Frequently Asked Question's

What is the process if I am interested in joining Romford Cycling Club?

We want you to try out Romford Cycling Club before you join, so we have a 3-ride rule.  You can come along to the club rides 3 times to see if you like it.  If you do, you join, if not, you don’t.

 

If you do join, we work on an annual membership basis and our memberships committee person can help with everything else (memberships@romfordcc.co.uk).

 

Are there any requirements for joining?

All riders should ensure their bikes are roadworthy and be prepared with necessary equipment for rides and it is recommended to have the following as a minimum:

  • Clothing appropriate for the weather conditions
  • Water/drink
  • Nutrition if necessary
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Bike pump/gas canisters
  • Multitool
  • Tyre levers.

It is recommended that all members also be British Cycling members and more details can be found here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership

 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

British Cycling recommends wearing a correctly fitted helmet while cycling.  Whilst on club rides it is mandatory to be wearing a helmet.  No exception.

 

Is the club for men and women?

Absolutely!  Romford Cycling Club has a mix of male and female members and all rides are on offer to all members with no exceptions.

 

What is the mileage and pace for the club rides?

Romford Cycling Club offer a number of rides which include, but are not limited to:

  • Monday – 22-mile beginners ride at an average pace of 13-14 mph.
  • Sunday – social ride varying from 35 to 75 miles depending on route with an average pace of 15-17 mph
  • Additional ad hoc rides take place during the week with varying mileage and pace communicated in advance.

No one gets dropped.  If you find yourself dropping back, the group will wait at the next junction or the top of the hill.  Some riders may opt to do hill repeats until the last rider has caught up and had time to catch their breath.

 

If numbers permit, we will offer attendees to split into groups with varying speeds.

 

Club rides have an emphasis on group riding and are therefore not suitable for individuals to attend whilst following a specific training session as it is disruptive to others.

 

Do you allow members under the age of 18?

In order to join Romford Cycling Club there is a minimum age requirement of 18 years.

 

Is there a requirement for group riding?

The club have several ride leaders and we request all new members attend a ride with a ride leader in the first instance to assess riding ability.  You do not necessarily need previous experience of group riding, however, it is a different experience if you are used to riding alone and requires more concentration but is a skill which will come in time. 

 

Do I have to wear club kit?

Members of Romford Cycling Club do have the option to purchase club kit and whilst it is nice to represent the club it is not a requirement to wear club kit on club rides.

 

I have a specific target/event I am preparing for – can you help?

Several members of Romford Cycling Club are qualified British Cycling coaches, and most members are also training towards individual goals.  A club environment can certainly help get you to your goals and help with training and advice.

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