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


Hill Repeats

Self paced, extended pain!

Club members only

Start Time & Logistics

Start time and location varies, depending on selected route.

Distance & Duration

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

Groups & Pace

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


Chain Gang

Tempo ride, regroup point(s)

Club members only

Start Time & Logistics

Starts at 7:00pm from York Road Car Park. Front and rear lights are advised.

Distance & Duration

Follows a 42 km rural route, with a typical duration of 1-1.5 hours.

Groups & Pace

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


Club Run

Non-drop ride

Club members and guests

Start Time & Logistics

Starts at 8:00am from York Road Car Park, usually includes a coffee stop.

Distance & Duration

Typically 75km-100km or a maximum 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 club Ride Book.

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. Our Ride Book provides an overview of the most popular routes, together with downloadable GPS maps.

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 My Whoosh 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.

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 to the Isle-of-Wight and participating in Sportives and races such, as 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:

Ride FAQ

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.

This is the name given to any fast training ride in which the group rides ‘through and off’ or ‘rotates’, the aim being to share the workload and make smooth fast progress. Our chain gang ride on Wednesday nights is not open to new members. We ride on some roads without street-lighting, so good bike lights are essential. We also insist that you wear a helmet. You need to understand how to ride through and off. If you do not know how to do this, you must ask for advice – we will show you the technique.

Good group riding and road manners matter because they help ensure swift and safe progress.  They also help to ensure club harmony.  A member who rides carelessly, perhaps cutting in and forcing others to swerve, should not be surprised if they receive some direct feedback!  Riders also need to do their share of the work.

Road Cycling UK has their view on etiquette, as does British Cycling for Sportives, but it applies to any group ride, and these are good places to start.

Many club members ride in daylight with a flashing rear light, especially on cloudy days, and may also use a front light.  Hopefully, you also realise you need lights at night.  It does not help other riders if the lights are so bright that they burn the retina and melt the road…  Please angle lights towards the road, not up into the eyes of fellow riders and at night, have the light on solidly, not flashing.

It’s going to happen – sooner or later, you will encounter a driver who is not best pleased with your road position, your speed or your choice of cycle clothing.  You will also, undoubtedly, encounter a driver who thinks you need no road space other than the gutter.  Here’s some advice on how to deal with these problems in a better way.

Remember also that we often ride in the club jersey, so you are identifiable.  You are also vulnerable and in an argument with a car, van or lorry – you will lose.  If you’re in a group, you are all vulnerable, so think twice before escalating incidents.

Accidents can happen when you’re riding alone or with others, so try to avoid them in the first place and then deal effectively with them when they happen.

First, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you are likely to be back.  This is especially important if you ride solo. Make sure you ride to the conditions e.g. slow down before wet / gravelly bends. If you’re riding in a group make sure you alert people to hazards such as potholes, stones, dead badgers etc.

Second, read the advice in the following British Cycling article:  Dealing with an accident.

Third, make sure you have adequate third party and legal insurance through British Cycling or an alternative provider .

It is helpful to have first aid training but you can also learn from other club members if you are present at an accident.  St John’s Ambulance provide online advice and have a free app – get it on your iphone or Android phone.

Here is some basic advice:


  1. Manage the scene of the incident and put your safety first, then deal with the casualty
  2. Keep the casualty warm, make them comfortable and give them reassurance
  3. If you feel able, provide first aid
  4. Make a decision about calling 999 for an ambulance – if you do call, the operator will help you assess the need for this
  5. You can remove the casualty’s cycling helmet if they want that
  6. Do not remove gloves on injured fingers – they make be supporting broken bones
  7. Avoid giving the casualty drinks in case they need an operation.  You can moisten their lips with some water
  8. If they complain of any back or neck pain, keep them still and in the same position as they could be at risk of spinal injury

Anyone who has spent time lying on the ground waiting for an ambulance will tell you that reassurance is really important, so keep calm and talk to them, let them know their bike is safe, call someone for them if necessary and continue to keep yourself safe.

  • The route and expected pace groups are posted for every club run and we try to include a coffee stop on longer rides.
  • Club run numbers can vary depending on the time of year, weather, etc. which may require some last minute adjustments to ride groups, pace or route.
  • If you’re not used to riding in a group please speak to the person leading the club run that day. It soon becomes second nature by following the common sense guidelines below.
  • Usually ride in pairs, two abreast. This makes it easy to “single out” when required.
  • Ride close to the rider in front of you, less than 1 metre. This gives you a slight “draft” from them, making it easier for you and also causing less of an obstruction to other road users.
  • Maintain a steady, confident line and do not “half-wheel” (overlap wheels) with the rider in front.
  • As your forward view is limited, it’s essential that obstacles and potholes are pointed out and quietly communicated down the line. The front riders will point out appropriate hazards, such as holes, parked cars, joggers, horses, sharp bends, gravel, etc.
  • Slow down for horses and give them plenty of room. If approaching from behind call out in good time to warn them. It safer for them AND us.
  • We often ride on roads that are narrow, or will need to “single out” to allow cars to pass. The riders at the back of the group are responsible for cars overtaking from behind by calling “CAR UP”. Conversely, those at the front are responsible for cars approaching from the front by calling “CAR DOWN”. Ensure everyone knows what’s happening.
  • To “single out” – usually the rider on the left moves forward and the rider on the right drops in behind.
  • If you need to stop, call out “stopping” or “slowing” so the riders behind do not crash into you.
  • If you puncture or suffer another mechanical failure call out accordingly, the group will wait and assist.
  • At junctions and roundabouts give clear warnings and indications of other traffic, so the group can move smoothly. Such calls are “Clear”, “Clear left/right”, “Car left/right” etc. as appropriate.
  • Do not overtake on the left without warning the rider first. “On your left”
  • Everyone climbs hills at different rates, please wait and regroup at the top so no one is dropped.
  • Please wear club kit.