Come and Try It (CATI) introductory group rides

Weekend Rides – Sundays

Sunday rides are open to non-members on the first and third Sundays of each month.  On other Sundays, they are for members only.  People are normally expected to join the club after attending two rides as a non-member. There are two different rides on a Sunday: Come and Try It (CATI) and Steady Social.

COVID-19 Update. All non-members must book onto a ride before turning up at the café. there are 2 CaTi rides and 2 Steady Social rides staggered at 15 minute intervals. In order to access our booking system you will need to sign up to LoveAdmin and request a Guest account. You can then book onto a ride of your choice. Please remember to let us know if you cant make a ride as places are limited and if you know you cant take your spot please release it so someone else can take it.

The meet for Sunday rides is at St. Ann’s Well Café. Please do not turn up early for you allocated ride as we need to ensure separation between groups. If you cannot make a ride please email membership@brightonmitre.co.uk as soon as possible as it requires an admin to remove you from a booking and release your place to any waiting list participants. During winter time (when the clocks change) you are also required to fit a full rear mudguard to protect those riding behind you.  During the winter if the temperature drops below zero over night then the following days rides are cancelled for safety.

Come and Try It Rides

When do these rides take place?
CATI rides are scheduled for the first and third Sunday of each month.

How far, how fast?
We will keep the pace between 12mph and 14mph. If you still want a taster ride before joining but would prefer to ride faster than this, we suggest you join the Steady Social ride that runs at the same time as the Come and Try It. We will aim to ride between 20 and 30 miles. This will vary according to route as well as weather. Expect hills as most of the good cycling routes around Brighton & Hove head across the South Downs.

Who are these rides for?
These rides are for non-members who want a taste of riding with Brighton Mitre before deciding whether to join or not. They are also for members who want to ride at this pace.

What happens if I can’t keep up?
These rides are supported (see above) and usually have two ride leaders so that one can be at the back ensuring no one gets left behind. We will wait for you at junctions. If the weather means that the rest of the group are getting chilled while waiting for you and we have two ride leaders, we may split the group to cater for different abilities and speeds. COVID-19 Update rides will only have one ride leader per 5 riders so groups will stay together and ride at the pace of the slowest rider.

I’ve never ridden in a group before, can I join this ride?
Absolutely! That’s the idea of these rides. You’ll pick up some tips on group riding and experience the benefit from both the efficiency and social aspects of group riding.

What do I need to bring with me? See Kit and Equipment

Have I got the right bike and kit? See Kit and Equipment

Steady Social

When do these rides take place?
Steady Social rides take place every Sunday for members and are scheduled for non-members for the first and third Sunday of each month.

Who are these rides for?
These rides are for members who want to ride at around 14-16mph as well as non-members who want a taste of riding with Brighton Mitre before deciding whether to join (and for whom the CATI is too slow). People are normally expected to join the club after attending two rides.

How far, How fast?
We will keep the pace between 14mph and 16mph. If you still want a taster ride before joining but would prefer to ride slower than this, we suggest you join the CATI ride that runs at the same time as the Steady Social.

Ride length varies between 45 and 60 miles. Expect hills as most of the good cycling routes around Brighton & Hove head across the South Downs.

What do I need to bring with me? See above

Have I got the right bike and kit? See above

I’ve never ridden in a group before, can I join this ride?
If you’ve never ridden in a group before then we’d recommend joining the CATI ride (See above) as your first group ride experience.