Cycling

Welcome to the Swaledale Outdoor Club’s road cycling section!

Swaledale Outdoor Club's road cycling section is a very active social cycling group of varying ability. We organise a comprehensive programme of cycles rides, usually between 30 to 70 miles, including annual Audax rides of 60 to 125 miles. We also enjoy many social events and many members have achieved many personal challenges. We have a programme of rides on Wednesdays and on Saturdays or Sundays. All our rides are very social and always include a cafe lunch stop and sometimes even a tea stop depending on the length of the ride and the condition of the cyclists!

Our rides are graded by an average speed as follows: D = average 8-10 mph,  C = average 10-12 mph,  B = average 12-14 mph and A = average 14+ mph. These speeds are a guide only and are based on an undulating ride and will be slower going up hills and slightly faster on flat rides. The terrain is classified as Flat, Undulating or Hilly. To some extent this classification is subjective - one person's flat is another's undulating. It is rarely completely flat in North Yorkshire and this should be borne in mind. "Hilly" usually means that we will be climbing a pass such as Buttertubs. We always stay together and don't intentionally leave anyone behind! If you are unsure about a ride description, ring the leader for the ride as published on the quarterly programme of events and they will provide more details. Otherwise contact the section organiser. The group members are very supportive and many cyclists go on to achieve their own personal challenges. So come and gives us a try!

Along with the regular published rides we have weekends away and support other events like the National Men's and Women's road race championships. The section also supports a number of organised rides including the Darlington Cycling Festival events. We also organise an annual Audax Event from the club house in Richmond which includes several different distances. We are affiliated to the CTC.

As a new member you are welcome to join three rides before deciding whether to join the club. You will be expected to wear appropriate cycle clothing and ensure your bike is in good mechanical order. You should carry at least a spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump together with water or isotonic drink and emergency 'munchies'. Cycling in a group, if you are not used to it, is different from cycling on your own and the leader will provide you with the basic 'rules of the road' that we adhere to for everyone's safety. A full risk assessment will be provided when you become a member.

As a member of SOC you will be entitled to attend any of the activities from any section on the programme together with social events as advertised. You will receive a monthly electronic newsletter with updates on future events and reports on events and activities that have taken place throughout the club. You will also receive a quarterly programme and weekly email updates on events coming up. Signing up to our email system enables you to send and receive emails as a group within the cycling section. 

We are always looking to improve the way we do things so if new members have any good ideas or would like to volunteer to help, don't be afraid to speak up!

If you have any further questions please contact James Gravenor, Section Organiser at: cycling@swaledaleoutdoorclub.org.uk

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