[Sticky] Essential reading for new members
A big welcome to you from the club.
Firstly, you don’t need to join CCL before joining a ride. We’re a nice bunch (honest), but if you want to see if it’s for you, just turn up, say hello and give it a go.
Want to know what to expect?
Take a look at our guide to group riding
See what’s happening on our rides calendar
or get in touch
We meet from 8:30 am for pre-ride coffees and depart at 9:00 am. Our meeting point on Saturdays is Coffee Break in Winchmore Hill.
Distance: About 45 miles/72km
Pace: 14-16mph/22-25kph 16mph/25kph+
We split into groups depending on availability of leaders and who turns up.
Non-stop ride with coffee stop at end.
There are also ad hoc early bird rides from Boots in Whetstone, keep an eye on our Facebook group for more details.
Meet 8:00 am at Amici’s, East Finchley for pre-ride coffees. Depart 8.30am sharp from Budgens East Finchley (over the road).
Distance: About 60 miles/95km
Pace: 15-18mph/24-28kph We split into groups depending on availability of leaders and who turns up – there’s always a coffee stop
Regent’s Park sessions (meet at Zoo gates)
- Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:00 am: 1 hour of ‘chat laps’ around Outer Circle, followed by coffee in Benugos cafe in the Inner Circle
- Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 am: members-only race training with Ian Watto Watson (6.30-7.15 Outer Circle, 7.15-8 Inner Circle)
- Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 am : 1 hour of faster chaingangs, plus 30 mins recovery, then coffee at 8am
Races & Race Training
If racing is your game, see the race section of the forum. There’s plenty of events to choose from and events that CCL organise (where your help would be greatly appreciated). There’s specialist race training as well.
What to bring to the rides?
Treat the weekend ride like you would if you were going out on your own, bearing in mind we will be riding in the countryside.
You need to bring:
- spare tubes (2)
- mobile phone (with ICE)
- cash for café stops
- Don’t forget food and drink to keep you going (too much is better than too little) and don’t forget to have some breakfast !
See the club website for more information - guide to group riding
Ride leaders are responsible for the ride. They are ladies and gentlemen who volunteer, to help everyone to have a fun and safe time by planning a route and keeping the group together. Make sure you introduce yourself to him or her on the day and speak to them if you have any questions at all. The leader will bring the group back to an agreed place (normally the start point).
If you want to peel off early because you want to go faster, you want a longer / shorter ride or a more direct route home, that’s perfectly fine. Just let the ride leader know before you split (important).
On average there are lot more punctures on winter rides, so be prepared. This means the rides can take a bit longer and you need to be warm enough to handle a 10 min roadside stop in the cold (e.g. an extra layer or rain jacket). You should also check your tyres for damage regularly in the winter. This means deflating them and then carefully picking out bits of glass, thorns etc with a toothpick or mini screwdriver. Lots of debris you pick up can give you a puncture weeks later, so best to check regularly and get rid. Try to do this before each long ride. There’s no 100% protection from the puncture fairy, but this helps a lot. And if necessary – buy new (winter) tyres !
I hope this covers everything, but feel free to post questions.
We hope to see you soon !