I'm just switching from Islington CC to you guys and wondering if I could come out on next Sunday's ride at 9am?
What's the route/distance?
Do I need to be a full member before?
Hi Johnny, welcome to Lea Valley! I'm not sure a route has been decided but will see who else is due to come along. Typically there are a few groups:
A social group doing about 50 miles at a steady 14mph or so, usually with a café stop at some point.
A medium-paced group doing a similar distance, perhaps 60 miles at 16-17mph, sometimes stopping, sometimes not. Often not as people tend to like to be back at certain times.
A fast, race-pace group/chaingang going at 19+mph, no stops, but depends on who has been racing the day before and whether the fast guys turn up or not.
We tend to be fairly flexible on how fast/how far/how many groups depending on who turns up on the Sunday, but a route for a faster group should be posted on the Facebook page by the weekend hopefully.
Re. membership, you don't have to be a member immediately, come along on Sunday, and you can join later; best way is via the British Cycling website. It's £25 for the calendar year: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile/1376/lea_valley_cc
Hi again Johnny
A route should be posted on the facebook page later today. See you tomorrow!
Hi Johnny. As Adam says, depending on how many / who turns up, there may well be three or four different groups out tomorrow. Personally, I'll be in either the 'fast' group, or the second group - it depends if the really fast guys are there, if they are, I'd prefer the not quite so fast group, but still looking to do 17.5-18 mph average. Several people have said they need to be back home by 1pm and the route is 60 miles, so there won't be time for a stop. This should be the route we use tomorrow: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13722640
Note: it does actually go through High Beach this week, so we can pick up people there
Video from today's ride: https://youtu.be/5CDFWvLXjhY
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