An Introduction to Club Cycling - 4 February 2017

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  • 'An Introduction to Club Cycling' is a monthly ride run by ICC specifically for people who would like to try out the club cycling environment in a non-pressured and supportive group.

    Next ride: 4th February 2017 at 08:30 am.

    You must be signed up for this event to take part. If you are not signed up here on the forum, you will not be able to participate. Details of how to sign up below. PLEASE READ

    Unfortunately we cannot offer this session to complete cycling beginners as we are not teaching cycling proficiency. See below for information.


    1.You should have already been cycling regularly in some capacity and be confident cycling on London's roads.
    2.You should be familiar with your bike, its set-up and be confident riding it. If you've only just bought your bike, take it out for a couple of spins on your own to gain confidence before you join a group ride with us.
    3.You should have a moderate level of fitness already. Capable of riding 25 miles at an average speed of at least 12 mile per hour, with several steep hills and only brief stops. If you're not yet comfortable at that distance or pace please build up with solo rides before coming along.
    4.You should be interested in learning how to ride with a group, and open to improving your cycling skills and communication with other riders. A helpful overview on group riding can be found on the GCN website


    We will cycle a 25 mile route and discuss group formation, signals, group communication.
    There will be a cafe stop at the end of our ride where we can discuss things such as endurance fitness, hill climbing and any other questions about the club. Depending on pace, we should get to the cafe stop in East Finchley between 11.30am - 12.30pm.


    If you wish to attend this session you need to sign up to the ride here on the Islington forum.
    Register as a user on the forum (please help us by creating an actual name rather than the default username) then click the 'Yes I'm Attending' button to confirm your attendance. If you see no places left, it is because the session is full. We do not maintain a waiting list so please keep checking back in case a place becomes available.
    Places are strictly limited - this is to ensure we can safely guide you on our route. Because of this, please do not attend this session if you have not signed up on the forum - you will be turned away.

    As with all club rides, you must wear a helmet to take part in this ride.
    Your bike must be in a good and roadworthy condition. Check your wheels are true, that your gears shift reliably and your brakes work correctly. Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Under-inflated tyres risk being punctured more easily.
    Spare inner tubes, tools and a pump. Other riders may help you if you are in trouble but you should be self-sufficient and at the very least be able to fix a puncture.
    We're only doing a short ride, so an energy bar or a banana will do for food. Make sure you start the day with a decent breakfast!
    Bring water, making sure that you can easily carry it with you on your bike.
    The weather can change quickly so make sure you have checked the weather report and dress appropriately (waterproofs/warm clothing when appropriate).
    Money for the cafe stop or in case of an emergency (you might be in a situation where you need to get a train or taxi home so bring enough cash or your cash card!)

    BIKE LOCKS. Please leave your heavy D lock at home! You will not need it on this ride.
    RUCKSACKS. You should be able to stuff all your things into jersey pockets or a saddle bag. Please aim to travel light.

    ALL RIDERS MUST observe the Highway Code AT ALL TIMES when riding with Islington CC. This includes: riding no more than two abreast and riding in single file to allow traffic to pass on narrow roads, obeying traffic lights and signs, not riding on pavements and not abusing other road users.
    Please acknowledge any courtesy shown to you by other road users and stop at pedestrian crossings where necessary.

    Riders attend club rides strictly at their own risk. Please listen to your ride leaders and follow their instructions.

  • I've booked myself on for my Laura who is in the process of registering.

  • Thanks @Jenni, you're a star! All registered. @alexD would that slot be available for me on this ride?

  • Yay Laura :D

    I've removed myself so you just need to click that you're attending!

  • Awesome, all set! Thank you :-) @Jenni

  • Welcome along Laura

  • Hi, am interested in attending if any spaces become available. Cheers.

  • Quick question... Since the weather isn't great - are mud guards required? As i haven't really been riding in a group previously they haven't been a consideration!

  • Hi, I am really keen to sign up for this weekend's session - please can you let me know if any spaces become available. Thanks!

  • Hi Nick,

    Mudguards are recommended on all wet rides - a mouthful of mud/road dirt is never nice!


  • A spot has opened up. Be the first to click the button.

  • Thanks very much Alex - all booked! Looking forward to Saturday morning :)

  • Zing. See you there.

  • I'll be sending the full ride details to all attendees on Thursday so keep your eyes peeled for the yellow envelope in the top right hand of the page

  • Looked like I could book a space... so I did. Let me know if this isn't the case, otherwise really looking forward to having an excuse to leave work drinks early on Friday! @alexD just to confirm you meet outside the main entrance of London Zoo?

  • The intro ride will start from another location - all of those details will be sent out on Thursday. It's mainly to make sure we know how many people to expect as for safety reasons we don't want people randomly turning up as group sizes become too big too quickly!

  • Excellent looking forward to it

  • Message sent, please let me know if you can't see the yellow envelope in the top right corner of this page!

  • One last minute spot available.

  • Thanks Alex, I've confirmed the spot

  • I have come down with tonsilitus so unable to make it this time unfortunately, someone please take my place to ensure it's not wasted!
    I will have to wait until the next intro ride next month

  • Hi. Thank you for having me, see you in the morning..... w

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An Introduction to Club Cycling - 4 February 2017

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