We’ve got rides suitable for people of all fitness levels who want to get into riding on roads with others in a club setting. We have a simple aim of getting as many people out on their bikes as possible… and enjoying it!
Most of us would agree that cycling in a group is more enjoyable and improves performance faster than cycling alone. We welcome new members who want to ride with others and improve their abilities and fitness.
Our activities primarily take in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales offering members some of the United Kingdom’s most stunning scenery, varied terrain and quiet roads on which to enjoy their cycling. We also ride out into Lancashire and from time to time venture further afield on special club rides.
Dictated mainly by the interests of our current members, we focus on providing road cycling and currently we offer a variety of distances and pace. Rides are run on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Monday and Wednesday evenings. A Womens only ride is organised on a Thursday evening.
The options on the Saturday morning rides are for distances of approx. 50 or 30 miles usually with a café stop. The 50-mile ride sometimes is divided into 2 groups: one going off at 12 to 14 mph and the faster one at about 14 to 16 mph. These are “no drop rides” with catch-ups to ensure no one is left behind. (See Group riding Guidance)
On a Sunday morning the ride is at an inclusive, social pace for a distance of about 20 to 25 miles with a café stop.
Monday evening’s rides cover between 20 to 25 miles. These are “no drop rides”. Lights are essential in the autumn and winter months.
On a Wednesday evenings the ride is at a 16 mph average pace with minimal stopping and staying together as a group. Because there is no slower group to fall back to, riders would be expected to be comfortable with the stated average pace.
On a Thursday evening the Women’s only ride is an hour in duration.
All details are posted up on the clubs Facebook page. Ride details will usually include a route, an average pace, details of the ride structure and the ride leader.
New to cycling or just getting back into it? Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to be an expert on your first ride; there is plenty of time for you to pick things up as you go along. You will need a road bike and a helmet is essential. Please acquaint your self the club’s Guidance on group riding (See Group riding Guidance).
Heavier hybrid, mountain and e-bikes will limit your ability to ride safely and efficiently as part of a group. And at the present we cannot accommodate e-bikes in our current rides programme. Please check out British Cycling website for other organised rides.
N.B. Non members are welcome to join our rides for a maximum of three times as a guest, but after that you are required to join the club for British Cycling insurance requirements.