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  1. Do I have to become a member to come on a club ride?

Yes, you need to complete our induction process first - see here. If youth, see here.

  1. What distance and speed do members cycle on club rides?

We offer a range of rides on Sundays. We have 10 pace groups ranging from 13 to 20 mph average speed. Rides are typically 50 miles with one café stop at the half-way point. We ride in groups of up to 10 with experienced leaders. The Runs Leader will ensure that the group keeps together and that no one is left behind! If it is your first time out with the club, try to arrive early and introduce yourself to the leader. Routes are normally shared in advance via the #pace channel on Slack (our members forum, see about Slack below). You can also use Slack to introduce yourself to a group.

  1. How fit do I need to be?

You should have recently ridden at least 50 miles at an average of 13 mph or more on a route which should have included some hills. Newcomers often overestimate their level of fitness and can sometimes find it difficult to keep up with the group. Please discuss the appropriate group to join with our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you complete the induction ride. If in doubt please drop down a group and then work your way up to the faster groups once you are more familiar with our club rides.

  1. If someone is unable to keep up with the group, do you wait for them?

Yes, we don’t leave anyone behind! The pace is generally that of the slowest rider. However, please refer to the above point on how fit you need to be and which group to join. Before taking part, you should carefully assess which ride would be most appropriate for your level of fitness. Contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further advice on which pace group to join.

  1. Do you stop for a refreshment break on the rides?

Yes, a café stop is a feature of our club runs. Occasionally, and more often in the winter, a leader may decide to organise a no-stop ride. This will be made clear. These are usually shorter, 35 to 40 miles and loop out and back from St Albans.

  1. What sort of bike do I need?

A road worthy, road bike with drop handle bars and either rim or disc brakes.

  1. What do I need to bring with me?

Puncture repair kit/spare inner tube, pump, gas, cash or card for refreshments and some fuel (gel, bar) in your pocket. More advice can be found here.

  1. Is there a discussion group I can join to find out more about the Club?

We have a Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram channels that you can follow, as well as a Facebook Group that you can see and join once you are a member. Members also have access to Slack which is our private members forum.

  1. Do you have details of other cycling clubs in the area?

There are several other cycling clubs in Hertfordshire, including: 

  1. What is Slack?

Slack is a private member-only online forum we use which has channels for different topics, including a channel for each club run pace group. Members use these channels to share information with each other and this often includes arrangements for the Sunday club runs.