For those thinking of trying out with Redhill CC on Saturday rides, please see below for information.
For current RCC members, the menu of rides from 9am (NOTE: now that light is returning back to 9am start time) at Woodhatch Park is below BUT rides will be cancelled if there is ice on the road or the temperature has been freezing overnight and is not forecast to rise above 2degrees by 9am. A text message alert system for Saturday members is in use, please email Adrian via the committee page if you wish to be included.
G1) SHARON HOUGHTON will lead a gentle Newcomers'/Social ride of 25 - 30 miles at an easy pace that will not exceed the speed of the slowest rider but will target 12-14mph average depending on terrain and distance. A guaranteed teastop for chatter and food!
G2) JOHN McMULLAN will take an easy Social Intermediate ride of 40 - 50 miles with a target 'touring' 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) NICK CURRAN will lead a second, more challenging Social Intermediate ride of 45 to 50 miles targeting 15mph average to Borde Hill. This has some challenging hills! This A ride for people who are confident in their fitness and have road/group riding experience. (This ride is a manageable step up for those comfortable with G2!)
G4) MARTIN BELL will lead the G4, effectively a 'mini sportive with teastop' this will be a significantly challenging ride with a number of tough hills and a good pace to contend with. If in doubt, stick with G3.
G5) BRIAN COSTELLO will lead a quick 'consistent pace' ride of 40 - 50 miles at an average of 17+mph with a good hill or two. This ride will only suit those with experience of sustained, pacy riding. Teastops are usual but will be agreed on the day. If in doubt, go back to G3.
G6) SEAN McAULIFFE will lead the racers' ride suitable only for competing (or soon to compete) racers who are confident in their fitness and ability to ride with discipline in a pack. If in doubt, G5 please!
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.
DO NOT WEAR DULL/BLACK CLOTHING AND USE REAR LIGHTS!! You need to be seen by motorists, a rider in shadows during winter can be invisible to a driver.
Essentials and recommendations
We strongly recommend a helmet, correctly fastened and Saturday leaders have the right to decline riders who are not suitably dressed or equipped. Please 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, food 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: a discretionary £2 per ride donation on a ride-before-you-join basis. You must have ridden with us on three rides and have a ride leader or committee member who is prepared to vouch for you when applying for membership.
Click on the 'Ride Safety' pages to read our safety guidelines, information on bike checks and list of hand signals and 'bike shouts' 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.