So what do you do?
We run club rides on Sunday mornings throughout the year and Saturday mornings during the winter months, as well as club time trials and a club race team.
Do I need to be in the club to come on a club run?
The first ride is free, because we’d like you to be sure that you want to join the club. You’ll be more than welcome to join us on one of our weekend rides before joining, but the most important thing is that you are able to keep up. Our rides page will help you assess which ride is best for you but as a general rule anyone who has not been a member of a road cycling club before needs to come on one of our Joiners Rides to learn about riding in a group – these are run every few weeks. Please contact us before coming on your first ride. Send an e-mail to our Intro ride coordinator Sam Mail Sam
How fit do I need to be to be able to come riding with you?
You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to be able to do one of our rides. Before joining our Introductory Ride you should be able to ride about 30 miles in less than 3 hours. Our other Sunday rides require a significantly higher level of fitness.
What kind of bikes do you ride?
Generally we ride road bikes with dropped handlebars as most of our riding is done on tarmac. Our bikes are often quite light, with narrow tyres that help us maintain a good pace. Inevitably we have members who enjoy riding quite expensive bikes, but many others of us have quite ordinary frames with mid-range components. In winter the traditional amongst us ride with mudguards, although this is not a strict rule as it is with some clubs.
I only have a mountain bike, will that do?
Probably not! The problem with mountain bikes is that they tend to be heavier than road bikes and, with knobbly tires, can make riding on tarmac seem like hard work! Some of our members can keep up on a hybrid but nearly everyone rides road bikes. If you do want to use your mountain bike, you will find the ride improved by fitting slick tyres, but you may still have to improve your fitness as well.
Do you ride close together in a group on club rides? Why?
Yes, we do tend to ride in fairly close formation and this does take a bit of getting used to if you’re new to cycling. Riding ‘on someone’s wheel’ as it’s called gives you the benefit of slipstream. Riding close enough to the person in front of you can save you as much as 15 – 40% of your energy, depending on the speed and size of the group, allowing us all to ride a bit faster and a bit further than we could on our own. Those new to group riding should download and read our Guide to Friction Free Riding to find out about the basics. Then arrange to come on an introductory Ride. Once out on the road it’s best to start at the back of the group where you don’t have to worry about people around you.
Do I have to race?
No. We have a fair number of riders who do race or ride time trials but we are definitely not a racing club. Most of our members have never raced, whilst others have a racing background but are now content to take things at a slower pace.
Do I have to wear lycra?
Not at all. Lycra can be a bit ‘revealing’, but we dress like that for reasons of comfort. The shorts have a synthetic pad which helps keep you comfortable. The materials used in all the clothing tend to breathe well, reducing discomfort from sweating, and they don’t flap around in the wind. Basic rules for a beginner are ride in whatever you’re comfortable, and remember to keep warm, especially in the winter months. It is better to be too warm than too cold.
Do I have to wear helmet?
YES! – remember no helmet no riding with the club
Do I have to shave my legs?
Generally, no! Most of our (male) riders do not shave their legs but a number of our serious racers do. The main reason is not for wind resistance. Shaven legs are easy to massage and reduce chances of infection if you crash.
How much does it cost to join Amersham Road Cycling Club?
Membership isn’t expensive. A full year from 1 January to 31 December costs £20 per year. The Committee reserve the right to make subscription changes. Online payment via British Cycling can be done (preferred – will incur a £1 admin fee from BC)
How do you keep in touch with members?
This website provides up-to-date information on club rides, time trials and results as well as other club activities and events. Members also keep in touch using our closed Facebook group, Strava, Whatapps groups and a Forum.
You haven’t answered all my questions!
Please do ask us any questions you may have by contacting us, details can be found on our contact page. and there is more information about on New joiners page.
If I wanted to join, what should I do next?
Send an e-mail to our intro ride coordinator here: Mail News Joiners Secretary, who will book you on to the next intro ride. Once you have been on the free Joiners ride and have read the New joiners page you can then join the club through British cycling and enjoy the Sunday rides.
Where to Meet
We meet on Sundays at 8.40am at the Car Park in the Link Road in Great Missenden. The calendar has the ride details