For those thinking of trying out with Redhill CC on Saturday rides, please scroll to the bottom of this section to find out more. For current RCC members, the menu of rides from 9am from Redhill Aerodrome is below with ride leader details and routes etc in the comments (member's log in needed!). Note, all ride leaders reserve the right to limit the number on their rides for safety reasons.
G1) A ride for those wanting a shorter, gentler ride either returning from injury or taking it easy for other weekend challenges. When they take place they are a 25 - 35 mile ride at the pace of the slowest rider (usually 13.5 - 14.5mph ave.)
G2) A Social Intermediate ride of 40 - 50 miles with a target 'touring' speed of 14-15mph average. This ride presents a target for new riders or those gaining fitness who want to take a step up to a longer and more challenging distance. A teastop is guaranteed - usually at half way. There are often two versions of G2 in summer months.
G3) A more challenging ride of around 50 miles with varying terrain including some challenging hills. The average speed is 15 - 16mph usually and a tea stop is guaranteed. Typical hills include Ranmore, Box Hill etc.
G4) Our 'mini sportive with teastop' - a step up from G3 in terms of likely pace but usually with a similar number of challenging hills (sometimes one or two extra). This is a step-up for strong G3 riders but despite usually clocking a good pace (ie 16+mph ave) is not a racers' ride. Always a teastop en route.
G5) A quick 'consistent pace' ride at an average of around 17 - 18mph+ ave with hills and challenges. This ride will only suit those with experience of sustained, pacy riding in a tight group and often an interest in moving up to racing. Teastops are usual but will be agreed on the day. If in doubt, go back to G4 or G3.
G6) Our road racers' training ride of around 50 miles with a focus on riding skill and etiquette. We will ride out at a steady pace with a rotation of two riders every minute or so to keep changing the riders on the front. The aim is to develop a good base and group riding skills in preparation for the 2012 season. (Leader TBA)
NOTE: The ride structure provides a pathway to improve fitness and bike skills. Each is more challenging than the one below it but within reach of anyone who has become comfortable at their current ride level.
DO NOT WEAR DULL/BLACK CLOTHING AND USE REAR LIGHTS IF LIGHT IS MURKY!! You need to be seen by motorists, a rider in shadows during winter can be invisible to a driver. Essentials and recommendations. We strongly recommend a helmet, correctly fastened and Saturday leaders may insist on riders wearing one given that all rides involve bunch riding and may include newcomers. Ride Leaders have the right to decline riders who are not suitably dressed or equipped.
Please wear mitts & eye protection too. Carry a waterproof if there's any hint of rain plus two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, a pump, a drink, food and your mobile. Ensure your ride leader has your mobile and you his or hers in case you become separated. If you would like to see our full annual risk assessment on which these are based, simply email the Chairman or Road Events Secretary via the contact page.
Riders wanting to join RCC rides for the first time.
If you are NOT an RCC member, DO NOT TURN UP ON SATURDAYS hoping to ride with the club. Your first step is to read the NEWCOMERS GUIDE on our website (click to visit) and then contact us via the contact page. You will need to attend a separate introductory ride first and then move to the Saturday or other rides. During busy times we may not always be able to accommodate those moving from the introductory ride as priority must be given to existing paid-up members during busy times!