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Weekend Rides

Clapham Chasers runs the following weekend cycling sessions:

  • Saturday - The main club ride - the route and meeting point are posted on the forum each week. Full details can be found on the Saturday Group Ride page. There are clear pace guides for the pace groups - these indicate the required ability and it is your responsibility to ensure that you will be able to meet that ability. Unlike the club's running sessions, it is important that you are at a similar level to the other people on the ride so that you can all stay in a close group. If you are not confident riding in a group, please attend an Introductory Club Ride before attending these sessions.
  • Sunday- We run an introductory / social ride occasionally, when we have enough demand and leaders for the session. Full details are on the Intro Club Rides page. The meeting point and time will be posted on the club forum in the week leading up to the ride. You will need to sign up via the post on the forum in order to attend - places are limited depending on the number of leaders and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

What Do I Need?

Ideally you will have a road bike with drop handlebars, but this is not essential. Many people have started out on the club rides on hybrid bikes with straight handlebars, but slick, narrow tyres (wide mountain bike tyres make going quickly more difficult). Mountain bikes are strongly discouraged as it’s just very difficult to keep up with a road bike on one. TT bikes are not permitted on the weekend rides for safety reasons.

All sessions require you to take responsibility for having adequate food, drinks and clothing. You are also expected to have your own spare inner tube(s) and pump and to make sure that your bike is in good working order (tyres pumped up, brakes/gears working properly). Everyone on a club ride must wear a helmet. Please read the do's and dont's, calls and hand signals and guide to group riding pages (click on the images below).

Please consider the tyres on your bike over the winter/spring. Punctures are more common as many people ride on summer racing tyres. Tyres such as Schwalbe Durano or Continental Gatorskins have thicker rubber and better puncture resistance and are recommended during the winter.

A useful video about on-the-bike nutrition can be found here - worth a quick view. Please also have a quick look at the Insurance page for important information regarding insurance during club activities.


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