Buxton Cycling Club runs a variety of club road rides to suit all levels of cycling ability. Most rides feature a café or pub stop, but will run at different paces to suit individual riders’ needs. Rides are posted as events on our Facebook site and if you are unsure which ride may suit you best, then just ask. Below is a list of regular rides and their description. Please check our Facebook events page for up to date info, route and schedule of all rides.
Sunday Social Ride
All cyclists are welcome to join the BCC Sunday Social Ride. Like club rides of old, with camaraderie, café and smiles. A typical Sunday Social ride may cover 35-45 miles at an average pace of 13-15mph, but don’t worry if you’re not up to speed yet we will wait, nobody gets dropped or left behind. Throughout the winter months and shorter days the rides taper off to around 30-40 miles, when the days grow longer then the rides get longer to around 40-50 miles. The rules are simple, you are responsible for yourself and your bike. Turn up, smile and have fun. Meets at 9am Buxton Opera House routes will vary, check Facebook for details.
Sunday Faster Ride
The Sunday Faster Ride is a faster club run which can vary in pace and distance depending on riders and the season. You should be experienced riding in a group and capable of maintaining 20mph on the flat, this is not a beginners ride. Pace can be quick and can average 17mph on a hilly route of around 50 miles or more. It is a no-drop ride though and will typically re-group at the top of hills. There is usually a café stop on this ride. Meet 9am Buxton Opera House. See Facebook for details and route.
Wednesday Night Ride
The Wednesday night ride is an all year round training ride of approximately 20 miles Buxton – Buxton. You should be comfortable riding in a group, this is not a beginners ride. The ride often splits into two groups, a fast group and a slow group and will average around 18mph in the fast group. The route varies depending on summer or winter and sticks together until the bottom of Long Hill where you climb at your own pace and regroup at the top. Meets 6pm Selecta Tyres, Waterswallows Rd, Buxton. Check Facebook for details.
Thursday Social Ride
The Thursday Social Ride is a ride for all abilities and ages, usually around 25-30 miles at an average pace of about 12-14 mph depending on the riders present. Nobody gets left behind and the ride re-groups at the top of each hill. Meet 9am Buxton Opera House. Check Facebook for details.
Friday Social Ride
The Friday Social Ride is a summer evening ride for all abilities and goes at the pace of the slowest rider to ensure nobody gets dropped. They are less than 20 miles in length and are designed to be suitable for all, including beginners and those who haven’t ridden for years. Average speed depends on who turns up but typically 10-12mph. The rides will include some hills (it’s tricky to avoid in the Peak District) but not too steep and taken at a very steady pace. If you haven’t ridden in a while or worried if you will keep up on a club ride, these are the rides to start with. All you will need is a roadworthy bike (road bikes, tourers, mountain bikes, hybrids and tandems are all regulars on these rides. and the ability to ride it safely on the road. Meets 6pm Buxton Methodist Chapel. Check Facebook to be sure the ride is scheduled.
Saturday Morning Training Ride
The Saturday Morning Training Ride is a fairly quick paced training ride of 2+ hrs for experienced riders used to riding in a group and capable of maintaining a steady tempo pace. , there will be pick up points on route at Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Disley, High Lane. Group ride to Macclesfield then best efforts up the Cat n Fiddle, re-group at the top and descend back to Buxton. No café stop. This ride tends to run from late spring to autumn. Meet at 8am Buxton Opera House check Facebook for details.
All are welcome, non-members are welcome to try a few rides before joining the club. All that we ask is that you have third party insurance cover, Cycling UK or British Cycling will provide this as part of your membership.
Please note that riders under the age of 18 wishing to take part in club rides must first provide a signed parental consent form (obtainable from the club’s Welfare Officers, Chris Lea via email firstname.lastname@example.org and Andrew Smith on email@example.com. All riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more details see the club safeguarding page.