Do I need to join the club?
Newcomers are always welcome to join in with any of our club activities and have no obligation to join straight away. However after a few events we would kindly ask that person to take up full club membership to help with the ongoing costs of running a cycling club.
How much will it cost me?
Club membership is available on the Trent valley road club website and is £16 for the year, events over the year will cost between 3 and 6 pounds per event. Club runs are free.
How far will we ride?
Club runs are normally between 30 and 45 miles, however some of the members may organise rides of up to 100 miles or small rides of 15 miles. It’s always an idea to slowly build up your distance. At first 20 miles will feel like a marathon but with time it will feel like a leisurely ride.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Legally no, but at Trent valley road club we strongly recommend you use a good quality helmet on all rides and events.
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t have to be an athlete to cycle but a good general fitness level is required, cycling is a great way to improve fitness and can also be relaxing and relieve stress. Always build up slowly before committing yourself to a large ride and don’t be put off if you find it hard at first, cycling does not get easier, you just get faster and fitter!!
Can I use my mountain bike?
Yes, although the clubs current event calendar is designed for road cyclists the club is concerned with all aspects of riding a bike. However, in order to participate in most events a road bike will be required mainly due to their suitability.
If a group of mountain bikers wanted to be a part of our cycling community development of appropriate events could be considered.
How fast will we ride?
Obviously this comes down to the cyclist’s fitness level and what kind of riding you are doing.
On a social club run you expect to do average speeds of around 14 to 16 mph, some club riders during fast rides are capable of average speeds of 18 to 24 mph. Top speeds of over 50mph are achievable on downhill sections but this is not advisable unless you are a very experienced rider.
What if I can’t keep up?
At no point will we leave you behind on a social club run, we all have to start riding at some point and club members will always support new members. Remember even seasoned cyclists have off days!
What is a time trial?
Time trialling is the simplest of competitive formats: a race against the clock, with riders starting a minute apart. It's known as the “race of truth” because there's nowhere to hide, no one to draft behind; just you and the bike and the thumping of your heart. Oh, and a clock ticking.
Most events are fixed distance, being 5, 10, or 25 miles on public roads. You do NOT need a time trial bike to take part but a rear flashing light is required.
Do I need club kit?
For most riders the answer is no, you can wear anything you like but during any competitive riding club kit is nice to have.
Those riding in some specific races types such as British Cycling events may be required to wear a club jersey. (These are not our rules)
Where can I buy club kit?
Club kit is available to order online via our webpage. We use a company called champion systems, they produce a complete range of superb quality clothing that are custom designed for Trent Valley Road Club members.
What do I need to take with me on a ride?
A few essential items to take with you on a ride are:
Spare inner tubes - We have all felt the pain of repairing a puncture on the side of the road with patches and glue so take a spare tube or two with you and just swap the whole thing.
Tyre levers - to remove the tyre in the event of a puncture.
Bike pump or gas canister inflation tool.
Energy bar or gel - Running out of fuel 30 miles from destroys the soul.
Multitool kit – It is always a good to have a small tool kit handy just in case of any unexpected mechanical issues.
A rain cape - A good extra item of clothing to take and the British weather is always unpredictable. The rain capes should be designed to fold away in your jersey pocket.
A charged mobile phone – An absolute must as it can be used to call help if you have issues miles from home or in the event of an emergency.
A few quid in cash.
What can I win?
Depending on how far you choose to take you riding. Lots of British Cycling categorised events offer cash prize, as do our open events.
No cash prizes are available for a circuit racing and time trial leagues; however we do have trophy awards at year end for various events.
Please see our Trophy Cabinet page for riders who have made it in to our hall of fame.