We meet every Sunday morning at 10:00 am(9:00 am in the Summer), come rain or shine, at the entrance of Colicci Cafe by Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park.
Club Run rides are prioritised for members of Richmond Park Rouleurs Cycling Club. Any non-member interested in riding and joining the club can sign up for our twice-monthly new members rides in Richmond park or by contacting us. This is a way to experience Richmond Park Rouleurs Cycling Club, meet members and be taught the basics of safe group riding.
Our club runs vary from week to week. Usually by a Friday, a post will be made on Meetup Event page in which members can offer to lead a club run. By Saturday evening, we normally have about 4-5 rides organised. Shortly after 10am on Sunday, Chairman Matt Chidgey or a nominated known substitute will call out each of the rides in turn and the rides will leave shortly after. Most rides will stop for coffee and cake about halfway through the ride but some will ride non-stop, all will be advertised before they leave. Richmond Park Rouleurs cycling club runs can be anything from 40 miles and back within a couple of hours, to upwards of 100 miles riding all day! We usually ride out towards the North Downs on the Surrey Lanes at a average pace from 13-18 mph depending on the group for 3-4 hours and we do our best not to leave anyone behind.
Sunday club runs are the central activity of a cycling club. They take place year round and many members have joined after enjoying the Sunday morning rides. We get a lot of interest in our club runs and we take a group of new riders out twice a month, this isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Club members have to give some thought to the route, to make sure it's appropriate given the weather, traffic, and most importantly, the people taking part. Because of this, we've have a list of ground rules. Most are common sense but they're worth setting out so newcomers can get a better idea of what the club expects when it's members ride. For more information please see our Club Run Rules.
Club Run Rules
Ahead of all the other suggestions below always remember the Highway Code, rules, regulations and laws of the road apply. You're responsible for your own safety, so ensure your bike is road-worthy and you're confident riding on the open roads.
The ride is for members of the Richmond Park Rouleurs CC. If you are not a member and would like to ride and thinking about membership, come along to one of our twice-monthly "newbie rides".
- Have Fun - Above all, the club runs are fun. Even when it's snowing. There may be some rules here but the club run isn't a military drill, it's about enjoying getting out on the bike.
- Highway Code - When riding, first and foremost you must at all time comply with the Highway Code and more than that, you must ride with courtesy and respect for other road users. You are responsible, not only for your own safety but for other riders around you. There will be a leader but their role is limited to choosing the route and, as far as possible, making sure the Group stays together and respects other road users. They are NOT responsible for your safety, you are. You are also responsible for the cohesion of the Group and helping keep it together. Experienced Club members may ask you to adjust your speed, road position or style. Please respect them, as they are only concerned for everybody's safety.
- Don't Race - The Club Run is a social ride, it is NOT a race. You can race to your heart's content in organised competitive events but please not on group runs. Do not overtake the rider(s) at the head of the group. Anyone accelerating ahead of the group will be assumed to be on another ride of their own devices. They will not be called after or chased after if they take a wrong turn. We normally wait for people who go off the back of the ride. We do NOT wait for people who go off the front.
- Group Riding Etiquette - Aim to ride with less than one metre between you and the rider in front. Ride in pairs, NEVER more than two abreast and directly behind a rider in front and not diagonally. Single-out if a car is behind and when filing out would enable the car to pass, or if the road conditions make it sensible to do so. Be careful when braking suddenly.
- Ride Together and Wait - When approaching junction slow down a little to allow the riders behind to catch up and proceed as a group. Don't swarm around cars at traffic lights, filtering on the left and right but imagine the group as a large vehicle and keep the group together. Everyone takes time to set-off, clip-in and get settled back in the saddle. Keep the group together. Likewise, re-group at the top of hills and if necessary at the bottom. The lead riders should make sure that all riders are back in the group before resuming the at normal pace. It is okay to keep moving but slowly, until everyone is back together.
- Warnings and Help - Front riders should warn of hazards ahead and inform the rest of the group verbally and/or with hand signals. Rear riders should ensure that no-one is falling behind. If they are, then they should inform those in front and the Group should slow to allow it to be reformed.
- Change the Lead - Every few minutes, the lead should change. So if you've been sitting on the front for a while, when it's safe to do so, tell the others and swap the lead. But if you're tiring and suddenly it's your turn to be on the front, tell the others as it's fine to take it easy.
- Say Hello! - If you're new, please identify yourself to those leading the club run. Please listen to them, as they will explain how the run works and where it's going.
- Wear RPR Club Kit - Members should wear the club kit if they can. The RPR clothing is pro-team quality and stylish; it's a nice gesture.
- Mechanicals - If someone punctures or has a mechanical, everyone is expected to stop. So in return for delaying everyone, make sure you start the ride with spares like an inner tube, tyre levers and that your bike is in good working order.
- The Knowledge - The Surrey Lanes might seem maze-like but with some map reading and riding you can get to know the local roads. To get more out of regular riding, be sure to learn some of the local roads.
These rules aren't set in stone, it's all about being sensible, courteous and aware whilst riding on the road. Our club runs attract lots of riders and so these rules set out what's required. Remember, you are responsible for your safety and take part in activities at your own risk.