We welcome new members throughout the year and ladies (and girls) come from different pathways, from total beginners to experienced cyclists. The volume of enquiries and people wishing to join means that we have had to formalise our joining procedure for the safety and enjoyment of both the new riders and our current members. Everyone who would like to join is required to do an induction session. This is so that you can meet some of us and we can make sure that you understand group riding and the safety features involved in riding in a group. We will take you for a short ride as part of this session. You can ride any bike on the induction session, but you will need to be prepared to invest in a drop handlebar road bike for nearly all of our group rides (Monday morning rides will remain any bike).
Induction sessions are run once a month, from early March to late October, alternating between Saturday and Monday 12.30-3pm. These sessions are free of charge. Once the induction session has been completed, the minimum club ride distance is 20 miles so some previous recent riding experience/fitness is necessary. For those who have no experience or fitness, there are Breeze rides locally run by some of our riders and other female ride leaders. There are also Cyclofemme sessions at Cyclopark (a closed road circuit at Gravesend) to help you to get going and build some fitness and confidence.
NEXT INDUCTION SESSIONS
Our next induction courses will be in March 2018.
Saturday in March TBC
Monday 26th March
Saturday in April TBC
Monday 14th May
Saturday in June TBC
Monday 9th July
Please have a look at our All Events Calender for details.
Contact us and we will let you know when the next induction dates are. During the induction, we will be able to advise you which rides are most suitable. You will certainly need to be prepared to join the Monday morning ride or, if you have a road bike already, the Wednesday or Saturday easy ride.
You already have a road bike and you’ve done some riding, either alone or with one other person. Or maybe you have done a triathlon, or a charity ride and have some miles in your legs but no group riding experience, or are looking to getting more skilled and faster on the bike. Join the next induction course to learn group riding skills and we will be able to advise you on which rides suit your ability.
We would still like you to attend the one-off induction before joining. That way, we can show you the way we like to run our group rides and, if you are experienced, you will be able to help us to support the other newbies and then join a group that is more appropriate for your level of fitness.
You could borrow a bike from someone. We have club road bikes that you can try before buying one (to enquire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org). Any bike will do, as long as it goes forward safely, and stops safely.
If you are thinking of buying a road bike, either talk to us, borrow a club bike first or go and see The Velo House or Wildside in Tunbridge Wells, or Evendens in Paddock Wood. They are all well acquainted with the type of bikes needed for our rides. You will need a road bike to take part in all club activities (no flat bars please).
THE INDUCTION – 2.5-3 hr session.
This session is designed to teach people safe group riding skills, and act as an introduction to the club. We have found that people who have done the session (regardless of their level of cycling experience) have benefited, and have got much more out of subsequent group rides.
The course involves 90 mins of coaching (on a playground/tennis courts, as we are not allowed to coach these skills on the road) and a 60-90 min group road ride to put the skills into practice. All welcome on ANY bike, although all our rides except Monday morning are road bikes ONLY.