The Mountain Bike group meet together to go on rides every Tuesday and other days by arrangement. Rides start from the town square at 1830 and end at about 2030 – rides are graded 1*, 2* and 3*. One star rides are not for complete beginners – riders should be comfortable riding for 100 minutes –about 18 miles off-road. 3* rides are tough and may be over 2 hours/25 miles.
Rides are off road – expect to get wet and muddy – with some technical sections and hills!
Each ride has a ride leader and sweep and riders are expected to stay within that group and follow the route suggested by the leader – the aim of club rides is to get everyone home together – they are not races and the group should respect the route chosen by the leader. If you want a different route – lead the ride! The group will stop and assist a rider with a breakdown on route.
If you intend or need to leave the group to take say a short cut home – please tell someone. If you lead a ride or sweep make sure everyone gets back to Abingdon.
Riders are required to have a label on their bike or helmet stating their name and a contact number in an emergency – labels are available from Nigel – no label no ride.
Riders are expected to carry repairs kits- tube, levers, patches, chain tool and a multitool – you cannot ‘expect’ a ride leader or group member to have repair kit.
Slime tubes are recommended – they add a little weight and really do help.
Lights are needed for winter rides (September till March) – once the evenings draw in, riders without lights will not be allowed to participate in a group ride.
Please wear something light and bright – we might ride part on road.
All riders are required to wear a cycle helmet; tumbles off road are not uncommon; gloves are advisable – no hat no ride!
Many riders retire to the King’s Head and Bell after a ride – they have an outdoor area to store bikes safely and provide free chips and butties after rides!
All riders must be over 16 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian – ride leaders cannot take responsibility for children.
You are joining a group where you ride at your own risk – ride leaders are not responsible for you on the ride. You are advised to have comprehensive insurance – in case you injure someone or have an accident – the Cycle Touring Campaign (CTC) and British Cycling offer comprehensive cycling insurance.
On rides show courtesy – to walkers and other road users - obey road signals and the Highway Code.