Weekly Rides
Other Events
Virtual Training
Regular Routes
FAQ

Weekly Rides

What We Offer

We organise club rides every week throughout the year.  As an inclusive cycling club we aim to cater for all levels of ability.  To achieve this we usually run two groups, one with an average speed of 26kmph and a second group with an average speed of 30kmph, depending upon the route.  We aim to bring both groups together for a coffee stop either during or at the end of each ride.

The distances covered by each group and logistics vary throughout the year and details can be found below.

Spring / Summer

Monday

Hill Repeats

Route repeats, for extended pain!

Club members only

Start Time & Logistics

Start time and location varies, depending on selected route. Check calendar for details.

Distance & Duration

The route and number of repeats varies, maximum duration is typically 1-2 hours.

Groups & Pace

Self-paced ride, riders regroup as desired following each assent / descent.

Wednesday

Chain Gang

Tempo ride with set regroup point(s)

Club members only

Start Time & Logistics

Starts at 6:30pm from York Road Car Park. Front and rear lights are advised.

Distance & Duration

Follows a 42 km rural route, with an approximate duration of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Groups & Pace

Tempo ride (30-34km/h) with 2 regroup points, with end of ride social drink

Saturday

Club Run

Non-drop ride

Club members and guests

Start Time & Logistics

Starts at 8:00am from York Road Car Park. Typically includes at least one coffee stop.

Distance & Duration

Typically 75km-100km or a maximum duration of 4 hours, depending on the route.

Groups & Pace

Group 1 (32km/h) and Group 2 (26km/h) may follow adjusted route or start time. 

Each route is carefully planned and further information can be found in the Regular Routes section below.

As a club, we have a few simple procedures and basic ride etiquette that we try to follow, and ask all Members and Guests to familiarise themselves with these:

Club Ride Format

Each official club run or training ride will have a nominated ride leader.  A ride leader is present not only to direct the ride but also to keep the pace of the group.  Should you find yourself at the front of the group for any reason it immediately becomes your responsibility to keep check on the pace.  If you find this difficult then you should drop back into the bunch.

  1. The ride leader will always suggest that a competent rider stays at the back of the group to ensure that no one gets left behind. Should anyone be struggling with the pace or have mechanical problems this person will be responsible for getting a message to the ride leader.
  2. If a rider finds that the pace is too high, it is suggested that they slow down in order for the group to become aware. The group will then wait at the next available location for you to catch up.
  3. It generally occurs that the group splits up a bit during uphill climbs due to differing abilities; this is quite acceptable as all riders will regroup at the top. We will also regroup at the bottom of hills to assure that all have made the descent safely.
  4. All riders have their off days, should anyone really feel unable to continue a ride it is important to let the ride leader know in the first instance. Unless the ride is part of a challenge, routes can generally be changed and cut short to get you home as soon as possible.
  5. All members are expected to treat other members how they wish to be treated themselves.
Club Ride Etiquette

As a Cycling Club we want to promote positive relations between all cyclists and cyclists and motorists.  On all club runs and training rides we operate specific ride etiquette.  Please read the points below carefully.

  1. As we share the road with other users it is important to be aware of the Highway Code as a cyclist and adhere to it at all times. We do not run RED lights or cycle on the pavement.  Please ask if you are unsure.
  2. We have a ‘NO Helmet, No Ride’ policy. You must wear a helmet when riding with Walton Velo.
  3. As a representative of the club we ask all riders NOT to gesture to any other road users in an unfriendly, rude or aggressive way.
  4. Only ride two abreast where the road is wide enough to allow this safely. If you hear the call ‘Car Back’ or ‘Car Front’  the outside rider should get back into single file as quickly as possible to allow the vehicle to pass.  Please pass the call onto the riders near to you.
  5. All litter (punctured inner tubes, gel wrappers and flap jack wrappers) must be disposed of properly.
  6. Do not ride no-handed whilst on a club run.  This can be extremely dangerous to you and other riders.

Other Events

Other Rides and Special Events

The majority of our riding is on local roads, but we do also arrange rides or enter events in other parts of the country, such as regular rides on the Isle-of-Wight and competing in the Tour of Cambridge.
We also organise annual club trips to support major cycling events or simply to enjoy a cycling break in another country, past trips include:

Virtual Training

Group Training Rides on Zwift

Online cycling platforms have become a core part of the training program for many cyclists, and some Walton Velo members use these platforms to interact, train and compete in the virtual world.
We aim to support virtual club rides on both Zwift and Road Grand Tours when the weather or season make riding outdoors challenging. Virtual rides are published on the ride calendar in the usual way and may replace any rides cancelled due to bad weather.

