Club Ride Descriptions


Location/Time

Rides leave at 9:00 am from the Link Road Car Park (where parking is FREE on Sundays) in Great Missenden. You can find out more information about club rides by clicking on the Rides tab. View a MAP of where we meet on Sunday mornings. Please turn up in good time to enable a prompt getaway at 9.   

Helmet

Remember – No Helmet – No Ride

Club Ride Descriptions

In order for the club rides to run as smoothly as possible for everybody’s enjoyment and safety, please read the following ride descriptions and choose the group most suited to your ability.  Not too fast, or you won’t be able to keep up, and you will hold up the rest of the group, but also not too slow as you’ll be bored and tempted to shoot off the front. Familiarise yourself  with the advertised route and be able to make your own way back if dropped; this is especially important in the higher groups. Most routes are shown in the route library  and often GPS files are available for download.  Unless a very experienced group rider, new members should ride in a lower group before attempting a higher group.  Prospective members who have not ridden in a road cycling club before should be prepared to come on an Introductory Ride before joining one of the regular rides

In the table below the Co-ordinator is responsible for selecting the ride leader for each Sunday.

Group Pace and mileage Co-ordinator
1+ 18+ mph, 50-70 mi.

30+ kph, 80-113 km

Dan Ferguson
1 17-18 mph, 50-70 mi.

27-29 kph, 80-113 km

Gary Marler
2 17 mph,  50-70 mi.

27 kph,  80-113 km

Jerry Darvill 
3 15 mph,  50-70 mi.

24 kph,  80-113 km

Geoff Bell
4 14 mph,  50-60 mi.

23 kph,  80-97 km

David Brown
5 13 mph,  30-40 mi.

21 kph,  48 – 64 km.

Nick Denton
Saturdays 13 mph,  30-40 mi.

21 kph,  48 – 64 km

Joy Payne
 Joiners Ride  13 mph,  30-40 mi.21 kph,  48 – 64 km.  Sam Adam / Chris Emerson

Group Size

Club rides must be a maximum of 10 per led group. 

Note

It is important that before first coming on a group 3, 4, 5 or Introductory Ride, prospective new members need to please contact  – Joiners ride sec.

For groups 1+, 1 or 2 please first contact the ride coordinators given above. If in doubt,  Email Rides coordinator

Joiners Ride

Prospective members should be prepared to come on this ride before joining one of the regular rides.  Total ride distance 30-40 miles at an average speed of 12-13mph. The emphasis will be on bike handling skills and safe group riding including positioning on the road, hand signals, pointing out holes, etc.  Although dropped riders will always be waited for on the ride, potential new riders should be able to cycle 30 miles in 3 hours on their own.  There will be a mixture of people on his ride, ranging from strong riders who simply have not ridden in clubs before, to newer riders who are not sure they can cope with Ride 5 and want to try out road cycling in a supportive environment. The ride will be run at the pace of the slowest rider, with stronger riders encouraged to stretch their legs where appropriate and take hills at a faster pace. This ride will be organized periodically when there are sufficient numbers of people, usually once or twice a month.

Group 5

Total ride distance usually between 40 and 50 miles at an average speed of around 13mph. (In the winter the target distance may be less than 40 miles, in the summer possibly a little more than 50).  Although dropped riders will always be waited for on the ride, potential new riders should be able to ride 30 miles in 2.5 hours on their own before attempting this group ride so that they can cope with the overall speed and distance. This group often has a large number of riders, many of who are new to group riding so it is essential that the more experienced riders act as good role models in communicating road hazards and giving advice on road and group positioning.

Group 4

Total ride distance usually between 50 and 60 miles (depending on the season) at an average speed of around 14mph.  This group is intended for those experienced cyclists familiar with road hazards, relevant hand signals and group riding who have been in Group 5 for a reasonable length of time and are finding it a little slow.  This group will stop less frequently than G5 and riders should be able to eat and drink from the saddle. The group may split on hills and the faster climbers will either wait or soft pedal at the top of hills to allow the group to re-form. However, on the flat it is expected that all riders in this group can maintain the pace and have the capability and willingness to put in the effort to catch the group if separated at junctions etc. If unable to keep up with the pace it is expected that riders will be able to make their own way home.

Group 3

Run at a pace of around 15mph average speed (rising to 16mph on flatter routes) and covering distances of between 50 and 70 miles. Riders should be able to ride a distance of 50 miles in 3.5 hours on their own before joining this ride. It is usual for the group to split on hills and the faster climbers will either wait or soft pedal at the top of hills to allow the group to re-form. However, on the flat it is expected that all riders in this group can maintain the pace and have the capability and willingness to put in the effort to catch the group if separated at junctions etc. This is potentially an aspect that will differentiate group 3 from group 4.

Group 2

This group generally covers similar routes to Group 3 but are likely to average speeds of around 17 mph. Riders should be able to ride a distance of 50 miles in a little over 3 hours on their own before joining this ride. Due to the increased speed in this group, good bike handling skills are required.  Riders are expected to put in effort to stay in the group whilst riding on the flat and it is expected that riders will have the capability to catch the group if separated at junctions etc. Stronger climbers will wait or soft pedal at the top of hills to allow slower climbers to catch up.

Group 1

Riders in this group must be strong hill climbers as well as fast flat road riders as the routes taken on this ride are often very hilly. The group tends to cover distances of around 60 miles at an average speed of 17-18 mph. Riders should be able to cover 50 miles including several difficult climbs in around 3 hours on their own before joining this ride. High levels of group riding experience and bike handling skills are essential.

Group 1+

Riders in this group are the strongest in the club, will cover 50-70 hilly miles at 18+mph, and will climb hills faster than Group 1.

Saturday Rides

These are run from October to March at Group 4/5 pace for 30-40 miles. the meeting place is at the site of the old Annie Baileys restaurant at the top of Frith Hill (because parking in the Link Road car park is not free on a Saturday). It is advisable to have good tyres and at least 1 spare tube. Mudguards essential in the wet.