Group rides

 

Each Sunday we offer 3 Group Rides lead by our members over different distances and at different speeds to ensure everyone has the chance to ride at their level and enjoy being out on your bike. The focus is on keeping the group together…please note that none of the rides here are “training” rides, so please don’t arrive expecting to fit your interval training for the week in to the club ride! Starting from late April we are also be offering a beginner Group 4 ride alternating between Wednesdays and Firdays – see below.

 

We welcome all riders, just choose your challenge from the table below. See further down the page for a longer description of each ride.

 

Ride lead rota

Want to see what’s planned for this week’s rides? Click here to see the ride lead rota for 2017/18.

Group Rides Quick Reference

 

Ride Name

Weekday and time

Start Point

Average Speed

Café Stop?

Distance

Group 1 (G1)

Sunday,  8:30AM

Outside Black Lion Pub

16mph+

Sometimes

50-60 miles

Group 2 (G2)

Sunday,  8:30AM

Outside Black Lion Pub

14-16mph

Always

40-50 miles

Group 3 (G3)

Sunday,  8:30AM

Outside Black Lion Pub

12-14mph

Always

30-40 miles

Group 4 (G4)/Beginners

Alternating Wednesdays and Fridays, (see calendar), 6:30PM until late August

Propeller memorial across the road from Dorvics

10mph+

No

Below 20 miles

 

 

Group 4 (G4)

Group 4 rides, new for spring through to summer of 2017 are for beginners who have just bought themselves a road bike or hybrid but otherwise aren’t particularly fit but want to see what group riding is all about, or anyone who just wants to enjoy the (hopefully!) good weather after getting back from work. Distance will be starting at 15 miles and slowly building up to 20 miles as the weeks go by. Speed will be anything from 10mph or faster – essentially a speed to suit whoever turns up. Of course no-one will be left behind. Riders meet up across the road from the side of Dorvics bike shop (see image below) at 6:25PM, alternating between Wednesdays and Fridays, check the calendar page using the link at the top of the page for dates. Lights are strongly reccomended for this ride, helmets are mandatory.

 

 

 

Group 3 (G3)

Group 3 rides are the slowest Sunday rides we offer as a club, the distance varying from between 30 to 40 miles with an average speed of between 14 and 16mph. These rides are aimed at beginners and those looking for a pleasant ride around the countryside while chatting to fellow club members at a relaxed pace. As ever no-one is left behind and

Group 2 (G2)

Group 2 ride leads take us off at an average 14-16 mph to meet G3 riders after a taking in a few extra miles to the coffee shop. A chance to choose your route home with either ride lead or try your tagging on the back of G1.

Group 1 (G1)

Group 1 ride leads are up for a quicker paced ride averaging 16+mph over a 50 to 60 mile course. It’s a great route if you want to try your legs on a longer steady paced ride with great company. G1 will loop past (but not stop) the same coffee shop giving everyone the chance to hop on or off the ride of their choice.

 

Groups 1-3 leave from and to The Black Lion Public House, High Street so take the time to have a coffee with like minded people after your ride and get to know us, we’re a friendly social bunch. We start all our rides at 8.30AM but check Facebook for updates if the weather is bad in the winter months. Group 4 also finishes at the Black Lion pub, so be sure to bring some money in case you’d like a drink afterwards

Just keep an eye on our Facebook page for general information.

Other member organised rides

We also have additional rides on some Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons, and evening rides throughout the week. These are generally organized by individual members so look out for these posts on Facebook. Also note that these may not always focus on sticking together quite so much as official club rides, so check with the person organising the ride what the plan is, for example the ride may be focussed on hill climbing or training.

Our group rides coordinator is Tom Littlehales. Keep and eye on Facebook, Twitter and Garmin for all ride details and social events.

Clubhouse: The Black Lion Public House, High Street, Leighton Buzzard Beds.

LBRCC Route Library

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5hR7tCjW4foaHk1WE8wYVcxT2tzaWx4TzRvenZXeHZsQ1Q0/view

Connect on Strava:
http://www.strava.com/clubs/leighton-buzzard-road-cycling-club-lbrcc

All our courses, and club ride calendar can be found on our Garmin Connect group page.

GPS Files and Maps:
Garmin Connect

Rules and Etiquette for Riding in Groups

Learn more

Clubhouse:
The Black Lion Public House, High Street, Leighton Buzzard Beds.