An Introduction to Club Cycling - 11 April 2015

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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: 11th April 2015 at 08:30 am - meet at the Holloway Road side of Whittington Park.

    You must be signed up for this event to take park. 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.


    • 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 setup 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 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.
    • You should be interested in Road Cycling, have a desire to ride in a group and improve your skills

    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 road 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.

  • Hello! I just sent an email to the membership address about the possibility of coming along on a ride and maybe joining the club, but now I've dug a little deeper and found this post--so please sign me up. I'm confident cycling in London, but have relatively little experience riding in a group formation. The distance sounds fine to me. Hope to hear from someone to confirm this has all been registered, but I am now planning to be there on the morning of the 11th, so see you then, I guess?!
    all the best,

  • Hi Grace, if you click on the "Yes, I'm attending" button you can reserve a place. That way we make sure to contact you with full information closer to the time

    Edit: I've just noticed that you've already done this so we'll be contacting you closer to the ride itself with a bit more info. Hope to see you there!

  • Great, thanks Alex, can't wait.

  • Are current ICC members welcome to help out/see how it's done? Do I have to click I'm attending?

  • It would be great if you can help out @MattyP . I will add you to the intro ride huddle. Thanks again.

  • Recce'd the route yesterday evening but only just realised I did it in reverse! Hope I can be of more use on Saturday!

  • You could always cycle backwards?

  • That is how it felt in my last race!

  • Hi everyone, really enjoyed the ride yesterday despite the rain! Could someone maybe share the (rough) route as I was definitely a follower! Will try and get to Regent's Park ride asap and will bring clip in shoes not trainers!!

  • Hi Lucy. The route was shared in the PM that I sent through on Friday - if you no longer have it let me know and I'll send it again

  • Perfect thanks, PM wasn't coming up on my work pc but see it now.

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