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Rides

Club Runs take place every Sunday throughout the year – come rain or shine – and are for riders of ALL speeds and abilities.

The rides depart from The Square in Market Harborough at 9.15am prompt.

Club Runs are split into three groupings – Fast (18-20mph), Steady (15-17mph) and Very Steady (12-14mph).

The duration of the rides is normally between 2hrs15mins and 2hrs45mins; ending up at the cafe in Welland Park (for an optional reviving drink and something to eat).

Because we’re tough East-Midlanders, we go out in all weathers; but in the event of snow or a severe frost, please check the club Facebook page on Saturday evening just in case we need to cancel at the last minute on safety grounds.

Current Covid regulations mean riders go out in a maximum group size of six. There can be multiple group rides at the same speed depending on the number of members who turn up.

All club runs have a ride leader who picks the route and sets the pace.

And by the way, these rides are definitely not all male affairs; with an increasing number of women riders taking part.

To ensure members end up in the group that’s right for them, you MUST PRE-REGISTER to join a Sunday Club Run.

This is done by responding to the weekly post on the club’s Facebook page or (preferably) emailing organiser chris.dainty@hotmail.co.uk

Non Welland Valley members are welcome to join a couple of club runs to see how things work and (hopefully) go on to join up.  Please note that no-one is ever dropped on a run and left to fend for themselves if they have a mechanical problem (on which subject, please ensure you bring a pump and a replacement inner tube with you in case of a punct**e) or find their pace too quick.

The minimum age for joining a Club run is 12 when riding with a family member or 14 when riding solo with signed parental consent.

For further information about the club run – or if you just want an informal chat about whether it’s right for you – please feel free to email the organiser (see above).  Some pointers on Club Runs can be found here.

Bike ‘n’ Beer Off-Road Rides

We also have  off-road CX/MTB rides scheduled, which are suitable for cyclocross bikes as well as mountain bikes of around 2 ½ hours. The meeting point will be variable to enable us to explore more of the local bridleways, field roads, tow paths, disused railway lines and other trails. These would usually be followed by a vitamin B recovery drink in a local hostelry (although beer is not compulsory). Volunteers are needed to plan routes and lead rides.

Lights are essential as it gets dark early and we might ride through the tunnels on the Brampton Valley Way. Some form of puncture protection is also recommended such as self-sealing inner tubes or tubeless tyres + sealant.

Please contact Adrian Killworth (offroad@wellandvalleycc.co.uk)to find out more about these rides.

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