Every Sunday morning throughout the year the Club is active in the form of a social ride through the local countryside departing from outside South Downs Bikes near Cosham Railway Station. Riders depart at 9.00am sharp and proceed to The George Public House, Widley to rendezvous with any additional riders. Departure from The George is at 9.15am after a route and safety briefing.
Can I come along?
We welcome all cycling enthusiasts. However to comply with our CTC insurance these rides are open to those aged 13 and over only. In addition, riders under 18 must provide a parental consent form to the Membership Secretary before riding. Non-members are welcome to join us although such attendance is restricted to 3 rides before membership is required under the terms of our insurance. Riders should be capable of cycling 40 miles (64 km) of undulating terrain at an average speed of 14 mph (22 kph). More challenging rides are also available subject to numbers (read more here).
What do I need to bring?
Items listed here are essential:
Properly fitting cycle helmet manufactured to European Standard EN1078
Bike in good working order, preferably a road bike. Hybrids and mountain bikes may be ridden although you will be expected to keep up with the others
Spare inner tubes / puncture repair kit
Pump / CO2 canister for tube inflation
Other tools as may be required to adjust / maintain your bike during the ride
Money for the coffee stop
Full water bottle(s)
Energy bars / gels. Bananas are always a good source of energy too
Appropriate clothing for the ride.
Emergency contact details must be given to the ride leader on arrival
Optional additional items you may wish to bring:
Spare chain link
Cut up sections of Capri-Sun carton to repair a slit tyre.
What is not allowed?
Bikes which are not road-legal e.g. they must have two independent braking systems
Tri-bars, as they are considered unsuitable for group riding.