Guests are welcome on these rides, but please introduce yourself to the leader at the start - they will take a few details off you. For insurance reasons after coming out with the club for 5 times we would ask you to become members.
Usually 3 groups go out, although sometimes 2 or 4. The speeds of the groups vary between 14mph and 17mph average (sometimes faster!)- with the faster groups making up most of the speed difference when climbing hills. All groups do between 50 and 70 miles, and aim to get back to Bath between 1-1:30 pm. The start time varies between 8:30 and 9:30 am during the year - see the list to the right for details. At about 11am a break is taken for tea/coffee and typically cakes - this stop is also shown in the list to the right. The run meets at Cleveland Bridge in Bath.
Two different all day runs take place:
Social run starting sequentially at Bailbrook Lane, the Wheatsheaf, or Bitton Railway Station; or occasionally elsewhere (ask John Tooze for details on 01225 462203).
Medium paced run meeting at Batheaston car park/toilet opposite shops on the 1st Tuesday of every month, and at the beginning of the cycle path for every other Tuesday, at 9am. Contact Tony Dale on 01225 319805 for more details.
The aim is to ride all day with a morning café and lunch stop. In winter we average around 70 miles and the rest of the year around 80+ miles. As we can go further from Bath than the Sunday club run some of the places we visit are the Marlborough Downs, Sandbay, Minchinhampton & the Slad valley, Slimbridge, Usk/Monmouth & the Vale of Pewsey.
A more formal training ride at a faster pace. There are one or two groups depending on demand and numbers. There is always a faster paced group with a second available if warranted.
First group (based on demand) leaving at 9:15am, with an average speed ~19-20mph.
Second group leaving at 9:30am, with an average speed ~21-22mph.
Both groups leave from the Cadence Bike Shop, Bath.
The route stays the same, and is a ~42mile circuit with no stops. A map can be found here, we would advise riders to study this route in advance, as the groups will not wait if you get dropped.
The groups use a more formal riding style than the other club runs, a style known as a "chain gang". In the chain gang the riders form two lines, a faster line (typically on the outside) and a slower line. Riders in the faster line, on reaching the front of the slower line, pull across to the head of the slower line, and ease up to the pace of the slower line. Riders in the slow line, on reaching the back of the fast line, pull out to join the fast line. This slowly rotates the riders which lead the group, and spreads the effort between the group. Riders which are having difficulty maintaining the speed of the group have the option of staying at the back of the slow line, which means they spend no time leading the group, and so save the extra effort required to lead. After the ride, get together at The Chelsea Café, opposite Cadence.
A more relaxed pace ride. The ride will start at Cadence Bike shop in Chelsea Road and follow the same 40km route each week. The format will be to ride at your own pace with a stop in Pucklechurch to regroup. There will be one ride leader to show the way and one at the back to make sure no one gets into trouble. Meet at Cadence Bike Shop to leave at 9.15.
The route follows the Bath to Bristol Bike Cycle path to Shortwood before climbing Shortwood Hill to the B4465, then dropping down to Pucklechurch. The route then leaves Pucklechurch towards Hinton before turning right to Doynton and Wick before rejoining the cycle path near Oldland Common. The route is 40km long and more details can be found here.
We will aim to be back in approx 2hrs and meet at Chelsea Rd Cafe for a coffee and a well earned cake.
The ride is open to anyone, but as for insurance reasons we will ask you to join the club after 5 runs.
We would ask any Under 18s to fill in the parental consent form, copies will be available at Cadence bike shop, and Under 16s to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
The Club has recently formed a dedicated mountain biking section. A regular off-road mountain bike ride takes place on the first Saturday of the month to coincide with the Chain Gang road ride. It leaves Cadence Bike Shop at 9am aiming to get back to the nearby café at around 11:30 to join the road riders for a coffee.
In addition the Mountain Bike section organises regular trips away to the nearby Mendips, Quantocks and Forest of Dean.
For the 'Saturday Morning Easy Pace Ride'... it says lower down, '...The route is 40km long and more details can be found here.'
However there does not appear to be an active link. Could you send me a link to the route please?
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