Group Rides

University of Bath Cycling Club hosts group rides for its members on Wednesdays and weekends throughout term time. Information about these rides will be posted on the club’s Facebook page, including GPX files/Strava maps so you can enjoy the rides any time you like. Note, all rides organised by the club are ‘No Helmet, No Ride’.

 

Wednesday Rides

During term time the club will set off from outside of Chancellors’ Building at 1.30pm. We recommend you get there 5 mins early so we can sort out groups. Depending on the numbers of riders, there will be several groups of varying speed and distance.

We have various ability groups for you to choose from. Please contact our Road Captain, Dylan (drg36@bath.ac.uk), or the relevant Ride Leader, if you have any questions about which group is best for you.

Weekend Rides

At the weekend during term-time the club will also organise social rides. These will usually be longer rides, and not all groups will run, but the same rules apply as Wednesday rides. Details about these rides will be posted on Facebook and on our Whatsapp Group.

Women's-only Rides

This group is aimed at female cyclists who would prefer to ride only with other women. We will practice group riding skills in order to build everyone's confidence! They are very sociable rides, and there is always a café stop during or after the ride.

This is a no-drop ride and the group will ride at the pace of the slowest rider. We want to accommodate everyone, and some weeks this may mean doing a shorter route, café stop, and then having the option to continue on a longer ride.

For the time being, these will only be run at weekends. If there is demand, we will add it to our Wednesday Rides!

 

Groups 

If you fancy getting involved as a Ride Leader, we'd love you to get in touch! Contact the relevant Ride Leader for specific information on the route each week plus make sure to keep an eye on the Facebook page.

Café Ride

Perfect for those looking for a more social ride at a relaxed pace and those newer to cycling. This group will ride at the pace of the slowest rider and always features a café stop. Can you tick them all off your list?

Distance: 20-30km

Speed: 20kph or less

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours of cycling, plus a 30 min café stop!

Steady

This group is aimed at beginners, who are ready for the next step up from the "Café Ride" and looking for something longer, and with fewer breaks.

This is a no-drop ride and the group will ride at the pace of the slowest rider.

Distance: 30-50km

Speed: 20-23kph

Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

Intermediate B

This group is aimed at relatively inexperienced riders who have good basic fitness and are looking to improve their confidence and group riding skills. 

This is a no-drop ride and the group will ride at the pace of the slowest rider.

Distance: 40-60km

Speed: 24-26kph

Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

Intermediate A

This ride is fast-paced, however, it does have a no-drop policy, and the group will typically wait at the top of climbs.

This group is aimed at riders who want to improve their fitness and have a challenging training ride, however are also seeking a more sociable pace than "Advanced".

Distance: 65-90km

Speed: 27-29kph

Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours

Advanced Ride

For strong and experienced cyclists looking for a fast training ride. Be aware group may not wait for dropped riders.

The route may be technical and challenging, and in the summer this ride is led as a chain gang. Previous group riding experience is essential for this group.

Distance: 80-100km

Speed: 30kph or more

Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours

Mountain Bike

Social MTB ride, nothing too serious, with no-one getting left behind. Either on local trails or we will travel somewhere else!