Velo Club York run a variety of rides through the week and at weekends, from chaingangs to club runs and weekend epics.
Whichever ride you're on, you are expected to be equipped and prepared to take care of yourself in the event of a puncture or minor mechanical.
Anybody's welcome to come an join our rides without being a member, but if you'd like to join us, drop us a line.
Tuesday & thursday (BST): Chaingang permalink
Through the Summer months (starting when the clocks go forward and ending when they go back) VC York run a popular chaingang training ride. This is a close, fast group ride that will not only boost your strength and speed but your road craft too.
Depending on numbers present we generally split the group into two or three bunches, the fastest of which go off first. Regardless of which group you ride in though, rest assured that this will be a training ride. The focus is on a smooth, fast and efficient ride where everyone gets the training they need.
Average speeds range between 19-23mph over a couple of hours depending on the group.
Both Tuesday and Thursday rides depart at 6pm from B&Q's delivery entrance on Osbaldwick Link Road.
Tuesday's route takes in Sheriff Hutton and Easingwold over slightly rolling terrain, and returns to York via Benningborough Hall and Tollerton.
Thursday's pan-flat route goes East through Holtby, Buttercrambe, Full Sutton, Fangfoss, Pocklington, then back via Allerthorpe, Melbourne, Sutton upon Derwent and Elvington.
Start your weekend off with a fast, social training ride. Usually hilly and almost always quick. Expect three or more hours in the company of experienced racing cyclists.
Rides run all year round and start at 9am from the bus shelter outside Nestle on Haxby Road (opposite Joseph Rowntree Theatre).
Weekend routes are generally decided on the day at the shelter depending on the mood and requirements of those in attendance.
It's a quick-ish ride but there are regroups after climbs, within reason. If there are repeated significant delays, you'll be asked to leave the group.