The run names are designed to give a general description only. The route will be decided on the day depending upon turnout and weather conditions. Any member may put forward a route, either on the day, or to the club run secretary in advance. Wherever possible, the route will be published on the website, with details given as to the anticipated speed, length and difficulty of the ride. If it is possible to do so, members are encouraged to download any .gpx file of the route and store it in their Garmin (or similar device) as this will minimise the chances of anybody getting lost.
The club run etiquette (see below) applies to all “intermediate rides“. Accordingly, each ride will go at the pace of the slowest rider and nobody will be left behind. However, as far as possible, members should ensure that the ride is within their capabilities. They should speak to the club run secretary or another committee member if in any doubt.
The club run etiquette also applies to all “quick rides“. Please note that typically these rides will be at an average speed of 17mph +. If any member is unsure whether the ride is within their capabilities, they should speak to the club ride secretary or another committee member.
Remember that in general terms, you will ride quicker in a group than on your own. Your speed will also increase with your fitness, so the more club rides you do the better!
Rides will almost always include a cafe stop so riders should bring some cash – quite apart from emergency provision.
THE “QUICK RIDES” WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS AND THE “INTERMEDIATE RIDES” WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAYS BUT PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THE CLUB RIDE SCHEDULE AS SIMILAR RIDES WILL TAKE PLACE ON OTHER DAYS AS WELL
Unless otherwise stated, “quick rides” will start from the Beehive Pub (at the bottom of Newbottle Bank on the Sedgeletch road, postcode DH4 5PW) at 830am and “Intermediate rides” will start from opposite St Michael’s Church, Houghton-le-Spring at 930am