An introduction to club cycling - 02 September 2017

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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.

    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

    Unfortunately we cannot offer this session to complete cycling beginners as we are not teaching cycling proficiency. See below for information.

    If you are new to the club please make yourself known to the ride leader so they can confirm your attendance to our membership manager.

    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 25 miles at an average speed of at least 12 mile per hour, 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.

    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 25 mile route and discuss group formation, signals, group communication.
    There will be a cafe stop at the end of our ride where we can discuss things such as endurance fitness, hill climbing and any other questions about the club. Depending on pace, we should 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 (please help us by creating an actual name rather than the default username) 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. We do not maintain a waiting list so please keep checking back in case a place becomes available.

    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.

    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 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. 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.

    We're only doing a short ride, so an energy bar or a banana will do for food. Make sure you start the day with a decent breakfast!

    Bring water, making sure that you can easily carry it with you on your bike.
    The weather can change quickly so make sure you have checked the weather report and dress appropriately (waterproofs/warm clothing when appropriate).

    Money 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 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 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.
    Please take the time to watch this video, showing some of the things we will be briefing you about on the day.
    Looking forward to seeing you!

  • Hi there,

    Looking forward to this! You'll take our names here and that will allow for our membership, right?


    Alex (Sacha)

  • Hi @sacha_beazlewitz, that's pretty much correct.

    On the day we'll take the names of all the people who attend the session. These will then be passed on so you can then complete the membership process.

  • Hi
    I registered for this Saturday's introductory ride but not sure if I have registered twice also as user 80827!

  • Can you please double check and if that's the case, simply push the "can't make it" button to release the place for someone else. Also useful for all to log in with a more identifiable name rather than 'user1234'.

  • @user80817 & @user80827 just to confirm, are you the same person signed up twice? If so can you follow Anthi's advice above to release one of your spots.

    (If you are two separate people, ignore me :D )

  • Hi, James @user80827 is probably the duplicate account I might have created. I tried Anthi's advice but it only releases my current spot which is registered as @Vishal. Would it be possible for you to delete the account @user80827?

  • Okay thanks for trying @Vishal I can't delete it, but I'll see if someone can look into it.

  • @Anthi should be able to remove people as creator of the event.

  • @Proper89 there is a space currently free

  • @SusanLeese, @Hamiltonian, @Beatriz, @NeillRuss, @Bloogsy, @KalleMeyer, @user80817, @sacha_beazlewitz, @Heather, @JonMusker, @Benlaing, @rossv, @Marcin, @Vishal, @NaomiB just a reminder that tomorrow is the intro ride. If you haven't already had a read through the information Anthi posted, please have a look through it beforehand.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you at the park tomorrow.

  • here's hoping for some sun!

  • I have tried several times to change my username to Shirla but it does not appear to save once I have hit the button. Can anyone help?

  • Might be because someone already has that username. Try an alternative.

  • Hello all,

    Firstly, thanks for deciding to come along to the ICC Intro ride and give us a go.

    Please meet at the Whittington Park, Holloway Road Entrance at 8:20 for an 8:30 start. There will be a briefing before leaving the park.

    For those with a Garmin or similar, the route we will be using is posted below. Note that you do not need a Garmin etc as the ride leaders know the route - please use it as a guide but listen to whoever is leading your ride as changes may be required on the day.

    Ride Route

    Please let me know if you are unable to attend via reply to this message. Riders attend club rides strictly at their own risk. Please listen to your ride leaders and follow their instructions. If you have any questions about the ride, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

    We will be introducing how to ride in a group, if you want to do some homework then please see this handy video on the GCN website

    Please be at the Whittington Park for an 8.30 start! We look forward to meeting you all on Saturday!

  • Thanks Alex - I am no longer a number......

  • Congrats on your upgrade :).

  • Will no longer be able to attend as I have become ill, sorry for the short notice, enjoy the ride.

  • Unfortunately, I can't make it today. Apologies for the short notice. Have an epic ride!

  • Hello I've just signed up, could someone tell me when the next introductory club ride will take place, many thanks

  • Hi David, Event now posted. Just click on the 'I'm attending button' to join.
    Link to event here

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An introduction to club cycling - 02 September 2017

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