The club runs several rides and training sessions during the week for its members. This is regarded as a member benefit so the only non members who are allowed to ride in these sessions are those who are considering joining the club as members.
Club run code of conduct and etiquette
• Arrive for the ride on time
• On arrival form groups of similar ability
•Group size should be no more than 12 riders in each group
• Ensure everyone knows where the ride is heading
• Do a head count, don’t leave people behind
• Prepare for the ride, bring spares and cash for a tea stop. Members may wish to fit mudguards during the winter and in periods of wet weather.
• Point out pot holes and hazards. Look after riders that are flagging
• Slow down to walking speed for horses. Ride considerately, if you leave the ride tell someone
• Obey the highway code, don’t jump red lights
• Remember this is a members ride, if non-members are regularly attending, politely ask them to pay their subs or leave the ride. Regular non-members taking part results in the ride being uninsured and you may be personally liable if an incident occurs and not protected by the CTC insurance
• Enjoy your ride!
Following on from the 2016 AGM the club will be publishing destinations for the weekends club run through its’ social media by Friday evening, please remember that in light of poor weather conditions, time lost due to mechanical issues, or other unforeseen circumstances the ride may be cut short or slightly amended.
Saturday Club Runs
The Saturday club ride leaves from the High Street car park Rainham which is located opposite junction of Mierscourt Road and High St, Rainham, Kent ME8 8AD at 9am. The ride is approximately 50 to 60 miles long in the winter and 60 to 70 miles long in the summer, aiming to get back to Rainham for 1.30 pm (depending on mechanical problems and punctures). The average speed is usually 16 to 17 mph. There is a stop at a cafe, usually about half way through the ride. Regular destinations include Whitstable, the Kent Gliding Club between Charing and Challock, and Headcorn.
Sunday Club Runs
The Sunday club ride also leaves from the same location at 9 am. This ride is 35 to 45 miles in length aiming to get back to Rainham for midday (depending on mechanical problems and punctures). There is a stop at a cafe, usually in the second half of the ride. Regular destinations include Rodmersham Green and Graveney.
There is also a social ride on a Sunday morning for anybody over the age of 14 who wishes to have a steady paced ride lead by Rodney and Stan. The ride leaves Rainham at 9.30 am prompt and will return at about 1.00 pm. These rides are conducted mainly away from main roads and there is usually a refreshment break at about the halfway point. Please note that this ride will not happen if it is raining.
The 9.30 am club ride occurs weekly but due to fluctuating numbers it is worth making contact with Rodney Kennison on 01634 238609 to confirm that it is going ahead.
Thursday evening chain gang
The club runs a fast chain gang style training session based on a loop of Sheppey Way and Old Ferry Road to the north of Iwade Village. Riders meet at the bus stop in Iwade Village for a 7.15 pm start. The session lasts an hour and consists of circuits ridden at a racing pace, usually increasing in pace as the session develops. Please ensure your bike has suitable lights, and complies with the road vehicle lighting regulations when this session in ridden in darkness.
Extract from CTC’s rider insurance policy
You are covered if you are riding in an organised event or social ride provided that you have signed a signing on sheet or entry form on the day of the ride (so it is important that you sign the sheet). However you can have individual cover by joining CTC or British Cycling yourself.
You are covered if a non member on your ride / event causes injury or damage leading to a claim against you.
There must not be more than 5 non-members on any one ride, nor should a non member participate in a ride more than 5 times. This limitation does not apply to one off events.