Objective: Training rides for riders who are experienced and of a good level of fitness. Training rides provide an opportunity to improve fitness or work towards entry level racing and time trialling.
Speed: 18+mph over distances of 30 to 35 miles.
Description: Due to the nature of the weekday training rides, riders are expected to be of a level of fitness to be able to keep to the pace of the ride and also be self-reliant in the event that the pace is too quick. As a guide, speeds on flat roads with no wind will aim to be 2-4mph quicker than the ride average.
Objective: Club ride that is aimed at being slower than weekday training rides but quicker than Sunday G2 rides.
Speed: 15-17mph average over a distance of 35 to 45 miles.
Description: Riders should be at a good level of fitness. This provides an opportunity to ride at more of a G1 pace but over shorter distances than the Sunday rides. This will provide a good indication as to whether a move from G2 to G1 is the right thing for a rider. However, if it's appropriate, and the number of riders dictate, we will also run a G2 ride following a similar route. These rides will include a coffee stop.
Saturday morning club runs aim to cover a distance of 35 to 45 miles at an average of 15-17mph. Saturday rides are intended to be slower than the weekday training rides but quicker than the Sunday club runs.
Objective: A fast ride for experienced riders.
Speed: 18+mph over a distance of 30 to 40 miles.
Description: Good training opportunity with some intense efforts planned in by the group leader. Café stops aren’t planned for these rides and riders should be self-reliant and not expect the group to wait for them.
Objective: A social club ride for the fitter cyclist who is experienced at riding in a group and has experience of time trials, local racing and sportives.
Speed: 17+mph average over ride distances of 50 to 70 miles.
Description: Average speeds may look achievable but flat road speeds will most likely be higher than the ride average. As a rule of thumb, group 1 rides on a flat road with no wind will ride between 20–22mph. The average speed is reflected in the slowing for junctions and the riding of hills within the route.
Objective: A social club ride for riders who already have a reasonable level of fitness or who are looking to improve their level of fitness over slightly longer distances and at a slightly higher pace.
Speed: 14-16mph average over distances of 40 to 65 miles.
Description: Well suited to riders who are looking for a more social ride with the opportunity to recover and regroup after hills. Café stops for a well needed coffee and a cake are always planned for these rides.
Winter rides generally take effect from when the clocks change in October. Weekday training rides move indoors and Pedalworks run a good indoor turbo training session on Wednesday evenings.
Weekend rides see the average summer speeds drop and provide a good opportunity to maintain fitness and enjoy a social ride throughout the cold winter months.
Note: Due to the inconsistencies of winter weather, start times, distances and averages are subject to change and will be stated week to week by the ride leader.