HCC prides itself on being an open and friendly club and our Sunday Club runs are group rides with a social aspect. Please help us maintain this by contributing to keep the group together. It is much safer for all of us if we ride as a group. When taking a turn on the front please make an effort to check the pace you are setting is not leaving people behind. Equally, if you feel you are dropping off the back or spot another rider who has been dropped, communicate this to the front of the group. So that you do not feel under pressure if the pace of the ride is either too fast or too slow for you we offer plenty of other groups that might suit your pace better.

 

Meeting Points

A , B,  C  groups meet at 9.30am in Crown Bottom (Holmfirth Co-op) car park. During the summer months D group will meet at the earlier time of 8.30am in the Holmfirth Bus Station (Post Office) car park.

E group also meet at the Bus Station car park but at the time of 9.30am but sometimes this group does not ride due to racing commitments. 

 

At the meeting point the Route Planners will make themselves known so that everyone is clear about which group is which.  Routes are usually posted and discussed on the club’s Facebook Group.

Young Riders (under 16) joining club rides must:

  1. Be ‘accredited’ by club coaches as being suitable (skills and fitness) for joining club rides

  2. Submit a completed parental consent form – retained by HCC club secretary

  3. Identify and agree with a responsible person who will act as that riders ‘chaperone’ throughout the ride – this must be agreed BEFORE each ride meet.

  4. Carry an ID and I.C.E. card which they must show the ride leader/planner and chaperone prior to commencing the ride.

 

If you have a question regarding clubruns or to make contact with a group rep please use our Clubrun Contact Form

 

Quick Guide:     A=Steady,  B=Medium,  C=Fast,  D=Faster, E = Very fast 

 

Group A  - Distance decided on day according to group - steady pace

Group Rep - Natalie Shackleton

This is our entry level group ride. This ride is aimed at those people who may not have been on a bike for some time, but would like to start cycling more frequently and for those people who are working towards riding with B group. It is a very friendly and sociable ride and aimed at encouraging anyone and everyone to take up this sport. No experience of group riding is required before hand.  An experienced club member will be on hand to offer basic advice on things such as gear selection, position on the road and group riding etiquette as well as more general topics such as bikes and clothing. Runs with this group will equip riders with the skills required to move to  B  group, but more miles may be needed to improve fitness, strength and speed before moving into that group.

 

Group B (short) - Distance 25 - 35 miles - medium pace 

Group Rep - Alison Hughes

Elevation: Tends to be 100ft per mile (depending on route)

Speed: 10.5 to 12mph (depending on route)

This ride is  a medium pace ride but is intended to be sociable and includes a cafe stop.  It is expected that riders will be able to cover up to 30 miles, in approximately 3 hours riding time, to equip riders with the skills to move to other B groups that ride further if desired. The group will stop regularly to re-group, particularly after hills. Experienced leaders are always available to offer help and advice

 

Group B (local) - Distance 25-35 miles – medium pace 

Group Rep - Jane Travis

Elevation: Tends to be 100ft per mile (depending on route)

Speed: 10.5 to 12mph (depending on route)

This ride is aimed at cyclists who need to be back at home by lunch time, but would still like to get a few miles under their belts on a Sunday morning. It runs at a medium pace and aims to choose a route that has less than 1000ft climbing for 10 miles of travel. There will be no café stop during the ride but an optional café stop, at the end of the ride, is a possibility for those wanting to wind down and relax. Planned finish time is before 12.30.

 

Group B (long) – Distance 40-60 miles – medium pace 

Group Rep - Jane Travis

Elevation: Tends to be 100ft per mile (depending on route)

Speed: 10.5 to 12mph (depending on route)

Group B (medium) is our most popular ride, at a medium pace.

Riders should be capable of completing 40 miles comfortably and have some experience of group riding. This ride aims to choose a route that has approximately 1000ft climbing for 10 miles of travel. This group will usually return to Holmfirth before 2.00pm, but sometimes, when a longer ride has been planned, it can be a little later.

Group C (short)  - Distance 40-50 miles – fast pace 

Group Reps -  Richard Mosley and Johnathan Tod

Elevation: Tends to be 100ft per mile (depending on route)

Speed: 12 to 14mph (depending on route)

This ride is aimed at cyclists who like a quicker ride out than our B rides.  Routes and cafe stop options will be decided upon the day amongst those present.

Group C (long) – Distance 50-70 miles –  fast pace 

Group Rep - Tracey Coldwell

Elevation: Tends to be 100ft per mile (depending on route)

Speed: 12 to 14mph (depending on route)

The longer C group rides at a similar pace to c short but covers more miles. As such, this ride aims to be back by 3.00pm.

Group D – Distance 45-65 miles – faster pace 

Group Rep - Jon McWood

Elevation: Tends to be 100ft per mile (depending on route)

Speed: 13.5 to 15.5mph (depending on route)

The rides are "social" with a cafe stop, but will require a decent level of fitness and bike ability.  We ride in "tight twos" and sometimes "through and off" the group only tends to break up on the bigger hills. This creates a smoother and faster ride for us all, but does take some discipline from the whole group.  Don't worry if you have not done this before many of our new riders have not, other group members will help you.  However, if you are not comfortable trying to ride in this style D group is not for you.  The club offers coaching sessions on group riding.

 

Group E - Distance 50-80 miles - very fast pace (17+ mph av)

Group Rep - Lee Brown

Elevation: Rides alternate between hilly and flat routes each week

Speed: 16 to 20mph (depending on route)

This is a training group for racing members or those confident in their ability to ride at a high pace without stops. Prospective new members/club-runners should not join this group on their first ride but should 'graduate' via the A, B, C and D groups.

 

Clubrun Etiquette - some reminders...

  • Come prepared - everyone should have a pump and inner tube/puncture repair kit.

  • Choose the right group! If you're not sure go with a slower group rather than a faster one. You can always move up next time.

  • Ride 2 abreast when safe to do so. The group should stay as compact as possible in 2 lines.

  • Never ride more than 2 abreast, move into single file when traffic is busy or the road is narrow.

  • If the group is larger than 14 then it should divide into 2 smaller groups to ensure that we ride safely and minimise impact to other road users, unless it is felt by the route planner that because of the route and riders concerned that a larger group is safe.

  • Please remember to look over your shoulder to check it is clear before manoeuvring.

  • Always follow the Highway Code; remember when on a clubrun you are representing the club.

 

You may see or hear the following signals being used - please help to keep the group safe by using these signals yourself and by communicating them through your group:

 

  • Shout of 'Car Up' - there is a car, possibly going to cause an obstruction, behind.

  • Shout of 'Car Down' - there is a car, possibly going to cause an obstruction, in front.

  • Shout of 'Mile Off' or 'Ease Up' means slow the pace slightly at the front

  • Point out hazards

  • Shout of 'Slowing' or waving arm means he group is slowing down.

  • Shout of 'Stop' or 'Lights' or signal of hand up means the group is stopping (often for traffic lights)

  • Left arm around the back signals moving out (often for a parked car)

  • Right arm around the back signals to ride in single file.

  • Shout of 'All On?' is asking if the group is together . The response of 'All Aboard' should be given by the last rider if they are present.

Sunday Clubruns

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