Swindon Road Club are active all year round and have a number of regular rides for members and guests to take part in.
Please make sure that you have read our Code of conduct and group riding tips before taking part in any of our rides, especially group riding tips part 2 if you're joining the Tuesday Evening Club Rides.
Rides start promptly so ensure you are at the meeting point in good time.
Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent at all times. See our Code of Conduct for more information for parents and younger riders.
All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and should bring their own drinks, snacks and spare inner tube(s) money, tyre levers, pump and money for refreshment stops.
Saturday Development Ride - All Year Round start 9:30 AM
Development/Improvers ride - Meet up at Hook Close just off Swinley Drive (back of Peatmoor School) at 09:20 to leave at 09:30.
Destination is: Waterside Café at Lake Pochard, Wickwater Lane, Spine Road, South Cerney,GL7 5TL (http://www.lakepochard.co.uk/waterside-cafe/)
If numbers are too large for a single group, the riders will be split into two groups with the first group for more experienced riders & the second group for an easier paced ride for improvers and those new to structured group riding.
The group(s) usually has a ride leader (but there might be the odd occasion where this is not possible due to other factors).
If you are new to the club this is the best ride to join. The route is flat and generally each group stays together at a steady pace until the last few miles for the more adventurous. A road bike is recommended as it is unlikely someone with a mountain bike with knobbly tyres will be able to maintain the pace.
If you are a novice rider or this is your first time out with the group, please make yourself known to the ride leader at the start. Most club members start out this way but find that after a few weeks their fitness and bike handling improves and the ride becomes easier.
Ride out goes out towards Cricklade, then via Chelworth, Ashton Keynes, Siddington, South Cerney, then onto Waterside Café where we stop for tea/coffee.
Return is via South Cerney, Ashton Keynes, Chelworth, onto Casa Paulo Car Cark where we finish. (which is about .5 mile from Swinley Drive start point).
Rider & group safety is paramount so please arrive with a cycling helmet, suitable clothing, spare tube, mobile phone & cash for the cafe stop.
Total ride distance is approx. 30 miles so please make sure you are confident with this distance. Pace will vary depending on weather conditions but no new rider will be left behind on their own.
Return to West Swindon is before 12:00 midday.
Saturday Club Ride to Chedworth - All Year Round Depart - 09:00am prompt
Meet up just off Swinley Drive (back of Peatmoor School). This ride is a good option for those that have been regularly riding either of the other Saturday rides and/or those that would like to ride a few more miles on a Saturday, it is also a good way to increase your fitness and endurance if you wish to ride the Sunday Club rides.
The ride follows the same route as the Greasy’s Cafe ride until you get to Cirencester, the ride then progresses up the Whiteway with a cafe stop at Chedworth Farm Cafe, the ride home being taken via Coln St Dennis, Coln Rogers, Winson, Poulton, Down Ampney and Cricklade.
Distance is around 50 miles, pace is steady with some fluctuations in pace on the hillier sections of the route.
Note: Occasionally the destination may change but this will be communicated at the beginning of the ride and will be of a similar distance of around 50 miles.
Sunday Morning Rides - All Year Round start 9.00am
To cater for the wide range of abilities and riding preferences within the club membership, there are now usually 2 organised Sunday morning rides. The Short Ride will depend on whether anyone is present that wishes to take that route. Both rides start together from the Town Hall but will split into a couple of separate rides.
- Long Ride - Usually about 70 to 80 miles, hilly and generally quicker ride lead by an experienced club rider. Bring money for a cafe stop. Different route each week.
- Short Ride – (If taking place) Usually about 40 to 50 miles. The first part of the ride is ridden with the Long Ride group, at the same quicker pace. It may become steadier once the Long and Short Rides split. Without a cafe stop for those riders who prefer to do a few less miles and return to Swindon a bit sooner.
Both rides start together but at some point on the ride those riders doing the shorter ride will branch off and make their way back to Swindon.
The exact nature of each ride varies from week to week and will depend on who turns up.
During the summer the last Sunday of the month is usually a longer 100+ mile ride which starts at the earlier time of 08:00. See the What's On calendar for details.
Tuesday Evening Club Ride - summer only start 18:00 or 18:30
New route for 2017 – Please note that the first four Tuesday night club rides will start at 6 pm sharp from Casa Paolo on 28th of March. Please click above for details or see the facebook page.
The first four rides are all about developing skills and working together as a group. We will then return to the standard routes from the 25th of April.
The aim of this ride is to maintain a fast pace. It is the responsibility of each rider to ensure that they carry adequate spares and tools to fix punctures or a mechanical failure that they may encounter. It is also strongly recommended that you bring a mobile phone. Be aware that riders will be dropped. The groups will usually not wait for anyone who cannot maintain the pace of their group.
The ride is based on the reliability format of forming similar size groups of differing ability, each group will then set off at agreed staggered times. Please ensure you choose the correct group (this will probably come after perhaps painful experience!) as each rider within their chosen group is expected to contribute to maintaining the pace, this is usually done by “chain ganging” and “through and off”.
Start time is 18:00 during April and September, 18:30 during May, June, July & August.