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Do I need t train


Training is an essential part of preparing for our long-distance cycling challenges. While the events are designed for individuals with average fitness levels, it is important to commit to a training regimen in the months leading up to the ride.

Getting started with training will depend on factors such as your current fitness level, age, and previous cycling experience. Our club offers Sunday club rides, a longstanding tradition that used to include all-day rides with stops at beloved tea rooms. Nowadays, the rides start at 9:00 am, to return by 1:00 pm. Along the way, we always make time for a refreshing break with tea and cake.

Everyone is welcome to join our training runs, regardless of age or ability. We start with shorter distances and gradually increase the intensity and duration as we approach the main event. As the days become brighter, you may spot the team out cycling in the local area.

As training progresses, we often organize special runs to nearby destinations like Cheltenham and, later in the year, Hereford. These runs provide valuable opportunities to challenge ourselves and build endurance.

Remember, training is not only about physical preparation but also about building camaraderie and enjoying the journey together. So lace up your cycling shoes, hop on your bike, and join us as we pedal towards greatness.

Please note that participation in training runs and building your fitness level is crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during our cycling challenges.


What do I need?


  • Stylish and comfortable cycling jersey

  • Form-fitting long cycling trousers for colder weather

  • Quality waterproof jacket in a vibrant colour for rainy conditions

  • Some extra cash (in case of unforeseen circumstances)

  • Identification and emergency contact information

  • Cosy, low-profile socks for optimal comfort and style

  • Black cycling shorts (colour coordination is key!)

  • Protective cycling gloves

  • A trendy bandana (perfect for bald riders or chilly days)


  • A well-maintained and lightweight bike (road or racing bikes are ideal)

  • Spare inner tube(s)

  • Tire levers for quick repairs

  • A reliable bike pump

  • Water bottle(s) attached to your bike for hydration on the go

  • A sturdy and properly fitted cycle helmet for safety

  • Appropriate cycling shoes (SPDs or trainers recommended)

  • Optional: insurance coverage for your cycling activities

Remember to take care of yourself:

  • Consider using specialised creams or chamois butter for comfort during long rides

Preparing with the right gear and equipment will enhance your cycling experience and keep you safe on the road. So gear up, stay comfortable, and enjoy the thrill of the ride!

Bica Rules


  1. Safety and Risk: All participants attend the ride at their own risk.

  2. Insurance: All cyclists must have appropriate insurance that covers legal, public liability, and personal coverage.

  3. Helmet: Wearing a helmet is compulsory for all cyclists.

  4. Roadworthiness: Ensure your bike is in roadworthy condition, with working brakes, a well-maintained chain, and tires in good shape. Carry lights and inform the group leader if your bike needs attention.

  5. Follow Leader's Instructions: Follow the instructions from the ride leader at all times and maintain their pace.

  6. Highway Code: Adhere to the rules of the road and follow the Highway Code.

  7. Riding Formation: Ride two abreast only when safe to do so, never exceeding more than two abreast. Allow space for cars to overtake and create gaps in the group as necessary during busy traffic.

  8. Hazard Awareness: Point out hazards such as obstacles, loose gravel, and potholes, and communicate clear signals or verbal warnings for slowing down, stopping, or approaching turning cars.

  9. Group Awareness: Be aware of riders in front of and behind you, and cycle safely.

  10. Hills: Ride at your own pace on hills, and regroup at the top in a safe location. Maintain a comfortable distance between yourself and other riders on hills.

  11. Preparedness: Carry a spare inner tube and a pump in case of a puncture, and we will assist you in fixing it.

  12. Communication: Inform the ride leader if you encounter any problems. We are here to support and assist you in decision-making.

  13. Provision of Funds: Ensure you have funds for tea/snacks during training and rides as necessary.

  14. Road Rules: Always adhere to the rules of the road and respect other road users.

  15. Weather Awareness: Check the weather forecast for the day and wear appropriate clothing. Apply sunscreen and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water at regular intervals.

  16. These guidelines are designed to prioritize safety, communication, and adherence to road rules. By following these guidelines, we can all enjoy our cycling experiences to the fullest.

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