Cycling - Weekends

Windmiler cycling sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings (with Wednesday evening rides during May-August). Helmets and spare inner tubes are mandatory.

Weekend Long Rides

We meet for informal (i.e. not coached or part of the official training sessions) bike rides on Saturday and Sunday mornings, meeting at Starbucks in Wimbledon (opposite HSBC) at 8:30am.

A zip file of the usual Garmin routes (GPX files) can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0JjVroDx_8EeGg4VG5hcG9rZkU

This shows the most popular routes, and has been kindly collated by Lee. 

One of Lee's rides - the Windmill to Windmill.

The number of groups and speed/distance depends on how many turn up and how many leaders we have, but we aim to have at least 1 group, sometime two. Generally we head to the Surrey Hills and most rides lead to Box Hill and a coffee stop at the top. Expect 50-60 miles with an average pace of around 16-18 mph. As a rough estimate, If you can complete 3 laps of Richmond Park in 1 hour 15 minutes, you should have no problem with the pace.

To view a detailed map of the route cycled to Box Hill, visit http://connect.garmin.com/activity/180554304

Whilst we try to ride every week, if weather is particularly poor or we do not have ride leaders available we may cancel. To keep informed, and be added to the distribution list and whatsapp messaging group, email Simon (tri @ windmilers.org.uk), or check our Facebook page/Whatsapp groups.

We also have regular rides at a slower pace which also leave at 9am from Starbucks. Routes vary but generally they ride around 30-50 miles. Note, these are informally led rides, rather than coached sessions. Please email Simon (tri@ windmilers.org.uk).

 

Picture - Former Windmiler Barry training for greatness

The WhatsApp Groups

Our weekend rides are organised via our WhatsApp groups which are for members only. Rides will leave from Starbucks at 8:30 on most weekends but this time is flexible and the pace of these rides can vary greatly so the WhatsApp groups are the best way to keep up to date with the latest information. If you are currently a member, E-mail tri@windmilers.org.uk for an add to the group.

If however you are a prospective members looking to join but want to try us out first, we run newbie rides on the first Sunday of every month, leaving at 8:30 from Starbucks in Wimbledon (opposite the station). If you plan to come along, drop us a line at the above E-mail address to let us know you're coming. 

Note: The weekend rides are informal, and you should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment). You take part entirely at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance for your own sake. Membership of British Cycling, Triathlon England or the CTC can offer you this form of cover and you are supporting cycling in this country too.