We all joined OCC because we like to ride our bikes! There are already our regular rides that are established for Sunday and Saturday, see the Club Runs menu. There are also a number of options if you want to ride with other OCC at other times. These rides are only open to existing club members, we suggest people interested in joining the club try out our established rides because these are the best way to get to know the club and ride in a safe and supportive environment.
Some informal rides happen on a regular basis:
Wednesday Evening Rides
These member only rides happen throughout the year on a Wednesday evening usually from the Buttercross at 7:00pm. There are normally two ride groups – a faster group and a more gentle group and both will go out for about 2 hours of riding, followed by a socialble drink afterwards. Information usually posted on Twitter with the club account tagged in.
Mountain Goat Rides
These newly established rides are on Thursday and Saturday mornings (and other times if members organise them) The rides are for all club members who enjoy hill climbing. A reasonable level of fitness is needed for these rides (West Chevin, Langbar and the Cow and Calf will often feature on the rides and if you can get to the top of these without having to stop midway then you will be fine on the rides!) The rides are at a social rather than a race pace and the first person to get to the top of a climb will take photos of the views! We will wait and regroup before setting off again. The main rule is no moaning about the hills. The rides are between 25 – 40 miles with a goat rating from one (easy) to five (very challenging) The rides are organised via the dedicated Mountain Goat Facebook Group and members take it in turn to suggest routes and lead a ride.
Tuesday Cavendish pavilion Dash, Meet at The Buttercross 10am –
This ride goes every week and has no official ride leader, it is a just turn up and ride. Meet at the BX at 10am. This is not a group ride, you ride out at the pace that suits you (the idea is to go as fast as you can to make it a training ride) to the Cavendish Pavilion via the back road, have coffee as a group and then ride back as a group. There is often another group which is slightly slower that does ride as a group so if you don’t fancy the dash then you could always join them, for a more leisurely ride. An alternative is to set off earlier than 10am and meet up at the Cavendish, some riders have opted to do this over the last year and come back with the group. All abilities are welcome – right up to World Champions! Hope to see you out there.
Informal Social Rides – Twitter/Facebook The new OCC Facebook Group provides an easy forum for members to suggest a ride route and meeting place. Some members also use Twitter to share informal ride options with others – if a ride is advertised as an informal ride these are open to all club members