Velo Club Walcot membership details

 

We are a friendly cycling club that welcomes both men and women. Our group rides are detailed on our Rides tab above.

 

Full-year Membership (runs from 1st April to 31st March)

– Senior membership is £15.

– 2nd claim and concessions* membership is £10.

– Youth/Juvenile (under 18s) membership is £2.50.

– Family** membership is £25 

* Concessions apply to adults (18 years plus) who are second claim members, and/or are over the State Pension Age, in full time education, unemployed or on low income.  Concessions will be applicable at the discretion of the club, so please contact the Club Secretary on hello@vc-walcot.co.uk if you have any questions as we don’t want cost to be a barrier to your riding with us

** Family membership applies to a max of 2 adults (18 years plus) and their dependent youth/junior/juvenile’s under the age of 18 years who are all living in the same household

Half-year membership runs from 1st October to 31st March – half-year memberships are charged at half price

Existing members’ renewal is due on 1st April.

To join you can download a membership form here and when that is completed and saved, email it through to membership@vc-walcot.co.uk

You only need to do this when you join initially. Thereafter, just pay your subs annually on 1st April via PayPal or the British Cycling website and the membership secretary will automatically receive a payment advice.

Membership payments can be made via this link: paypal.me/vcwalcot

Or, you can join via the British Cycling website here. You do not need to be a member of British Cycling to use this facility although there are useful benefits – such as insurance – and you’ll need to join BC and carry one of their licences if you plan to ride road or circuit races such as those held under BC rules at our local Odd Down Circuit.

If you do join British Cycling, please bear in mind that your BC membership and VC Walcot membership are two separate things and re-subscribing to one doesn’t cover the other, and vice versa. Two separate payments need to be made if you wish to continue with either, or both, with VC Walcot always being renewed on the 1st April and British Cycling on the anniversary of first joining.

Any questions, you can always seek clarification on the ‘membership’ or ‘hello’ email addresses.

 

Try before you buy

You are welcome to come along for a few rides before joining to see if it’s for you, although please read the Ride Etiquette post here before you do.

 

Bike Shop Discounts – available on presentation of a valid membership card

Cadence Bikeshop – 10% on all full-priced items; bikes, parts, clothing, nutrition and accessories. Check with Will or Jonny for discounts on sale items and maintenance/servicing.

Green Park Bike Station – 10% on all clothing, parts, accessories, servicing and maintenance. Excludes sale items.

Avon Valley Cyclery – 15% off all full-priced bikes, clothing, parts and accessories. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Total Fitness Bath – 10% on all full-priced parts, clothing and accessories. Excludes bikes and sale items.

 

What to bring on a ride?

Obviously a bike but please make sure it is roadworthy with good tyres, properly inflated. We recommend you carry a minimum of a spare inner tube/puncture repair kit, tyre levers, pump, multitool, sufficient energy snacks, at least one water bottle, phone, money and something for keeping your phone and money dry.

 

Helmet or not?

All our ride leaders and the vast majority of members wear helmets and as a British Cycling-affiliated club we strongly recommend that you wear a helmet on our rides. But we’re all adults here and it’s very much a personal choice.

Youth and juvenile riders in any club-related activity and any age group racing in British Cycling sanctioned events absolutely need to use a helmet.

 

Racing

We are British Cycling and CTT affiliated, which covers liability when riding as part of Velo Club Walcot. For personal liability, we recommend the insurance provided by either Cycling UK or British Cycling. Traditionally club members have taken part in all competitive forms of cycling; road racing, cyclo-cross and time trials. We have a number of members taking part in each discipline so there’s plenty of knowledge and support.

 

All members should remember to carry their membership cards with health and next of kin details completed, when out with the club on a group ride