The Winter Bike Rides take place between November and March on Sunday mornings, with the exception of the festive period and mid winter break. The Sunday rides are grouped by average speed starting from an average of 14mph upwards and last between 2 and 4 hours, the intensity increasing as we head towards Spring. Additionally we will offer a number of Saturday sessions throughout the winter for newcomers or those who wish to travel at a slower pace.
They are not coached sessions, but there will be a Group Ride Leader who will plan a suitable route. The actual route for each group will be posted up on the EETC Facebook page on or before the Friday prior to the ride taking place. This gives everyone the opportunity to review and download the route before meeting up on the Sunday.
If you would like to join us on these rides we ask that you first read the key points for group cycling in the club (on this page)
Each of the Groups cannot contain more than six riders (including the Leader) so we will operate a booking system by commenting on a post in the Facebook Group (as we do for track and swim sessions). Booking will be available during the early part of the week prior to the ride. It will be primarily on a first come first served basis with a waiting list in operation and we may change the groupings slightly to give everybody a ride. If you cannot make the ride, please cancel before 12:00 the day before which gives us time to allocate the space to someone on the waiting list. To be fair to all members, a non-attendance will mean you are unable to book the following Sunday; this is new to all of us, and we ask that members are considerate of others at all times.
We will start each group from a different car park to ensure we maintain the rule of 6. The group leader will state which car park to meet up on Facebook a day or so before the ride. Map of car parks
Please can all experienced riders and Group Leaders ensure that they have the route for the day on the bike computer in case they are needed to assist and lead at short notice.