Our club rides aren’t currently back to normal, however from September we will be looking to restart them in some capacity.
The information contained in the FAQs is still relevant (perhaps even more so), so please ensure you take the time to read it.
Following the new guidance from British Cycling for Club and coaching activity in England, we are now allowed to organise club rides in groups of six riders or fewer, while observing social distancing at all times.
Shortly we will be trialling pre-ride signups using Eventbrite, details will be emailed to members only at the moment, we will open this up to non-members when appropriate.
New members may have to join an introductory ride before they can attend a club ride to cover the basics of club/group riding.
All riders must take a mask with them, regardless if they are intending to stop at a cafe etc.
All riders attending any club ride do so at their own risk. Members must observe all government and BC social distancing guidelines whilst waiting; a minimum gap of 2m or 1m + mitigation should be maintained between members and between groups.
Riders must practice good hygiene before, during and after the ride.
Please do not sign up if you, or anyone in your household, have COVID-19 symptoms, are in the vulnerable category or are self-isolating. Everyone must maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health, hygiene and safety guidelines.
We operate weekly club rides out into Essex, Hertfordshire and sometimes beyond. These are usually advertised on our Facebook Page. If you have any questions about the club rides that aren’t covered below then ask them there.
When are your club rides?
We have club runs on Sundays almost every week (unless it’s Christmas Day or the weather is truly apocalyptic).
9:00am: Depart from Walthamstow Town Hall
9:30am: Second pick up from the tea hut at High Beach
To join any of our rides, you must sign up via:RIderHQ
How far and how fast are club rides?
A typical club ride is between 50 and 60 miles, but it can be longer in the summer and shorter in the winter. We try to make it so that most/all groups ride the same route so that if people can’t cope with a faster group, they know there’s a group behind they can drop back to.
We have various groups to suit every type of rider;
Group A: Fast and hard ride, 19/20mph+ if you’re dropped no one is likely to wait for you, good group riding skills are essential.
Group B: Average speed from 17 mph to 18.9 mph, ideally
Group C: 15-16mph and a no-drop policy
Social: a gentler pace (13-14mph), no-drop – doesn’t always follow the same route as A/B/C groups.
What do I need to bring with me?
At the absolute minimum, everyone should have at least one spare inner tube, some tyre levers, a little multi-tool and a mini-pump. Ideally, you should also have a puncture repair kit and perhaps another inner tube.
Wear appropriate clothing (ideally Lea Valley CC kit if you have some) for the weather and have a set of lights for early morning/evening rides.
Mudguards are mandatory (out of consideration for whoever is riding behind you) during winter months October-March.
Food & hydration- most rides involve a coffee stop, but no matter what the length of the ride, it’s good to bring something to keep you going, eg, gels, bars, bananas, drinks etc.
What do I need to know about group riding?
This video provides practical advice on how to ride safely and efficiently in a group and how to communicate when doing so.
A ride leader will give you a brief guide on how to ride in a group before starting, although please try to learn as much as possible beforehand.
Always follow the Highway Code, this is true even more so when representing the club and wearing club kit.
In addition to being responsible for your own safety, in a group ride you are also likely to be responsible for that of the other members of the group. Act accordingly.
Clear communication is essential during a group ride - hand and verbal signals are used to communicate hazards such as potholes, glass, cars etc. The riders at the front should signal these first, the signal should filter its way through the group, riders should pass on any signal they receive.
How do I know if Lea Valley CC is for me?
We welcome new riders to join us as a guest for up to 3 rides.
After that, you’ll have to become a member to continue riding with us.
Will I be eaten by bears?
Bears have been extinct in Britain for more than a thousand years,
so this is very unlikely to happen.