Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I Join? What do I get out of it?
Here's a few suggestions
How much does it cost?
Membership is £10 per year, under 16's are free!
What is a club run?
The club run is the heart of any cycling club and is a great way to meet other members, discover new routes and get fitter. The runs are non competitive (save it for the races!), although we do occasionally liven it up by sprinting for 30's.
How far does the club run go?
Usually between 40 and 50 miles with a café stop.
I can't cycle that far?
I bet you can! Forty miles may sound like a long way but we take it steady and ride as a group, just like they do in the Tour, which makes it easier and shares the load. We always wait for everyone, and if it proves too much we'll get you home one way or another.
Do I have to race?
No, apart from club runs, there are plenty of non competitive cycling events that you can enter, such as Audax's and cycle sportiffs.
But I want to race?
Carry on reading then!
What is a time trial?
A time trial is the most basic form of cycle racing. Riders set off a one minute intervals and are timed over a set distance, usually 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles. The rider who completes the route in the fastest time is the winner. But, that isn't the end of the story, every rider will be aiming to beat their personal best (PB), so even though you may end up at the bottom of the results board, you may be chuffed to bits after smashing your PB, whilst the winner is looking glum.
What is a road race.
The open road, a smell of hot tarmac, an expectant crowd, the hum of tyres and the whirring of gears - this is road racing! Road Racing's territory is the open road. Events range from short Junior races of an hour or less, through one day classics of over 250km like Paris-Roubaix, to the Tour de France which hurtles round 3,500km of the flatlands and mountains of France for three weeks every summer. In the shorter races the first rider over the line is the winner, but in multi-stage "Tours" there are prizes for each stage winner, for the best sprinter in the race, the best climber (aka King of the Mountains), the leading team and, of course, the overall winner.
What is track racing?
The purest form of racing, no brakes, no gears. Hurtle around a short oval track with 45 degree banking inches from the wheel in front, explode out of the bends and lunge for the line. Track racing is one of the most exciting and safest forms of racing.
What is Cyclo-cross?
Nobody ever rode in the mud before mountain bikes were invented did they? Of course they did! Take a modified road bike, stick on a set of knobbly tyres and race around a circuit in a park for an hour. Jump off the bike, shoulder it and run over planks, up steep banks or through barns. Back on the bike and sprint along gravel paths. The fastest and fittest rider wins!