Make yourself familiar with the Highway Code Rules For Cyclists
Our free rides in January & February are suitable for beginners, or those looking to get back on their bikes after a break. The longer 50 mile plus rides are not for absolute beginners. To take part in one of our local guided tours or a 3CCC 5 day event, you must be of reasonable fitness and experience to be able to cycle at an average speed of 14 mph and complete the tour within the timeframe advertised for each ride. We suggest before taking part in the 3CCC 5 day event, you can cycle at least 90 miles in one day and also be able to cycle at least 2 days consecutively at around 70 miles per day.
You are responsible for your own diet and hydration for the duration of the tour.
You must wear appropriate cycling clothes and shoes for the length of ride and temperature. Padded shorts / trousers are a must.
Your bike must be recently serviced to ensure it is ready for this type of tour. As a minimum, your bike should be in good repair and the right size for your comfort and safety. We recommend using a touring / road bike. Tyres must not be worn, in good condition and inflated to the correct pressure for your inner tube and tyre type. Break pads / discs not worn and working properly, gears in good working order, chain in good condition, properly adjusted and oiled. Lights and reflectors must be clean and in good working order. The saddle and handlebars are adjusted to the correct height.
We recommend using a tyre which is designed to be puncture resistant. Punctures on tours are very inconvenient for all riders. If you do get a puncture we will not leave you behind, and will do all we can to assist you with the repair.
Consider taking out specialist insurance which covers you for personal injury, accidents, third party cover and damage to your bike.
Bring along sufficient food, energy supplements and water for the length of the ride and temperature during the tour.
Apply suntan lotion on hot and sunny days.
Wear or pack additional layers and waterproofs on tours that fall on cold or rainy days.
Always use front and rear lights on your bike, and ensure they are fully charged at the start of each tour.
You should stretch before, during and after the ride (please ask if you would like advice and stretching tips).
It is your responsibility to inform us if you have any food allergies, intolerances or special dietary requirements. We will do all we can to accommodate your needs, but if we cannot we will request you bring your own food on the tour.
Note, rides may end later than advertised if we have slower riders, punctures, breakdowns, etc.
If for any reason you cannot complete the ride, we will arrange for a taxi to pick you up and take you home or another suitable destination (or if on a 3CCC tour, to a repair shop or our destination point for that day). You should have the necessary funds with you to pay for the transport and any repairs needed to your bike.
Minimum kit for a local guided tour
Saddle / handlebar bag, bum bag
Appropriate cycling apparel
Light / dark sunglasses
Front & rear lights
Suntan lotion (if hot)
Waterproofs and additional layers (if cold)
Mobile phone (and charger)
Money / cards
Protein / energy bars
Water bottle and water (and electrolyte tablets)
Spare innertubes and puncture repair kit
Tyre levers and pump or Co2 inflator and cartridges
Minimum kit for 3CCC
Everything in list above of local guided tours (multiply certain items for number of days away)
Baby / wet wipes
Chargers and leads for lights and mobile phone
Basic toiletries & deodorant
Basic tool kit
Chain oil and rag / cloth
2 - 3 sets of cycling clothes (we do make a laundry stop day 3 at Chesterfield)
Lightweight shoes / sandals / flip flops
Underwear and 1 set of clothing for evenings
Good quality pre ride anti-friction chamois cream
Good quality after ride relief gel
Tennis ball (can be really helpful to roll over tight and aching muscles)
If the tour guide is unable to compete the ride for any reason, riders will be given details of the App and route to be able to complete the rides without the guide. In this instance, you will be invited to join another ride of the same value again on another date, free of charge.
If we have to cancel a tour for any reason (including adverse weather conditions), we will give as much notice as possible, and you will be given a credit to join a tour on another date.
On the local guided tours, we will always endeavor to make sure rides can go ahead, whatever the weather. However, if at the end of your ride you feel our decision to go ahead in bad weather spoiled your enjoyment of the ride, just let us know and we will offer you a place on another same value ride, free of charge (we would just ask you to pay for your own food and refreshments on the free ride). We regret, this service is not available on the 3CCC event, as the cost includes accommodation, food and transport.
As a group, we ride strongly and confidently, but safely. We take the right of way when it is ours to do so. We are always polite and gracious to vehicle drivers, signaling correctly and saying thank you to anyone who gives way, lets us pass, or who has been held up by us. We wave vehicles to pass when it is safe for them to do so and leave gaps in the group for them to pull in safely in between riders in the group, if necessary. we do not cycle more than 2 abreast.
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