Thames Velo Sunday club runs meet at the Pond House Public House car park on the A4 to the west of Maidenhead at 9.45am for a prompt 10am start and go to where the wind takes us - it's a case of how we feel on the day! Read our latest run reports here or see our archived diaries here.
Routes can be anything from 50 to 70 miles without a stop. the January/February runs are training rides and can go almost anywhere, usually in a big loop. October to Christmas we may make the occasional longer ride to a Teastop.
In bad weather the usual form is that heavy rain before we start, is generally a NO GO.
Light rain or drizzle is rideable but we'll shorten the ride and make NO stops. If it just looks like rain but is dry, then we'll go and just put up with what the day throws at us.
Ice is another issue, we usually ride but will stick to main roads, which may be busier but will be safer. In all cases everybody has to make their own call.
The purpose of these runs, for experienced riders, is mainly steady base miles and a chance to meet the club mates. For inexperienced riders it is also base miles and meet the club, but more importantly, it is learning how to ride in a group and also some of the unwritten rules of club riding and racing.
For weekday training over the winter we ride the Tuesday and Thursday evenings (8.15pm) at Palmer Park, Reading, for road bikes, or Thursdays at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit from 6pm on the track or their turbo sessions in the club house. We have a Saturday morning ride too that is generally taken at a pace dictated by the season (steady to easy in the winter, steady to fast pre-season).
If you're interested in coming along, please contact us first.
New members are welcome, please go to the join page for further details.