An Introduction to Club Cycling - 7 August 2021

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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.

    If you wish to join ICC then you will need to complete one of the compulsory training sessions, either this Introduction Ride or the Group Skills in Regents Park.

    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.


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

    Also please read our Group Skills Guide before attending:­Guide-Updated-August-2020.pdf


    You should have already been cycling regularly in some capacity and be confident cycling on London's roads.

    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.

    You should have a moderate level of fitness already. Capable of riding 40 km at an average speed of at least 20 km/h on the flat, 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.

    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 40 km route and discuss group formation, signals, group communication.

    There may 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 Highgate between 11.30am - 12.30pm.


    If you wish to attend this session you need to sign up to the ride here on the ICC 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 above 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.
    Please note: If you sign up but do not attend, we reserve the right to restrict your future attendance to Intro Rides. This is due to high demand for spots on this ride. If you do sign up but cannot attend, please remove yourself from the attendance list so someone else can take the spot.


    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 straight, that your gears shift reliably and your brakes work correctly. Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.

    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!)

    Mask/Face Covering. While not required to be worn while riding, please bring a face mask for when entering shops or potential cafe stop at the end of a ride


    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!

    Development Secretary

  • Hi Zac, I'd like to join the waiting list for this event if there is one.

    Many thanks,

  • Hello Team,
    I would be keen to join also if there is any drop out from the event.
    Thank you, Hannah

  • Hi all, looking forward to the ride tomorrow! What time is everyone assembling in Highbury Fields?

  • I’m getting there for 9:15 am

  • I’m not able to make tomorrow morning sorry. Feeling a bit under the weather if anyone can take my space.

  • Im so sorey your feeling unwell. Hope you get better soon. I would be still free for tomorrow, if suits thoigh weathers not looking great

  • hi unfortunately i’ve woken up feeling quite unwell so i won’t be able to make it today … i hope to join another introductory ride very soon

  • I'm looking forward to seeing everyone later this morning and will be there for 915 top


  • Is this still going ahead despite the weather?

  • Morning, yes just checking if it’s still on with the weather being so bad?

  • A couple of volunteers are still going to Highbury Fields, I assume we can still do this with the future club members that show up in this weather 💪

  • Apologies, I’m going on holiday in a few days and can’t risk being ill riding in the rain 😔

  • And there are at least 4 new members here!

  • Great to meet everyone today even with the weather!!!

  • Great to meet everyone! Thanks again to the volunteers for organising :)

  • Hope you are all home and dry! Chapeau for joining us this morning 👍

  • Great to meet everyone today, was great fun! Now about to give my bike a good ol' clean.

  • Lovely meeting everyone today ,just done my membership so hopefully see you all again soon. Ps I’ve warmed up

  • Glad you got warm! I’ve done my membership application, too. -Karrie

  • It was lovely meeting you all yesterday! I’ve just done my membership too, so hopefully will see you all again soon :)

  • Welcome, All. See you soon on a sunny ride 😎

  • hi all. new (potential) member here. when is the next intro ride? keen to get to know you all


  • hi all. new (potential) member here. when is the next intro ride? keen to get to know you all
    BRGDS, Jonathan

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  • Hiya, I just wondered when the next introductory cycle was likely to be? I’m interested in joining the club but would like to attend an intro cycle first if possible. Thank you! Katie

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An Introduction to Club Cycling - 7 August 2021

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