• Recreational rides (including HSBC UK Breeze, HSBC UK Guided Rides, HSBC UK Ride Social, Let’s Ride Pop-up)
• All educational courses or activities (eg coaching courses, Ride Leader courses, commissaire courses)
Based on the combination of British Cycling and Government advice the committee has decided to suspend ALL organised club rides and events until further notice.
We will keep you all updated about events due to take place after 30th April and if there are any changes to British Cycling advice.
It is an individual choice if you wish to continue riding solo or in small groups but we please ask that you refrain from wearing club kit as opinion will be divided as to whether we should still be riding and hostility on the road may well increase in the coming weeks.
The full British Cycling update can be found here;
A bit more info about our monument series of rides taking place
over the next few weeks.
Sadly, proper racing in Italy is not taking place at the
moment which has led to the cancellation of Milan-San Remo, but that doesn’t
need to stop us riding our own tribute to La Classicissima around the weekend
of 20th and 21st March.
The route (link below) we’ve chosen is generally pretty flat
(like the real thing) but does have a longish climb mid ride up the Passo del Bury
Hill Turchino and finishes with a sting in its tail on the short, sharp ascent
of the Bear Poggio. There is then the technical(ish)
descent of Wilson Avenue before the final dash to the sea front and the
traditional sprint along Via Madeiroma to the finish at the pier. At 149km long, it is exactly half the
distance of the Italian Milan San Remo.
For the monument series as a whole, there will be a
presentation on awards night for anyone who completes the full set of rides so
get this one in early to keep yourself in the game. I won’t be checking Strava feeds to check
everyone’s claims (life really is too short) so it’s just down to your honesty
to claim your prize. However, what I do
want to see is lots of photos on the Mitre Facebook page. To recreate something of the feel of the
Spring Classics, we need to see some muddy legs so full length tights are
forbidden for these rides and there will be a bonus prize for the best photo of
razor sharp post ride mud lines (Rule 7.1).
On monument weekends, there will still be the usual club
ride leaving from the café at 8.30 on Saturday but, to allow as much
flexibility as possible, you can ride the monument anytime in the week before
or after. Choose to ride it on your own
or in a group with your friends, and either take it easy or smash it up; the
choice is yours. The only thing we would
advocate is to keep group sizes small: ideally no more than 6 but 8 at a
maximum as per BC guidelines.
As ever, your safety and that of your fellow riders is your
own responsibility. As this is a
self-led ride, you need to make sure that you are equipped physically,
technically and mentally to complete the ride even if, by some quirk of fate,
you end up on your own. For this first
Milan-San Remo ride, you will need to take particular care on Bury Hill as it
is a very busy section of road on which the cars and lorries travel quickly.
These general principles for Brighton Mitre group rides go along with the group riding guidelines previously published and are intended to ensure that group rides are safe and enjoyable for all those who participate. They are specifically for all the non-led rides which take place every Saturday and now most Sundays too. On these rides there are no designated ride leaders which means that we are all leaders and all have a responsibility for the safety of the group. It follows that we are all therefore responsible for highlighting instances of poor riding so…
IF YOU RIDE LIKE AN IDIOT EXPECT TO BE TOLD!
We Ride as a Group
British Cycling recommends that group rides are kept to a maximum of eight riders. This is an easily manageable number and makes communication within groups easy.
On the road there may be times when groups come together – generally when there are a lot of traffic lights such as either direction along the sea front. In this case, it is generally better for the back group to slow down and allow the front group to distance itself. If it’s clear that the back group is faster then the groups need to agree that they will swap places.
Whilst it’s fine to ride off the front up the odd hill, the default is that we ride together as a close compact group. That means that some people will inevitably be riding more slowly than they might have done but as someone commented recently, “It’s a club ride, not a training ride”.
We Ride with Consideration for all Road Users
We ride in a manner to make it as easy as possible for traffic to pass and with due care for pedestrians and horses.
When we’re riding two abreast, we ride close to the kerb and close to each other. If we need to ride single-file to allow cars to pass then we do so and this means that EVERYONE needs to do so. If even one rider fails to comply then it negates the purpose of the group riding singly.
If we approach stationary traffic such as at traffic lights then we wait as a group. It’s simply not possible for a group of eight riders all to filter safely to the front of a line of cars even if you might do this as an individual rider.
We Communicate as a Group
If you’re at the front then you’re calling out approaching hazards and obstacles. If you’re at the back then you’re calling out traffic behind and judging whether it’s necessary to single out. Listen for calls and act upon them.