Sunday Morning Club Rides

We organise club rides that start from outside SE20 Cycles between 7:45 and 8:15 every Sunday morning. See below for departure times for each ride. We welcome people with a broad range of experience and abilities.

For last-minute updates on our Sunday rides (and more) visit our Facebook page.

Sign up in advance to ride

Please sign up in advance to the group you plan to ride with. This allows us to plan ride groups and to create ride lists for group leaders. Groups are limited to 12 riders including the leader. If the ride is full, you can pick another ride or go onto the wait list. If there is a wait list we will try to organise a split group. Advance entries close at 5:00pm on the Saturday afternoon before the ride on the Sunday.

Sign up for a ride on RiderHQ

Be prepared: What should I bring with me?

Wear appropriate cycle clothing. You may warm up quickly but feel cold when you stop. Carry the following with you: a rain jacket, a pump, essential tools, spare tubes, food for two to three hours and plenty to drink. Also carry a mobile phone and some ID, plus some money just in case.

If you are unfamiliar with riding in a group you should read our Club Group Riding Etiquette procedure.

Please note, headphones and aerobars are not suitable for group riding.

Choosing the right ride

For your first ride it is advised to drop down a ride from the one you think you can do.  This will give you the chance to get to know us at a bit more of a relaxed pace. Better to underestimate your ability and enjoy the ride, you can always try the next group up in future!

If you are struggling to keep up on the flat you would be better dropping down a group next time.

Club rule: No one is left behind! All rides stop for punctures and mechanicals. 

Steady Ride – 08:15

Typically 24-27 miles in around 4 hours, average speed 10-11 mph.

Suitable for those new to club / group riding. The routes avoid the more challenging hills in the area. Stops for refreshments. On this ride you can build your fitness and confidence.

Short 1 – 08:10

Medium Paced Short Ride

Typically 30-35 miles in 4½ hours, average speed 11-12 mph.

Suitable for improving riders who have outgrown the steady ride but are not confident they can keep up with the next level. The same routes as the medium paced short 2, 3,& 4, but with a bit more stopping and slightly slower.

Short 2 – 08:00

Medium Paced Short Ride

Typically 30-35 miles in 2½ to 3 hours, average speed 12-13 mph.

Suitable for most fit riders, challenge yourself on all the hills that the local Kent countryside has to offer.

Short 3 – 07:55

Medium Paced Short Ride

Typically 30-35 miles in  3 hours, average speed 13-14 mph.

Suitable for most fit riders, challenge yourself on all the hills that the local Kent countryside has to offer.

Short 4 – 07:50

Medium-Fast Paced Short Ride

Typically 30-35 miles in 2½  hours, average speed 1516 mph.

Brisk, with few stops to re-group, this should be a ride Short 3 riders can step up to when they want a tougher workout. It is still a social ride where the group stays together

Short 5 – 07:45

Typically 30-35 miles in 2½ hours, average speed 17+ mph.

An ad-hoc ride that is self-led. It is for small groups of experienced, fast riders who are in a hurry. Feel at ease in the Short 4 or Long 4 before you take this one on

Long 1- 08:05

Steady Paced Long Ride

Ad Hoc ride. Typically 50 miles in around 5½ hours, average speed 11-12 mph. Suitable for those who want to do a longer distance at a more relaxed pace. Stops for refreshments.

Note – this ride will not always run so check for announcements on Facebook the week of the ride. All routes are bespoke and will avoid some of the most challenging hills.

Long 2 – 08:00

Medium Paced Long Ride

Typically 45-55 miles in around 5 hours, average speed 13-14 mph.

Can include some technical sections and steep hills.

Long 3 – 07:50

Medium Paced Long Ride

Typically 45-55 miles in around 4½ hours, average speed 15-16 mph.

Can include some technical sections and steep hills.

Long 4 – 07:45

Fast Paced Long Ride

Typically 60-75 miles, average speed 16-17 mph depending on terrain. 4½ to 5 hours. This is a social ride for fast riders. Make sure you find Long 3 relatively easy and perhaps ride with a Long 4 regular rider before giving this one a go.

Long 5 – 07:45

Fast Paced Long Ride

Typically 60-75 miles, average speed 18+ mph depending on terrain. 4½ to 5 hours

An ad-hoc ride that is self-led. It is for small groups of experienced, fast riders who are in a hurry. Feel at ease in the Short 5 or Long 4 before you take this one on.

‘Sportive’ ride

We don’t run these every week, so look out for announcements. They are aimed at experienced and fit riders looking to train over a longer distance, perhaps for an organised sportive event.

They will often leave earlier than the other rides and be out for up to 6 hours, moving at an average 13-15 mph. They will definitely take in some of the local classics, like Leith Hill, White Down, Toys Hill and go out to more far flung places like the Ashdown Forest.

Our routes

Week of the MonthLong 2, 3 and 4 RidesSplit Point
for Long
or Short
Medium Pace – Short RidesSteady Ride
1stLingfield & Pains Hill route: 50 miles, 3,000ft climbing.A25: 19 milesGodstone route: 35 miles, 2,100ft climbing.Warlingham route: 27 miles, 1,200ft climbing.
2ndLimpsfield, Chartwell and Ide Hill route: 50 miles, 4,000ft climbing.Clarks Lane: 11 milesHogtrough & Downe route: 30 miles, 2,000ft climbing. Downe route: 24 miles, 1,000ft climbing.
3rdKnatts Valley route: 50 miles, 3,230ft climbing. Well Hill: 15 milesEynsford route: 35 miles, 2,200ft climbing. Tatsfield route: 27 miles, 1,200ft climbing.
4thCowden & Toys Hill route: 52 miles, 4,000ft climbing. Limpsfield: 15 milesLimpsfield & Chartwell route: 32 miles, 2,100ft climbing.Downe route: 24 miles, 1,000ft climbing.
5thAlternative Route

Ride Leaders

The rota for ride leaders shows who will guide the group on each route during the month.

Notes for ride leaders here.

Incident report form – here.

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