Popular London cycing clubs and groups

Riding to get from A to B is usually not a group activity. However, if you want to get out and ride for leisure, and fancy making your cycling more sociable, joining a club or riding with a group is a great way to meet like minded people to share the road with.

Here’s a look at some of the popular London clubs, organisations, and riding opportunities available:

Sporting and Racing clubs

These are all clubs dedicated to racing – but you’ll always find they are keen to encourage and nurture new riders. If you’re interested in joining, it’s often worth getting in touch, before heading out on a ride.

Kingston Wheelers – South London

Image: London Cycle Sport

Image: London Cycle Sport

I see a lot of Kingston Wheelers on the racing scene, and they are a very active club with some inspirational riders.

It is expected that you would become a member of the club if you wanted to ride regularly, but you can test the water with a Sunday club run. Rides leave from here in Surbiton at 9am. Generally, you need to be able to ride around 40 mile rides at 15-16mph, or be able to complete three laps of Richmond Park in under 80 minutes to join a club ride.

London Dynamo – Central London

The London Dynamo is a diverse club with members who ride road races, sportives, time trials, and off-road. The club host rides on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and in the week, too. Potential new members are encouraged to try out the Saturday ride in Richmond Park, which starts at 9am in Dec-March, and 8.30am the rest of the year. As long as you are happy riding 4 laps of the park at a gentle pace, they say you’ll be just fine – so find out more if you’re interested.

Twickenham CC – West London

Twickenham members ride sportives, road races, time trials, on the track and cyclocross. The club has a varied membership, hosting a Girls Ride every third Sunday of the month, and they also have a Youth Squad for riders aged 12-16.

The Twickenham CC club house is at All Hollows Church Hall, Twickenham (TW11DA), and if you’re interested in joining, you are encourage to pop down for a chat at 8.30pm on a Tuesday.

If you want to find more London cycling clubs, try the British Cycling club finder.

Leisure Rides

These are groups and organisations that hold regular rides for people who want to enjoy riding in a group..

Central London Cycle Touring Club

Image: Central London CTC website

Image: Central London CTC website

The CTC represent touring cyclists, and the London division organise a range of rides on a regular basis. Generally, riders meet at a central London train station, and head out by train to the suburbs for a ride in the countryside. Every route is marked with 1 to 5 stats – one being at a pottering, easy pace, and less than 30 miles, and 5 being a harder ride of 65m+, over hilly terrain, averaging 25kph (15mph).  The group promises always to ride at the pace of the slowest rider, and everyone will be looked after.

You can see all the rides on the Central London CTC website, or follow them on Facebook for updates.

London Cycling Campaign Ride Listings

The LCC are dedicated to working towards improved provision for cyclists in town. However, they also organise some social rides, as well as listing rides by other organisations. Most of the rides are categorised with the difficulty as “easy” and contact details are provided, so you can get in touch in advance to find out if the ride is for you.

You can see the list of upcoming rides here, and many of those taking place in the next few weeks are hosted by the Kingston Cycling Campaign.

Try the track

Image: www.hernehillvelodrome.com

Image: www.hernehillvelodrome.com

This might sound daunting, but it needn’t be. Herne Hill Velodrome host inductions sessions especially for people who have never ridden on a track before, and you can hire a track bike to use. You don’t need to book a session, but are advised to turn up around 30 minutes before it starts, at 12pm on a Saturday.

Riding on the track is extremely fun, and there are sessions for everyone, from novices to serious racers. If the idea of riding fixed with no brakes worries you, once summer is in full swing you can also attend the road bike session organised by Crystal Palace Triathletes – this starts from 1st April and takes place each Tuesday from 6.15pm.

There will certainly be groups and clubs we haven’t mentioned. Do you ride in a group? Tell us about them, and use the comments as an opportunity to tell other readers about your group..

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24 Responses to Popular London cycing clubs and groups

  1. Lewis Hill 04/03/2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I’m still dismayed that there’s no North London or NW road club given the proximity to regents park etc.

