© 2019 by Livingston Cycling Club

CLUB RIDES

Club rides not only offer the opportunity to ride alongside other members, they are a place to learn from others, improve your riding skills but also to pass on your own knowledge and experience to others.  The club want to provide a friendly and inviting environment through encouragement and  supporting others. Routes are posted on the Ride Calendar section of the website and also on Facebook in advance. 

RIDE CALENDAR
GROUP CATEGORIES

There are typically 4 groups on club runs for differing abilities.  Riders are asked to be realistic in the groups they decide to ride with and are expected to achieve the criteria shown below.  Note that groups 1 - 3 have a no drop policy and riders will not be left behind, or on their own, during a run.  Fast riders in a particular group should not push the pace causing other riders to be dropped, particularly where speeds are within the published guidelines.

Group 1 - for new riders, those looking to learn group riding skills or improve fitness.  Avg speed between 10 - 13mph with routes (summer)  30 - 40 miles 

Group 2 - for riders with reasonable level of fitness, looking to improve skills, fitness and endurance.  Avg speed 14 -15mph with routes 30 - 60 miles

 

Group 3 - riders with good level of skills and fitness, capable of sustaining good average speed over mixed terrain.  Avg speed 15 - 17mph with routes 50 - 70 miles

 

Group 4 - experienced riders with high levels of fitness and endurance.     

SUMMER
Sunday:
  • Meeting Point 1 - Scot Cycles, Unit 8, Dedridge East Industrial Estate, Abbotsford Rise, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QD

  • Time - shop opens 08:00, ride leaves at 08:30

 

 

Thursday Evenings
  • Meeting Point 1- Scot Cycles, Unit 8, Dedridge East Ind Est, Abbotsford Rise, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QD

  • Time - ride leaves Tesco Bathgate for 19:00 depart

  • Note that Group 1 leave Tesco, Bathgate at 18:30

WINTER(From 28th Oct)
Sunday:
  • Meeting Point 1 - Scot Cycles, Unit 8, Dedridge East Industrial Estate, Abbotsford Rise, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QD

  • Time - shop opens 08:30, ride leaves at 09:00

 

Saturdays :

  • Gravel Crew

  • Please check Gravel Crew Facebook page and Club Ride page of this site for ride details

Thursday Evenings (Road)
  • Meeting Point - Scot Cycles, Unit 8, Dedridge East Ind Est, Abbotsford Rise, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QD

  • Time - rides leave at 18:30

Tuesday Evenings (Gravel)
  • Meeting point will vary, please check the LCC Gravel Crew Facebook page and Club Ride pageon this site for planned routes
  • Time - rides leave at 18:30

Note that over the winter, routes are subject to change at short notice taking into account the weather conditions and number of riders attending.  Please use Facebook for up to date changes in routes.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

  • Front and rear lights are required, appropriate for night riding and safety

  • Please wear clothing appropriate for the conditions, high visibility, reflective where possible

  • Mudguards are required during winter season

CAFE'S

As any cyclist will tell you, finding a good Cafe when out on run is worth its weight ..........


Here are some of the Cafes frequented by club members, most are "cyclist friendly". 

 

Please "Click" on the button below to view a map showing multiple Cafes.  Clicking on the google marker will show specific details of the particular cafe. full details of the specific cafe.

 

Please use the Contact Form at the bottom of the page to submit recommended cafes.  Once we've had a look at it, we may add it to the list.  Thanks

GROUP RIDING

The following is a guide to group riding and includes communication used in the club rides.

COMMUNICATE

Conmmunication is a key factor in group riding. You must be aware and know the meaning of verbal signals used.  Shouts such as "slowing" and "braking" are obvious, however other not so obvious shouts are "nose", meaning there is a car ahead coming in the direction of the group, "tail" meaning a car behind the group and  "single out" to adopt a single file are common.  Verbal signals should also be passed through the group so that all riders are aware.  There are also other verbal and hand signals used and are detailed below.

 

BE AWARE

Stay relaxed when in a group and always look around and be aware of other riders and road conditions.  Don't follow the wheel in front, look past the rider to view the road ahead.  Always look first and let riders around you know if you are going to move within the group.

 

OBEY THE RULES OF THE ROAD

Always respect the rules of the road, other road users and stay on the correct side of the road.  A link to the Highway Code sections relating to cycling is also included at the bottom of this page.  Please make yourself aware of the latest Highway Code at the appropriate Government website.

 

RIDE CONSISTENTLY & PREDICTABLY

Any movements within the group affects others.  Hold a straight line, avoid weaving and always overtake on the outside of the group.  Don't grab your brakes and if you stand out of the saddle don't let your back wheel drop back. 

 

DON'T OVERLAP WHEELS

In case the rider ahead needs to brake, don't follow their rear wheel directly.  Overlapping wheels mean any sudden movement will likely bring down both, or multiple riders.

 

AVOID HALF-WHEELING

If road conditions and traffic allow, you can ride two abreast.  Maintain an even pace and stay level with the person next to you. Try not to up the pace whenever a rider draws level to you, referred to as "half-wheeling" which is frowned upon.

 

WHEEL SUCK

Where possible, everyone should take a turn at the front of the group.  Even if you put in a few turn on the pedals, it will be appreciated.  Strong riders who may find the pace easy going should avoid going to the front and accelerating but try to maintain a steady pace for the group.

 

DON'T RIDE IN THE GUTTER

Riders should not sit in the gutter, particularly riders at the front as this may force the group to follow.  This will increase the likelihood of hitting obstructions, drain covers and picking up punctures. Where possible, ride 1m out from the kerb.

 

EXPECT THE GROUP TO CHANGE

Groups will change, fragment and reform throughout the ride.  This is common when climbing hills and on descents.  Groups should reform at the top and bottom of hills.

OVERTAKING

In a group ride, always pass riders on the outside and where safe it is to do so.  When riding two abreast, never pass riders on the inside. Advise riders in front that you are "coming through"

HAND SIGNALS

In addition to standard "right" and "left" hand signals where the arm is extended to the side, there are other common signals used in the club rides.

 

Raising an open hand to shoulder level or alternatively "patting the dog" is used to indicate slowing down or reducing the pace of the group.

 

Pointing down at the road will indicate a hazard on the road such as a drain cover, rough surface or hole.  Shouts of "inside", "middle" will indicate the direction of the hazard and "hole" is often used for large potholes.  Shouts are often used when it is unsafe to take hands of the bars.

 

Waving or pointing behind your back is used to indicate changes in direction, typically used when moving out for parked cars, obstructions etc.

ROADWORKS

The link below will show all current roadworks around Scotland and is useful if you are planning a run.   Zoom in to your specific area, click on each of the Icons and full details of the works or closures will be displayed