An Introduction to Club Cycling - April 2, 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: 2nd April 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.

  • I would love to join this but it's currently full. If there are any dropouts please let me know and I'll jump in!

  • Same here please!

  • @MikeM @AaronP best way would to keep monitoring this thread for any dropouts. Sorry.

  • Ok thanks, will do!

  • Based on my long experience (i.e. one ride, at the beginning of this month) drop outs happen overnight so if you keep the morning free you may well be lucky!

  • I would also love to attend ... When will the next one be please?
  • Keep your eyes peeled here as there may be drop-outs closer to the time. Otherwise the next one will be the 7 May.

    Speaking of which, if anybody here can no longer make next week then please free up your space as there is always somebody willing to take it!

  • Hello all,

    I have recently moved to the area. I am keen to get involved. Do you need to do this ride before joining the club rides? I have ridden in groups before but happy to do this ride if space frees up.


  • We suggest that all new members do this ride as it gets you used to anything particular to our club and used to how we ride. However, if you're struggling to attend any of these then please come along to a Saturday Regents Park session (8am outside the zoo) or Sunday ride (8:30 departure from the Whittington Park on Holloway Road) and see how you get on. For the Sunday rides we would suggest trying the C rides to start with and going from there.

  • Thank you very much. I will come down Sunday, see you then.

  • Where is the meet for Saturday's intro ride, please. I've registered for a place but realise I don't know where we're starting from. Johnny

  • Details regarding meeting location are sent to those who have registered for the session via PM around Thursday evening. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Hey all. If there are any dropouts please let me know and I'll replace you!

    Cheers. Mike.

  • I am also holding out for a space!

  • To all attendees - I've sent the registration details out, you should see them as a yellow envelope in the top right corner of the screen. Click it to find the message. If you should have it (i.e. are signed up here) but haven't received anything, please shout out.

    Note I'll be offline from midday tomorrow so I won't be able to forward you the message - please tag @EvaJ @StephendS @RichardM or @kath.m.oreilly if you need anything as they will be leading the ride.

  • Space now available, calling @MikeM and @Diane

  • Thanks Alex! I've just joined in.


  • I'd like a space too if any free up once the others waiting have gotten a place. Hannah

  • Looking for a space so if any come up at the last minute then please let me know!

  • One spot available. First come first serve etc.

  • Super, got it, thanks @alex!

  • @EvaJ @StephendS @RichardM @kath.m.oreilly I haven't received registration details - would any of you be able to help? Thanks!

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An Introduction to Club Cycling - April 2, 2016

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