Frequently Asked Questions - Cycling
How do I find out about SOC cycling events?
Follow the link to the Members' programme in the Club information menu and contact the relevant coordinator. Alternatively contact the cycling section organiser.
What kind of bike do I need?
For road riding the best type of cycle suited to SOC rides is a touring or audax model with full mudguards, though some of our members regularly ride sportive, racing and hybrid models.
What equipment do I need to bring?
You are advised to carry as a minimum a spare inner tube, tyre levers and puncture repair kit, and a chain tool but a selection of allen keys and other tools to suit your equipment is advised.
What level of fitness should I have?
To take part on rides you should have a general level of fitness and have usually covered the distance before - however, on some rides we do encourage riders to challenge themselves and to go beyond their normal distances. So start with a distance you are comfortable with and then speak to the leader of a longer ride that you wish to join. You should also take account of the grade of the ride and the terrain. If in doubt about your ability to participate in a particular ride then do not hesitate to speak to the ride organiser.
Do I need to be a SOC member?
Ideally yes, but you may attend 3 rides as a guest before joining.
What type of roads do you use?
Mainly quiet lanes. We try to avoid trunk roads as far as possible.
What do the classifications mean?
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 born in mind. "Hilly" usually means that we will be climbing a pass such as Buttertubs.
What distances do you cover?
Our rides are usually between 30 and 70 miles in the Summer and between 30 and 45 miles in the Winter. However, we sometimes have longer rides and occasionally shorter ones. Distances and grades of ride are always stated on the programme.
Is there any guidance for ride coordinators and participants?
SOC is affiliated to the CTC. Please take note of the guidance issued by the CTC “Guide to Group Riding”. The sections “What is it like on a group ride” and “What to bring on a Group Ride” are relevant to rides with SOC except that as SOC is only affiliated to and not a member group of the CTC, references to a “Guest Entry Form” are not relevant. If you are leading a ride please take note of the CTC “Guide to Leading a Group Ride”. The Club has its own insurance policy so ride leaders do not require to be registered; in the event of an accident this should be reported to the Section Organiser – there is no set incident report; and we do not have a guest entry form.