case of emergency. Also consider taking some ID, plus money for a coffee stop or train fare home. You shouldn’t need a map, but take one if you need some added reassurance, or if you are unfamiliar with the main routes that we cover.

Make sure that your tyre pressures are correct as you can waste a lot of energy and effort fighting a low tyre. If you are unsure go to your nearest bicycle shop and get them to check but as a rule of thumb modern road bike wheels and tyres will run happily and efficiently at 100psi or if you squeeze the tyre you should get very little or no top to bottom movement. Invest in a track pump for home and renew your tyres on a regular basis.

Always bring a sense of humour. Things rarely go to plan, but that is one of the joys of these training rides.


You may not want to wear one but there will always be people around you who are uneasy and nervous about riding with someone that would want to take this unnecessary risk. It is their ride too.