“Back to cycling” informal group rides in Bookham back lanes

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Fetcham resident Chris Williamson is a member of Dorking Cycling club, and has noticed an increase in interest in cycling for pleasure and exercise. 

He has decided to organise some “back to cycling” informal group rides in Bookham, each Sunday in September, starting this Sunday. Meet at 2:30pm in Bookham Library car park.

No lycra required, this is an informal cycle around quiet back streets of Bookham, for about an hour (or however long you like), purely for fun. 

Chris says:

There are probably Bookham residents keen to cycle (again or anew) but are worried about their skills, traffic, roadworthiness of their bike, etc. Maybe an offer to help them get back out would be helpful.

Key information

“New or returning to cycling – Taster rides Starting *Sunday 7 September, 2:30pm, Bookham Library Carpark

Bought a bike during lockdown or returned to cycling?
Would you like to try cycling with a group and find some quiet roads to ride?
Then this taster ride group is what you need.

An experienced club member will lead you on about an hour’s ride round Bookham on quiet roads, starting at Bookham Library Car park. They will explain how to ride safely in a group (maximum 6), while observing social distancing at all times. 

Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, places must be booked in advance. To book your place contact Chris Williamson at CWDCC2020@gmail.com

What should I bring with me?

You will need a bike in safe and rideable condition, clothing suitable for the weather, closed-toed shoes and a helmet. You should have a puncture repair kit – a new inner tube suitable for your bike, tyre levers and a pump. A rear red light is a good idea, but not essential.

Is the ride leader a qualified coach?
No the ride leader will be an experienced cyclist from Dorking Cycling Club who knows the area well. They are there to guide you – you will be responsible for yourself during the ride. If you have a medical condition, you will need to decide whether it’s safe to ride. You may need to consult your doctor to decide about this.

Do I need to wear Lycra?
No, any clothes are suitable as long as they won’t get caught in the chain. It is easier to ride in closer fitting clothes, though.

Can I bring children?
As long as they are used to riding on the road, then you can. We would suggest that 13 and over would be a suitable age. You will be responsible for them, and would need to stay with them at all times.

Will you leave me behind if I’m slow?
Absolutely not – this is an introduction to riding, and will go at the pace of the slowest rider. If you find you are wanting to go faster than the group, then Dorking Cycling Club has multiple rides on a Sunday morning at different speeds.

Will it be very hilly?
No, we know how hard hills can be, so this will be relatively flat.

Will I have the opportunity to ask questions?
Yes, after the ride you will be welcome to ask questions about riding, equipment and Dorking Cycling Club.”

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