An introduction to club cycling - 04 November 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.


    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!

  • Would be interested in attending this if a space becomes free.

  • If a space becomes available I am keen to attend!

  • Hi, I am new in London, I wish to attend as well. My name is Engin Yildirim

  • Unfortunately I have had to pull out, so hopefully one of you who's expressed an interest with be able to sign up.

  • Would love to join this ride if space - hope this comment is putting me on the waiting list? :s

  • I'd like to join the ride if a place comes free.

  • Hi I am interested in joining the ride if a place comes available.

  • Hi @user81350, @NeillRuss, @felix93, @paulsmith, @Neil-M, @Jade_Mainprize, @user81803, @ACatcheside, @EdHawes, @KatieL, @MattGC, @Claire_Mawer 6, @user82017, @user82031, @EdM, @user82121, @Engin just a reminder that tomorrow is intro ride time! We look forward to seeing you out there.

    If you can no longer make the session can you mark yourself as unable to attend at the top of the page so others can attend.

  • Hi,
    I WONT attend intro ride on 4th Nov as I've already attended. thanks!

  • @user81350, @user81803, @user82017, @user82031, @user82121

    • it's also a good idea to change your usernames to something a bit more catchy.
  • Can you remind me of start time and meeting place please — thanks!

  • Never mind — just saw it at the top! Duh

  • Hey everyone. Due to some last minute issues I won't be able to make it tomorrow morning. So my spot is up for grabs. Sorry about the super late notice

  • Feeling quite unwell this morning, so will sit this one out. Hope to join the next intro ride soon.

  • Thanks for a really enjoyable and informative ride! Great meeting you all and am signing up right away. See you around, cheers, Andrew

  • Hi, I have come today for this ride and was in front of the park at about 0825. I was not sure where to meet, and while I was waiting a group of ICC riders just passed by. Assuming this was the group, I jointed them and had a couple of laps around Regent's park. At the coffee time, I realised that was not the group which I was supposed to ride with. I am sorry I missed you guys, but I did enjoy riding with the rest of the group. Best regards,

  • The meeting point for this intro ride is Whittington Park on Holloway Road as shown above, not Regent's Park.

  • It is my mistake, I am sorry I missed it.

  • Hello,

    Could someone please let me know when is the next introductory ride ?


  • Hi, its the first weekend of every month. Next is December 2nd.


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An introduction to club cycling - 04 November 2017

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