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.
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.