Regular Routes

Route Maps and GPS Courses

Over the years, we have realised that regular routes that we all know well work best. So the majority of our rides follow published routes that have been checked for suitability and timing.
However we are blessed with great countryside for riding and have a comprehensive range of available routes, providing for a wide variety of rides. The following page provides an overview of the most popular routes, together with downloadable GPS maps.

Ride FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ has been compiled to answer the most commonly asked questions about Club Rides. If you can’t find an answer here then just ask anyone on a ride, or send your question to the club admin team.

Many club members have never ridden in a group before joining the club, which is one reason why we ask that your first ride with us is on the Saturday ‘non-drop’ Ride.  Other members will give you advice on what to do.

The first priority is safety.  When in a group, we may ride very close to each other, maybe within a foot or less of the person in front.  This is so we can benefit from their slipstream.  This requires trust – you will want to know that the person in front of you rides in a predictable way.

View the British Cycling ‘Ride Smart’ video for group riding.  In practice, we change the rider at the front more frequently than they recommend.  Stephen Roche gives his tips on RCUK, so have a look at that as well.

Some riders worry about riding two-abreast.  This is perfectly legal but you need to concentrate, just as you would if driving, looking to anticipate changes in pace and direction.  If a car comes up behind the group it is better to ‘file-up’ as soon as it is safe to do so – there is no sense in deliberately annoying the motorist who is, after all, driving a ton of metal.

To be safe and also efficient, you need to ride consistently, without sudden moves to the left or right, or sudden braking or acceleration.

You need to communicate e.g. to let others know that you are moving past them, or that you need to stop, or that it really is time for a coffee.

You also need to use hand signals, indicating turns and hazards, such as potholes or parked cars.  This excellent page from Road Cycling UK hand signals tells you all you need to know.

Womens Short Sleeve (SS) Jersey

Description

Based on the latest “Bodyline” jersey from Stolen Goat, the Short Sleeve (SS) jersey features a full Lycra body construction for comfort and an aerodynamic fit, which suits all cyclists irrespective of their shape or size.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Four easy-to-reach pockets including one zipped water-resistant pocket.
  • Aero but with a super comfortable fit for all-day performance.
  • UV protected and 4-way stretch.
  • Two-way breathable & fast dry fabric.
  • Raw cut, seamless sleeves, that stay put all day long.
  • Reliable YKK camlock zips with neck garage for comfort
  • Stylish design with minimal branding.
  • Female specific fit.
  • Warm/hot weather jersey.

Womens Gilet

Description

Based on the Stolen Goat “Bodyline Gilet” this is a high necked, ultra-lightweight and packable three seasons gilet with a streamlined fit.

The lightweight, windproof front is matched with a highly breathable vertical mesh layer on the back, to facilitate breathability.

With 1 central pocket and two further openings allowing direct access to jersey pockets. The gilet will also fold down into its own middle pocket, so it can be easily stowed in a jersey pocket when required.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Fully windproof front with high neck and zip garage
  • 1 central pocket and 2 well-positioned openings giving you direct access to your jersey pockets underneath
  • Lightweight and foldable for easy storage in your jersey pocket
  • Strong and easy-to-use YKK zip with a large head, because a gilet zip gets used a lot
  • Womens specific fit

Womens Rain Cape

Description

The Stolen Goat rain cape is not your ordinary plastic full barrier rain cape. Yes, it is waterproof, extremely thin, lightweight and packs down into nothing… but… it is also super-stretchy and breathable thanks to its high tech, 4-way stretch, one-way-waterproof barrier called Atom.

This barrier prevents wind and rain from entering but still allows air to exit out from the garment easily. It’s not super breathable like our Bodyline jerseys but it’s definitely not a ‘boil in the bag’ rain cape.

Use as a super lightweight waterproof layer from the get-go or stash it away in your jersey pocket ready for when the weather turns, this waterproof layer is a must-have for any cyclist.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Water & wind resistant fabric
  • Perfect for temperatures ranging from 6-16°C
  • Weatherproofing is manufactured into the garment (it won’t fade with washing)
  • Comfort fit
  • 4-way stretch, breathable & fast dry fabric
  • Reliable, covered, YKK camlock zips with neck garage for ultimate practicality
  • Stretchy anti-slip cuffs
  • Mens specific fit

Womens Long Sleeve (LS) Jersey

Description

Based on the water-resistant “Orkaan Everyday” jersey from Stolen Goat, the Long Sleeve (LS) jersey is perfect for colder rides or when the weather doesn’t know whether to rain or shine.

