Sunday Club Rides
On Sundays, we usually have four groups catering for differing levels of fitness with mileages ranging from 35 to 80 miles with a cafe stop along the way to refuel and rest before heading back.
The routes are planned in advance and the route file and risk assessment are made available via the clubs WhatsApp Club Ride Group in advance of the ride to enable you to preview and download them.
You can also plan your own rides by going to the page containing links to the route files which we use for regular club rides together with a Pit Stop page detailing all the cafes we use. You are welcome to use these to put your own ride plan together. The cafes the club use are also marked on the route maps.
Recommencing Club Rides and COVID-19
In line with the government's roadmap, British Cycling and Cycling UK affiliated Club rides or recreation programme rides for up to 15 participants (or limited to relevant leader/rider ratios), on highways, trails and tracks will be allowed from 29th March under the organized sport exemption.
Clubs rides will commence on Sunday 4th April.
These rides formally organised by a club affiliated to a sporting governing body (British Cycling and Cycling UK) are exempt from the Rule of Six and permitted to take place in larger groups because of their adherence to a series of Covid-19 mitigation measures, which include (but are not limited to):
• The implementation of test and trace protocols;
• Social distancing of two metres while not riding, and ‘one metre plus’ during rides;
• Guidance on good hand and respiratory hygiene, and;
• Guidance on equipment sharing and self-sufficiency.
Under the organized sport exemption rides of up to 15 people are allowed. The club will limit the group size to a maximum of 12, as this is the limit we had before the pandemic hit. At the ride leaders discretion the group size can be a lower number, or the group can be split depending on the experience and capability of the riders. If demand is high additional groups will need to be arranged and we will need more people to volunteer to lead these groups. You don’t need to have formal training to lead a club ride but you do need to be experienced in group riding.
We also need to acknowledge that most of us have not ridden in a group for about a year so we will need to get used to it again.
Group sizes are limited and we are required to capture track and trace information. We will need to know in advance how many people are going to turn up, so pre-registration is required. You can register by clicking on the big green button at the bottom of this page.
Please submit your registration form by Saturday midday before the ride so we can see how many riders want to join the rides and allow us to arrange additional ride captains if needed.
Please note the meeting point has changed, it is now Sherborne St John village hall car park and the Swan pub car park which is opposite the village hall.
To avoid too many riders congregating at one meeting point the Chilled and Tempo groups will meet at the Sherborne St John village hall car park and the Steady group will meet at the Swan car park, opposite the village hall.
If you are bringing a car please park at the back of the village hall. Do not park in the Swan care park, as your car may be towed away!
Chilled Group (ride leaders Sam/Des) – Meeting place Village hall car park - Start time 09:00, 15/16mph, 30/55 miles
Steady Group (ride leaders Luke/Colin) - Meeting place Swan pub car park - Start time 09:00 16/17mph 50/60 miles
Brisk Group (ride leaders (Matt/Neil) - Meeting place Swan pub car park - Start time 09:00 17/19mph 50/70 miles
Tempo Group (ride leader Chris/Colin ) – Meeting place Village hall car park - Start time 09:00, 18/20+mph, 60/80 miles
Routes will be taken from those published on the club's routes page together with the risk assessments.
Café stops will be made in line with government guidelines. However, you still need to ensure you bring a drink and some energy bars. Also, bring a mask and hand sanitiser in case you have to enter a cafe to place your order or use the WC.
Notes for riders
You must pre-register to join a ride
You must not turn up for a ride if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have been told to self-isolate.
At the meeting point and at the cafe please maintain social distancing of two metres while not riding, and ‘one metre plus’ during rides
Bring a mask and hand gel in case you need to go into the cafe/shop.
Routes may be changed to the ones given on the invite to register, depending on weather conditions and make up of the groups.
Hygiene must be observed at all times.
Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of them appropriately as soon as possible
Washing hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if you're unable to wash your hands with soap and water)
No spitting or clearing noses in the group. If you have to, drop back out of the group and ensure you are clear of other road users and pedestrians.