Feature photo – En Route to the Lea Gardens cafe on a lovely spring day, Tuesday 18 April 2023. Photo courtesy Derek P.
Our regular Club Rides are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays where we meet at the Queens Park Sports Centre. We can often have 2 or 3 groups riding out at varying paces and distances. We aim to get back from rides before 5.00pm. But in poor weather and darker days we return for around 3.00pm when lights and mudguards are essential. Many members use lights at all times to increase visibility to drivers, particularly when riding on shady lanes.
PLANNED AHEAD RIDES – with a ride leader and destination – see table below
Some rides might involve travelling by car to do a route outside the immediate area. These we call Car Assists and there are examples of these on this web site. Some may be Trail Rides, better ridden on a hybrid or mountain bike. See below, but again advance notice of these are given to our members. Even with these there are often members who can’t or prefer not to join these specific rides and go along to the cafe for a regular club ride instead.
Date Destination Leader Route or other info Approx Distance
Tues 20 Jun Weds 21 Jun eve Plan on day Thurs 22 Jun Plan on day Sun 25 Jun Plan on day Tues 27 Jun Plan on day Weds 28 Jun eve Plan on day Thurs 29 Jun Plan on day Sun 02 July Plan on day Tues 04 July Plan on day Weds 05 July eve Plan on day Thurs 06 July Plan on day Sun 09 July Plan on day Tues 11 July Plan on day Weds 12 July eve Thurs 13 July
The safety of our members is all-important. Please do not come if you have any of the Covid symptoms or have recently been beside anyone you suspect has.
Our Club ethos is NEVER to leave anyone behind. We have countless stories of members getting “mechanicals”, punctures or chains coming off, or for whatever reason wanting to cut their ride short. All gladly receive support from the other riders to ensure they continue riding or otherwise get home safely. Please read our Riding in a Group page
Some examples: Five Pits Trail, Monsal, Rother Valley and others, where hybrids or mountain bikes are best used. We do very little pure mountain biking.