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Northamptonshire

Established - 14/06/2016

  • Members 394
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  • Group type Adults (16+)
  • Avg. distance (miles) 23.2
  • Avg. duration (hours) 2:45
  • Bike types All bike types
  • Rating 4 stars (110) Reviews

Hi my name is Paul and I live in Northampton. I set up this Social Group for cyclists in Northampton in June 2016, aimed at mixed ability recreational riders . One reason is that although there seemed to be several clubs/groups for the more serious cyclists ( often with rides of 40 miles or more leaving in the early hours), there were none for the more shall we say 'recreational' cyclist , who is perhaps not really too keen on setting their alarm for 7am at the weekend, or who may be a bit daunted by long distances :-/


As the group founder (and an HSBC Ride Leader) , myself and others regularly plan routes and post the rides on this site .However, anyone who feels confident enough and can commit to a date/time can be set-up to post and lead rides (and a few regulars are now doing this) :-) ......after all many folk will probably have their favourite routes and it would be great to share them. Don't worry if you're not ready to lead rides just yet, we can give you some basic training :-) We will mainly be cycling the lanes (sometimes bridleways) of Northamptonshire, with the focus being on fun ,fitness, enjoying the views and always stopping at a cafe (or pub) for refreshments :-)


No lycra is required (although members of formal clubs are more than welcome) and we do regular rides on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as occasional evenings. We tend to start in different locations, with a typical 'steady' ride going at a pace of about 12-13mph, between 20 to 35 miles PS We also have a Facebook group under the same name


Finally a huge welcome and a bit more information for any new members ( and a reminder to existing members), about how we can enjoy our time on our bikes but at the same time encouraging safe riding habits as you grow into this rewarding hobby. We do have a range of levels within the group now, from absolute beginners to more serious riders who take on 50-100 mile sportives. We will do our best to accommodate everyone and intend to run confidence building rides at less than 10 miles on very easy terrain to give people that have just taken up the hobby a chance to gain a little confidence. I’m sure there will be a few more experienced guys around to help with setting the bike up, learning basic control and give you a nice, easy ride out to show you that you can do this.


While certain things are not law when taking a bike out, there is a basic level of equipment that we expect people to own when enjoying this sport. While lycra is 100% optional (some of us do wear it despite not having the right physique ;-) ), certain things like lights are actually law and using a bike without working lights on the road is a criminal offence. Likewise, although it is not a legal requirement, we do feel that from a safety point of view a cycle helmet is an essential piece of equipment and will expect people to arrive with one (the ride leader has the right not to allow someone to join the ride if they do not have a suitable helmet).


High visibility clothing is also recommended although not as important when cycling as a group. That said, if you intend to take on individual rides, it would make sense to own at least one item of high visibility clothing such as a gilet (we even have some free ones to give away if you ask). Safety cannot have a price put on it and we really don’t want to hear of a member being involved in an accident when they simply cannot be seen. So again, welcome to our group. We aren’t a bad bunch really, just a group of people with a shared hobby. We hope to see you on a ride soon.


Finally some important information regarding our rides : As part of the 'Ride Social' network, our rides are organised by members of the Ride Social online community, and are not organised, approved, or insured by British Cycling. Riders take part at their own risk and rides with us are not insured.


You must be at least aged 16 or above to participate unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The ride organiser has the right to carry out the necessary checks and refuse participation in the ride should those checks not be satisfactory - this includes if bikes are deemed 'unroadworthy' (or unsafe) and if cyclists are not equipped with helmets.


We recommend that while on a ride you follow the Highway Code and be prepared for situations such as adverse weather conditions, mechanical problems and flat tyres. It’s a good idea to carry the following items: refreshments, mobile phone, bike lights, bike pump, puncture repair kit, spare tubes, multi-tool, waterproof clothing.

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Future rides

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26 mile -Upton - Salcey - Blis... Sunday 28th November 2021 11:30am NN5 4EL 0 stars Full details

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Past rides

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Naseby Holcot Millars Yard Har... Wednesday 24th November 2021 10:00am NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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Rothersthorpe - Upper Stowe Le... Sunday 21st November 2021 12:00pm NN7 3HS 0 stars Full details

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25-30mile ride from the Nene W... Saturday 20th November 2021 12:00pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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Blakesley 32 Wednesday 17th November 2021 10:00am NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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28 miler to White Mills Marina... Sunday 14th November 2021 12:00pm NN6 8GH 0 stars Full details

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28 miler to White Mills Marina... Sunday 14th November 2021 11:30am NN6 8GH 0 stars Full details

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25-30mile ride from the Nene W... Saturday 13th November 2021 11:00am NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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MBR Wednesday Ride - Draycote Wednesday 10th November 2021 10:00am NN6 7RR 0 stars Full details

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Evening Ride Tuesday 9th November 2021 6:30pm NN4 7AA 0 stars Full details

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20 mile Sunday ride Sunday 7th November 2021 12:00pm NN3 9EX 0 stars Full details

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