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Introductory Rides

Participants of our January 2008 introductory ride who enjoyed a frosty loop to Chaddesley Corbett via Clent regardless of freezing temperatures

On the first Sunday of every month, we have an Introductory Ride to which everyone is welcome. We try to keep to quiet lanes as far as possible and cover about 20-30 miles including a stop at a café for refreshments.

The purpose of this event is to provide a relatively short, easy-paced ride suitable for newcomers or riders who are not yet confident of being able to ride with the main club runs. Riders returning to cycling, teenagers or those who are still gaining cycling fitness would all benefit from joining us on these rides. The rides are intended as an introduction to club cycling not as an introduction to cycling and a minimum level of fitness is expected. As a guide, participants should be comfortable completing solo rides of 15 miles in approximately 1.5 hours before attempting one of our introductory rides. We do our best not to leave anybody behind but a reasonable rate of progress must be made and we expect a minimum average speed of approximately 10mph.

Non-members are always welcome to join one or two rides on a trial basis following which we would be delighted if you choose to join the Beacon. Information for parents of young riders considering coming on a club ride and a parental consent form is available here.

Next Introductory Ride Date: 3rd December

Led by: TBC

Details (published shortly before each ride):

An easy paced ride of up to 30 miles including a stop at a Cafe.

During the winter, if adverse weather conditions are forecast a decision will be made by the ride leader the day before whether the ride will go ahead. An announcement will be made either on this page or on the club message board so please check both before setting off if the weather is in doubt. Please be aware that the ride could still be cancelled at the Black Horse if the weather is worse than forecast. However, it is always the responsibility of each individual to make a personal decision about whether they will be able to complete the ride safely.

Introductory club runs meet at 9am for a 9.15 start from the Black Horse public house, near the junction of Bristol Road and Frankley Beeches Road, Northfield [map]. Most people ride to the Black Horse but if you need to drive please note that parking restrictions apply to the pub car park.

All participants are expected to be familiar with and follow our Club Run Guidelines.

If you are thinking of joining a ride for the first time, please and let us know a bit about the riding you've been doing lately so that we can offer advice. Alternatively, just turn up at the Black Horse and ask for the Intro Ride leader.

Ride Dates


1st January
5th February
5th March
2nd April
7th May
4th June
2nd July
6th August
3rd September
1st October
5th November
3rd December

No intro ride
George Barker
Andy Terry
David Little
Dave Cox
Dave Cox
Helen Jamieson & Gemma Johnson
Pete Norman
No ride in September due to cyclocross event
Dave Cox
Dave Cox & Gemma Johnson


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