"An Introduction to Club Cycling" is a monthly ride run by ICC for people who want to try club cycling in a non-pressured and supportive group.
If you wish to join ICC you must complete one of our training sessions, either this Intro Ride or Group Skills in Regents Park.
You must be signed up for the event on this page to take part.
Please read our Group Skills Guide before attending:
You should be used to cycling regularly, familiar with your bike and confident riding it on London's roads. If you've only just bought your bike, take it out for a couple of spins on your own before you join a group ride with us.
Our shortest club rides are 50km and this 43km route is typical of the roads we ride on regularly (although they get nicer outside London). You should be able to ride this at an average speed of at least 20kph on the flat, with several steep hills and only brief stops.
If you're not yet comfortable at that distance or pace consider building up your strength and stamina with some solo rides or by starting with Group Skills and doing some Regents’ Park laps sessions.
We cannot offer this session to complete beginners as we are not teaching cycling proficiency.
We will discuss group formation, signals, and group communication and practice these on the ride. You will also be able to ask questions about the club.
There may be a cafe stop Highgate at the end of the ride for those who are interested. Depending on pace, we should get there by 12.30pm.
Your ride will be led by two experienced club members, who have given up their morning to introduce you to club riding. We hope you will reciprocate by volunteering to support Intro and Group Skills rides and other club activities once you have been riding with the club for a few months.
HOW DO I JOIN IN?
If you wish to attend this session register as a user on the Forum then click the 'Yes I'm Attending' button above to confirm your attendance. We will ask you to reconfirm a few days before the ride. You will need do this on the Forum.
Click "Register" in the top right corner and change your user name from the default User12345. To make sure you receive messages please click “Edit Profile” in the top right corner, then click “Notification Settings”, and tick “Enable Notifications”, “When you are @mentioned in a comment” and “When an event you are attending is imminent”.
If you are a former ICC member please let us know.
These rides get booked up quickly. If no places are left, the session is full. We do not maintain a waiting list so please keep checking in case a place becomes available.
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.
If you do not attend and do not remove yourself, we reserve the right to restrict your attendance of future Intro Rides and Group Skills.
WHAT TO BRING
You must wear a helmet to take part in any ICC ride.
Your bike must be in a good, 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 banana should be enough, but do start the day with a decent breakfast! Make sure you can easily carry water on your bike.
The weather can change quickly so check the forecast and dress appropriately (waterproofs/warm clothing when appropriate).
Money for the cafe stop or to get a train or taxi home in case of an emergency.
You should be able to stuff all your things into jersey pockets or a saddle bag. Please aim to travel light and leave your heavy D lock at home.
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 or Group Skills ride you will qualify to pay the membership fee and join the club. Once you’ve signed up through British Cycling our membership secretary will process your application and be in touch shortly to welcome you to the club. See https://islington.cc/membership
Look forward to seeing you!