|Level 1 rides take place on the first Sunday of each month, (“Slow Sunday”).
Routes for Level 1 rides typically cover about 30 miles over quiet roads, avoid steep hills and always include a 20-30 minute stop at a café for a cuppa and cake, a chance to make new friends and share experiences. Average speed is around 13.5 mph, but don’t worry about being left behind or getting lost, the ride leader will adjust the group pace to suit the slowest rider and keep the group together.
Women riders are particularly welcome, and there is no upper age limit, but please note that we recommend a minimum age of 13 years to take part in these rides. It is preferable for anyone under the age of 16 to be accompanied with an adult. If this is not possible, then parental consent is required prior to taking part in any of our club rides.
What do you need to bring along? Your bike, a road or hybrid bike. Obviously do check your bike is roadworthy – tyres are pumped up and gears are working, and bring at least one spare inner tube. Ride leaders will advise on setup if appropriate. A helmet is essential, and we also strongly recommend glasses and gloves for safety reasons but, honestly, you don’t need to be head-to-toe in Lycra for one of these rides. Please remember to bring along some money for the café stop and a bottle of water.
It won’t be long before you feel you can go faster and further still. When you do, check out the weekly Level 2 Social Ride. You can move up to this whenever you like.
Here’s our club Guide to Group Riding, it really is worth taking some time to read this.