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Club Run FAQ’s

West Kent Road Cycling club meet outside Kings garage on the corner of Birchwood road near Swanley on Sundays.

Meet 0900 for a 0915 start

2 groups will head to the same cafe in Kent. Rides are often in the region of 50 miles but we can accommodate shorter rides if you need to build up. Just let us know in advance and we will see what can be done.

Our cafe destination is published in advance allowing members to do their own thing and turn up at the cafe for a chat. Cafe stops are usually at 11.30 am.

Some members also join together for mid week rides.

 

Club Run FAQs

Do I need to know anything important before coming out?
Yes please take a look here for Useful Advice for Club Runs

Do I have to be a member to come along for the Sunday Club Run?
We welcome all potential new members, so please feel free to come along as it’s a good way to find out more about the West Kent Road Club. If you like it, sign up.

Do you have other rides apart from the Sunday ride?
Yes. These are held on Saturday Mornings starting at 0915hrs sharp. These are informal and organised by members.

Do I have to tell anyone or ask permission to join you?
No, just turn up before 9.00 am and aim to introduce yourself to a member in club kit, they’ll explain more and introduce you to the ride leaders for that day who will assess your abilities.

Do you meet every Sunday?
Yes, even if it’s snowing members have been known to go out. But check the home page, Twitter and Facebook feeds just in case there’s a change of plan.

I’m not local and want to drive to the ride, where can I park?
You can park your car at the meeting point, at your own risk

What sort of distance and pace can I expect on your Sunday club rides?

The distance varies according to the weather and what people feel like doing but 40-50 miles is normal for the development group whilst the pace is usually at least 15mph average not maximum speed. The experienced group will travel at higher speeds/average. When you come along, introduce yourself to some club members and explain that this is your first ride with the club so we can make sure you don’t get dropped or too tired. If you can handle a 40 mile ride, you’ll be fine otherwise provision can be made for a shorter ride to build you up to a long ride. Remember that riding with others is a lot easier than riding by yourself.

Am I fit enough?
It’s always a personal question but you should be comfortable with a 40 mile ride at 15-16mph average over mixed terrain.

What do I need to bring?
Bring some spares like an inner tube and pump and you should be capable of repairing a puncture. Also, bring some cash so if the ride stops at a cafe, you can get something to eat and drink.

I want to get fit for racing and cyclosportives?
Then come along and start with our club runs. Over time, build up the mileage and start joining the Saturday Training group and you’ll be well on your way.

Do I have to have a racing bike and all the kit?
A road bike is highly recommended. Enthusiasm for cycling is the most important thing. Some members do have flashy bikes but the truth is they don’t help you ride that much faster; a roadworthy machine is the main thing. A road bike is preferable although a mountain bike or hybrid with slick tyres should be ok too – but you need to be very confident about your fitness. We recommend you ride with a helmet and bring at least a spare inner tube and pump in case of a puncture.

What about mudguards?
They will keep you dry and modern versions like SKS Race Blades can be fitted to most bikes. But there’s no requirement to ride with them. If the weather’s bad, you’ll always get mucky.

What about insurance?
You should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment) during Club activities. You take part in Club rides entirely at your own risk. You must have appropriate third party insurance for your own sake this can be obtained through Membership of British Cycling, LVRC or the CTC and by joining these you’re supporting cycling in this country too.

Is there a minimum age?
If you’re under 16, you must drop us an email before you come so we can discuss how things work.

View map of meeting point

 

For information on race events members are doing please click here to see the calendar.

 

If you would like to down load any of the rides we do you can find them here

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Events CalendarMore

June 25, 2017
  • Club Run To Chartwell
      June 25, 2017 - 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

     

    Short ride to be Decide on the day.

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July 2, 2017
  • Club Run To Aylesford
      July 2, 2017 - 9:15 am - 2:15 pm

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July 4, 2017
  • Club Night
      July 4, 2017 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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July 9, 2017
  • Club Run To Four Elms
      July 9, 2017 - 9:15 am - 2:15 pm

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July 16, 2017
  • Club Run To Hoo Marina
      July 16, 2017 - 9:15 am - 2:15 pm

     

    Mark wants a cheeseburger!

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