VC Walcot group rides from Orange Grove, Bath
We meet outside Brown’s restaurant on Orange Grove BA1 1LP in the centre of Bath, opposite the Abbey. It’s a nice spot when the sun’s out.
If you are new to the club and aren’t sure about keeping pace with any of the groups, please consider the points below and pace/distance estimates. We intend our rides to be enjoyable, not a public flogging. There’s nothing worse than being in the wrong group and constantly being tailed off the back. Always better to start one level below where you think you should be and then move up when ready.
The ride groups below have been set up to offer something to all types of rider.
Saturday Social Meets every Saturday at 9am. Casual ride with a varying pace of roughly 14-15mph on average depending on who turns up. According to the weather, this ride can be 20-40 miles or maybe more; the group decides on a route before leaving and may even break up into smaller groups if there is a clear disparity in potential pace, even before we start. As this is a ‘turn up and ride’ kind of session, some weekends in the high summer there may be lots of riders divided into two or more groups, on other occasions only a few.
Easyriders meets last Sunday of the month 9am, May – September
- Easy introductory ride of 20-25 miles for those new to group riding and possibly cycling in general.
- Pace will suit a group travelling at approx 12mph avg. Experienced leaders are on hand to guide the group over a pre-planned route, often along the nice and flat Bath-Bristol Railway Path.
- Where numbers are particularly large the group will split into smaller manageable groups that will come back together at major junctions or at the top of a climb. All welcome.
- There will be a mid-ride coffee stop to refuel and recharge, usually the Warmley Waiting Room on the Railway Path.
Clubriders meet every Sunday for 9am
- This category has the largest number of riders and will usually split into 3 – named appropriately Clubriders 1, 2 and 3 – with an ideal maximum of 12 in each group. Speed and distance for the first group is usually 12-13mph for 40-45 miles, for the second group it’s 13-14mph for 45-55 miles and for the fastest it’s 14-15mph for 50-60 miles.
- Clubriders are pretty fit and ride at a pace where you can chat and then catch up some more over coffee.
- If over the weeks you’ve worked your way through the three Clubriders groups and you’re first to the top of every climb, you’ll know you’re ready for the next Sportriders group.
Sportriders aimed at fit, fast and experienced cyclists, the Sportriders group ride is flexible, sociable and informal.
- The leader and suggested route (if not previously decided before the day) will be agreed at the start of the ride.
- Route planning is flexible, taking into account weather, group speed and time constraints.
- Any people new to the Sportrider group are encouraged to make this known to the ride leader at the start.
- The route length is between 50-80 miles depending on the weather and terrain. Usual time taken is 3 – 5 hours at a moderate to high tempo of 16-18mph and ridden as a close functioning group.
- Bring adequate water and food although there might be a short refuelling stop mid-ride.
- Riders are expected to bring spare innertubes/levers/pump etc
- If a rider feels that the pace is too high for them, then they should notify the leader or others members of the group.
- The Sportriders intention is to not to drop anybody from the group, we ride with each other and for each other.
- Not sure about this ride? Please take a look at our Easyriders or Clubriders groups or email the club using firstname.lastname@example.org for further info and guidance.
Raceriders training group. Meets Sundays 9am with the other groups but is aimed at those wishing to ride at a faster pace than the Sportriders group for race training.
- Expect 18mph+ average speed.
- No specific leader, the the group decides the route and distance.
- Those riding operate as a tight-knit group to keep the tempo high.
All rides meet outside Brown’s Restaurant on Orange Grove, Bath BA1 1LP
We always try to ride at a steady pace, ideal general training for a challenge ride, sportive or just for fun and a great way to experience group riding. Riding in a group is the best way to get acquainted with riding in close proximity to others and learn cycling group etiquette. You’ll never learn how to hold a wheel and realise how efficient cycling in a group can be by riding on your own. Above all it’s great way to spend a Sunday morning!
All ages from 15 upwards are welcome, under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult though, please, unless a parental declaration form has been submitted to the club in advance.
Our rides use varied rural routes with a chance for coffee, cake and chat either mid-ride or afterwards back in Bath. Please bring food and drink to suit the distance, spare tubes and tools etc. Dress for the weather and this is especially important in the winter. Hypothermia and hunger are definitely avoidable.
If you’re coming along for the first time and are unsure of the protocol the best thing is to look for somebody in club kit and ask their advice. We have a number of group ride leaders who will be happy to give you info about the planned ride and also assess how you will cope.
*Note: There are occasions throughout the year when none of the recognised ride leaders are able to attend. If this occurs then the club sometimes posts a standard route for others to follow if they wish. Otherwise those present should decide upon the route and distance before leaving Browns.
Anyway, enough of the waffle. Why not come join us for a spin?
*All members should remember to carry their membership cards with next of kin details filled in when out with the club on a group ride.