Welcome to Stourbug – the friendliest cycling club in Stourbridge.
We are a Stourbridge based cycling club, open to riders of all abilities across the area. We do all types of cycling including road, MTB, sportives, audax, tours, camping trips and many others.
If you have come to this page, it’s probably because you’re keen to go on a group ride with like-minded people and possibly enjoy a refreshing drink during the ride or even afterwards (sometimes even a beer). Well, you have come to the right place!
We have over 200 members at the last count, across a wide range of ages and cycling ability with something in the club for everyone.
We understand that riding with a club for the first time can feel intimidating but we hope to make the experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. If you’re interested in finding out what Stourbug is like, please read on for how to join, or simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to ride with us?
Most of our club runs start and end at Mary Stevens Park (MSP), with Bromwich Lane, Hagley (BL) and Summerhill, Kingswinford (SH) also used as starting locations.
Non-members are more than welcome to join us for three rides as a guest (over a six-week period) to see if the pace and company suits. You can join as a guest (no cost) by contacting email@example.com
After your third club run you will have the option of joining the club and we will explain how to become a member.
Stourbug operates a non-drop policy and therefore we’ll always wait for the slowest member of the group. If you’re new to group riding, your ride leader will explain everything you need to know to ensure the safety of riders as individuals and a group.
We expect you to have a roadworthy bike and be relatively self-sufficient, but should you be unlucky enough to pick up a puncture whilst on a club ride the group will assist you and demonstrate how to replace an inner tube if needed. There is always someone to help. In addition, it’s useful to have enough water and food for the ride and emergency cash is always a wise move, as some cafe stops may not accept cards.
Finally, if you’re really keen and want to do a club run in bad weather full mudguards are desirable. If the weather’s wet, it’s better for you and your fellow riders.
Stourbug isn’t like other clubs as we don’t 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 the 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 that weather conditions will not put riders at risk, rides are organised on almost every day of the year although some days of the week are busier than others. In 2019, before Covid restrictions, Stourbug organised around 930 rides with over 670 rides during the week and the remaining 260 rides being at the weekend.
All our riders are friendly and will help and support you where required; no one ever gets left behind.
Our ride categories are listed below.
- 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 as follows:
- Level 1 – Technical ride and/or covering long distance (up to 70 miles). It 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.
Our members ride many different events including:-
- Charity Rides – Provides an opportunity to dress up, and have some fun.
- Touring – Weekends away staying at YHA hostels, camping, B&Bs etc. From 25 miles and up to 100 miles per day.
- Overseas – 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. British Cycling offers lots of information.
Rides are arranged using the club’s forum – to see details and to book places on rides you have to be a member.
Frequently asked questions
Can anyone join?
- Yes! All adults welcome – we accept under 18’s but only when their parent/guardian joins the club. The parent/guardian must also ride with the junior member and will be responsible for them on the ride.
- £10 per annum for adults; £2 for under 18’s. Plus third party insurance.
What bike should I ride on a club run?
- The bike needs to suit the type of ride you want to take part in with suitable tyres. All types of bikes including e-bikes are welcome.
What should I bring with me on a club run?
- Check the weather forecast and travel as light as possible but bring enough to be comfortable and self-sufficient. As a minimum you should carry a bottle of water (ideally in a bottle cage on the bike frame), a spare inner tube, a pump, a snack such as a banana or cereal bar and a waterproof jacket. It’s more comfortable to carry items in a bag attached to the bike or in your pockets rather than in a backpack.
Do I have to wear a cycling helmet?
- It would be best if you do just to be safe, but it’s not mandatory.