Participants of our January 2008 introductory
ride who enjoyed a frosty loop to Chaddesley Corbett via Clent regardless of freezing
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
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: 2nd April
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
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.
No intro ride