All Brighton Mitre social rides leave from The Garden Café at St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove (you’ll find directions on their website). The weekend rides cater for a wide range of abilities and fitness levels.
This page should give you all the information you need to make the right choice about which ride to join. Rides are safer and more enjoyable if all people on them are at a similar level. Check our Facebook page for details of each weekend’s rides.
If you’re new to group riding, or just want to remind yourself of the rules of the road, we’ve produced these simple guidelines, which we’d encourage you to read before joining one of our rides. Group Riding Guidelines 15July17
These are rides where the whole group sticks together and nobody gets dropped. Riders need to bring sufficient food and water along with spare tubes, levers and pump and, of course, wear the correct kit for the conditions.
If you are unable to keep up, one of the ride leaders or an experienced member may take you out of the group and ride with you back to Brighton at a pace you are able to manage. Please carefully choose the ride you wish to join so that you are confident with the pace and distance as it is far more enjoyable and safer for everyone if the ride stays together.
While the intention is to keep these rides together, if a rider is unable to keep the pace then they might find themselves riding home alone. With this in mind, it is vital that riders take personal responsibility to know the route and have the correct kit and adequate food and water to complete the ride alone.
Every Saturday – leaving at 8:30am
BMCC Steady Social (supported): 15-16 mph, 50-60 miles
BMCC Medium pace ride (supported): 17-18mph, 50-60 miles
BMCC Fast pace ride (self-supported): 19+mph, 55-60+ miles
The first and third Sunday of every month – leaving at 9:30am
Tuesday evenings – Albourne laps – details on calendar
Thursday evenings 7pm – Social ride – details on calendar
BMCC Zwift Weekly Training Ride
From time to time
Group riding skills (supported): 30-40 miles, pace dependent on session
Saturday ride schedule
Which ride is right for you?
Come and Try It Rides
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. People are normally expected to join the club after attending two rides.
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.
What do I need to bring with me? As well as making sure your bike is in good order (tyres fully inflated, both brakes working, chain lubed), bring clothing appropriate to the forecasted weather, cycling helmet, spare inner tube for your bike (much better than trying to fix a puncture roadside), puncture repair kit (it’s not unknown to get more than one puncture on a ride), tyre levers, pump, and money for the café at the start or end of the ride. Also bring water and a snack. You’re better off putting your things in the pockets of a cycling jersey or a saddle bag rather than a backpack.
Have I got the right bike and kit? We recommend road bikes (dropped handlebars) as you might struggle to keep up on a hybrid or mountain bike – although if you can maintain the pace on a bike with flat handlebars, you’re more than welcome. You don’t need to wear full Lycra, though you’ll find that current Mitre members will as it’s more comfortable when cycling. You also don’t need clipless pedals (cleats) though again you’ll find the current members tend to use these for efficiency when pedalling.
What happens if I can’t keep up? These ride 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.
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.
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 or not (and for whom the Come and Try It 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 Come and Try It ride that runs at the same time as the Steady Social. We will aim to ride around 35-45 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.
What do I need to bring with me? See above, under Come and Try It.
Have I got the right bike and kit? See above, under Come and Try It.
Medium Pace Ride
Who are these rides for? Those who have completed a few of the Sunday rides and feel ready to step up a level. You should be able to ride solo for 30 miles over mixed terrain at 15mph average or more. People are normally expected to join the club after attending two rides.
How far, how fast? 50 miles, approximately 16-17 mph over mixed and often hilly terrain.
What do I need to bring with me? Two spare tubes, repair kit, energy bars and water/energy drinks.
Have I got the right bike and kit? You need a road bike with clipless pedals (or toeclips if you want to go old-school). You should have mudguards for the autumn and winter months.
What happens if I can’t keep up? This is a supported ride. If you are struggling speak up and the ride leader will slow the ride down. If you are unable to keep up one of the ride leaders will ride back with you at a manageable pace.
