About KVG

Kent Velo Girls (KVG) started life in 2008 with a small group of female cyclists on a trail. Over the past 11 years, we have grown in numbers, ability and confidence too!

Our philosophy is “motivation gets you started and habit keeps you going”.  KVG is here to help you every step of the way.  We have an induction process that helps you to choose the right level of ride for your first sessions with the club and there are rides for a range of abilities from Easy to Advanced.

Our 200 members enjoy regular road rides.  We have 15 club rides a week, spread over every day of the week, departing from Hildenborough.  Our easy rides (Mon, Wed, Sat) are the starting point and, although any bike is acceptable on the Monday Easy only, the vast majority of our riders are on road bikes (with drop handlebars and smooth tyres). We have found that riders on touring bikes and cross bikes have difficulty keeping up on our rides and so don’t encourage the use of these bikes on club rides (if you have either a touring or cross bike, do get in touch and we can advise you).

Kent Velo Girls

Total beginners/rusty riders can join local Breeze rides (you do not need to be a member of KVG to take part in these gentler rides on the roads and trails) to get them into the whole cycling experience in a gentler, less structured, way.

Intermediate riders develop their skills and fitness, entering challenges and sportives, as well as some triathlons. More advanced and fitter riders take part in challenges and racing, both on closed road circuits and time trialling.

Most of our sessions take place during the week, but there are also rides at the weekend. Saturday is our busiest day!

The majority of our riders enjoy cycling to keep fit and, as they get fitter and more confident, they go on to set themselves challenges. KVG take part in sportives and Grand Fondos in the UK and Europe. The club organises an annual 50-mile course to help riders build endurance to that distance, as well as a number of 100-mile rides every year.  We also run a “stay at home” training camp in March and a week-long training camp in Mallorca in April. We have riders training for racing and, increasingly, time trialling too. We organise an annual sportive, primarily with the aim of promoting women’s cycling and encouraging women and families out onto their bikes.

We have a small men’s section, the Kent Velo Boys, and a children’s group too, Kent Velo Kids.

There are opportunities to develop your cycling skills in road cycling and other disciplines.  We have several club coaches and a comprehensive development programme.

We run some mountain biking sessions and are planning to develop this side of cycling further over the coming months. Back in 2013, a group of 20 KVG had their first experience of track cycling at Calshot and, since then, we have organised and taken part in regular club training sessions on the track at both Lee Valley and Herne Hill.

 

The club is very social, with every ride ending with a coffee, and fun and friendship are the mainstays of the atmosphere within the club. New members are welcomed and will quickly find their feet and enjoy riding out with groups of their ability. There are social rides and events throughout the year.

The coaches and ride leaders of KVG are committed to cycling and are passionate about encouraging women to take part in cycling at every level. All you need is a bit of enthusiasm and a commitment to turn up and we will help you to set your goals and achieve your cycling dreams!

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We are a cycling club for women. All ages, novice, ace and everything in between. We offer easy, intermediate and advanced level group rides over six days a week; 15 rides to choose from. Some ladies like to tour, cyclocross, sportive, race, climb hills, challenge themselves, maintain or grow their fitness. And friendship and support is thread through all of these. To join book on to an induction. https://kentvelogirls.co.uk/joining-kvg/Join in with our sportive on 6/10/19. Enjoy riding through beautiful Kentish countryside with home baked feedstops, friendly marshals and a warm welcome on your return. Choose your distance; 20:40:60 sMiles. Link in bioLinda, modest as ever, has been found out... Fabulous Fifth in her age group at the UCI GRAN FONDO. Many congratulations- another fabulous result!The Morzine Fourteen

1 for a spacious chalet by a babbling brook, with a hot tub, sauna and more than one excellent cook.

2 for @velovation.cc long days with views galore and tasty picnics to restore.

3 for French baskets to carry poulets and peches up the hill.

4 for beds in a room in which to lie nice and still.

5 for puzzling punctures for One (but it all worked out fine). 6 for the time to pour out the wine.

7 for the number of days spinning wheels.

8 for kilometres to descend to Tanninge.

9 for stretching positions to avoid one or more twinge.

10 for candles (plus 40 minus 1) on A birthday cake.

11 for percentage push to the top of Colombiere.

12(k) for the cold, hard slog up Saleve to finally look down on the lake at Geneve.

13 for bananas chopped for breakfast each day.

and 14 for KVG comrades rolling through Morzine, a sight this commune had never before seen.Amazing performance by Nicky (on the right, biggest smile) in the UCI World champs- congrats on the podium place! All those hideous training sessions have paid off! 😊Ride London excitement and anticipation. Lots of ladies doing this for the first time this year, all had a fabulous ride and are still smiling like this!This morning. The “bread and butter’ of our club are the daily club rides our Ride Leaders run every week. The main goal for us is to ride with others. That’s what we do, six days a week.Always anticipated with much excitement is the trip to Folkestone, long ride there - in the sunshine- lunch by the sea, a sneaky glass of rosé, and the train home!Finishing the 106k distance in the Maratona at the weekend this KVG was thanking all the club members who gave support and encouragement during her rather shortened training (injury) in the lead up to the event. Well done!