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Written by Paul Hudspeth   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 18:29

Do I have to be a member to come along for the Sunday Club Run?

We welcome all potential new members, so please feel free to come along as it's a good way to find out more about the Charlottevile Cycling Club. If you like it, sign up.  We normally suggest doing 2 rides before signing up.


Do I have to tell anyone or ask permission to join you?

No, just turn up before 9.00 am and aim to introduce yourself to a member in club kit, they'll explain more.


Do you meet every Sunday?
Yes, even if it's snowing members have been known to go out. Check the website for weather updates and also members receive weekly emails advising where the ride is going.


I'm not local and want to drive to the ride, where can I park?

There is plenty of parking at the Guildford Spectrum which is free of charge.  Rides depart from Guildfordians Clubhouse which is just over the road (you are requested not to park at the clubhouse on a Sunday during the rugby season at it is usually very busy with people attending rugby training sessions)

What sort of distance and pace can I expect on your Sunday club rides?
The distance varies according to the weather and what people feel like doing between 30 and 50 miles is normal whilst the pace is usually a steady 16-18mph. When you come along, introduce yourself to some club members and explain that this is your first ride with the club so we can make sure you don't get dropped or too tired. If you can handle a 40 mile ride, you'll be fine. Remember that riding with others is a lot easier than riding by yourself.  The Sunday rides are a social ride and we will regroup at the tops of hills or junctions as required.

The first Sunday of the month is a beginner ride where the distance will be shorter and the pace will be slower.


Am I fit enough?
It's always a personal question but you should be comfortable with a 40 mile ride at 15-16mph.


What do I need to bring
Bring some spares like an inner tube and pump and you should be capable of repairing a puncture. Also, bring some cash so if the ride stops at a cafe, you can get something to eat and drink.


I want to get fit for racing and cyclosportives

Then come along and start with our club runs.


Do I have to have a racing bike and all the kit?
A road bike is highly recommended. Enthusiasm for cycling is the most important thing. Some members do have flashy bikes but the truth is they don't help you ride that much faster, a roadworthy machine is the main thing. A road bike is preferable although a mountain bike or hybrid with slick tyres should be ok too - but you need to be very confident about your fitness. We recommend you ride with a helmet and bring at least a spare inner tube and pump in case of a puncture.


What about mudguards?
They will keep you dry and modern versions like SKS Race Blades can be fitted to most bikes. But there's no requirement to ride with them. If the weather's bad, you'll always get mucky.


What about insurance?
You should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment) during Club activities. You take part in Club rides entirely at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance for your own sake. Membership of British Cycling or the CTC can offer you this form of cover and you're supporting cycling in this country too.


Is there a minimum age?
Yes there is.  For under 16's we would recommend that you first get involved with our Go-Ride section of the club (also known as the Rascals).  Further information about the Rascals and contacts can be found on this website. If you are under the age of 16 and you do wish to ride with the club then we need to be in receipt of a valid, signed parental consent form or unless you will be accompanied on the club run by a parent or guardian. For parental consent forms please contact us prior to the ride so we can arrange for these to be completed.



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