We welcome new members throughout the year and ladies (and girls) come from different pathways, from total beginners to experienced cyclists. The volume of enquiries and people wishing to join means that we have had to formalise our joining procedure for the safety and enjoyment of both the new riders and our current members. Everyone who would like to join is required to do an induction session. This is so that you can meet some of us and we can make sure that you understand group riding and the safety features involved in riding in a group. We will take you for a short ride as part of this session. You can ride any bike on the induction session, but you will need to be prepared to invest in a drop handlebar road bike for nearly all of our group rides (Monday morning rides will remain any bike).
Induction sessions are run once a month, from early March to late October, alternating between Saturday and Monday 12.30-3pm. These sessions are free of charge. Once the induction session has been completed, the minimum club ride distance is 20 miles so some previous recent riding experience/fitness is necessary. For those who have no experience or fitness, there are Breeze rides locally run by some of our riders and other female ride leaders. There are also Cyclofemme sessions at Cyclopark (a closed road circuit at Gravesend) to help you to get going and build some fitness and confidence.
NEXT INDUCTION SESSIONS
The next induction courses will be on the following dates:
Please have a look at our All Events Calender for details.
Keen to get started, have little or no experience or fitness.
Have done some riding but looking for more experience
Have been group riding for years, with another club, fit and experienced.
Would love to ride again but haven't got a bike or the one I have is not a road bike.
If you are thinking of buying a road bike, either talk to us, borrow a club bike first or go and see The Velo House or Wildside in Tunbridge Wells, or Evendens in Paddock Wood. They are all well acquainted with the type of bikes needed for our rides. You will need a road bike to take part in all club activities (no flat bars please).
THE INDUCTION – 2.5-3 hr session.
This session is designed to teach people safe group riding skills, and act as an introduction to the club. We have found that people who have done the session (regardless of their level of cycling experience) have benefited, and have got much more out of subsequent group rides.
The course involves 90 mins of coaching (on a playground/tennis courts, as we are not allowed to coach these skills on the road) and a 60-90 min group road ride to put the skills into practice. All welcome on ANY bike, although all our rides except Monday morning are road bikes ONLY.