An Introduction to Club Cycling - March 5, 2016

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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: 5th March 2016 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

    This is not a session for complete cycling beginners and 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 30 miles with several steep hills and only brief stops. If you're not yet comfortable at that distance 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 short route (25 miles approx) and discuss group formation, signals, group communication.
    There will be a cafe stop at the end of our ride where will will discuss things such as endurance fitness, hill climbing and any other questions about the club.
    The session should last a couple of hours, dependent on pace - we usually 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 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.
    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.


    A bike that is in 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. Club members will help you if you are in trouble - but you should aim to be self-sufficient and at the very least be able to fix a puncture.
    Energy food. We're only doing a short ride, so an energy bar or a banana will do. Make sure you start the day with a decent breakfast.
    Water. Make sure that you can easily carry water with you on your bike.
    Waterproofs and / or warm clothing. The weather can change quickly - make sure you have checked the weather report and dress appropriately.
    Money. Either 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, please, 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 invest in 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.

  • Hi,

    If anyone cannot make the ride, please let me know as I would love to attend as a replacement.



  • Hello,
    Me too! I'd love to attend an intro with perhaps a view to joining.

  • As one of the ride leaders, its probably worth stressing (for my own benefit as much as anyone else!) "dress appropriately". The forecast is dry but cold and we will cycle at the pace of the slowest so you may want to wrap up a bit warmer than usual.

  • I've sent the ride details to all those listed as attending - look in the top right hand corner of this page for a yellow envelope. Click on that and it will send you to the message.

    If you can no longer make it please free up your space so that one of those waiting can make it. If you free up a space or take a vacated one, please let me know on here and I'll forward the details on.

    I'll echo @StephendS comments - it looks chilly so wrap up. We'll be stood for 10-15 minutes during a quick briefing and chat before setting off, and we'll also end up outside the cafe at the end.

    I look forward to meeting you all on Saturday!

  • Have you got a full roster of volunteers or do you want a shout out on social

  • Full roster this time but a generic call-to-arms would be appreciated!

  • Who wants my place? Can't make it this time unfortunately.

  • I would, but I'll give Jgmperks an opportunity to reply first.

  • Hello alexD,
    I've taken user56794's place for now. I'd be grateful if you would send me details of the ride in due course. (Jgmperks, if you still wish to take user56794's place, please let me know, and I'll be happy to free my place to you. I intend to check around 8pm)
    All the best

  • user62776 - Don't worry, two people have dropped out so there is space for you an @Jgmperks.


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An Introduction to Club Cycling - March 5, 2016

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