The club ride takes place every Saturday morning. All club riders meet together at Berkhamsted Tesco car park at 7:45am – rain or shine! Over the summer months from June to October we meet at Berkhamsted Cricket Club. We split into groups according to how fit you are feeling, then head off at 8am following a short ride briefing.
If you are a new rider you are welcome to join us for a trial ride before deciding whether to join. Once you arrive, make yourself known to the Ride Co-ordinator so that we can make sure you go out in the correct group.
If the weather conditions are forecast to be very bad (below freezing temperature, high winds or very heavy rain) please check our public Facebook page here or email our rider coordinator here as there are occasional changes made to the ride time or cancellations. Club members will be notified in advance via email.
We split riders out based on average speed and distance and depending on how many riders are going out on a given morning. The categories at Berkhamsted Cycling Club (BCC):
- 12-14mph – Ride length 20 miles
- 15 mph – Ride length 25-30 miles
- 15/16 mph – Ride length 25-30 miles
- 16mph – Ride length 30+ miles
- 16/17 mph – Ride length 35 miles
- 17+mph – Ride length 40+ miles
- 17/19 mph – Ride length 50+ miles – Note that this group meets at 7:00am
Please note that whilst the distances and averages seem conservative, the area where BCC cycles is generally very hilly, which will impact on the ride. All rides are social rides, unless stated otherwise. The aim is to complete the ride in around 2 hours to meet back at the Kings Arms, Berkhamsted for post-ride coffee and restorative cake. In the summer when the ride starts from the Cricket Club we return back to the club and not the Kings Arms.
The Ride Leader of the group will assess your fitness and bike control skills to determine whether you should move up or down a group. Please remember that our goal is to conduct safe and fun rides.
To ensure an organized and informed departure on club runs, the following arrangements will apply:
- Riders assemble at Berkhamsted Tesco car park at 7:45am or the Cricket Club during the summer.
- Riders are split into groups and the Ride Leaders introduce themselves to the group.
- The Ride Leaders will give a quick ride briefing, giving an overview of route and reminders of the specific ride instructions as written below.
Moving up a group – If you have been riding with a group and you feel like you would like to ride in a faster group please inform your Ride Leader. We suggest then that you ride at the front of your present group for a couple of weeks and climb the hills on the route to be one of the first to the top. Remember it is not a race but we want to ensure that you are fit enough to join the next group. When joining the next group ride at the back of the group getting comfortable with the pace and the other riders around you. Once you feel comfortable then take your turn at the front in rotation like the other riders in the group.
Being Ask To Leave – You maybe asked to leave the group if poor riding standards persist, if you fail to: follow the guidance of the Ride Leader, the Highway Code or if your behaviour is considered unsafe to other members of the group or other road users.