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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 usually take place every week on a Thursday evening during the winter months, November to March.
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.
Rules of the Road
- Always follow the Highway Code.
- Never react to car drivers being aggressive/shouting etc
- Don’t wave cars through
- No jumping red lights EVER
- No helmet, no ride
- Rear light recommended – often weather/visibility can deteriorateGroup Riding Expectations
- A ride leader will plan and lead each ride. The ride leader will pre communicate the route on the 7 Oaks Rides FB Page, pre brief the group at the start of the ride, control the pace and direct the group on the road.
- Ride groups should never exceed 12 people. If more turn up then the ride will split.
- We ride tightly in pairs unless it is unsafe to do so. Single track lanes = single file.
- Riding off the front of the group is not acceptable except on a declared ‘max effort’ segment – if you prefer to ride alone, go alone.
- 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.
- No half wheeling!
- You should be no more than a bike length behind the rider in front of you and preferably a wheel width or less.
- Respect the ride leader or be prepared to buy everyone coffee, cake and clean the group’s bikes.
- Warn each other of hazards – potholes, debris, car up/back, slowing, stopping etc. Pass commands up and down the line.
- 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.
Come to a Group Ride with……..
- A well maintained road bike. If you must ride your TT bike or have TT bars attached, you cannot use these whilst on a group ride.
- Spare tubes, pump, CO2, multi tool etc – be self sufficient if you puncture or have a minor mechanical.
- A mobile phone, some cash and your ICE information. Ideally your ICE information will be on a Road ID bracelet or a card so your mates can locate it quickly.
- Enough 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!
- The downloaded route if possible. Helpful if the group has to split.