Group Rides: Easy Paced Ride
What: Rides aimed towards less experienced or less confident cyclists, or just those who fancy an easier ride
Where: Occasional Saturday mornings at 08:30am, alternating start points between Millhouses Park and Bradfield/Loxley
When: Throughout the year. The provisional dates and start locations have been included below, but check the Calendar for details closer to the time.
Start Point 1: Millhouses Park at 8.30am. The route is around 25 miles and will go out via Holmesfield, Curbar, Fox House and back to Millhouses cafe for a coffee. We are aiming this at less experienced or confident cyclists. We will pace according to the group and will not leave anyone behind!
Start Point 2: Loxley Road opposite the Admiral Rodney at 8.30am. The route will be about 30km with a few hills going up past High Bradfield, onto the Strines then back through Dungworth to Loxley. The planned ride time is around 2 hours and we will have coffee at Loxley Nuseries Cafe afterwards.
- 27th Jan 2018 – Start Point 1
- 17th Feb 2018 – Start Point 2
- 10th Mar 2018 – Start Point 1
- 21st Apr 2018 – Start Point 2
- 26th May 2018 – Start Point 1
- 23rd Jun 2018 – Start Point 2
- 21st Jul 2018 – Start Point 1
- 18th Aug 2018 – Start Point 2
- TBC Sep 2018 – Start Point 1
- 20th Oct 2018 – Start Point 2
- 17th Nov 2018 – Start Point 1
- 15th Dec 2018 – Start Point 2
Summer : Forge Valley Cycle Track
What: Bike handling skills and some fun racing
Where: On the cycle track around the playing field at the back of Forge Valley School, Wood Lane, Sheffield, S6 5HG
When: Throughout the summer. The sessions have finished for the year now, we will return in summer 2018.
Session: An hour long session focusing on skills on this traffic free cycle track. Sessions will also be arranged covering transitions. Please bring your bike, helmet and cycling gear. For the transition sessions you will also need running shoes. See our Facebook Page for more details, nearer the time. These sessions are great for less experienced cyclists to build skill and ultimately speed. More experienced cyclists can also benefit from refining their skills – sometimes every second counts!
As the Autumn and Winter months are approaching, we will now be organising club rides on the first Saturday of every month. Please see the below message from Ben Anderson with all the details you need to know:
I’ve been thinking about setting up some group club rides during the
off season, and am proposing that we hold a monthly ride on the first Saturday of every month. The dates for these would be: –
– 7th October
– 4th November
– 2nd December
– 5th January
– 2nd February
– 2nd March
The aim would be to get 2 or 3 groups out according to pace for a sociable ride, with the chance to get some miles in, develop group riding skills and meet up at a cafe afterwards for the craic.
My current thinking is to keep it simple, meeting up at 8:30am at the Whirlowdale Road and Ecclesall Road South junction (there is a large lay-by just up from this where those who may want to drive over can park up) and follow the Hope Valley for rides of roughly 2 hours (faster paced groups going off the direct route to add a few loops/hills in etc). We can then have the option of rolling down to Millhouses Park Cafe for coffee and cake after the ride, as opposed to trying to coordinate 3 groups hitting the same cafe on route.
It would be really helpful to have some identified group leaders to help coordinate and keep the groups together, so for any of you who know the routes round the valley well and have more group riding experience, please can you let me know dates you could commit to via – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, there will be a couple of rules:
– Sociable training rides open to all with no-one left behind
– Mudguards and flaps required for wet rides (it will be winter – see Ady Dench to purchase club flaps)
– Follow group ride etiquette, please see below:
Looking forward to getting these sessions up and running and getting club mates together, so now it is over to you to get the dates in your diaries and come out to play!