The Club organises rides that take place throughout the year, mainly on Sunday mornings, for members and prospective members. We welcome newcomers but if you are under 18, go to our Juniors page. Prospective members can join rides before deciding whether or not to join the Club. Contact our Club Runs Captain who will put you in contact with a relevant group.
We ask that you read our risk assessment for this activity and you may find the Bike Radar video on basic group riding skills helpful, as well as the Guide to riding with our Club.
There is usually a café stop at mid-distance. Rides are organised on a regular basis, as below. Quoted speeds are whilst riding and may be slower in winter and faster in summer. Be aware that our ride leaders are not obliged to turn up when fog and/or ice are forecast.
Touring14 - 14mph average
GT15 - 15mph average
ST16 - 16mph average
Intermediate17 - 17mph average
Sporting - 18mph average
SportingPlus - 18+mph average
When the roads are wet, and always throughout the months of Greenwich Mean Time (end of October - end of March), to avoid spraying other members of the group with mud and water from their back wheel, riders are expected to fit a full length rear mudguard with a mudflap extending to within three or four inches of the ground. To be effective, the flap needs to be considerably longer than you might expect. Customised Cambridge CC mud flaps are available from the Clothier.
Ride leaders may exclude riders not so equipped from the group or require them to ride at the back.
At other times of the year, in the event that a group finds itself on unexpectedly wet roads, the expected courtesy is for those without a rear mudguard to ride at the back of the group.
Top Tips for being a courteous cyclist
Cycling Weekly article on Ride With Cambridge CC
Club Insurance does not cover claims made against individuals participating in a club ride.
Anyone taking part in a group ride or club run, irrespective of whether they consider another to be the Leader, is responsible for their own actions. It is important to note that a club run is not considered to be a formally led or coached activity, consequently our ride leaders do not need to be qualified and routes are not risk assessed. Therefore we strongly recommend that participants obtain third party liability insurance either through; British Cycling 0161 274 2000; Cycling UK (also known as the Cyclists Touring Club) 0844 736 8450; a commercial source or as an endorsement to household insurance.
No cover is provided by club insurance if your bike is accidentally damaged or stolen. Household contents insurance MAY provide cover.
Passing horses is an issue which demands special attention. The following advice may be helpful: -
- The Highway Code Rule 214 advice to motorists is equally applicable to all road users.
- Horses are creatures of fright and flight, therefore sudden movement or noise can cause problems for all concerned.
- Because cycles are generally quiet, when approaching from behind you may not be noticed by rider or horse until very close. Make verbal contact well in advance and reduce speed accordingly.
- Pay attention to riders' signals and heed any request to stop.
- For everyone's safety, be patient and wait for the rider to sort out any issues your presence may have raised.
- Riders may attempt to get off the road so that you can pass safely. Give them ample opportunity to do this.
- Ask the horse rider if it is safe to pass before attempting to do so.
- Pass the horse(s) slowly giving them as much space as possible. Making small talk as you pass enables horses to realise you are not from outer space.
- Riders may be riding two abreast when escorting a young, inexperienced or nervous horse (or rider). Give them a chance to sort themselves out.
- Do not get annoyed if a rider appears to ignore your consideration. They may be concentrating on controlling their horse.
- How not to do it