Kidderminster Cyclists’ Touring Club
Member group of Cycling UK
Where do rides start?
All rides start from The Green, Blakebrook, Kidderminster, DY11 6RG unless otherwise stated in the calendar.
How far and how fast do you go?
It’s more about riding together than distance and speed but as a guide
A: Faster day ride. Distance guide 50 - 100 miles at 10 - 12 mph
B: Slower day ride. Distance guide 45 – 70 miles at 8 - 10 mph
C: Easier paced half day ride. Distance guide 25 - 30 m 8 - 10 mph
D: Off road ride. 2-3 hours cycling at off-road speeds (slow)
E: Evening pub ride. 20 - 25 miles at 10 - 12 mph
Do I need to be a member of Cycling UK?
You do not have to be a member of Cycling UK to try out our rides. You are expected to join Cycling UK after
a few rides. To join Cycling UK go to URL: https://www.cyclinguk.org/join The benefits are - third party
insurance, discounts on cycle related products, route information, technical advice, a free bi-monthly magazine
and the backing of national organisation.
Do I need to book to go on a ride?
There is no need to book on a ride, just turn up at the start. If you are unsure about anything, or if it is your
first ride, contact the ride leader or secretary. See home page for details.
How much does each ride cost?
The Kidderminster CTC rides are free to participants. All you need is money for cafe stops.
Do I need tools ?
You should bring a puncture repair kit and spare inner tube. Even if you can’t mend a puncture somebody else
in the group will be able to do it for you.
I'm worried about being left behind.
Our rides go to the pace of the slowest rider so we won't leave you in the middle of nowhere and if the hills
get too steep we do get off and walk.
What happens on a Sunday ride?
Riders make their own way to the start and leave promptly at the time shown. We then ride for about an hour
or two to a cafe for coffee, cake or bacon sandwich. Then after another hour’s ride we stop for a picnic lunch.
Afternoon is another hour or so’s riding to a cafe for afternoon tea. Finally we ride back to Kidderminster.
Do I need to take food?
Normally rides require you to bring a packed lunch. Sometimes lunch is at a members house or a cafe, the ride details will state this. It is always important to carry some food supplies with you such as energy bars just in case you get hungry or tired. Always carry something to drink as well.
Will I need lights?
Lights are essential for the evening rides and in the winter when it gets dark early.
Do I need mudguards fitted?
It is expected that regular riders fit full length mudguards to keep others dry and dirt off the furniture of the cafes we use, a rear mudflap to give that extra bit of protection to cyclists behind you is also much appreciated.
Newcomers to group riding can find more information in the ‘Leaflets/Doc’ page here.