Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Meet and Greet rides with local clubs

Are you new to racing or group riding? Are you considering joining the London Women's Cycle Racing league and want to know what it's like? Or are you a seasoned racer who would like to get to know some of your fellow racers better or fancies a coffee and a chat with some bike riding in between?

If so, then why not come along to one of our pre-season Meet and Greet rides?

Meet and Greet rides are open to sporty women of all profiles - from keen cyclists to rowers and triathletes with or without a club.

Come and join other women cyclists on the rides hosted by clubs in different parts of London and the South East, where you can find out more about women's cycling from experienced club cyclists.

Current dates are as follows:

Sunday 29th April: hosted by Cycling Club Hackney. Meet at Olympus Square, Hackney E5 8PL
About 45 miles out to Epping and the countryside beyond. Distance about 45 miles, average pace 14-15 mph. Mostly flat with a couple of hills. Relax with a cup of tea, cake and a chat at the High Beach tea hut before the return journey. Get back to Hackney before midday. Please let Isobel know if you are coming: 0773 828 1703.

Sunday 25th March: hosted by Twickenham CC. Meet from 9.15am for a departure at 9.30 from Twickenham CC Clubroom, All Hallows Church Hall, Erncroft Way, Twickenham, TW1 1EW.
We'll ride a 63 mile route to Seale and back. Tea stop at Manor Farm Cafe, Seale. Facebook Event here.

Sunday 18th March: ride from Richmond Park into the Surrey Hills hosted by Kingston Wheelers
Meet at 8.30am at the cafe car park near Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park. We will be riding out to Boxhill via Effingham. Around 45-50 miles, the route takes in several hills, including a cake stop at the top of Boxhill. This will take around 3-4 hours (depending on how long we spend chatting over our coffee!) with a view to be back for Mothering Sunday brunch. Avg speed will be around 15 mph. Please let Lisa know if you’re coming 07766696429.

Saturday 3rd March: ride from N. London or Potters Bar around Hertfordshire hills and lanes, hosted by Look Mum No Hands! Race team
First meet option: 8.30am at the corner of the A1000 and Totteridge Lane by Boots in Whetstone (1263-1275, High Rd, London N20 9HS) then riding out to second meeting point: Potters Bar train station at 9.00am. The ride will be a mix of flat and undulating hills around 3 hours long. There will be options for extending or cutting short the route depending on legs and weather. Please let Helen know if you're coming on 07738 011802.

Sunday 19th February: ride from East Sheen to Runnymead hosted by Pearson CC
Meet at 8.45am at the Pearson Performance shop in East Sheen (232 Upper Richmond Rd West, East Sheen SW14 8AG) for a 9.00am departure. The ride will be 14-15mph average speed on a mostly flat route and around 3 hours long. There will be a coffee stop at the National Trust cafe in Runnymede.

Also on the calendar every Sunday: Mule Bar Girl Track Sessions @ Herne Hill Velodrome (Starting Sunday 19th February, weather dependent)
Time: 1.30pm-4pm
Venue: Herne Hill Velodrome
Cost: £6
Contact: 07900684609 (V)

Learn and practice track riding for skills and fitness in a less testosterone-fuelled atmosphere! The sessions are suitable for complete novice riders through to more advanced track riders, we will split riders into groups to ensure everyone gets a good workout. The session will focus on speed, skill and fitness. Inductions and bike hire are available.

Additional Information
Bike hire available free of charge. Hire bikes come with flat pedals and straps so if you want to ride clipped in remember to bring your pedals and a pedal spanner. We will only be able to ride the track if the weather is dry.

IMPORTANT: Please keep an eye on the Mule Bar Girl's Facebook page to see whether the session is running.

Feel free to email us if you need more information about a ride and we'll pass your name along to the ride leaders.

If any other clubs would like to run a Meet and Greet ride, please let us know.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Affiliations for 2012 now open!

With our racing calendar nearly 100% confirmed and other events starting to be planned, we're now taking affiliations for the 2012 season. Both teams and individuals can affiliate via this page.

Please note that we ask each team to help out in some way with the league -- whether that's helping organisers with signing-on and results at one of our races, marshalling at another race, planning social events or skills training days, or something else. The league runs on volunteers, and without them, we can't function. Your support is appreciated!