 

 

* some of the smaller ladies sizes (small & x-small) have one less pocket as they are more narrow across the back – so 2 rear pockets plus a third zipped pocket.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Water & wind resistant fabric.
  • Perfect for temperatures ranging from 6-16°C.
  • Weatherproofing is manufactured into the garment (it won’t fade with washing).
  • Four* pockets including one water-resistant pocket.
  • Soft brushed lining for luxurious comfort.
  • Aero but comfortable fit for all day performance.
  • UV protected, 4-way stretch, breathable & fast dry fabric.
  • Reliable, covered, YKK camlock zips with neck garage for comfort.

Mens Short Sleeve (SS) Jersey

Description

Based on the latest “Bodyline” jersey from Stolen Goat, the Short Sleeve (SS) jersey features a full Lycra body construction for comfort and an aerodynamic fit, which suits all cyclists irrespective of their shape or size.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Four easy-to-reach pockets including one zipped water-resistant pocket.
  • Aero but with a super comfortable fit for all-day performance.
  • UV protected and 4-way stretch.
  • Two-way breathable & fast dry fabric.
  • Raw cut, seamless sleeves, that stay put all day long.
  • Reliable YKK camlock zips with neck garage for comfort
  • Stylish design with minimal branding.
  • Female specific fit.
  • Warm/hot weather jersey.

Mens Long Sleeve (LS) Jersey

Description

Based on the water-resistant “Orkaan Everyday” jersey from Stolen Goat, the Long Sleeve (LS) jersey is perfect for colder rides or when the weather doesn’t know whether to rain or shine.

 

 

* some of the smaller ladies sizes (small & x-small) have one less pocket as they are more narrow across the back – so 2 rear pockets plus a third zipped pocket.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Water & wind resistant fabric.
  • Perfect for temperatures ranging from 6-16°C.
  • Weatherproofing is manufactured into the garment (it won’t fade with washing).
  • Four* pockets including one water-resistant pocket.
  • Soft brushed lining for luxurious comfort.
  • Aero but comfortable fit for all day performance.
  • UV protected, 4-way stretch, breathable & fast dry fabric.
  • Reliable, covered, YKK camlock zips with neck garage for comfort.

Mens Gilet

Description

Based on the Stolen Goat “Bodyline Gilet” this is a high necked, ultra-lightweight and packable three seasons gilet with a streamlined fit.

The lightweight, windproof front is matched with a highly breathable vertical mesh layer on the back, to facilitate breathability.

With 1 central pocket and two further openings allowing direct access to jersey pockets. The gilet will also fold down into its own middle pocket, so it can be easily stowed in a jersey pocket when required.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Fully windproof front with high neck and zip garage
  • 1 central pocket and 2 well-positioned openings giving direct access to jersey pockets underneath
  • Lightweight and foldable for easy storage in a jersey pocket
  • Strong and easy-to-use YKK zip with a large head, because a gilet zip gets used a lot
  • Mens specific fit

Mens Rain Cape

Description

The rain cape by Stolen Goat is not your ordinary plastic full barrier rain cape. It’s waterproof, extremely thin, lightweight and packs down into nothing… but… it’s also super-stretchy and breathable thanks to its high tech, 4-way stretch, one-way-waterproof barrier called Atom.

This barrier prevents wind and rain from entering but still allows air to exit out from the garment easily. It may not be as super breathable as the Bodyline jerseys, but it’s definitely not a ‘boil in the bag’ rain cape!

Use as a super lightweight waterproof layer from the get-go or stash it away in your jersey pocket ready for when the weather turns.

FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL
  • Water & wind resistant fabric
  • Perfect for temperatures ranging from 6-16°C
  • Weatherproofing is manufactured into the garment (it won’t fade with washing)
  • Comfort fit
  • 4-way stretch, breathable & fast dry fabric
  • Reliable, covered, YKK camlock zips with neck garage for ultimate practicality
  • Stretchy anti-slip cuffs
  • Mens specific fit

Club Kit Order Form

Membership Information

Please complete your contact details:


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Walton Velo CC

Order Details

Select the items for your order - then select the required size and quantity:


Womens Jersey SS

Womens Jersey LS

Womens Gilet

Womens Rain Cape

Arm Warmers

Payment

Payment details will be sent to the above Email with confirmation of your order.


Club Kit Order Form

Membership Information

Please complete your contact details:


WVCC logo

Walton Velo CC

Order Details

Select the items for your order - then select the required size and quantity:


Womens Jersey SS

Womens Jersey LS

Womens Gilet

Womens Rain Cape

Arm Warmers

Payment

Payment details will be sent to the above Email with confirmation of your order.