Why not join us for a ride? You can come with us for three rides as a guest. You will need to complete a registration form for each ride — see section below — which will cover you for insurance purposes. After that, if you'd like to continue then you will need to join Cycling UK.
Regular rides are organised throughout the year on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Sunday rides typically vary from 50 to 75 miles, at a comfortable average riding pace of 12 mph. Some rides may be hilly, but this will be indicated on the Rides List. Rides are covered over the course of a day, broken into four sections: start – coffee – lunch – tea – return to start. Lunch will normally be at a pub or cafe. Where there is a large group, a ride will often be split into groups of up to 10, each led by an experienced rider and possibly riding at different speeds to provide flexibility. See OUR RIDES —> Sunday Rides for dates and details.
On Wednesdays there are Vets rides, which are similar to Sunday rides in pace and vary from 40 to 65 miles, depending on the time of year and weather. Vets rides start with a coffee at Wilmslow, ride to a lunch stop and then return to Wilmslow. See OUR RIDES —> Vets Wednesday Rides for dates and details.
Fitness. If you are a regular and fit cyclist then you should have no problem. We are not a racing club, and as a rule we will ensure that riders are not left behind. Our aim is to enjoy the countryside and exploring lanes and villages. If you are concerned about whether you will be able to keep up then please contact the Club Secretary, or the leader listed on the Rides List.
Returning after coffee. On Sundays, if you’re pushed for time, or unsure of your fitness, you can ride with us as far as coffee and then return. Often, there will be some riders returning after elevenses, so you may be able to return with them. Please check at the start of the ride whether this will be possible.
Group at Bretton, Derbyshire
You don’t need a super-lightweight bike to ride with us, but a lighter bike obviously helps. Most of our members ride lightweight bikes with dropped handlebars. Your bike needs to be in good working order, and in winter you’ll need lights, and a spare inner tube (or two!) is useful in case of punctures. Mudguards are appreciated when the weather is wet, or the roads muddy. Bring something to drink and maybe an energy bar or other snack in case you need one.
Carry ID when riding. When riding with the club it is the responsibility of all riders to carry some form of ID. This should contain your name, address, and the name of a person to contact in case of emergency. Should you have any specific medical conditions (e.g. unusual blood group), or medication, that might be important in case of injury, it would also be useful to put this on your ID. Some of you may have this information on your phone (under ICE — in case of emergency), but it would also be useful to carry it in written form, either on a small card, or maybe a wristband designed for this purpose.
Flat bars are fine!
Guest riders. If you'd like to come as a guest we'll ask you to fill out a short form and give it to the ride leader on the day. This provides insurance cover in the extremely rare instance of an accident, and provides us with contact details of a person to inform should it be necessary. To save time you can fill out the form before you come. You can download a copy of the form here to print and complete before the ride. Print it out, complete it and bring it with you. You need to do this for each ride that you join as a guest.
Young riders (under age 18). Young riders are welcome to join our rides as long as they are fit and strong enough to keep up. The minimum age for unaccompanied children on our rides is 13. There is no lower age limit if accompanied by a responsible adult acting in loco parentis, but a signed parental consent form is needed. Teenagers aged 13 to 17 may participate unaccompanied if they have parental permission and the parental consent form is signed. You can download a copy of the form here to print and complete before the ride. Young riders who are members of Cycling UK only require one copy of this form to cover a series of rides (e.g. a year’s rides). In the case of non-members a separate signed copy of the form is needed for each ride — see the form itself for full details.
Group near Denshaw, Saddleworth