Weekend club rides

Novice and family rides

10 miles (16 km) 8-12mph, on a Saturday lunchtime from scheduled location.

Intended to be an introduction for those new to cycling or looking to gain confidence on the bike. All abilities welcome. Open to existing and non-members.

Minimum of two experienced supporting riders will guide and advise on this short ride. Support riders will be joining from an earlier ride and whilst expect to arrive on time, may vary by 5 or 10 minutes depending on conditions. Ride will not take place in extreme weather (frost or heavy rain).

Saturday leisure rides

25 – 35 miles (40 - 50 km) 12-14mph average, 10:00am on a Saturday morning from the scheduled start location shown on the website diary page.

An introduction to group and club cycling. Suitable for cyclists wishing to advance their skills and enjoy the company of others. These are rides for mixed ages and abilities, using the local lanes around Chippenham avoiding main roads wherever possible with a pre-planned route and a mid-way coffee stop. Route Sheets and gpx files will be available on the website diary page (please print your own Route Sheet if required)

If numbers permit, groups may be formed at the start of the ride based on abilities. Once formed, groups should maintain traditional cycling club etiquette at all times to ensure no one gets lost or in mechanical trouble. Group sizes would be looked to be maintained at 8 to 10.

The last group on the road will be a guided ride with an allocated Ride Leader who will ensure that the group remains together, waiting at the top of hills etc. and who will be available to assist, where possible, with any mechanical problems encountered.

Riders should carry tools and a spare inner tube. Bottle of energy drink and a snack is recommended. Rides may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions.

Sunday club rides

40 - 60 miles (64 – 96 km) 13-17mph, 09:30am on a Sunday morning from the scheduled start location shown on the website diary page.

Aimed at the slightly fitter and more self-reliant rider with some experience of group riding skills but still well within the boundaries of most people. Again taking to the lanes of Wiltshire avoiding main roads wherever possible. These are longer routes and therefore encompass some of Wiltshire’s great countryside and sights of interest. A pre-planned route sheet will be available at the start (electronic route files available for download through the diary for each ride) with a coffee stop mid-way.

Subject to numbers on the day these rides may break into faster and slower groups simply to ensure there are manageable numbers on the road. Groups of 8 to 10 recommended. Traditional cycling club etiquette is encouraged at all times to ensure no one gets lost or in mechanical trouble. Riders should carry tools and spares for mechanicals. Bottle of energy drink and a snack is recommended.

Challenge Rides

60+ miles (100+ km) 14-18mph, generally Sunday morning start from the scheduled start location and time shown on the website diary page.

Aimed at the more experienced rider capable of maintaining a steady pace over a longer distance. Still using quiet roads wherever possible. Traditional cycling club etiquette is encouraged at all times to ensure no one gets lost or in mechanical trouble. Riders should carry tools and spares for mechanicals. A pre-planned route sheet will be available at the start of most rides (electronic route files available for download through the diary for each ride) The route involves a cafe stop mid-way through the ride but due to the distances and time involved it is recommended that riders bring enough food and drink to consume in the saddle. Good training for the sportive riders out there.

Structured group ride (aka Chain Gang)

40 miles (60 km) 17+ mph Saturday morning 09:30 starts from Cemetery Gates

A structured faster group training ride for those who wish to develop their fitness and group riding skills and etiquette. Aimed at more experienced riders who are confident in their riding. A 40 mile fixed route ride around Chippenham villages. More information about riding the chaingang can be found here.

Groups will be formed depending on number of riders present and ability. Riders should carry tools and spares for mechanicals. No stopping so bring snacks for munching in the saddle and drinks.

This a traditional club training ride that has been running for decades.


Preparation

Riding in a group has many advantages but it also places certain responsibilities on each rider. Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the ride.

Make sure your bike is safe - check brakes, wheels, rims and steering. Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. A lubricated chain etc is also a good idea. Check tyres for signs of excessive wear and sharp flint or glass embedded within. Worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Correctly inflate your tyres for the conditions.

We also advise that you carry the following equipment:

  • At least one spare inner tube.
  • A working pump.
  • Puncture repair kit - for those awful days when spare tubes aren't enough.
  • Tyre levers.
  • A multi tool - to adjust gearsm saddle etc.
  • Other optional tools eg chain breaker and spare links.
  • Even in winter hydration is important so each rider should carry one or more water bottles.
  • Personal first aid - plasters, antiseptic wipes etc.
  • Money - for the cafe stop or emergencies.
  • Waterproof as conditions can and will change.

You may also choose to bring a carbohydrate drink or solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies, energy bars, gels, flapjacks, jaffa cakes,...

Please ride safely and predictably, with consideration for your fellow riders, and above all within the rules of the road. The club's reputation rests with all of us.

Individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. Chippenham & District Wheelers and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident. See the following page relating to rider insurances. http://www.chippenhamwheelers.org/page/insurances

Details of our Club Rides are provided in our monthly newsletters or on the calendar section of the website (see links on the right hand side of the page).


Participation by non-members

The club weekend "easy", "family" and "leisure" rides are open to members only, however non-members can join a ride to try it out. Speak with the rider leader on the day.