First club run

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by DLB, 2 Sep 2007.

  1. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    i've really got into cycling over the last 10 months and fancy riding with others. I found via teh internet a local club and contacted their secretary for some details.

    They have a Sunday club run and i am thinking of going on one in a few weeks. What i'm worried about is that they average 18 - 20mph where as on a 35 min 'fast' run of mine today i could only manage 15mph average.

    Am i just going to be left behind and embarrased?
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    try it. Thats the best advise anyone could give you. Go along and hang on for as long as you can, if you get dropped, fair enough, alot of people get dropped on their first run, at least you can measure your progress every week if you can hang on for another 15-30 mins. before you know it like the rest of us your on the front leading the group.
  3. dmoan

    dmoan Veteran

    I'm in the same boat as you - I'm just about to take the plunge, having ridden in a group for the first time (at a sportive) last weekend. I am also worried about the average speed, as I seem to average between 15-17 mph over a 4 hour run, with very little climbing involved. Local clubs state 18-20mph for the same route,

    Ask the club secretary if the policy is to 'drop' anyone who can't keep up. If it is, then you might find it hard to keep pace the first few times, especially when the miles start racking up.

    I think that most clubs have more than one run - ask if there is one where you won't get dropped if you maintain a 15mph average and work your way up to going out on the main club run.
  4. I could only manage 15mph too when I joined a club but that was on my own, the drafting/ motivation effect of a group makes up for this.
  5. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    thanks for those comments.

    I do live in an undulating/hilly region (in my opinion anyway) and the club run may be on flatter ground

    the secretary did write in an email to me..

    Maybe you could just ride with us for a few miles each week untill you get stronger.

    i just don't want to get dropped after 2 miles!!!!
  6. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    on a more positive not he did put this in the same email...

    We go out on clubruns on Sundays, we go a bit faster than 13 mph, but we would coach you and help you.
  7. dmoan

    dmoan Veteran

    By the tone of the email, it sounds like the club are looking for more/new members. Could be a good time to join up?
  8. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    yeh, i thought it sounded quite welcoming.
  9. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    You often find you ride faster in a group, so don't worry so much and get yourself along and give it a try.

    The drafting helps, and you'll find you seem to get pulled along; it's hard to explain exactly, but try it and you'll see what I mean.

    If you do get dropped, try again next week. I'm sure the group will try and encourage you if you show willing. :ohmy:
  10. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    You probably won't get dropped (the group thing will help, as Admin says)

    On my first club run I took a map in case I got dropped. I didn't need it.
  11. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    Thanks for the encouragement. i'll go and give it a try.
  12. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    Let us know how you get on!
    I'm in a similar situation actually. I'm signed up for my first sportive in october and if I enjoy riding with others (providing I can keep up;)) I think I will look into finding a club...
  13. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    i've just been contacted by the secretary at the club and on Sunday they are setting off early to go to Cleethorpes which must be more that 50 miles one way. 100 miles on my first club run - i don't think so. i'll try the week after.
  14. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    why not ride part of the way with them. tell them you're only doing the first 20 - 30 miles and making your own way back. that way you find out if you can keep up/get to know them and can ride back at your own pace.
    lots of riders on the clubruns i do only do parts of the ride due to other commitments.
  15. OP

    DLB Senior Member

    nice idea mate but i'm away this weekend anyway so it'll have to wait until the following week.
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