Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 09:00

Road Rides 11-06-11


Adrian Webb / Brian Costello



For those thinking of trying out with Redhill CC on Saturday rides, please click here to see the 'Club Runs' information page. For current RCC members, the menu of rides from 9am at REDHILL AERODROME is below. 

G1) SHARON HOUGHTON leads 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) KEV GREENE takes a longer social Intermediate ride of 40+ 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 - and there may be some hills en route... just not too many!

G3) JOHN McMULLAN leads a second, more challenging Social Intermediate ride usually with a few challenging hills! 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) LEWIS BURGESS heads up the RCC 'mini sportive with teastop' - a significantly challenging ride with a number of tough (some v tough) hills and a good pace to contend with. A ride to aim for if you're after the Gold Standard in Sportives If in doubt, stick with G3.

G5) BRIAN COSTELLO will lead a quick 'consistent pace' ride of 45 - 55 miles at an average of around 18mph average with hills and challenges. This ride will only suit those with experience of sustained, pacy riding in a group. Teastops are usual but will be agreed on the day. If in doubt, go back to G4 or G3.

G6/7) TO BE CONFIRMED. Racers' rides 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 improving 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 where black or dull clothing: you need to be seen by motorists, a rider in shadows even during summer 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. If you are riding with us for the first time on a Saturday, you MUST wear a helmet - you will be riding with a group that may include inexperienced riders and we don't know your abilities until you have cycled with us. Also, 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.

More information, 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 REDHILL AERODROME, Kingsmill Lane in the carpark indicated on the front page story. 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. Ride Safety 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.