We follow a variety of routes in Kent and the surrounding area.
We have amended our Sunday morning routine, in line with British Cycling’s Covid-19 guidance for clubs, to manage group sizes and maintain physical distancing.
Sign up for a ride
Please sign up via RiderHQ. Ride entry opens 6pm Monday and closes 2pm Saturday or when the ride is full.
Signing up is essential as groups are currently limited to 6 riders, including the leader. It helps us manage groups and provides rider contact details for leaders.
Groups meet at intervals between 7:15am and 9:15am. Half outside SE20 Cycles, the other half outside the Crooked Billet Pub (over the road).
Cancelling a ride. If you cannot attend a ride you have signed up for, please cancel. This Facebook message explains how to remove yourself on RiderHQ.
Choosing the right ride
If you are unfamiliar with riding in a group you should read our group riding guidelines. New riders are insured for the first 3 rides. After that you must have your own 3rd party insurance to ride with us.
Pick a ride that you are confident you can keep up with. Be realistic with the distance you are used to and the average speed you can maintain over hilly terrain. If you’re not sure, drop down to an easier ride. Better to underestimate your ability and enjoy the ride.
|Steady||9:15am||SE20 Cycles||10-11mph||24–27 miles||4 hours|
|Suitable for those new to group riding or for those who want a fairly gentle ride. The routes avoid the more challenging hills in the area. Always stops for coffee and cake…or even bacon baps. On this ride you can build your fitness and confidence.|
|Short 1||9am||Crooked Billet||11-12mph||30–35 miles||4½ hours|
|Improving riders who have outgrown the steady ride but are not confident they can keep up with the next level. The same course as other Short rides but with a bit more stopping and slightly slower.|
|Short 2||8:45am||SE20 Cycles||12-13mph||30–35 miles||4 hours|
|Suitable for most fit riders. Challenge yourself on the hills of Kent’s lovely countryside.|
|Short 3||8:30am||Crooked Billet||13-14mph||~35 miles||3 hours|
|Faster climbing and leaders may add some challenging hills. Generally less stopping and tighter group riding.|
|Short 4||8:15am||SE20 Cycles||15-16mph||~35 miles||2½ hours|
|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||Varies||Varies||17mph+||~35 miles||2½ hours|
|This is 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||8am||Crooked Billet||11-12mph||45–55 miles||5½ hours|
Longer distance at a more relaxed pace. This is a ride for those who normally do the Steady, or Short 1 or 2 but who fancy a longer ride. It’s great if you have signed up for a big sportive and need some extra mileage.
|Long 2||7:45am||SE20 Cycles||13-14mph||45–55 miles||5 hours|
|The pace is getting quicker and the ride more experienced ride leaders will throw in some extra challenges. Group riding is encouraged and the rides will include some technical sections and steep hills.|
|Long 3||7:30am||Crooked Billet||15-16mph||45–55 miles||4½ hours|
|Suitable for more experienced and quicker riders who are familiar with group riding. This will definitely include some challenging climbs and some fast sections.|
|Long 4||7:15am||SE20 Cycles||17mph+||60–75 miles||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||Varies||Varies||18mph+||60–75 miles||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.|
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.
Listen to your ride leader. If you ride off the front, it’s your responsibility to relocate the group. If you want to blast up a hill, let the leader know first and discuss where to regroup. If you get dropped on a hill, don’t panic: the ride will wait for you. If this often happens, you might enjoy an easier group next time. Club rule: No one is left behind!
Covid-19 ride guidance
Groups are limited to six riders
This allows for significantly fewer riders than we usually cater for. Please only sign up to a ride if you’re certain you’ll be riding.
If a ride is fully-booked, we will set-up additional groups to go out depending on leader availability. Details of any second groups will be posted on our Facebook group on Saturday.
Practical guidelines while riding
- Keep a 2-metre distance between yourself and other riders
- Don’t share anything –If you have a puncture, you’ll need to be able to fix it yourself, for example
- Don’t ride if you feel unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19
- Inform the club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you develop symptoms or you’ve tested positive since your last ride
- Stay within your group – please don’t switch groups while out riding
- Leave on time – the above staggered start times are to limit groups congregating at the usual junctions
- If you’ve not managed to sign up for a ride on RiderHQ, please do not arrive at the designated meeting points expecting to hop on the back of the group – you will be refused
- Be mindful about congregating when arriving back into Penge
- All the usual, group riding guidelines apply.