On a bitterly cold and wet day eight riders braved the sleet, snow and 40kph winds, knocking out a social 50km around Richmond Park on our annual winter warmer. The km's were naturally followed by refreshments at the excellent Dynamo Cafe in Putney.
Following the success of the Richmond Park Social ride this year we have decided to organise another. We hope this is going to become a bit of a Blacktop January tradition. Come join us for a few laps of Richmond Park and blow out the cobwebs, give the legs a new year spin, with coffee afterwards at the brilliant Dynamo Cafe in Putney.
Meet at 11:00 am Roehampton Gate cafe, for a 11:15 roll out. If you're late just ride clockwise and tag along.
See you on the blacktop...
Big thanks to all the regulars and new riders who made it out for our last spin in 2016. A total of 12 riders took to the Chiltern Hills to enjoy some of the local lanes and ascend the classic Chiltern climbs. After a well deserved stop at Velo Life cycle cafe in Warren Row (thanks guys!), we descended all the way back to Windsor. Some beers may have been consumed after!
Thanks to everyone for supporting the club and see you on the blacktop in 2017...
Huge thanks to Olly and the Velo House crew in Tunbridge Wells for hosting ride #4, which was a very pleasurable jaunt in the quiet lanes of Kent. We saw a record turnout of 19 riders, thank you all for registering and hope to see you on the blacktop very soon...
Key to successful group rides is the ability to ride together as a group, often made more challenging with riders of mixed abilities and experience. It's what really distinguishes an experienced roadman from a novice cyclist or daily commuter and has a huge impact on the overall ride experience. Below is the succinct “Ride Etiquette” post from Pretorius Bikes which we also promote on our group rides.
Riding as a group is a vanishing art and while we want everyone to have fun, if everyone is to get the best out of the ride and stay safe there has to be good discipline – especially on the busier roads coming back into town. The main rule is to be considerate of everyone around you at all times, but please remember:
Our rides are not a race, please do not attack the group;
Keep a close two-by-two formation. Always ride close to the person next to you and keep your handlebars in line with theirs;
If there’s a gap, close it gradually. Do not accelerate fast and then brake;
Let the rider next to you know if you want to change position. Do not move up or down the pack without checking it’s safe to do so and do not ride three abreast any longer than is necessary;
Signal potholes and hazards with hand signals if you’re on the front. Only use hand signals when safe to do so. Please do not shout about every manhole cover;
Always stop at crossroads and traffic lights. The lead riders should not cross until it is safe for the entire group to cross.
Laps of Richmond Park followed by lunch at Tried & True, Putney. The perfect opportunity to blow away the post-Christmas excess and start the New Year on a high (image credit @podia_max).
11:00 am prompt at Roehampton Gate Café car park.
See you on the blacktop…
And so it begins…
1300 start for 50 miles of Surrey Hills, finishing at the starting point for refreshments and reflection. Social pace, regroup as necessary. #seeyouontheblacktop #CITNG