Ride

Ride

We hold two cycle training sessions a week for seniors (aged 18 or over) – a long, steady, ride on Saturday mornings to build base miles and a mid-week session on Tuesdays evenings to build power and speed. 

For juniors we run a separate programme of skills sessions, turbo training and family rides. 

Saturday steady rides

We ride on Saturday mornings for a steady, social ride in the Staffordshire / Cheshire / Derbyshire / Shropshire countryside, keeping to quiet lanes where possible. 

We usually run two groups: a steady ride and a faster pace ride.

Rides are generally between 40 and 60 miles and will usually include a mid-ride cafe stop.

Long, steady, rides will improve your endurance, speed and bike handling skills in a group. Plus they are ideal for picking up tips and advice about cycling in general.

Expect to be riding between three and four hours, arriving back home between 12pm and 1pm.

In the summer months we do occasional longer rides of up to 100 miles, or take part in local sportives. In the winter we swap road bikes occasionally for mountain bikes.

To make our group rides comfortable and as safe as possible we have put together some guidance on group riding etiquette. Please read this before coming out for the first time - but don't worry if you don't remember it all, you'll be given friendly advice on the ride while you learn how it's done.

Cyclists outside cafe

Tuesday summer rides

In the summer we alternate fortnightly between a chain gang ride and taking part in local time trials.

The chain gang works by the group riding two abreast. The outside line continually overtakes the inner line, meaning each rider gets a short turn on the front followed by some rest as they drop back.

The chain gang provides great training in bike handling, road discipline and endurance.

On the alternate weeks we encourage participation in Congleton Cycling Club’s summer time trial series. 

These events are usually 10 miles but some are 25 miles. Check out the schedule of races on Congleton's website

Arrive in time to collect your number, do a warm up and ride to the start. After the ride your time will be posted online.

Time trials provide great training for triathlon and duathlon.

We also run a Tuesday steady social ride of around 20 to 25 miles, exploring our local lanes at steady pace.

On a fine summer’s evening we’ll finish with an ice cream or a pint.

Look out for the schedule of rides in the weekly newsletter.

Winter mid-week training

In the winter we run a coached interval turbo session by Zoom on Thursday nights.

We begin with a structured warm up before moving into a different interval session each week.

The sessions are designed by retired professional cycle coach Ken Matheson and are focused on building strength, fitness and stamina.

The session coach will guide you through the set and at the end of the session we cool down and stretch fully.

We also organise Zwift meetups on other nights during the winter.