7Oaks Tri Club welcomes road, time trial and off-road cyclists. We have an active schedule of rides and are lucky enough to have fantastic riding around the Sevenoaks area. The club organises group road rides to cater for various levels of rider on Friday, Saturday and Sunday year round (weather permitting) so that members can train and ride together. In addition to this, between April and September we join forces with other local clubs to run weekly Time Trial events; in winter we provide weekly virtual group rides and workouts on Zwift. Other club benefits include ad hoc maintenance workshops and the loan of bike boxes for travel abroad, all included within the cost of membership.
You are welcome to join the club and only cycle, in fact there are many members who treat us as a dedicated cycling club. If this is for you, we have a ‘dry’ membership option (which also includes all other benefits of the club, except pool swimming). We also have a fantastic range of high quality bike apparel to adorn yourself with!
Ride logistics are managed via the club Facebook site and various WhatsApp groups. We also have an extensive club route library and are always willing to include more if you’d like to share.
New members will be given a "Welcome Ride" as their initial club ride. This will allow them to determine which regular ride group suits them best and provide an opportunity to interact with other club members by asking questions. It also serves as a way for the ride leader to confirm that new members have read and adhere to the club's code of conduct for group riding, which can be found at CycleEtiquette. This ride is approximately 50km at the pace of the slowest rider on the day. The "Welcome Ride" is available most Saturday mornings (please refer to the Training Times schedule below). For those who desire or require assistance in this aspect, we offer informal training sessions with our in-house Level 2 British Cycling coach. Distance and pace to suit those present. Please contact the Cycle Rep firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We recommend watching this video on riding in a group safely and this video on safe riding on the road by British Cycling. GCN also has a rich library: GCN on Group Riding Etiquette5 bike skills everyone should know.
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Tom Jenkins – Cycle Rep
Safety is the number 1 priority of the club. We want everyone to get home safely, every ride, every time. To reinforce this, we have the following expectations of all riders on every club ride:
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In the extremely rare occasion that riders are deemed unsafe to themselves or the group, the club reserves the right to remove the privilege of joining club rides.
During very bad weather (or lockdown!) the club sometimes organises Zwift rides with the use of Discord to communicate. They work really well and are great fun. Keep everyone together is selected so it doesn’t matter how much power you are putting out you can still keep up. Anyone can join provided you follow the bike rep on zwift so that he/she can invite you.
New to Zwift or Discord?
Don't worry. Take a look at the 'Discord how to guide' listed below for instructions on how to join and use. Join the 7OaksTriClub Zwift Club to join club virtual events
With over 100 deaths and typically over 4000 serious injuries per year while riding a bike in the UK during the last two decades *, road cycling is the highest risk exposure for club members. Group riding in particular has the potential to be hazardous because of the close proximity of the riders and the sometimes unpredictable way that some people ride.
A 50km group ride with other club members and potential new joiners, at a pace set according to the slowest rider, along local country lanes on a route specifically chosen for the purpose. The training is delivered by a professional Level 3 accredited British Cycling coach and covers items such as personal skills, group riding etiquette, equipment, road safety and club culture. The format is informal and a great opportunity to ask questions and meet others in the club.
Is it mandatory?
Yes please! Even if you are an experienced group rider we ask all new joiners to complete this session within 3 months of joining the club, however as it also works as an enjoyable induction to cycling with 7Oaks Triathlon club and gives you a chance to figure out which of the regular group rides is best suited to you, we recommend you tick it off as soon as you can after joining.
How do I sign up?
Firstly, you need become a club member, either via trial, dry or wet membership. Secondly, you can simply sign up for the next session via the members area. They are scheduled more frequently in high season and less frequently in low season.
Please email the firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Tom Jenkins – Cycle Rep