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Group Skills is a session for prospective and current members of ICC which teaches group riding skills so that we can ride together more safely, more sociably and with less effort. It is a great opportunity to refresh and build on skills.
If you are new to the club and wish to become a member you will need to complete either a Group Skills session or an Introduction to Club Cycling training session. Please make yourself known to the ride leader when arriving so they can confirm your attendance to our membership manager.
We will look at communication skills and formations such as pace line and two up, plus how to pace/lead the ride from the front and rotate being at the front.
If you know all this, come and share your knowledge and if you don't, come and take advantage of the sharers.
Note that we will adjust the level depending on the ability of the group.
Meet in the Regent's Park Inner Circle, at the big gates opposite York Bridge.
Please read our Group Skills Guide before attending: https://islington.cc/s/ICC-Group-Riding-Guide-2021.pdf
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
If you wish to attend this session you should sign up here on the ICC 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 above to confirm your attendance. If no places are left, the session is full. We do not maintain a waiting list so please keep checking back in case a place becomes available. Please do not attend this session if you have not signed up on the forum - you will be turned away.
If you do sign up but cannot attend, please remove yourself from the attendance list so someone else can take the spot. You can do this by clicking the ‘Can’t Make It’ button above which appears once you have signed up.
Please note: If you do not attend and do not remove yourself, we reserve the right to restrict your attendance of future Group Skills and Intro Rides. This is due to high demand for places .
ALL ABOUT YOU
If you are interested in joining ICC you should have already been cycling regularly in some capacity and be confident cycling on London's roads.
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.
You should have a moderate level of fitness already. Capable of riding 40 km at an average speed of at least 20 km/h on the flat, 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.
You should be interested in learning how to ride with a group, and open to improving your cycling skills and communication with other riders.
Unfortunately we cannot offer this session to complete cycling beginners as we are not teaching cycling proficiency.
WHAT TO BRING
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 straight, that your gears shift reliably and your brakes work correctly. Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
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.
Food and water. We're only doing a short ride, so an energy bar or a banana will do for food, but do start the day with a decent breakfast! Make sure you can easily carry water with you on your bike.
The weather can change quickly so check the forecast and dress appropriately (waterproofs/warm clothing when appropriate).
Money if you want to visit the cafe afterwards.
ALL RIDERS MUST observe the Highway Code AT ALL TIMES when riding with Islington CC. This includes: riding no more than two abreast; 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.
JOINING THE CLUB
Once you have completed an Intro Ride or Group Skills ride you will automatically qualify to pay the membership fee and join the club. There is nothing further you need to wait for. See https://islington.cc/membership.
Looking forward to seeing you!
If someone wants to drop out I will happily take the spot! Thank you.
Same here, let me know if you drop out. Thanks
+aldovinci92 +emmac There are currently 2 spaces on tomorrow's ride https://forum.islington.cc/events/6742/#comment16338710 Bring your most waterproof gear if you do sign up!
i'd also like a space on the 22nd if anything changes thanks
Please can I join the waitlist for a space on 22nd January Group skills? Thanks
Please could I join the waitlist for the 22nd? Hope that’s cool.
@aldovinci92 @EmmaC @user139115 @Charlotte99 @OliDeanean - we don't keep a waitlist but I suggest you check this page a few days before the ride as people often drop out. You can also sign up for the Intro Ride on Feb 5 that I've just posted http://forum.islington.cc/events/6832/#comment16341769
Hiya, I'm also looking for a space for this date in case of drop outs - will keep an eye on the page! Thanks
@Agyness @BJones @HarryNash @Javi @KieraJ @LauraC @MarieD @OliverGreenstein @PaulMills @Peel @StephanieQuadranti @user138022 @user138028 @user138032 @user138844 @user138846
We hope you’re looking forward to the Group Skills ride this Saturday and look forward to meeting you.
Unfortunately, sometimes people drop out without telling us. Please could you reply to this email with a quick message to reconfirm your place. We would appreciate it if you can do this by Thursday.
If you are no longer able to make it, please remove yourself by clicking "Can't Make It" at the top of this page, so others have a chance to take your place.
If you reserve a space but fail to attend we may limit you from attending in the future. If you do not reconfirm, we may have to send you away if we don’t have enough leaders.
Please remind yourself of the information at the top of this thread and read our Group Riding Guide before the ride so we can spend less time standing around during safety briefing and more time riding!
If you still have an @user usernames it would help if you could change to something more personal. This makes it much simpler for us to process new members after the rides.
Also keen to join if any dropouts - will monitor the page!
Keen to join if any dropouts. Thanks
Hi There, keen to join as well. Will keep monitoring for any updates.
I'll be there. Looking forward to it!
I just get my menbership so I remove my name off the list to make room for someone else to get the chance.
Hey keen to join if there are any late drop outs. Thanks
Thanks Javi, Would love to take your space if that's ok please. @DavidMason is that ok with you?
Will, it looks like Javi is no longer on the list of attendees at the top of the page, so I assume someone else has already claimed that free spot. Apologies.
Do keep an eye out nearer the time as we'd be keen to have you along.
Confirmed so far - thanks very much.
I can confirm that I’ll be there too.
Looking to join if there are any late drop outs - I'll keep checking
Sorry Will,as GorgeS said someone get the free spot.
Keep an eye, drops outs ,and click bottom. ....Yes,I´m attending! .....at the frist chance.
Just signing up here to follow the event in case a space becomes available
I can confirm I’ll be there, thanks
Just signing up as a substitute to drop in if someone drops out
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