The club offer a number of group rides throughout the week and weekend.
On the Road: We ride the 3 counties of Dorset, Wiltshire & Somerset; our routes are numerous and vary week to week. All rides are non-drop with regrouping at the top of hills and junctions. The distances and destinations may be affected by weather conditions and can be subject to change on the day of the ride. These are ‘no drop’ rides, but you must select a group suitable for your ability!
We recommend wearing a helmet and riders must carry their own repair essentials and ID. We ask that regular participants (ie after 3 rides) become members.
Meeting Point : Weekend Club Rides meet at 9:00 am or 9.30 am in the car park adjacent to Wheels Cycles in Station Road (SP8 4QA) for various departure times. All Saturday groups aim to meet back for coffee & cake at the Old Brewery Cafe in Wyke Road between 12:45 pm and 1:30 pm, occasionally we stop en-route and meet back at a later time.
Club rides are publicised via the club’s media links giving a start time and location to allow any club member to participate. Occasional rides/outings further afield are organised including an end of season ride details of which can be found via the club’s media links. We encourage participants to download the routes to their GPS devices.
Monday Evening Chaingang (Apr – September only)
Depart 6:00 pm Around 25-30 miles 22+ mph (35+kph) Meeting Point: Varies, please ask. This is a fast paced ride and if you can’t keep up, you will be dropped!
Saturday White Ride
Depart by 9:15 am 35-45 miles 12.5-13.5mph (20-22kph)
Saturday Blue Ride
Depart by 9:10 am 40-50+ miles 14.5-16mph (23-26kph)
Saturday Pink Ride
Depart by 9:05 am 50-60+ miles 18-20mph (28-32kph)
The meeting time is 9.00 am from March to November, and 9.30 am in December, January and February.
Depart 9:30 am 40-60 miles 17-19mph (27-31kph): Through the winter this is a training ride which will focus on different aspects each week.
CLUB INTRODUCTORY RIDES … Coming Soon
Gillingham Wheelers are in the planning process of adding club introductory rides to their riding calendar. These rides will be aimed at road cyclists interested in joining the Club and learning group riding techniques.
The group will roll at a steady pace and no-one will be left behind. We and you can use these rides to assess which club ride you are best suited to.
Introductory Ride Guides can be contacted via the committee and are BC Level 1 qualified.
The Club hold British Cycling insurance which covers the “club” only; individuals are NOT covered when on club rides and it is advised that you purchase your own insurance and this can be done through British Cycling. There are many Benefits of Membership of British Cycling.