Royston Cycling Club was founded to enable people to meet and ride together on a regular, non-competitive basis.
Riders of all ages (18 years and over) have since joined the Club bringing with them varying levels of fitness and cycling experience. This means that our weekly club runs have developed to provide rides which suit a broad range of abilities and ambition.
These club rides are organised every Sunday morning (weather permitting), setting off from Royston at 9am (meet 8:50 in market square) for a ride of around two hours and returning for a coffee and a chat at The Bull just off the Royston market square.
Normal club runs cover around 28-40 miles sometimes involving some light climbing. Dependent on the number of members, there will normally be several groups riding at different average speeds, typically 14-16mph, 16-18mph and 18+mph.
Routes are discussed on WhatsApp by Saturday evening and are often suggested by members from the list of routes shown on the Club’s Route Bank.
Riders new to the Club are welcome to try any of the club runs on any Sunday for up to three rides before joining the Club. All that’s required is a roadworthy bike (electric bikes are well-suited to the Easygoing ride), a helmet and comfortable clothes. If you’d like to take part you can just turn up, but it would be great if you can let us know in advance by using our contact form, which can also be used just to request further information. Alternatively, to learn more about us, come down to The Bull for a coffee and a chat any Sunday around 11am when the rides return.
The route bank lists many of our regular rides, so if you are unsure of your speed you might try one of these (if you can do 30 miles in two hours you will be fine with the 14-16 group).
We aim for a gentle introduction if you are not used to group riding, so don’t worry, but the basics are described here. We sometimes use some hand signals to warn of potholes etc. It’s not too complicated but you can see it described here.
This is a guided ride led by one of our more experienced riders covering 20-25 miles at an average of around 12mph, so if you feel comfortable covering this sort of distance in around two hours this is the ride for you. The ride is particularly suited to those wanting a relaxed introduction to group riding, lapsed cyclists returning to the saddle or indeed any rider wanting to enjoy as easy-paced and sociable ride around the local lanes. Please contact the club if you wish to join this ride.
In addition to the regular Sunday rides, Saturday specials are organised once a month, these are longer distances and involve a cafe stop en-route.
Other rides and distances are occasionally organised and are announced via WhatsApp.