Before attending a club group ride, we ask that you read our guide to group ride best practices
. All our rides are “guided rides”, where a member of the group is pre-arranged to lead the group, they will plan the route and provide any support needed to the group members. NCTC is a super friendly club which is committed to inclusivity and rider development, so you can ride with confidence in the knowledge that you won’t get dropped and stronger riders will protect you from the wind (possibly in exchange for cake-based gifts :-D)!
Most rides include a coffee and cake stop, and we usually finish the ride at Victor Victoria in Newmarket, where club members can get a double rewards stamp for every hot drink they purchase (i.e. one free hot drink every time you buy 5 drinks). Specific details of the rides and coffee stops will be published on Facebook on Friday, so that riders can choose their preferred group in advance.
Riders are encouraged to move up through the groups as their fitness and experience increases. Stronger riders are welcome to join slower/shorter rides, but they must ride to the agreed group pace, to ensure the ride is enjoyable for everyone.
NCTC has a strong safety culture, where riders should expect to give and receive advice and feedback on their riding. We can all learn to ride smoother, safer and therefore faster, so please be open to giving and receiving respectful pointers to/from anyone on any ride.
If you join a specific ride, then please remain with the same group throughout your ride, unless you have prearranged it with both ride leaders (e.g. swap from Sporting to Intermediate at a mutual coffee stop). If a slower ride is overtaken by a faster ride at any stage, please stick to your chosen ride's pace and do not attempt to merge groups or race each other.
(Note: You will ride faster in a group than you do solo owing to aerodynamic shielding, so don’t worry if your solo pace is a little below 13 mph, we will get you round).
This ride, due to its nature, has a good deal of ﬂexibility but will still be setup to beneﬁt all the riders in the group, with a focus on tight, fast group riding. In general the Sporting Ride is also a “no-drop” ride like all others, but the group may deviate from this on the day, with agreement from riders (e.g. group may split and reconvene at coffee stop, or riders may be dropped in the last 5-10 miles, when they are close to home).
Riding in close formation at these increased speeds, over long distances, introduces a greater level of risk. Therefore, new riders joining this group can expect support and feedback from fellow riders, to help their safe transition.Sunday Rides
Sunday rides don’t necessarily run every week, so please check on Facebook to confirm whether the ride is working (please post a question to ask if there isn’t an obvious post about it). Sunday rides are, in general, ridden at Club or Social Ride pace, dependant upon who attends on the day.Junior Riders
Juniors (under 16 years old) are welcome on our social and club rides subject to a parent/guardian always being present and that they are able to keep up with the advertised speed of the selected ride. The parent/guardian must stay with their junior throughout the ride.Winter Riding
During the winter months the rides may leave at 10:00 am to avoid adverse weather conditions (e.g. ice or fog). If the conditions for riding are considered not safe for everyone, the NCTC ride co-ordinator will decide whether the rides go ahead and communicate to ride guides and all members via Facebook.
During winter, it is recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket, not only for rain protection, but also to give an extra layer if you have to stop with a puncture, which will always mean you cool down quickly. A brightly coloured jacket will also help with your visibility to other road users.Ride guide volunteers and contact information
We are always looking for help with our guided rides. If you are an experienced cyclist with good group riding skills send us a message if you would like to help. You do not need any formal ride guide qualiﬁcations, but these are obviously beneficial.
If you have any question regarding our rides please contact email@example.com