Each week ACC organises rides on Saturday mornings. These are not led by leaders but the groups are very welcoming to newcomers – please let others know if you’re new to the club and group riding.
There are four group rides:- A, B, C and Social, which meet in the main car park area of Ashbourne Leisure Centre. The routes are posted in advance of the ride on this website, Facebook page, and the main club whatsapp group. The posting goes out on the Thursday evening or at latest by the Friday. Please look at the routes beforehand and familiarise yourself with them. Please ensure you read the ‘Club Rules/Cycling Etiquette’ that appear on this website – if there’s anything you’re not sure of then please check with one of the other riders at the start.
- During summer the rides depart at 0830 (British Summer Time – after the clocks have gone forward)
- During winter the club rides depart at 0900 (GMT – after the clocks have gone back)
All of our Saturday rides have a cafe stop as part of the route.
The key to a successful and enjoyable ride for all is for riders to communicate with each other before and during the ride – this will help people ride at the pace agreed with others and will help to ensure the safety of the riders and other road users.
Please note that the distance of all the four rides will vary according to whatever is appropriate to the weather conditions and time of year as well as the terrain. The average speeds quoted are a guidance only and they will vary according to terrain, the participants present on the day and the agreed pace of each group. All groups have the option to split into smaller groups depending on how many riders turn up and the desired pace agreed upon. All four routes are open to all ACC riders to choose from.
SATURDAY ‘A’ RIDE –
Distance aims to be 60 miles, but will sometimes be within a range of 50 – 70 miles. The average speed ranges between 17 – 20 mph.
SATURDAY ‘B’ RIDE –
Distance aims to be 50 miles, but will sometimes be within a range of 40 – 60 miles. The B and C ride pace varies from 12 – 15 mph.
SATURDAY ‘C’ RIDE –
Distance aims to be 40 miles, but will sometimes be within a range of 30 – 50 miles.
SATURDAY ‘SOCIAL’ RIDE –
Distance aims to be around 30 miles, but will sometimes be within a range of between 20 – 40 miles.
Average speed pace is generally around 10 – 11 mph.
INDOOR CYCLING AT ASHBOURNE LEISURE CENTRE ON THEIR STAGES BIKES – SUFFERFEST SESSIONS
Some of ACC’s members meet up for indoor stages bikes at ALC on Thursday evenings, 7.30 pm. Ring ALC on 01335 343712 to be sure of booking your bike ahead – otherwise turn up on the night.
FRIDAY “Breeze Rides” (Women Only)
Breeze rides are our women only social rides that cater for all abilities. More information about our Breeze Rides can be found here.
These rides meet on a Friday morning at 0930 but have to be booked beforehand. Please message or call Marie on 07891 320041.
Within the club we have a number of members who compete in the NDCXL Cyclocross League. Ask on one of the rides for more details.