At the North Baddesley run start point we ask that riders form into groups based on the speed/destination. There are usually several destinations and run speeds, so please do your best to ride with a group that, from your previous riding experience, you think you will be comfortable with. We set a maximum group size of 12.
Before moving off with his/her group, the group leader will collect the name, club (Sotonia member or ‘guest’) and an emergency contact number, for all going in that group. It is each rider’s responsibility to ensure the group leader has a note of their name and details before moving off – this is important for insurance purposes as it identifies new riders. Those attending their first clubrun should complete the Sotonia CC New Rider Introduction Form which includes a Parental Consent Form for riders under the age of 18.
Mudguards: it is considered polite to fit mudguards to your bike when the roads are wet to avoid spraying your fellow riders.
Sotonia Cycling Club cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, accident, loss, damage or public liability and you participate in the Club’s activities entirely at your own risk. Anyone attending Sotonia CC activities, including club runs, must carry identification, emergency contact details and details of any medical or health conditions together with information about any medication that they are taking.
We hope these few rules have been helpful and that you enjoy riding with Sotonia and will apply to join the club in due course.
Your bike needs to be serviceable – It should go without saying that if you are riding on a public highway your bike needs to be in good working order and comply with the Highway Code, but it does not need to be the latest and greatest featherweight machine. So long as it is mechanically sound, it fits you and the tyres are in good condition and fully inflated, then you should be able to enjoy your cycling. Bring a couple of spare inner-tubes (to fit your bike!), tyre levers and a pump so that you can quickly sort out a puncture and continue riding with minimal delay
It has to be said that cycling-specific gear can make a huge difference to comfort and can reduce fatigue, but for the short easy rides it is not essential. Dress in suitable sports gear according to the weather conditions and remember that the wind chill factor on a bike is considerably greater than if you are running, so it is particularly important to think about this in the colder months. It is also advisable to carry a lightweight rain jacket which can double up as an extra layer in cold conditions. A cycle helmet is advised but not compulsory.
Maintaining the body’s hydration is vitally important in any endurance sport and it is essential that you carry appropriate amounts of fluids. Even a small deficiency in hydration can cause a significant drop in performance and will speed up fatigue. Allow around 750-1000ml of a water-based drink for every 2 hours of riding, more on hot days or if you are riding very hard. Specialist sports drinks are good but not essential.
It is always a good idea to bring a bite to eat, even on short rides. Hunger or a drop in blood sugar levels soon accelerates the feelings of fatigue. Bring a couple of energy bars, cereal bars or bananas for a 2hr ride and more for longer rides. Better to have too much and take it home that not have enough.