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INFO ON CLUB RUNS

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4 January we have sadly now suspended all activities and events in England until further notice.

We know that this news will come as a disappointment to many of you, however it’s important that we now once again pull together to ensure that cycling plays its part in bringing the virus under control. Getting out on our bikes is a great way to boost our mental and physical health and we’ll be working hard to keep you pedalling.

You can find the most up-to-date guidance for Scotland here and Wales here.

How can I continue to ride?

Under the new restrictions you are permitted to cycle, and we would encourage you to do so, while following these rules:

  • You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
  • Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient. 

  • Leave the house to exercise only once each day. 

  • Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e., no spitting, use a tissue).
  • You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of leisure (such as a picnic or a coffee break). 

  • If you need to travel, such as to work or go to the shops, you are encouraged to cycle where possible.


What do you mean by local?

We know many of you will want to know what is meant by ‘staying local’. The Government’s definition of this is stated as ‘your village, town or the part of a city where you live’.

We understand that this definition is particularly restrictive for cycling, and we are working to seek further clarification on this. On Thursday 14 January we wrote to the Government alongside British Triathlon and Cycling UK following the continued confusion over this matter, and we hope to provide an update shortly.

In the meantime, we recommend that you follow the advice to stay local, ride well within your ability and ensure that you are self-sufficient.

When Restrictions are lifted…

We arrange informal rides on a Sunday throughout the year via a Whatsapp Group. Please email us if you would like to join – info@richmondcyclingclub.co.uk

Our club run ‘philosophy’ is summarised below:

We meet at Calverts Carpets in the centre of Richmond (see Map Below).

The start time is 09:00am for most of the year, except for the winter months of Dec, Jan, and Feb, when the start time is 10:00am.

The Sunday rides always have a cafe stop, so bring along a few ££ for a drink and snack.

Group Riding Etiquette

We ride in two lines but switch to single-file:

when on a main road where cars are passing at speed
on a very narrow road with blind corners
when car(s) behind being held up for a long time.
When the group is 6 or more riders, the preferred method of changing the lead riders is …

the rider on the front of the outside line moves across to the front of the inside line, and the outside line moves up one rider. We rotate the lead riders every 5-10 minutes.

It’s not usually necessary to warn of *oncoming* cars except on very narrow roads with blind bends. Riders at the back should warn of cars approaching from behind with a call of ‘car behind’. (Not necessary on a straight wide road with plenty of room and visibility for the car to pass). If a car, or number of cars are finding it difficult to pass we should either change to a single line or let gaps open in the group so they can get past in stages.

Average Speed

This is a tricky one, as it depends on the wind, terrain and the make up of the group. But put simply, we ride at a pace that is comfortable for the group – i.e. the group stays together and regroups when splits occur over hills, or at junctions. Pre-planned rides will be billed as either ‘Easy’ or the default ‘Moderate’.

  • ‘Easy’ – 35-45m @ 14-16mph. Cafe stop. Generally flattish, and a good introductory ride for new riders/re-joiners.
  • ‘Moderate’ – 50-65m @ 16-18mph. Cafe stop. Average speed will be slower if hilly – say 15-17mph. For very flat routes, or with a big group it could be 18-19mph.
  • ‘Hard’ – 60+ m, @17-18 mph. Hilly. Sometimes no stop.

We will never leave a rider behind. If you have any questions at all, or are in any doubt as to whether you will be able to manage a particular ride, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@richmondcc.co.uk, or join the Facebook group and get involved!

time trials

We run a Time Trial series in the summer following an approx. 10 mile course from Fremington to Richmond – organized via the CTT every Thursday.

Everyone is welcome to attend – whatever your standard. We have a large range of abilities and ages who join us for the events which are part-social and part-competition.

You can meet either at our usual meeting point of Calvert’s Carpets in Richmond at 18:15 or meet at the start point at the bridge at Fremington at around 19:00.

Entry costs £4.

For more details see our facebook page or join the TT Whatsapp Group

We also need marshals and volunteers to help – instructions for marshalls are here.

The Marshalls’ sign-up sheet and result sheet is below

our completed events

Take a look at all are upcoming events. Become a member today and join us on our rides.