  2. Matt Walsh 04/03/2014 at 5:15 pm #

    For anyone east you tend to go out into Essex so I’d highly recommend Lea Valley CC. They do different rides depending on ability and there is an increasing racing scene.

    http://www.leavalleycc.co.uk/index.html

  3. Ian Why 04/03/2014 at 7:32 pm #

    There are plenty of long established cycling clubs in North and North West London. Check out the British Cycling web site.
    I can recommend the Willesden Cycling Club but then I’m a bit biased, being a life member and Chairman.
    Check our web site http://www.willesdencyclingclub.co.uk

    • Lewis Hill 05/03/2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks for the tip Ian. Unfortunately i’m looking for something that meets in North London too.

      • Laura 07/04/2014 at 10:00 am #

        Lewis – try http://www.islington.cc

        Islington are a new North London club with 170 members Super friendly, lots of rides midweek and on weekends. Come along and try out a ride with us!

    • MarkC 06/03/2014 at 10:13 pm #

      Ian, Where do your Sunday club rides usually leave from (and at what time)?

      • Ian Why 07/03/2014 at 10:51 pm #

        We meet at Shane’s Nurseries on the A40 at Denham. Rides leave at about 9:30.
        There is plenty of parking in the area if you arrive by car.

  4. Matt 04/03/2014 at 8:07 pm #

    I’ve started doing a bit of riding with the guys over at the new cycle cafe “G!RO” in Esher – http://girocycles.com. They do a cafe ride out on Sundays at 8.30am from the cafe, usually 2.5 hours and pace depends on who turns up. Its a great social ride, and generally a good mix of ability. They have also started a couple of ladies rides, and there is something for everyone. They also do fantastic coffee and the apple and toffee flapjacks are worth the effort!

  5. James 05/03/2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Surprised at no mention of Dulwich Paragon for the South East, they have a decent following and are one of the larger London clubs. They too are very active at HHV and organise the Crystal Palace Crit series amongst other things.

  6. Matt Walsh 06/03/2014 at 11:58 am #

    The whole article is a bit light really. I’m sure a lot of your readers could have written a better guest article, Andreas.

    • Andreas 07/03/2014 at 3:11 am #

      In what way do you mean Matt? We can only give a taste of a few of the clubs, there’s literally 100′s!

  7. bob 06/03/2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Pollards hill cyclists near Mitcham is a good leisure club

    http://www.pollardshillcyclists.org.uk/

  8. Alex 07/03/2014 at 10:16 am #

    There are also social media sites like this:
    http://www.wheelsuckers.co.uk/

    With a london group starting here:
    http://www.wheelsuckers.co.uk/group/london-rouleurs

  9. Rebecca Olds (@velovoice) 07/03/2014 at 10:22 am #

    For longer but purely social rides with a unique selling point: the Fridays (fnrttc.blogspot.co.uk).
    Not for rank beginners and there’s no competitive / training element, but it’s a very broad church — well organised, friendly and supportive to all.

  10. Rebecca Olds (@velovoice) 07/03/2014 at 10:23 am #

    And for ladies, there’s the new VeloVixen Rides group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242623649226933/

  11. Jorge 07/03/2014 at 10:37 pm #

    I’d be a touch careful of recommending the Dynamo given the reputation for poor and inconsiderate riding, better DP or Twickenham

  12. Peter 08/03/2014 at 9:44 am #

    CC London are based in Bike Boutique opposite Winchmore Hill station. Our Weekend rides start from there at 9am.

    We also do laps of Regents Park at 7AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays

    check out the website at http://www.cc-london.com/

  13. Bren17 08/03/2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Kingston Rude Mechanicals for weekend social road cycling: Surrey Hills, Windsor, etc. Shorter ride Saturday, c. 25 miles, longer Sunday, 35-45. Some longer day rides and sportives. Usual meeting point HSBC in centre of Kingston at 08:40. Pace is sub-Wheelers. Also on Facebook and Twitter, @KingstonRMCC.

    • Bren17 08/03/2014 at 3:07 pm #

      Website at kingstonrudemechanicals.com gives weekend ride information, not that it ever changes much.

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