I’ve never ridden in a group before, can I join this ride? If you have never ridden in a group, please join Sunday ride before coming on the medium paced ride, to get used to and coached on riding in a group.
Fast Pace Ride
Who are these rides for? Experienced members who are comfortable on the medium paced rides and are ready to step up a level.
How far, how fast? 50-60 miles 17-19 mph over mixed and often hilly terrain.
What do I need to bring with me? Two spare tubes, repair kit, energy bars and water/energy drinks.
Have I got the right bike and kit? You should be on a road bike with clipless pedals.
What happens if I can’t keep up? These are self-supporting rides. If you can’t keep up you will be expected to make your own way back so make sure you know where the ride is going and are adequately prepared with food and water.
I’ve never ridden in a group before, can I join this ride? No, this ride is for experienced riders only.
Ready to ride? please ensure:
- you have a road bike (drop bars) and SPD style pedals (for the Sunday rides you can have flat pedals)
- your bike is properly maintained and in good working order. Please carry a spare tube (or two in winter), tyre levers, patches, multi-tool, pump/CO2. Emergency contact details and relevant health information should always be carried – this is essential
- you have two water bottles and a couple of energy bars or gels especially if it is hot
- you come dressed to ride in the conditions of the day (multiple layers and overshoes in winter, waterproof jacket if rain is forecast, sunscreen in summer)
- in winter please fit mudguards to your bike for the sake of both your drivetrain and the person behind you – please also fit winter tyres
- Members are encouraged to wear club kit – especially ride leaders
- Please note: If you’re deemed ill-equipped or unprepared you may be asked to leave the ride by the ride leader
- None of the rides are races – the aim is to keep the ride together
- Please observe the rules of the road at all times, i.e. no red light jumping, pavement riding, undertaking large vehicles, etc.
- Ride in pairs wherever it’s possible and safe to do so
- Don’t ride more than two abreast and keep to the left unless going around obstructions
- Use hand signals to point out obstructions, pot holes and changes of direction – only take your hands off the bar if you are confident doing so
- Only ride in single file if a queue of vehicles has built up behind the ride – the ride leader will usually decide when this should happen
- Once you are on the front do not increase pace so others drop behind at the back
- If you find the pace too slow and wish to ride on your own, inform the ride leader
- If you have a mechanical issue please make it known to the group – all rides will wait for mechanical issues
- Groups should be kept to a manageable size – if there are too many people for two rides these should be split into smaller groups.
Zwift BMCC Weekly Training Ride
Assuming you have a turbo trainer then Zwift is relatively straight forward.
A “smart” turbo trainer is really what Zwift was designed for, increasing resistance for hills and reducing the load when drafting.
Quite realistic for a virtual world, if that makes any sense.
A free 25KM trial is available
INSTRUCTIONS To Join the club ride ( Thursday 19:25 )
When all set up and on Zwift…
- Go to ‘events’ in the mobile app or by logging in online.
- Scroll down to 1925 BMCC Club ride
- click ‘join’
- it will ask if you want to set a reminder. – err yes
- You may want to warm up for a few minutes
- Then when the time comes, hop on your bike, log in and select ‘ride’ and it will pop up and ask if you want to ride the event you’ve joined.
- You are then placed in a holding pier with everyone else on a virtual turbo until it’s time to go.
- If you are late you can still join. Just make sure you are pedalling fast when it drops you into the bunch or else you will fly right out the back
- Enjoy it
Essentials: Towel, Electric Fan, Drinks, Understanding neighbours
The associated app is quite good
For keyboard warriors:
F1 stick out elbow F3 shout "ride on" and cringe slightly F7 shout "I'm toast" - clearly if you can key F7 your not F8 bike bell (aww) F10 Screen capture - to go on Strava probably Number keys 3 first person shooter view 8 Helicopter view Other keys M Group message ( for messages such as "please wait for me") SpaceBar use the power up thingy ( to go faster)