Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 09:00

Road Rides 09-10-10


Adrian Webb / Brian Costello



For those thinking of trying out with Redhill CC on Saturday rides for the first time, please click here for information.

For current RCC members, the menu of rides from 9am at Woodhatch Park this Saturday comprises:

G0) For the first time, we are starting a new monthly initiative where teenagers who are part of the Redhill Raiders can come out on a main club ride to gain experience and test their endurance over 24miles including a tea stop. ADRIAN WEBB will lead this ride with a maximum of 12 riders including up to three Raiders and parents. Raiders parents - please contact John Leitch or Adrian (via the contact page) if you wish to join this ride. It will take the place of the G1 ride and those who might otherwise have joined G1 are urged to try G2.

G2) JOHN McMULLAN will lead an easier Social Intermediate ride of 40 - 50 miles with a target speed of 14-15mph average. This ride presents a target for new riders or those gaining fitness who want to take a step up to a longer and more challenging distance. A teastop is guaranteed - usually at half way.

G3) MARTIN BELL  - scourge of the hills and bedrock of the G3 ride - will lead a more challenging Social Intermediate ride of 45 - 55 miles targeting 15-16mph average depending on terrain. This ride will usually incorporate challenging hills. A ride for people who are confident in their fitness and have road experience. Martin needs to be back in good time so this will NOT be a late one.

G4) BRIAN COSTELLO will lead a Fast Intermediate ride of 40 - 50 miles at an average of 17+mph. This ride will only suit those with experience of sustained riding in a quicker group. Teastops are usual but will be agreed on the day.

G5/6) ALLAN HOPKINS has had to CANCEL his racers ride. No leader confirmed as yet, so please turn up and we will see who is available/willing. This ride is for club members only and will be based on a nearby loop (ie Newdigate) working on techniques that will help racers when riding in a group.The emphasis will be on honing skills and working together. You must be confident in your fitness and stamina and have experience of riding safely in a tight group to join this ride. If in doubt, join G4!

NOTE: The ride structure is intended to provide a pathway for those who want to improve their fitness and bike skills. Each is more challenging than the one below it but within reach of anyone who has become comfortable at their current ride level. Many Redhill riders have started as a newcomer and gone on to Sportives and racing within a few years.

Safety Notes


DO NOT WEAR DULL/BLACK CLOTHING!! You need to be seen by motorists and even in sunny weather, a rider in shadows can be invisible to a driver.


We strongly recommend a helmet, correctly fastened and Saturday leaders have the right to decline riders who are not suitably dressed or equipped. Wear mitts & eye protection.


Carry a waterproof if there's any hint of rain plus two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, a pump, a drink and your mobile.


Ensure your ride leader has your mobile and you his or hers in case you become separated.


For those considering joining RCC Saturday rides for the first time

If you've been cycling on your own for a while - or perhaps commuting on your bike - and you're confident you can ride over 20 miles comfortably, then it might be time to try pushing yourself a little further and riding with a cycling club. Redhill CC'S Saturday rides cater for Newcomers to Racers.

Saturday rides start at 9am SHARP from Woodhatch Park opposite 'The Angel' pub, south of Reigate. Please arrive 10 minutes early to sign in for your ride. We do this so we have your mobile and emergency contact numbers.

NON MEMBERS £2 per ride on a ride-before-you-join basis.

Click on the 'Ride Safety' page to read our safety guidelines before riding with us. If you would like to see our full annual risk assessment on which these are based, simply email the Chairman or Road Events Secretary via the contact page.


Woodhatch Park