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    If you’re cycling on rural roads and lanes, you are likely to encounter horses. Follow this advice to ensure that both you and the horse riders can continue with a safe and enjoyable ride.


    The most important thing is to make the rider aware of your presence. If approaching from behind, horses have a very large blind spot and won’t see you until you’re practically level with their heads. It’s vital therefore to let the riders know you’re there with a clear “good morning” or similar. Don’t shout overly loudly but don’t be too tentative either. A horse is far less likely to be spooked by the sound of your voice than by being suddenly surprised by you appearing next to them. Wait until they’ve acknowledged your presence and follow any instructions they may give you for passing.

    Slow down

    Whether approaching horses from behind or head on, slow right down and be prepared to stop. This applies whether you’re out for a training ride or taking part in an event. Allow plenty of time and distance for the horse and rider to become aware of your presence.

    Avoid unexpected noises

    Don’t shift gears or brake hard when approaching horses as these sort of mechanical noises can easily spook them.

    Pass wide

    Most horses being ridden on the road are used to passing traffic so, as long as you give them plenty of room and pass to the right as you normally would, they’ll be fine. Allow room in case they are surprised or startled, this is as much for your safety as it is for the horse and rider. If there isn’t space to pass safely, wait until a suitable opportunity arises, just as you’d hope a car would do the same for you.

    Be visible

    The more warning a horse rider has of you approaching, the better. Make sure you are visible and have suitable lights fitted to your bike, although avoid flashing front lights as these can scare horses.

    Be observant

    Keep an eye out for signs that there may be horses around. Fresh dung, bridleways that cross the road and nearby stables are all fairly clear indicators. Look out for horses being ridden two abreast as this can indicate a younger or nervous horse. Some riders will also wear tabards indicating a young or nervous horse or if they’re an inexperienced rider.


    Large groups of cyclists can be especially alarming for horses so, if you’re out on a club run or taking part in an event with other riders, be especially aware of this. Follow all the advice above, communicate through the group that you’re slowing down and split into groups of four or five riders to pass. The horse riders may be able to find a safe place, stop and let you pass as one group but you have to allow them the time to do this.

    Be polite

    It can be frustrating to have to slow down but always be polite and pleasant. We are all sharing the roads so we need to work with each other and respect other road users. Don’t take offence if a horse rider doesn’t appear to acknowledge your consideration, they are probably concentrating on controlling their horse.

    For further information take a look at the code of conduct for horse riders and cyclists from the British Horse Society.

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    PM me the details. No harm in asking.

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    128hrd - club discount

    129hrd is a new neighbourhood restaurant & bar located on the Holloway Road just along from Cycle Surgery (opposite side). Set in the corner of St Mary’s Magdalene park this stylish restaurant provides both a welcoming atmosphere, alongside a high quality dining experience.

    They have a globally inspired menu using home grown seasonal produce.

    "129hrd is the perfect place to head; whether it’s after, a catch-up with friends, or date night with your special somebody, you won’t be disappointed."

    Tripadvisor reviews of 129hrd

    129hrd is offering club members a 25% discount on their total food bill till the end of August 2018.

    Simply quote this offer or show them these details to get your discount.

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    Chipotle - ICC discount

    Chipotle – serving burritos, bowls, salads and tacos – is offering Islington Cycling Club members a special 2-4-1 digital voucher on all main meals, simply download here and use at any of its six restaurants in London.

    Chipotle has recently launched an online dietary options page: Eat to your own beat. So whether you want to cut the carbs, go vegan, gluten free or lose the fat from your diet, Chipotle’s customizable menu makes it simple to do so.

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    Beet-It Club Discount

    Beetroot is a great source of iron and folate (naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin).

    More recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

    Beet It make a range of great tasting beetroot based products. Use the code ISLCC10 at http://www.beet-it.com and for a 10% discount on their products and marvel at the increase in power. It also has the bonus feature of tasting really nice.

    National Health Service opinion on beetroot juice - Can beetroot juice give you wings?

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    Have a look at the Rapha Cycle Club

    Free bike rental and a yearly membership possibly about the same as hiring a bike for a few days from a normal place.

    Edit: Looks like they charge now but it's cheap = https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/rcc/bike-h­ire