We are lucky to have great riding country around the Sevenoaks area. The club organises group rides 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 Glenda Goscomb, Club Cycle Rep to check details and suitability. Rides are posted on the '7Oaks Tri Club Rides' Facebook page and are usually as follows:
Weekly Shirkers Ride - Friday Morning 9am
Meeting Point - Seal Recreation Ground
Distance/Duration 50k plus/Approx 2hrs:30 min 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 – Stephen Searby
Weekly Saturday Inter Ride – Saturday morning
Meeting Point – Café Nero Sevenoaks for pre ride coffee 7:45, or
Grand depart - Sevenoaks Post Office 8 am
Pace – usually 2 groups at 14/15mph and 16/17mph
Post ride coffee – Malabar Sevenoaks or Riverhead
Contact - Huw Howell
Weekly Sunday Fast Ride – Sunday morning early! Summer 7am/Winter 7:30am
Meeting Point – 7Oaks PO
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 – Yes – Malabar 7Oaks
Contact – Martin Brown
Pop up Intro Rides – dates and meet points will be sent out in the weekly newsletter and on the 7 Oaks Tri Club Rides FB 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 – 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
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
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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.
by Jane Wiley:
As usual we are organising 7 events this year and we need marshals. The first three are on 13 May at Grain (5 marshals), 25 May East Peckham (3 marshals), 22 June (5 marshals). You will remember that a condition of taking part in these events is that you will marshal one (or more). 3 people have already come forward. Please could the rest of you let me know when you want to help? Please e-mail me at club firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
2017 Inter Club Time Trial Series
The first event in the Inter Club Time Trial Series will be held on Saturday 1st April on the Sundridge Course starting at 9.00am. The details are in the club diary and in the “Upcoming Events” section on the Home page.
There were about 15 or so 7oaks tri members including unofficial riders at the start of this year's KK. A damp start made some of the early descents a bit dicey but generally conditions were relatively mild. This did not make the course any less hilly though! I nearly got through a complete set of brake pads!
James Craddock put his superb climbing skills into practice, finishing in a Platinum time of 4h05m - the 15th fastest time out of the 539 riders navigating the long course. Vivian Brockwell was again the fastest F60 rider with an even quicker time than last year!
All of the dates for the 2017 Inter Club TT season are now in the club diary.
Please note some new rules which were agreed at the inter club meeting at the end of last season. Sorry they sound a bit formal. It's difficult to write rules in a fluffy way!
It was too icy to risk going out on the road bikes on bank holiday Monday morning, so Richard Bryant and Martin Brown kindly navigated for a local off road mountain bike tour!
It was a sunny picturesque tour of the frosty countryside from places not normally found with plenty of mud thrown in :¬)
We are considering adding a monthly 'special' ride. These will vary in distance and speed according to demand. They will usually be longer than the standard ride with a coffee and cake stop and might include rides to the beach (possibly home on the train). The first of these will be on 31st December at 9am. Please email cyclerep@7Oakstriclub.co.uk if you are interested in coming on 31st December.
If you don't currently participate in any of the group rides but would like to make a start, we are happy to help. Please contact cyclerep@7Oakstriclub.co.uk and we will contact you to discuss how you can get involved. If there are a few people interested we can organise an introductory ride or two.
Below are the instructions from the first Turbo session held on 3rd November 2016:
Winter Turbo Sessions - Thursday evenings starting 3rd November
Cornwall Hall, The Drive, Sevenoaks
Every week until spring with a 2 week break at Christmas
Arrive at 7:30pm to set your bike up. Session starts at 7:45pm.
Bring your own turbo, bike, mat/towel, Garmin or similar, dress to keep cool (turbo is hot work).
These are run by club cycle coach, Paul Butler.
If you need to borrow a club turbo contact Martin Brown.
These are great winter training sessions when it's cold and dark outside!
The moment the front wheels crossed the border into Wales on Friday night, the precipitation tested the effectiveness of windscreen wipers. Fortunately we had ignored Sally's suggestion of camping and opted for the luxury B&B! The advance party (Baz, Al & Andy) had time to sample the Dolgellau curry house, washed down with a couple of pints. It rained all night and the following morning when we reluctantly set out to locate and navigate Charlie's eagerly anticipated natural 'Saturday route'!
Martin Brown smashed his PB on the B50/18 course up in Norfolk recording a time of 1:54:17 and finishing 13th out of over 70 riders in the provisional results. What a way to celebrate your birthday!
The ever popular club hill climb will be held on 15/10 at 0830. Please park by the cafe in the S bend at the top to sign on, not near the start. Sign on will be 0745-0815. Then you will roll down the hill to the start. Please do not arrive at the bottom of Ide Hill at 0830 and expect to be able to sign on. Once you have finished, please make sure you take a safe position off the road. This is not an official event and you are responsible for your own safety.
The 4-up is on the morning at Brands - the rest of the weekend there is the Revolve24 endurance event.
It's a spectacular event. The 24-hour event has many possibilities for teams, and the 6 hour on the Sunday is open to solo riders and pairs.
Jason Kenny will be taking part in the 24 hour event in a team of 4 - great chance to meet our Olympic hero!
Unfortunately this afternoon's TT at Grain has had to be cancelled due to heavy rain and forecast very high winds (40mph+).
The traditional end of season 4 Up Time Trial in the Inter Club TT competition will this year be held at Brands Hatch racing circuit on closed roads. We will have use of the circuit and the pit lane from 8.00am to 10.00am for the race.
This is a unique opportunity which is unlikely to be repeated. If you have never ridden in a team time trial, it is a fabulous experience. It feels like you could be in the GB Team Pursuit, although most of us are going quite a bit slower!
The planned Roadworks on the A20 were not there this morning or early afternoon.
On that basis we'll go ahead. If they do spring up, we'll proceed with the event, but it won't score in the competitions as some people will be held up.
Scraping ice off the windscreen before a time trial is becoming a habit this year! Having committed myself to wearing a skin suit, I was fixated on the car's temperature gauge all the way to Lenham commmunity centre for registration. It was a beautiful sunny morning, the temperature was rising quickly and my warm-up consisted of standing in the sun for half an hour.
Saturday April 2nd will see the start of the Inter Club Time Trial series with a special April Fools 10 organized by Sydenham Wheelers. The start time is 0900. It is over the Sundridge Course. You can see the route description in the club diary. The start is on Chevening Road (B221) north of junction with A25, approximately half way between A25 junction and M25 bridge.
7OaksTri has done very well in this series in previous years. It would be good to continue that record. Everyone scores points so the more people who race the better. And it's free!
I must admit that when I was scraping the ice off the car in the dark at 05:30 on Sunday morning I was wondering 'why on earth am I doing this?' It was actually a bright morning once the sun had come up and wearing plenty of long cycling kit (not skin suit!) it was only the nose and ears that felt it.
Jon Hollidge arrived with a stinking cold and Charlie looked less than enthusiastic but once we were out on the road, we were working together well as a team which was enjoyable, especially when the sun was shining on the return leg.
Waiting in the pen ready to start, it was bitterly cold, blowing a gale as it always does up at Brands hatch and it started snowing! An interesting introduction to my first KK! At least pushing up the hills generated some heat, although I was envious of those spinning past me with compact chainsets. It was sunny on the long drag up into the Ashdown forest before turning into a fierce headwind for the return.
Route for Saturday is on the Cycling Facebook Page. Dave