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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. For our Saturday group ride we ask that all new members complete one of three options;
  1. Attend a club intro ride. Intro Club Rides page. The frequency of these depends on demand and the availability of our volunteer leaders, but we run them as often as we can so check the members facebook page for them (this is the easiest way to book a place) or email cycling.chasers@outlook.com
  2. Attend a PB Coaching session and send confirmation to cycling.chasers@outlook.com (http://pbcyclecoaching.co.uk/)
  3. Get certified at Herne Hill Velodrome. Send confirmation to cycling.chasers@outlook.com (https://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/whats-on/training-sessions/pathway/)

  • Sunday- We run a social ride every Sunday with short and long route options which are posted on the forum each week. You do not need to have attended an intro ride in order to join these rides but we still split into rough pace groups so it is a good idea to have attended a weekday session if you are unsure of you pace. If you are new to group riding, let your group know so that they can give you some guidance - we will be friendly! Please also check out the "What do I need?" section below and our novice cyclists page. 

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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