From December 2nd 2012 the groups will be renamed and expanded to cater for our ever growing membership. The traditional names will be replaced with numbers and the old vs new structure will look like this:
|3||Mods (although more likely to be run at the faster end of the Mods ride spectrum)||Andy Shearwood|
|4||Mods (although more likely to be run at the slower end of the Mods ride spectrum)||Hilary Parfit|
Total ride distance usually between 40 and 50 miles at an average speed of around 13mph. 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 of this club ride. 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.
This is a new group for the club and the pace and membership will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Initially, it is intended that the average pace and level of riding of group 4 will be similar to Group 3. However, it will depend on the individual leader – some weeks this group may be run at a gentler pace. We will give an indication on the website each week (whenever possible) of the likely pace of the ride. To some extent, however, the organisation of groups 3 and 4 may have to be done in the car park to adjust to the number of riders who have turned up because the ‘average’ pace groups tend to attract the biggest number of riders.
Run at a moderate 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. As with group 4, this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
This group generally covers similar routes to Group 3 but are likely to average speeds of around 17mph. 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. Group riding experience is preferable but this ride may be suitable for fit riders who have predominantly ridden on their own as long as they have a good level of road riding experience. 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.
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 18+mph. Riders should be able to cover 50 miles including several difficult climbs in around 3 hours. High levels of group riding experience and bike handling skills are essential.