Sunday Morning Club Rides

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We organise club rides that start from outside SE20 Cycles between 7.45 and 8.15am every Sunday morning in the summer. (See below for departure times for each ride) We have groups appropriate for a range of experience and abilities.

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.

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.  We understand that some people love hills and others find them more challenging and so this is the part of the ride when everyone can go at their own pace.  Feel free to blast up and have a rest at the top while waiting for the group, or go up at a more leisurely pace.

Club rule: No one is left behind!

Steady Ride – 08.15am

Typically 20-25 miles in around 3 hours, average speed 10mph.

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

Short 1 – 08.10am

Medium Paced Short Ride

Typically 30-35 miles in 3½ hours, average speed 11mph.

Suitable for improving riders who have outgrown the steady ride but are not confident they can keep up with the next level. The same course as the medium paced short 2,3,&4, but with a bit more stopping and slightly slower. Challenge yourself on all the hills that the local Kent countryside has to offer. Stops to regroup and for punctures.

Short 2 – 08.00am

Medium Paced Short Ride

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

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

Short 3 – 07.50am

Medium Paced Short Ride

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

Suitable for most fit riders, challenge yourself on all the hills that the local Kent countryside has to offer. Stops to regroup and for punctures. (Short 2 & 3 are very similar levels)

Short 4 – 07.45am

Medium Paced Short Ride

Typically 30-35 miles in 2½ hours, average speed 15+ mph.

Follows the same route as the Short 1,2,& 3 rides, but at a faster pace with fewer, shorter stops. Can get quite competitive.

Long 1- 08.00am

Medium Paced Long Ride

Typically 40-50 miles in around 5 hours, average speed 13 mph.

Can include some technical sections and steep hills. Stops to regroup and for punctures.

Long 2 – 07.50am

Medium Paced Long Ride

Typically 40-50 miles in around 4½ hours, average speed 15 mph.

Can include some technical sections and steep hills. Stops to regroup and for punctures.

Long 3 – 07.45am

Fast Paced Long Ride

Typically 40+ miles, average speed 17 mph depending on terrain.

This ride is self-led by regular members of the club who plan to progress to racing or are training for challenge rides and sportives. Stops only to regroup and for punctures. It’s not advised for new members to join this group without first demonstrating experience in a medium-paced ride.

‘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 13-15mph. 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.

Routes

The rides follow the routes listed below. The Long 3 and the Short 4 will usually create their own routes. The others follow the rota.

Week of the MonthFast & Medium Pace – Long RidesSplit Point
for Long
or Short
Medium Pace – Short & Steady Plus 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 are HERE

Here is our latest signing-on sheet for ride leaders.

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