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Weekend Rides

Clapham Chasers runs the following weekend cycling sessions:

Saturday Group Ride

This is the main club ride - the route and meeting point are posted on the members forum each week. 

These are intended to be training rides and are generally 80-105km in length.

Full details can be found on the Saturday Group Ride page. Here you can find rough guidelines for the pace ridden by each of the groups - you will have a far more enjoyable ride if you are with a group of a similar level to you so that you can all stay together. You can use Sunday or weekday sessions to work out which group you should be riding with and session leaders will also be happy to help so feel free to ask. 

Before joining one of our Saturday group rides we ask that all new members complete one of three options:

1. Attend a club intro ride. Intro Club Rides page. The frequency of these depends on demand and the availability of our volunteer leaders, but we run them as often as we can so check the members facebook page for them (this is the easiest way to book a place) or email cycling.chasers@gmail.com

2. Attend a PB Coaching session and send confirmation to cycling.chasers@gmail.com (http://pbcyclecoaching.co.uk/)

3. Get certified at Herne Hill Velodrome. Send confirmation to cycling.chasers@gmail.com (https://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/whats-on/training-sessions/pathway/)

Sunday Group Ride

We run a socially paced ride every Sunday with short and long route options. Details are posted on the members forum each week. You do not need to have attended an intro ride in order to join these rides but we still split into rough pace groups. If you are new to group riding, let your group know so that they can give you some guidance - we will be friendly!  Shorter routes are offered (approx. 40-70km) making them an ideal intro to Chaser cycling and a great shorter alternative to Saturday rides (or addition if you like double cycling days!)

If you are new to cycling, please also check out the "What do I need?" section below and our novice cyclists page.

At certain times of year our Sunday rides are combined with a dedicated programme looking at gradually building distance and climbing over a 10-12 week period with the aim of getting those coming back from injury, new to cycling or looking to build fitness an opportunity to build up steadily.  This Spring we are running our Build up to Brighton Programme.

What Do I Need?

Bike: Ideally you will have a road bike with drop handlebars but this is not essential for all sessions. Flat and TT handlebars are not permitted on Saturday or Sunday group rides for safety reasons but any bike is welcome on weekday sessions. (Note that TT bikes are not appropriate in Regents Park sessions). You are responsible for making sure that your bike is in good working order (tyres pumped up, brakes/gears working properly). Please consider the tyres on your bike over the winter/spring. Punctures are more common as many people ride on summer racing tyres. Tyres such as Schwalbe Durano or Continental Gatorskins have thicker rubber and better puncture resistance and are recommended during the winter.

Helmet: All riders must wear a helmet on all club rides.

Nutrition: All sessions require you to take responsibility for having adequate food, drinks and clothing. A useful video about on-the-bike nutrition  here - worth a quick view.

Spares: Please bring your own spare inner tube(s) and pump.

Please read the do's and dont's, calls and hand signals and guide to group riding pages (click on the images below)

Please also have a quick look at the Insurance page for important information regarding insurance during club activities.

Questions? Ask away to cycling.chasers@gmail.com

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