Thursday Night Rides
Thursday night rides are the focal point of the club.
We congregate at Ripon Market Square for departure at 18:30.
Dependent on the turnout, several groups of up to 15 riders are organised to cater for all abilities.
Thursday Night Rides will return on 4th April 2019.
We have a growing collection of mixed, flat and hilly routes ranging from 14 to 30 miles, which take in the best roads around Ripon. There are designated experienced ride leaders who know the routes and can help with pacing, punctures and mechanical issues should anything go wrong. But mostly, we hope you enjoy the speed and momentum of safe group riding as much as we do...
- Route No 1 – Club Ride - https://www.strava.com/routes/4276026
- Route No 2 – Ride of the Redhawks Clockwise - https://www.strava.com/routes/4276091
- Route No 3 – Snape Hill Anticlockwise - https://www.strava.com/routes/4280329
- Route No 4 – Devils Elbow Clockwise - https://www.strava.com/routes/5040326
- Route No 5 – Masham Loop Clockwise - https://www.strava.com/routes/5378592
- Route No 6 – Busby Stoop Clockwise - https://www.strava.com/routes/6173844
- Route No 7 – Ellingstring - https://www.strava.com/routes/5623670
- Route No 8 – Bedale - https://www.strava.com/routes/5816592
Please familiarise yourself with the club rules before participating in any club ride.N/b Lights are mandatory on all rides from 1 September.
Our Thursday evening club ride campaign will begin on Thursday 4th April 2019. Riders should begin to congregate on Ripon Market Square from 6.15pm ready to ride at 6.30pm. All riders are required to have at least a rear light fitted for the first few weeks until the daylight hours extend. If conditions are poor a front light may be sensible too.
Depending on rider numbers and senior riders there may be up to 5 groups riding out this year. In addition to our Group 1 (22mph+), Group 2 (20mph+) and Group 3 (18mph+) the club will organise an Introductory group and a Development Group.
It was recognised that there was a large speed and ability jump between our Intro group and Group 3 with many Intro riders feeling unable to bridge the gap. The development group will aim to ride to an average speed of 17mph with a senior rider leading this group on a route between 20 and 25 miles. Aswell as encouraging riders to ride at a slightly faster pace, the group will help riders gain confidence in riding in a faster paced group in and around other riders.
The Intro Group is aimed at riders that have probably not ridden in a group before. It will be led by an experienced rider who will give guidance on group riding technique and etiquette. The rides will be at a pace that is comfortable for all and over a distance of between 12-20 miles. This year we hope to consolidate and develop this group, with a focus on inclusion and guidance. While some riders might prefer to stick at this level, we'll be encouraging ambitious members to progress into the new 17mph group as and when they feel confident enough to move up.
For all rides, and the most popular part of the evening for some, in the Royal Oak, Kirkgate.
Below are some routes that we have prepared for the Introductory Group. All the rides will be lead by a member of the club.
- Route No 1 - https://www.strava.com/routes/7150220
- Route No 2 - https://www.strava.com/routes/7150200
- Route No 3 - https://www.strava.com/routes/7150243
- Route No 4 - https://www.strava.com/routes/7150252
- Route No 5 - https://www.strava.com/routes/7150266