Brighton Tri Club Sunday group rides. 

Every Sunday we meet for a 2-4 hour group ride. Under normal circumstances we have two separate groups riding variations of the same route. The club has a number of qualified ride leaders and coaches and whenever possible they’ll be on hand to lead the groups. The ride leaders will pace the groups at 14-15mph and 16-17mph. During the Spring/Summer the faster group may go a little quicker but the second group will always be 14-15mph. Both groups are “no-drop” groups. This means no-one gets left at the roadside with a mechanical and we regroup at the top of climbs. Note that whilst we try to provide ride leaders, these are not coached sessions.

Weekly routes will be published on the Facebook page, on the forum and we have a selection of routes you can download linked below.

A Few Basic Rules

Club rides are for members only, prospective members are welcome at Velo on Saturday mornings. 

No Helmet, No ride, No exceptions. 

No TT bikes.

Please make sure your bike is well maintained, give your tyres a once over for cuts and embedded debris and make sure they are properly inflated

When you ride with the club, you represent the club. We ask that you respect the rules of the road and other road users.

When are Where

We meet at 7.55 for an 8am start outside Small Batch Coffee in Seven dials. 

What to expect

Before you come to a group ride please watch the embedded video and read these few notes.

Firstly, it’s a group ride. It’s your “endurance miles” (EM) workout. Similar to your “long run”. It isn’t a hammer time or smackdown. Group rides are a way for us to get some miles in and be sociable. If you need to do something specific in your training then maybe a group ride isn’t the place to do it. 

Having said that, a 2-4 hour ride at a steady pace is not a walk in the park.

Before you come you need to be reasonably confident you can maintain the pace above for about two hours. Remember it’s a group ride so the drafting effect from the group will pull you along faster than you would normally ride alone. You also need to be able to “hold a wheel” on flat and rolling terrain. Getting dropped on a climb is normal but on the flatter sections you need to be able to hold the wheel and keep the group together. It’s important for safety that groups stay close together. 

If you aren’t confident of these skills (and those in the video), come along to Velo on Saturday morning and in a safe environment we can provide coaching. It’s not difficult and a couple of Saturday sessions should get you out with the group. Don’t be put off. 

If you’ve got any questions email us at info@brightontri.org or speak to any member of the coaching team at one of our other sessions.

Group ride etiquette

Half wheeling: This is covered in the embedded video. Try not to do it. It happens by accident every now and again but don’t be a repeat offender!

Breaking up the group: It’s a group ride so we try to ride as a group for the duration. On bigger climbs the group will fragment but we’ll regroup at the top. Outside of the bigger climbs, don’t ride off the front of the group. If you’re feeling stronger than the group, change to a lower gear and spin your legs instead. Then try riding with the faster group next week. As the ride progresses the stronger riders should be doing the bulk of the riding on the front to give the weaker riders a break.

Before you leave the house

Be self sufficient. Every now and then we all forget something but everyone should have their own repair/puncture kit, their own food and enough to drink. We'll do our best to help each other but you need to be prepared for the worst. In winter in particular, make sure you bring enough to eat and drink. Your body burns a lot fuel keeping warm and winter “bonk” isn’t much fun. Don’t forget some cash for a coffee stop. 

Everyone needs to know where they are going. Download the route to your GPS if you have one. If you don't have one, make yourself aware of the route. We use the same routes on a rotation so you’ll get to know them after a few weeks. Don't rely on a ride leader to get you round, they may get a mechanical or refuse to leave the warmth of the coffee stop. 

Lastly, bring a sense of humour! It’s about having fun, making friends and enjoying each others company. Save your race face for race day.


The Routes

Our main route each week is approximately 70km. We have bail options on each route reducing it to around 50km. If you aren't feeling strong and need a shortcut home, it's built in. Each route has an add-on 30km option at the end if you want to ride 100km.  

We'll normally rotate between these routes but may have special guest routes if we fancy a change. 

The one with a sea view

Out along the coast road to Newhaven then inland to Lewes. From here it's a trip around the narrow lanes before a return over the dyke. 

Garmin Connect

50km  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14111317 

70km  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14111320 

100km  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14111325 

STRAVA

50km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183697

70km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183618

100km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183688

The one where everyone got lost

Down the Beacon and through the lanes via Barcombe to Fletching. Return to town via Hassocks and then Devils Dyke. 

Garmin Connect

60km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14147015 

70km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14147071 

100km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14147136

STRAVA

60km  https://www.strava.com/routes/7183838 

70km  https://www.strava.com/routes/7183825 

100km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183876

The one without a hill at the end. 

Down the Dyke and North via Twineham lane. Home via Partridge Green and Coombes Road. The only one with a flat finish into town along the seafront. 

Garmin connect

50km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13962166

70km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14029918

100km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13962141

STRAVA

50km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183342

70km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183418

100km https://www.strava.com/routes/7155356

The “Tour of Flanders” one

Down the Dyke before a tour of some of the smallest lanes in Sussex. Tight and twisty with short sharp climbs. A mini Belgian treat in the winter.  A Beacon finish to caps it off. 

Garmin Connect

50 km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14090731

70km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14090746

100km  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14090761

STRAVA

50 km https://www.strava.com/routes/7188641

70km https://www.strava.com/routes/7188643

100km https://www.strava.com/routes/7188667

The one with the Cyclocross

Down and up the Beacon in one day. A clockwise tour of the lanes around Newick and Barcombe with a farmyard crossing as a bonus.

Garmin connect

50km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13962155

70km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14062906

100km https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14062961

STRAVA

50km  https://www.strava.com/routes/7155393

70km https://www.strava.com/routes/7155056

100km https://www.strava.com/routes/7183715