The club organises rides for its members on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, with well-led routes designed for riders of all abilities. The rides are created using Garmin Connect and can be downloaded to your bike’s computer by following the link embedded for each of the routes. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy, you have the clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions, a tool bag including a spare inner tube and wearing a helmet is mandatory.
By coming on a Banbury Star club ride you agree to the following terms and conditions:
Non-members are welcome to come along on two “taster” club rides before joining the club.
Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time.
When large numbers of riders turn up, we will split up into groups of no more than ten, leaving several minutes apart. This helps the ride leaders to manage the group safely and minimise the impact on local motorists.
Club ride meeting point
Saturday has two rides which both start at Broadribb Cycles at 1000:
Gentle ride: a route of between 25-30 miles at an average speed of 12-14mph and with a mid-point stop for coffee and cake. This is suitable for riders new to road/group cycling or who want a more social ride. We don’t climb any major hills to avoid people being dropped.
Intermediate ride: a longer route of approximately 35 miles and between 15-16mph, again stopping for coffee and cake.
Sunday has two rides which both start at Broadribb Cycles:
0900 – For competent intermediates and above, a 50-60 mile ride averaging 17-18mph. One or two of the challenging local hills will always feature and the pace will increase on the flatter sections. We will sometimes stop for a half-time coffee, especially on the longer rides.
1000 – For intermediates or riders progressing from the Saturday ride, this will be a route of 35 miles at 15-16 mph with a pre-determined coffee stop.
Please have a look at the Club Rides Calendar to see which rides are planned. For each ride’s event you will see who is leading it, where the meeting point is and by clicking “Learn More” a new window will open in Garmin Connect to allow you to see the route and download it to your own Garmin device.
Click here for a map of our tried and tested BSCC coffee stop locations
Group riding etiquette
The thought of joining a club ride for the first time may seem daunting, especially if your rides have previously been solo efforts, but we’ve all been in that situation before and are here to help. Riding as part of a group is more sociable and rewarding and can also help achieve a higher level of fitness but there are some “rules” that you should be aware of beforehand. British Cycling have an excellent guide to group riding which can be viewed here.