Rides

Stourbug isn’t like other clubs, as we do not have a regular timetable of rides. Our volunteer Ride Leaders arrange rides on different days, often to suit the weather, and at different times of day. Almost all of  our rides include a stop at a cafe for food, a drink, and a chat. If rides don’t include a stop Ride Leaders will advise you to bring a snack.

Provided weather conditions are not dangerous rides are organised on almost every day of the week, weekends are obviously busiest. In 2016 around 700 rides were organised, over 400 during the week, the rest at weekends.

All our rides are friendly, and other riders will help and support you if needed, no one ever gets left behind

Our ride categories are:-

Road Rides

Easy Pace – 8mph average. 

Slow Medium – 9mph average.

Medium – 10mph average. 

Fast Medium – 11mph average. 

Fast – 12mph to 15mph average.

Ride lengths vary and can be anything from 10 – 100+ miles. In all cases the length of the ride as well as its pace will be given in the ride details. In some cases there may be a link to a GPS site so that the route, as well as the amount of climbing can be seen

Off Road Rides

We have a growing group of keen off-roaders who organise local rides, and trips to places such as  Cannock Chase, Llandegla, and other mountain bike centres

Off Road Rides are graded:

Level 1 – Technical ride and/or covering long distance (up to 70 miles), will include single track, for example, Forest of Dean and Cannock (car assisted).  Average speed up to 12mph and several climbs depending on route.  Examples are – Clent, Kinver, Stourport, Dudmaston, Baggeridge etc.  Riders need to be confident and competent as obstacles can include large steps and drop-ins, not to mention deep mud.

Level 2 – Ride will include several climbs and some technical sections, this might include, roots and rocky surfaces.  Ideal for level 3 riders who wish to progress to a more challenging level.  20-30 miles.

Level 3 – Relatively flat ride, not too technical although can be very muddy.  Ideal for novices , people who haven’t ridden off-road for a while and those who wish to build confidence for level 2.  10-20 miles.

Beginner– One to one sessions for total beginners and riders who want to build confidence/ability for level 3

Other Rides

Our members ride many different events including:

Charity Rides – Provide an opportunity to dress up, and have some fun

Touring Weekends away staying at YHA hostels, camping, B&Bs etc.. Between 25 and 50 miles per day.

Lands End – John o’ Groats – LEJOG several members have now ridden this epic route the last expedition was in 2013

Over seas – A Spring time trip to the sun in Mallorca

Audax – Long distance cycling at its best. More details on the AUK website

Sportives – Longer rides often with lots of support and feeding stations. The BCF offers lots of information

Vintage rides – Such as Eroica Britannia and Tweed Rides

Rides are arranged using the club’s forum – to see details and to book places on rides you have to be a member

 

 

 

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