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All our group rides are led by volunteer riders and are listed weekly on our Spond account. 

The rides take place mainly at weekends, mid-week or sometimes over a whole weekend.  



All rides are classified according to their difficulty and suitability for different types of riders.  The main parameters are the distance of the ride, the amount of climbing involved, and the average speed.


Up to 70 km distance

Average speed 17-20 kph

Mostly Flat



Riders will be able to appreciate their surroundings, with frequent rest and food stops plus socialising.  Relaxed rides are typically no longer than 70 km and at an easier pace, with an average speed of 17-20 kph for a flat ride (lower on more hilly rides). These rides are accessible to any reasonably fit rider who can cycle at least 30 km.


Between 70-120 km distance

Average speed 20-25 kph

Quite Hilly



Riders will be able to enjoy medium to longer routes (typically 70 - 120 km) that may include steep hills.  There will be stops for coffee and food, depending on distance.  Moderate rides are at an intermediate pace, with an average speed of 20-25 kph for a flat ride (lower on hilly rides). Suitable for regular riders on most types of bikes; probably not suitable for mountain bikes.


Between 70-165 km distance

Average speed 25 kph

Very Hilly



Experienced riders will be able to push themselves on a fast training ride that may include steep hills and longer distances.  There will be brief stops for coffee and food, depending on distance.  Challenging rides are at a faster pace, with an average pace of 25 kph for a flat ride (lower on hilly rides).  Suitable for fit riders on road bikes only.

Past Adventures

Essex Villages

A gentle ride through the north west Essex countryside, taking in some of the areas most attractive places including Thaxted, the Bardfields, Finchingfield, and Steeple Bumstead.

All rides are classified as levels 2 to 5 according to their difficulty and suitability for different types of riders.  Below is a selection of some of CycleOut's favourite rides to give you a sense of what to expect.

Richmond Park to Windsor Castle

London to Windsor is a firm favourite because it offers the chance for multi-ability groups to ride the same route on the same day.  It is relatively flat with some lovely scenery in the Great Park and at the Castle.

Crystal Palace to Eastborne

One of the most picturesque routes of the year is this ride down to Eastbourne via the Forest Way and the Cuckoo Trail.  Whilst it is quite long at 104 km, the pace is relaxed and steady making it a firm level-3. 


Raynes Park to Worthing

The club regularly rides to the south coast and the route from London to Worthing/Goring bySea is particularly nice and picturesque.  With one big hill at the end it is a fun ride.  This one was a level 4 due to the 24 kh/h speed which saw us by the sea in 4 hours.

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