Sunday Club Rides are our staple weekly rides. They’re open to all members and welcome anyone looking to get to know the club better. We host a Sunday Club Ride each week, and in the summer months we have a shorter, faster route on Tuesday evenings.
The Sunday Club Ride tends to be about 50 – 60 miles (75 – 100 km), with a cafe stop around half way. These Sunday rides are a great way to get to know people as our routes stick to some of the quieter lanes, allowing for a more relaxed social ride. Routes for the Sunday ride can be found on this page and we’d encourage you to download and bring the route if you can.
We ride in groups so that riders of similar pace can ride together. Each group will have a Ride Leader who will take on the responsibility of making sure everyone is safe, comfortable, and isn’t left behind. In general, we have three groups:
Group 1 rides average ~ 17.4 – 18.6 mph (28 – 30 km/h)
Group 2 rides average ~ 15.5 – 16.8 mph (25 – 27 km/h)
Group 3 rides average ~ 13.6 – 14.9 mph (22 – 24 km/h)
These speeds are here to help you know what to expect and will likely be slightly slower on hillier routes or in the winter. If you’re unsure what group is best for you, why not get in touch!
To view and download this week’s route Click here
Our Sunday Club Rides are open to all, but if you’re new to cycling with a group it’s important to know the basics in riding etiquette to keep everyone safe. You might find these videos on how to ride in a group and signals for group riding useful.
For an introduction to how to ride in a group check here.
Or for a more detailed guide to how to communicate as part of a group check here.
Everyone’s welcome on our Sunday Club Rides even if you’re not yet a member. Normally we encourage people to sign up so we know you’re coming but you can just turn up at the ride meeting spot. It’s also worth turning up a few minutes early to allow for some time to introduce yourself. We meet at 8:30am in the summer months (March to October), and 9:00am in the winter (November to February).
If you’ve never ridden with a club before then an Intro Ride might be the best way to start. It is a club ride that’s specifically for those who are new to cycling, new to riding in a group, or are returning to sport after a break. These rides tend to be about 35 – 40 miles (50 – 65 km) long, with a cafe stop around half way.
They run on the first Sunday of every month and always have an experienced Ride Leader from the club. For the Intro Ride, you are welcome to turn up on the day. Alternatively, you can get in contact and we’ll make sure the Ride Leader knows you’re coming along. If you have questions about the ride you can always contact the Club Captain first.
As the name suggests, these rides take place on Tuesdays and the aim is to ride fast. They are held weekly, around the same 27 mile (44 km) route, during the summer months.
We meet at the Create Centre car park at 6:30pm and set off in small groups, cycling in a Chain Gang. This ride is about working together to go fast by taking turns at the front of the group. Unlike the Sunday Club Rides, this is a drop ride, but we will do a final regroup at the top of the climb up Two Mile Hill from Portbury. Rides typically finish in Wapping Wharf for a well earned post-ride refreshment!
We organise groups of similar paced riders, just like the Sunday Club rides. We also have a women’s group, and at the start of each week we introduce new riders to what they need to do riding in a single pace line.
Just like our other rides, we welcome non-members and can help you find the right group by either getting in contact or turning up on the day. This ride always has a friendly atmosphere and is a great way to get fit during the summer.
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During the winter, we have a replacement for your weekly Fast Tuesday evening ride fix. Just as Fast Tuesday ends due to the loss of the light, Chilly Tuesday will embrace the darkness. As we move into the colder months we aim to knock things down a notch. Instead of pace lines, high heart rates and screaming legs we give you extra layers, high-viz and bright lights. This is your chance to chill out, join some like minded souls at a pace to suit all and get social. Everyone’s welcome. In fact everyone’s encouraged and as it’s a non-drop ride no one should get left behind.
We’ll meet in the ALDI car park at the far end of North Street at 6.55pm for a 7pm start. Rides will take around an hour and a half and might well end up in a pub. Check back for sign up details once the clocks change.
As well as the weekly Club Rides we also hold a series of special rides throughout the year. These include:
Twice a year the normal Sunday Club Ride is upgraded to cover almost twice the normal distance and climb all our favourite hills in the Mendips. Usually planned for a sunny day with ample cafe stops, it’s an epic social ride and a good way to test your fitness.
Check the club’s RideWithGPS pages for routes and dates.
Distance : approx. 90 miles
Ascent : 1900-2400m
Taking place on the first Sunday in December, the Year in a Day ride takes in all eleven segments from the year’s Segment Competition (as well as a few extra hills for good measure). It’s always a formidable challenge and is rarely made any easier by the weather.
Distance: approx 60 miles
This annual event replaces a normal Sunday Club Ride, and is usually organised by the Club Captain in November. Riders are taken to two top secret locations. At the first they complete a timed hill climb before moving on to a second hill. Here they complete a freewheel (no pedalling allowed) downhill, with the aim of travelling the furthest. Whoever scores the best combined results wins the coveted Uphill / Downhill Trophy!
The trophy was presented by David Hill’s family when he died in 1993. David served the club as both chairman and as Time Trial Secretary.
In order to help us ensure there are enough ride leaders available for each of the rides we organise we ask that people sign up in advance wherever possible.
If you’d like to join us on a Sunday Club Run
or, if you’d like to join us on a Chilly Tuesday ride