Cycling

Club Rides
We are fortunate enough that the leafy Surrey countryside is only a short ride away, making our ride routes some of the prettiest around. Whether it’s off to the famous Surrey hills, taking in some of the Olympic road race route, or out towards Windsor Castle, the club in never short of a route for all abilities.
The rides cater for all abilities and no one is ever left behind.

Groups are ideally set to ability, fitness to ensure that everyone gets the most from the ride. We look to run between two to four groups per club ride when possible. They groups are as follows:

  • Open: Various pace & distance. All basked on those attending
  • Developmental: Ave pace: 20-25kph. Dis: 30-45kph. Time: 1-1.5hrs
  • Intermediate: Ave pace: 27-29kph. Dis: 50-65km. Time: 2-2.5hrs
  • Int – Advance : Ave pace: 30-32kph. Dis: 65-75km. Time: 2.5-3hrs
  • Advanced lite: Ave pace 32-34kph. Dis: 75-85km. Time: 2.5-3hrs
  • Advanced+ Ave pace 35kph+. Dis: 80-95km. Time 2.15-2.30hrs

NB: before moving up a group, you should be averaging 1-2kph above the present groups average pace before joining the next group up.

The club’s meeting point for weekend rides in Homebase car park or opposite for Tuesday evening rides outside  Carluccios. Both venues on on New Zealand Avenue. (Google Maps Location).

Nick Christian will look to publish the weekends forthcoming rides by the middle of the week allowing members to view the weekends rides. The ride information will provide the route, average pace on the flat, GPS route link as well as the designated ride leader.

Club rides are for club members only, members are not permitted to bring friends along for rides even if they are considering joining the club. Anyone looking to bring a friend should inform the committee or Mark Yeoman prior to seek approval. ALL Potential new members have to be processed through Andrea Whelband before attending any club session.

GARMIN ROUTE MAPS.

The following basic routes can be down loaded onto your Garmin via ridewithgps.com. All the instructions, maps, elevations can be found so you can learn our key routes.

Tuesday route 1: Cobham – Leatherhead – Esher (ridewithgps.com)

Classic Windsor route: Short (68k) Long (80k)

Chertsey 10mile Time Trial route

WINTER PERIODS: October to April
During the Winter months, the club looks to meet a twice over the  course of the weekend – naturally all rides are weather permitting with rider safety coming first.

Saturdays is an OPEN ride meeting at 8am. This ride is for abilities ranging from intermediate upwards. This is relaxed social ride with one or two refreshment breaks during the course of the ride. Ride routes will vary in length based on who attends so please allow for 2.30 – 3.30hrs if attending this ride.

Sundays is the clubs main  group rides:

8am for the Developmental, Intermediate, Int – Advanced, Advanced lite and Advanced+

It is always advisable to check before attending during the summer months as this is the main triathlon season so numbers attending can vary.

Routes are pre planned to build strength and stamina. These are open to all who wish to improve their riding skills and group riding confidence.

NB: the advanced lite & advanced+ rides are restricted to 10 per group. You must email the ride leader befor attending to request a place in the group.

SUMMER PERIODS: April to September
From Spring to Summer an additional mid week ride is added.

Tuesday @7pm The mid-week club / training ride. It takes place every Tuesday, meeting at carluccios and takes in a sharp 30km route around the surrounding area. This allows members to get in those extra miles after work if they are unavailable for a club ride at the weekend.

Some members will look to work hard in this session with coordinated ‘though & off’  at a faster pace. Members are advised to group with like minded individuals. Do not chase Strava cups, look to set a new PBs or sprint you are not Cavendish so NO sprinting at ANY point as the roads will be busy.

The maximum group size is 6 without exceptions. This is due to the roads being busier, more traffic and the fading light. See the clubs gold rules below for further details.

Saturday @8am ‘Open‘ ride for all abilities. This ride will be based on the range of ability of the attending riders.

Sunday @8am  the clubs main group ride with all abilities meeting before dividing into developmentIntermeditate, Int – Advance, Advanced lite & Advnaced+ paced groups

NB: see above for basic information.

VICEROYS CYCLING RULES / ETIQUETTE

The club is set up to be open, warm and friendly and not a machine that is intimidating to others on the road or to our own club mates. By joining the club you agree by the clubs code of contact and ride etiquette rules.

Members are expected to abide by the Highway Codes AT ALL TIMES – with ZERO expeditions. 

GROUP SIZETuesday evenings: Maximum of 6 per group. If you need to create more groups of similar pace then please do so. Weekend rides: Maximum of 10-12 per group We are looking to keep safe on the road and avoid frustrating fellow road users.

SOCIAL RIDES: These are relaxed non drop rides with the group looking to remain together at all times. There is no expectation to take turns at the front of the group. Through & off is optional. The pace will remain ‘even’ without spikes and there will be no focus on exceeding the set speed / pace. All riders are required to ensure the group is back together after any split caused by lights, roundabout or at a junction.

TRAINING RIDES: These rides are designed push all those who attend. Riders are expected to take turns on the front during through & off phases. Only the awindsor route has four set sprint points & long sections of faster pace to develop fitness & speed. If a rider is struggling to maintain the set pace, they should inform the group and look to drop back to the back of the  group to recovery or ride slower after informing all the group. The top gear rule applys over the last 20km of a ride. If new to the group, then the Ride leader should be informed prior to the ride.

GOLD RULES 

1. Always look to ride in two tight columns and no more (eg3). Best for rider safety & to encourage cars to make a wiser choice when over taking.
2. Move to single file when on a busy road / narrow corner or when large or a series of vehicles need to pass.
3. Thank any driver(s) for patiently waiting to pass.
4. Slow down for horses & make a wide safe pass.
5. Provide early signals so drivers can anticipate the movements of the group.
6. Always wave to a fellow cyclist even if they don’t wave back.
7. If you see a cyclists at the side of the road, check they are okay or if they require any assistance.
8. Never ride through a red light
9. Don’t join another group as this creates a larger group on the road
10. Avoid ‘half wheeling’ as this increases a group accident
11. Never knowingly drop any litter. It’s not pro & it’s not clever.
12. Keep the maximum group size to 10-12 to avoid forming a peloton on the road. 6 for Tuesday night rides. 
13. Wear appropriate clothing. No helmet no ride. No loose or baggy clothes
14. No TT or tri bars on Group Rides, these can increase the risk of injury during a crash.
15. Be seen. Make sure you have rear and front working lights.

Careless sprint has become a concern in regards to some rides. As a result the additional club rule has been added.

Sprinting: do not sprint in a built up areas or on busy main road. Any sprint, which should be designated before the ride, should be on a quiet road with safety of all those in the group coming first  YOU ARE NOT CAV – so do not sprint in the middle of the road or in built up area.