Depart from Bedford Square, Tavistock at 7.50 for 8.00am (9.00am in December, January and February) for a 3-4 hour ride, usually between 40 and 60 miles depending on the time of year and the terrain, with a cafe stop at around 10.30 – 11.00. We usually aim to arrive back in Tavistock for 12:30 – 1pm.
Depart from Bedford Square, Tavistock at 9.30am for a social ride to Lifton Farm shop and back, usually arriving back in Tavistock for 1pm.
We normally have three separate groups riding on a Sunday; Social, Intermediate and Tempo. This arrangement is dependant on the riders who turn up but there should be a group that suits most regular cyclists’ abilities.
When choosing which group to ride in, please make use of the pace/distance guidelines for each group shown opposite / below. Please also bear in mind that these are only guidelines and both pace and distance will vary across all groups depending on route, terrain and weather.
The groups are self selecting, but we do ask that you consider the other riders in the group when making your choice. If people have to wait a long time for others to catch up, riders can get cold and this can be uncomfortable. If you are uncertain of which group to ride in please ask a ride leader.
We are always looking for ride leaders to manage the group, control the pace and follow a route, so once you’ve settled in as a member please don’t be shy to volunteer!
Pace = 11-12 mph, distance 40-50 miles.
This group is for riders who like a steadier paced ride with regular stops, or for people who have just started riding with us, have a reasonable level of fitness and are looking to build up their pace. Please note that new riders starting in this group should be capable of this pace and distance (terrain and conditions permitting).
Pace = 12-14 mph, distance 40-50 miles.
This group provides a more challenging ride than the Social group, but is well within the abilities of most regular cyclists who have a good level of fitness. The Intermediate group also acts as a bridge from the Social group to the Tempo Group for those riders wanting to increase their pace and distance.
Pace 14-16 mph, distance 45-55 miles.
This group is for riders with a very good level of fitness who are able to ride at a higher pace for sustained periods of time; you should expect to be out of breath quite regularly in this group! The increased pace often means the distance covered in the Tempo ride is a little further.
What to Wear
A helmet is compulsory on all club rides. Padded cycling shorts, gloves and high-viz clothing are also advised and, once you have ridden with us a few times, you might want to purchase our club kit which can be ordered via our dedicated kit website:
A password is required to access the club kit website. Please contact our club kit manager here to obtain the password.
We also recommend that you wear cycling glasses, as the roads and lanes in Devon and Cornwall are often wet and muddy and this ensures that your vision remains unimpaired and your eyes protected. You should be prepared for weather conditions changing during a ride and remember to apply sun cream as appropriate.
Beyond this basic guidance, if you are unsure what to wear please feel free to speak to other club members and ask what they wear and why; you’ll always get good advice from our experienced riders.
In Your Saddle Bag
You should always carry the following with you on club rides:
- At least one spare inner tube
- Tyre levers
- Small multi-tool
- Mobile phone
- Packable waterproof jacket
- Food – e.g. an energy bar/gel, flapjack or banana
- Front and rear lights
- Abide by the Highway Code.
- Show consideration to other road users. For example, it can be difficult for vehicles to overtake a group of cyclists, cycling in single file may help, but sometimes the best approach is find a safe place to pull in to let the vehicles get past.
- Either ride alongside another rider or behind them (It is permissible under the Highway Code to ride two abreast if the road conditions allow).
- Don’t allow your front wheel to overlap the back wheel of the bike in front – if they pull out quickly you can both fall off.
- Don’t overtake (undertake) a rider on the inside. You should only overtake another rider on their right and only if it is safe to do so. It is also courteous to warn the rider you are overtaking that you are about to do so.
- Keep a distance of at least a few bike lengths when descending behind other riders, for your safety and theirs.
- Slow down for horses and other animals on the road and give horse riders a wide berth, warning them if you are approaching them from behind.
- Although tempting, it is best not to wave drivers on when they are waiting behind you, let them make their own decisions.
- When waiting for other riders to catch up, find a safe place to stop and avoid blocking the road or junctions, as this makes it difficult for other traffic to pass or impairs their visibility.
- It is important when riding in a group to communicate hazards to others that they may not be able to see or be aware of, such as cars approaching from the front or behind, road hazards such as potholes, or when you need to slow down or stop.
- Listen to and follow the guidance and instructions given by the ride leader – this helps provide a safer and more enjoyable ride for everyone.
- Be aware of riders behind you, making sure they do not miss a turn
- Always be prepared to stop and help another rider if they have a mechanical problem, it could be you one day!
Highway Code: All riders must comply with the Highway Code
Know who is riding with you: The Ride Leader will check numbers regularly and should be particularly aware of any younger riders in the group. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or nominated adult and under 18s must not be left alone. Any rider wishing to leave the ride for any reason should let the Ride Leader know.
Keep the group together: Consider using a back marker in the ride group and take care that riders behind do not miss a turn. Regroup periodically if required.
Control Pace: The pace of the group should be set according to the ability of the group being led, as well as the weather, distance and terrain.
Navigation: The Ride Leader should be fully aware of the route and brief riders before and during the ride at regroup points as appropriate.
Communication: All riders should warn each other of hazards on the route, e.g. calling out potholes and letting other people know when slowing or stopping. Everyone should keep an eye out for riders behind to ensure turns are not missed and to ensure help is available in event of punctures/mechanicals etc.
Pre-ride brief: The Ride Leader should always brief the intended route at the start of the ride. Any of the above points that need emphasis can also be briefed at the Ride Leader’s discretion.
The club is keen to help and support young people who are interested in cycling. We are a British Cycling ‘Go Ride’ club, which means we’re approved to provide training sessions for young riders between the ages of nine and fourteen, in a safe, off-road environment. Further information can be found here:
The minimum age for riding with the club on the public highway is 12 years old, subject to the following conditions:
- All riders aged 12 – 18 can only ride if the club has a parental consent form.
- Riders below the age of 16 can only ride if accompanied by a parent or nominated adult.
- No rider below the age of 18 can be left unaccompanied on a ride.
Although we allow young people to ride with the club, subject to the conditions above, it is rare for anyone below the age of 16 to ride with us, as the distance of a club ride is often too great. Anyone below the age of 18 wanting to ride with the club is advised to speak to a member of the club’s committee first.
For under 18s we follow and use the British Cycling safeguarding children policy, more details can be found here:
Through the club’s affiliation with British Cycling, third party insurance is provided for the club and its officials covering their legal liability for personal injury, death and/or property damage to a third party arising from negligence. However, this insurance cover does not extend to ride leaders or club members, unless the member is also a club official and is acting on club business. Therefore club members may want to consider the following:
- Individual membership of British Cycling where you will benefit from £10m third party liability insurance cover and legal support (Race Gold, Race Silver & Ride memberships only) for daily/leisure cycling.
- Individual membership of Cycling UK (formerly CTC) where you will benefit from £10m third party liability insurance cover.
- Individual third party insurance cover with a reputable insurance company.