What does a Sunday ride involve?
- A regular fitness/training ride for reasonably fit cyclists.
- A chance to develop your riding skills and confidence.
- Led by an qualified ride leader who can manage the pace to ensure everyone gets something from the ride.
- We always wait for punctures and at tops of hills. No-one gets dropped or left behind.
- Varied routes, mostly on smaller roads – and almost always with a café stop.
- Fun sprinting for 30 signs will probably happen.
- Distances vary from 40 – 70 miles depending on time of year, weather and level of experience.
- Rides leave at 8 am from March to October and at 9 am from November to February. Rides leave from either the garage in Burrelton or the South Inch Car Park Perth and return by lunchtime (longer rides may get back after 1 pm). Occasionally we meet at other locations.
- These are varied from pan flat to hilly.
- They are usually set by the ride leader but anyone can make a suggestion for a future ride which will then be considered and planned.
- See “Training with the Clinic” for sample of runs.
What about leisure rides?
- These are occasional fun MTB rides.
- The pace is managed by a qualified ride-leader, people generally ride together, and we wait at the tops of any hills, Junctions and for punctures to be repaired.
Who can come on a ride?
- All are welcome – you don’t have to live in Burrelton or Perth.
- Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
- Our aim is to organise safe and enjoyable rides, but you participate at your own risk.
What about women riders?
- We recognise that cycling has tended to be quite male-dominated, both as a sport and an activity, and that this has put some women off (or prompted them to set up women-specific groups).
- We prefer to bring people together by offering rides that are suitable for both men and women, and by encouraging a friendly atmosphere on club rides.
Do I have to be a member to take part?
- There is no application process or membership fee.
- You can easily keep in touch with club activities, just by checking the Blog.
- Please respond on the blog to let us know you are coming.
What do I need to come on a ride?
- For fitness rides, you’ll need a road bike (racing, touring, cross). Hybrids, MTBs, and single-speeds are unlikely to be suitable for longer or faster rides.
- On any group ride, it’s a good idea to come equipped as if for a solo ride – with whatever you need to get you home.
- Check your bike beforehand – tyres should be fully inflated and in good condition, and brakes and gears should be in good working order.
- Wear suitable clothing (check the forecast) – a helmet and mitts/gloves are recommended.
- Bring a pump and spare tube (preferably two) plus a puncture repair kit and tyre levers.
- Carry basic tools (Allen keys, chain-breaker).
- Always bring water or an energy drink – and some food (e.g. a banana).
- It’s a good idea to bring money (for the café stop) and a mobile phone.
What about safety in the group?
- The key to riding safely in a group is for front riders not to make any sudden or unexpected moves, or to change speed rapidly or without warning.
- Alert riders behind you to hazards, either by pointing to them or shouting “Gravel”, “Holes”, etc. Call “Lights” for a red traffic light, and “Nose” for a vehicle approaching on a narrow road.
- “Tail” means there’s a vehicle behind, trying to overtake, and “Single out” means the group needs to be in single file to let it past.
What else do you do?
- We have occasional social evenings, riding to the Ardler Tavern for beer and chat.