Worcester St Johns Cycling Club Runs

These rides are usually organised every week and most are posted on the club Facebook group page . Please look it up before you attend or contact the ride leader as things can change with inclement weather on the day. Below are the details of what rides the club offers. When the club is organising an open event such as a road race, time-trial, hill-climb or cyclo-cross the club rides do NOT run as all members are expected to assist with major club events.

All rides start from outside the Premier Inn on New Road on the west side of the main Worcester Bridge. Please arrive a few minutes before the start time so you don’t keep everyone waiting.

Full address for the meeting point is Premier Inn Worcester City Centre Hotel, County Ground, Worcestershire County Cricket Club, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ and you can find the location on Google Maps

Saturday 0830 C-Ride – Meet at Premier Inn, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ
14/16 mph average speed, 30/50 miles with a café stop. Occasionally there are longer rides. No-one will be left behind. Ride leaders include Dan Grant, Alan Spink .

Sunday 0830 A or B Rides – Meet at Premier Inn, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ
17/19 mph average speed, covering about 50 miles. No café stop. Ride leaders usually Rikky Hughes or Martin Stanley.

Sunday 0915 C-Ride – Meet at Premier Inn, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ
13/15 mph average speed, 30/40 miles with a café stop. No-one will be left behind. Ride leader is usually Andy Shepherd.

Sunday 0930 C-Ride – Meet at Premier Inn, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ
15/17 mph average speed, covering around 50 miles with a café stop. Back by around 1330. No-one will be left behind. Ride leaders include Paul Sobczyk, John Callaghan, Andrea Turner and Terry Nolan.

Tuesday 1830 Time Trials (Summer)
Club Time Trials March to September. Start time depends on sunset from around 1830 early and late in the season. The courses range from 5 up to 25 miles and full details are available on the club time trials page.

Tuesday 1900 Turbo Training (Winter)
MPC Lab in Thomas Telford Building, University of Worcester, St John’s Campus, WR2 6AJ
£5 on the night. To sign-up or borrow one of the couple of trainers, email Mark Corbett on bikebitsa18@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 0930 C-Ride – Meet at Premier Inn, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ
14/17 mph average speed, covering around 50 miles with a café stop. Back by around 1330. No-one will be left behind. Ride leaders include Martin Staines, Paul Sobczyk, Terry Nolan and John Gowdy. Sometimes there are two rides, a slower one and a faster one. Occasionally there are longer (2 cafe stop) rides

Wednesday 1800 Night Chain gang (Summer)
Worcester St Johns riders usually use the GBC chain gang (see GBC Facebook). Ride leader is usually Chris Edwards.

Friday 0930 C-Ride – Meet at premier Inn New road Worcester WR2 4QQ
Not a regular ride – posted on facebook when they happen. 14/15 mph average speed, covering around 40 miles with a café stop. Back about 1330. No one will be left behind. Ride leaders include Martin Staines, Paul Sobczyk, John Callaghan. Terry Nolan

Fortnightly Sunday 9.30 Wellbeing & Introductory Ride – starting point will vary for example Croome Court, Cob House, various garden centres. This ride will be approximately 20 miles with an average speed of 9-12 mph and consist of either two loops of the same route, two routes of similar length or a figure of eight. The ride will pass the starting point or nearby after stage one so riders can drop off with ease if they wish. No-one will be left behind. Ride leaders include Jan Basford, Robin Austin and Dave Walker.  This ride has been designed for the member who would like to join a shorter slower ride and might also suit those who are either living with long or short term physical or mental health conditions, recovering from surgery or other illnesses, returning to cycling following an accident/loss of confidence or have disabilities.

Club Run Information

Existing club members are welcome, and encouraged, to join in these rides and pass on their knowledge and experience of riding to newcomers.

If you are joining us on a ride we recommend the following:

    • If you have a club jersey, do try to wear it for club rides
    • Road bike in good condition.
    • (Full) Water bottles
    • Food (banana, cereal bar etc.)
    • Pump and spare inner tube and puncture repair kit
    • Money for the cafe
    • Racing cape
    • In winter (or wet weather) we expect riders to have full mudguards out of respect for other riders to protect them from spray – not having them will mean you have to ride at the back. Cafes may refuse entry to cyclists who leave wet and dirty seats behind.
    • The riders travel in formation (two-abreast), singling out as necessary. Usually there will be an experienced rider who can help beginners to practise group riding skills in order to retain group formation. On longer hills the group may split up, but will regroup at the top.
    • Please let someone on the ride know when you arrive if it is your first club run.
    • All club rides are non-competitive and all riders who go on them should be familiar with the Club Group Riding Guidelines

Worcester St Johns CC Ride grade typical details

APPROXIMATE GUIDE ONLY

Ride leaders will give more accurate details when posting events on club Facebook page

Grade

Suitable for

Average speed (mph) Distance

(miles)

Hills

 

Waiting for the last rider

Cafe stop

A

Experienced, fast and very fit riders

20 – 22

50 – 70

Frequently very hilly At junctions and hill tops (slower riders ride home early) No (Take energy bars)

B

Experienced, fast and very fit riders

17 – 20

50 – 60

Often very hilly At junctions and hill tops No (Take energy bars)

C

Riders with a reasonable level of fitness

15 – 17

40 – 60

Sometimes very hilly Throughout the ride Yes

D

New club riders and riders improving their fitness

12 – 15

25 – 40

Avoids major hills Throughout the ride Yes

Wellbeing / Introductory

Beginners and less confident riders, club riders who want a slower ride and for those living with short/long term health conditions or disabilities

9 – 12

20 – 25

Generally, as flat as possible Throughout the ride Yes

Youth, off-road and mountain bike rides

Event details will include all relevant details such as type of terrain, duration, bike and food requirements.

Notes:

This is a rough guide for those new to WSJCC club rides. The rides in every grade may be faster or slower, longer or shorter and hillier or flatter depending on the route planned by the leader, the weather, the fitness and inclination of the riders who are on the ride.

Every grade can be adjusted to take account of exceptional circumstances. For example a ‘C’ ride which is planned for 100 miles would have a reduced average speed of perhaps 13 mph, or an ‘A’ ride with very few hills could mean the average speed becomes 25 mph.

* Please note: all riders who attend a Worcester St John’s Cycling Club ride do so at their own risk.