Cycling Events

After the success of our one day events in 2021, we are pleased to announce that we will be running our One Day Series again for 2022. We will be bringing back the most popular events, including our One Day Classic rides to Cambridge and Windsor as well as our our more challenging One Day Epic rides conquering the best climbs in the Surrey and Chiltern Hills.

Riding in small groups, you will join our Tyco Cycling ride leaders and experience some well-known routes, stop for refreshments to keep you refuelled and have fun along the way.

Dates coming soon!

 

The Rides

Social Rides

These are social rides, they are not races. We recommend that you cycle within your ability and try to stay with your group, you'll have much more fun that way.

The number of riders for each event will be limited. You will need to register in advance, as there will be no entry on the day. This is to help us keep the groups small and manageable on the day.

Self Supported

These are free group rides on open roads. You should be comfortable riding and navigating on roads with traffic.  Although there will be several experienced Tyco Cycling ride leaders on course to support you throughout the ride, you will need to be self-sufficient. This means you should bring your own mini-tools, tubes and any spares to use in the event of a mechanical issue and know how to use them. We strongly suggest ensuring your bike is in a good working condition by having it serviced by a professional bike mechanic. 

Bring a full bottle of water and snacks with you in case you need these in between stops. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. 

FAQs

 

What clothing and & equipment should I take? 

Check the weather forecast. If in doubt, take it with you! Be self sufficient, ensuring you have the necessary tools for roadside repairs. Essential kit to carry on the bike.

 

How do I check my bike is roadworthy for the ride?

In addition to maintaining your bike in a good condition (if in doubt, visit your local bike shop), you should always check that your bike is road worthy before setting off on a ride. Follow the M Check video for a helpful guide on how to check your bike.

 

Will the routes be signed?

To follow the route, you will need to upload the route to your navigation device before the event. Riders should ensure that they have the route available and that they are able to follow it.

 

The Route
The route will be available to download one week before the ride.

 

Do I need a GPS device?

Although Tyco Cycling ride leaders will be on the route, it’s best to have a GPS. If you don't have a bike computer, you can download navigation apps such as Komoot or Ride with GPS to your phone and use those for navigation.

 

What is the event format?

Riders with GPS navigation units will be able to download the route ahead of time.  You will need to be self-sufficient for the ride and each rider will need to carry spares and tools necessary to deal with punctures and mechanicals.Tyco Cycling ride leaders will be on course throughout the ride to offer help with light mechanical issues and signposting as well as advice on the roads and terrain.

 

What are the requirements for joining the ride?

A good level of fitness is required. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you check with your GP before the ride. It is important that you do not try to ride if you are unwell or injured as this could put yourself and the other riders at risk.

What bike should I ride?

A road bike is probably the best choice, however, a hybrid (flat bar) bike may also be suitable, although these can be heavier.

 

Do I need insurance?

As this is a free ride, the event is not separately covered by our insurance. We advise all riders to have their own public liability insurance. One of the cheapest ways to arrange this is by signing up for British Cycling membership.

 

Is there any racing?
This is not a race. Cycle within your ability. Do not go riding off from your group. You may get lost and not be able to rejoin the group if you miss a turning.

 

Will there be mechanics on the route?

Tyco Cycling ride leaders will be on the route to give advice and help with some light mechanicals, but if your bike suffers a mechanical failure that cannot be fixed at the roadside, which means you cannot continue the ride, you will need to arrange to be picked up and taken home or to the nearest train station. 

 

Are there water and refreshment stops on route?

We will stop during the ride for a refreshment stop. However, you should bring a full bottle of water and snacks with you in case you need these in between stops. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Report any concerns or difficulties or if you are feeling unwell or unable to continue the ride to a Tyco Cycling ride leader.
 

Will there be a sweeper on the route?

Tyco Cycling ride leaders will be available throughout the ride to support you and to help you to keep up with the group. If you are unable to maintain the average pace for the ride, which is approximately 13 - 14 mph, you may not be able to complete the full route in time and will have to arrange to be picked up and taken home or to the nearest train station. 

 

What happens if Tyco Cycling cancels the event?

If Tyco Cycling cancels the event for any reason that is deemed within our control, we will notify you by email.

 

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

If for any reason you need to cancel your entry, we would ask you to let us know. This is so that we can make your place available to others on the waiting list.

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride”

Eddy Merckx