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 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 significant climbs. Note that whilst we try to provide ride leaders, these are not coached sessions.
Before you come on a Sunday ride please have a chat with one of the bike coaches about the level of fitness and technical ability required. They are not for everyone. If you are new to cycling it may take a while for your fitness and skills to reach the necessary level. Don’t despair as we run beginner road rides on an ad hoc basis. Details will be posted in all the usual places. In the meantime, come to our indoor and Velo sessions to gain some experience and fitness.
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
In the Winter, fit mudguards! You might not mind getting wet but other riders in the group don’t want your road spray in their face. An ass saver is not a mudguard !
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.
In December, January and February, we meet at 8.55 for a 9am start.
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 confident you can maintain the required pace for about two hours. Remember it’s a group ride so the drafting effect from the group will pull you along slightly 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 big climb is normal but on the flatter and rolling 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.