An introduction to club cycling - 07 July 2018

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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.

    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.

    Looking forward to seeing you!

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  • I'm in.

  • I'm in, thanks

  • Keen for this but see it's full - please let me know if a space becomes available! Cheers

  • Likewise, also keen and please let me know if another space becomes available. Thanks!

  • Same here. Please reach out if a spot becomes available. Cheers, Hannah

  • Waiting-list folks: keep checking back. People drop out and it’s fastest-finger-first as to who gets their spot

  • Interested, hopefully there will be some drop outs

  • Keen to join if there's a space or on the next one?

  • Keen to join as well

  • Keen to join if I can get a space

  • I've just pulled out - let's see who has the fastest fingers...

  • Also - anyone who still has a "user12345" forum name, can you please update to a more identifiable name. Thanks!

  • also looking for an extra spot if anyone is unable to attend :)

  • I’m keen for a spot if someone can’t make it. Cheers :)

  • Can I please attend this if there is a space?

  • Hi to everyone signed up for this ride and to anyone still loitering in the waiting area! I'm going to be one of your ride leaders on Saturday.

    You will be aware that the Intro ride, as well as being a "try before you buy" event, is also one of the mandatory rides for those wanting to join the club. We’ve had quite a few dropouts on recent Intro Rides which is frustrating both to those who who find the ride fully subscribed as well as for the volunteers who get up early to lead these events. We’re trialing different ways to make sure we have a full complement of riders on Saturday morning.

    I would therefore be grateful if you could all please reply to this message with your name so I can get an idea on how many people are likely to turn up.

  • Hi Rob - I’ll be there!

  • Hey Rob! I’m attending as well!

  • Hey Rob, I'll be there

  • Hi Rob, see you on Saturday morning. Cheers, Hannah

  • Bumping this.
    Anyone now not attending, please un-tick yourself from this ride.
    Anyone who is still attending, please confirm by reply to this message (apart from those who have already confirmed in the last few days.)

  • Hi Rob, see you there!


  • Hi! If there are any cancelations I'm keen to join!

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An introduction to club cycling - 07 July 2018

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