Cycling

Glenda Goscomb - Cycle Rep

We are lucky to have great riding country around the Sevenoaks area. The club organises group rides on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so that members can train and ride together. If you are interested in joining a group ride for the first time please contact the respective ride leader or myself to check details and suitability. Rides are posted on the 7Oaks Tri Club Members facebook page.  We use ride WhatsApp groups for last minute and on the ride communications. 

For any further information email me at cyclerep@7oakstriclub.co.uk.

Club Rides

Weekly Shirkers Ride – Friday mornings

  • Meeting point - Seal Recreation Ground 8:30am summer/9am winter
  • Distance/duration - 50km plus & approx 2hrs 30mins but times and distances will vary with training needs of group
  • Pace - to suit the group riding but riders should be capable of averaging a minimum speed of 14mph/22kph on hilly terrain
  • Post ride coffee - by agreement but default Malabar Riverhead
  • Contact – Kim Moss or Penny Bulley

 

Weekly Saturday Inters Ride – Saturday morning

  • Meeting point - Sevenoaks Post Office 8am summer/9am winter
  • Distance/duration – around 2hrs 30mins to 3hrs
  • Pace – usually 2 groups at 13/14mph and 15/16mph
  • Post ride coffee – Malabar Sevenoaks
  • Contact – Dave Lobley or as that week’s facebook post

 

Weekly Sunday Fast Ride – Sunday morning early! 

  • Meeting point – Sevenoaks Post Office 7am summer/7:30am winter
  • Distance/duration: 2hrs in winter about 50-60km, 3hrs in spring/summer about 80-90km
  • Pace – as fast as the group can go! Around 23 to 30kmh depending on time of year and who is there
  • Post ride coffee –– Malabar Sevenoaks
  • Contact – Martin Brown

 

Pop up Intro Rides – ad hoc

  • Dates and meet points will be sent out in the weekly newsletter and on the 7Oaks Tri Club Members facebook page
  • Distance/duration – 25miles/40k
  • Pace – easy, approx 12- 13mph sometimes with skills sessions/coaching
  • Post ride coffee – always and location depends on start/finish point
  • Contact – Glenda Goscomb or Dave Truman

 

Pop Up Rides – ad hoc

  • A series of rides eg day trips to France, endurance rides with coffee stops etc. Communicated via the weekly newsletter and Facebook page.
  • Contact – Glenda Goscomb  or Dave Lobley

 

7Oaks Tri Club Cycle Etiquette

When we ride as a group, for the safety and enjoyment of all riders, other road users and the reputation of the Club, we ask all riders to follow our Club Cycling Etiquette. Ride leaders for each ride will provide guidance on this where necessary.

The Role of the Ride Leader

  • The ride leader is a volunteer and takes no responsibility for individuals whose safety remains with each rider
  • The leader will plan an appropriate route taking into consideration the time of the year, the expected weather conditions and the specific ride they are leading.  The route will include one or two possible “stretches” to allow riders to ride at pace on an individual basis with a subsequent agreed meet up point
  • The route will be posted on the Club Members Facebook Group page in advance of the ride
  • The leader will be at the meet up point 5minutes before the agreed meet up time
  • Prior to the start of the ride the leader will run through a short briefing which will cover:
    • An overview of the route
    • Highlight any known hazards eg crossing a major road, poor road surface
    • Expected pace
    • Identify the “stretches”
    • Planned coffee stop
    • Check everyone is on the appropriate ride whatsapp group
    • A reminder of key/theme of the month group riding etiquette points
  • The leader will look to keep the group to a maximum of 8 and may well suggest the group divides at the start but discretion is allowed
  • During the ride the leader will:
    • Lead the ride
    • Ensure the ride stays together
    • Issue directions to riders which must be followed

 

The Role of the Ride Member

  • Take responsibility for yourself 
  • Be signed up to the relevant ride Whatsapp group
  • Arrive at the meet point on time
  • Have the proposed route downloaded onto their GPS device where possible
  • Have appropriate equipment which must include:
    • A well-maintained bike. If you must ride your TT bike or have TT bars attached, you cannot use these whilst on a group ride
    • A helmet
    • Rear light recommended all year round – often weather/visibility can deteriorate.  Both a rear and a front light are MANDATORY for winter riding
    • Puncture repair kit and at least 1 spare tube to be self-sufficient
    • Mobile phone
    • Cash
    • ICE information. Ideally your ICE information will be on a Road ID bracelet or a card so your mates can locate it quickly
    • Mudguards on both front and bike wheels are recommended for winter riding
    • Sufficient food and drink for the ride duration
    • Club kit whenever possible please. It helps us bond as a team and gives us a sense of identity. If we get the group riding right it gives us a strong local presence too!
  • Adhere to the group riding expectations
  • Respect and comply with the ride leader directions/instructions
  • When the last rider – take responsibility for calling out “single” – see below
  • EVERYONE is responsible for:
    • Passing communications up and down the ride
    • Keeping the ride together.  Therefore, throughout the ride ensure you look over your shoulder to check the riders behind

 

Group Riding Expectations

  • Ride in a manner that positively promotes cycling and 7Oaks Tri Club
  • Know and obey the Highway Code
  • The group should ride as a unit and not be stretched out along the road.  Where appropriate we ride in pairs unless it is unsafe to do so. Single track lanes; blind bends; on busy roads where motorists are likely to become overheated etc = single file. The ride leader and the ride member riding at the back of the group is responsible for calling out “single” when they believe it is appropriate.  All other riders must comply
  • When it’s necessary to go from pairs to single file, the inside rider of a pair rides forward and the outside rider drops back into the space behind
  • You should be no more than a bike length behind the rider in front of you and preferably a wheel width or less
  • Ride at an appropriate distance from the curb and generally not in the middle of the road
  • Warn each other of hazards – potholes, debris, car up/back, slowing, stopping etc. Pass commands up and down the line.  Use accepted hand signals but consider shouting vocal warnings as well. Please see standard signals at https://roadcyclinguk.com/how-to/technique/essential-guide-road-cycling-hand-signals-calls/
  • Signal maneuvers as you would do as a motorist
  • If someone punctures/suffers a mechanical, the whole group stop to assist. If for some reason this does not make sense e.g. extreme cold, can’t be fixed etc – the ride leader makes a call and may send the group on
  • NEVER:
    • Ride off the front of the group except on a declared ‘max effort’ segment – if you prefer to ride alone, go alone
    • Half wheel
    • Deliberately aggravate or react to motorists
    • Wave cars through
    • Jump red lights

 

Time Trials

The Club is affiliated to Cycling Time Trials so anyone can enter any of the open events that are held regularly throughout the summer. We have a large number of members who take part in these events that are typically held early on a Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon. Time Trials are a great way of improving your cycling speed and skills 

We also hold our own inter club club TT programme in the summer (under CTT Rules) in conjunction with Sydenham Wheelers and GS Avanti. These normally take place on a Thursday evening although there are a few on Saturday mornings and afternoons as well. There are about twenty local events over mainly 10 miles although also included are a couple of hilly 21 milers and a 15 mile event. These are advertised on the club website and if you want to know more contact Dave Truman. In addition to riding in these races, we organise some of the fixtures each season and have to provide marshals for these so ask for volunteers. If you race, please also give up some time to marshal as well.

Please note that only members of 7Oaks Tri, Sydenham Wheelers and GS Avanti are eligible to ride in the inter club events.

We are also affiliated to KCA, ECCA and ESCA.

 

Turbo Sessions

Turbo sessions usually take place every week on a Thursday evening during the winter months, November to March.