Kenilworth Wheelers Club Rides
The Kenilworth Wheelers organises regular Saturday, Sunday and Friday club runs and training rides every week throughout the year.
Newcomers to club riding should read and make sure they understand the Clubrun Guidelines before joining a ride. Click here to open a copy.
You are welcome to join a clubrun as a guest but you will be expected to join the Club if you want to come along on a regular basis.
Clubruns are generally “endurance” rides in that they will be longer distance rides with steadier average speeds compared to “training” rides. The mileages and speeds shown below may well be somewhat less during the winter months or if the weather is bad.
Saturday and Sunday Clubruns start at 9.00am at Warwick Castle gate next to the Castle Hill/Mill Street roundabout, Warwick. Runs occasionally start earlier in the summer (details usually on the Forum). The classification levels for the rides are shown in the table at the end of the page.
Saturday Runs (Level 2 : 50+ miles)
The Saturday clubruns are ideally suited to intermediate riders and newcomers of average cycling fitness. These rides are generally scheduled in advance and the tea stop destinations are published on the website.
Beginners Rides (Level 1 : 30 – 40 miles)
The first Saturday ride of every month (indicated in bold on the published schedule) includes a beginner's run and is designed to suit newcomers of only modest cycling fitness who are keen to try cycling sport for perhaps the first time.
|16 Mar||Barby Nurseries, Barby||Jim and Sue Palmer|
|23 Mar||No Club Run||Victoria Park Races|
|30 Mar||Amie's Tea Room, Mappleborough Green||Val Ravenhill|
|6 Apr||No Club Run||Victoria Park Races|
|13 Apr||Campden Coffee Company, Chipping Campden||Glen Charman|
|20 Apr||Saintbury Hill||Club Hill Climb||John MacGuire|
|27 Apr||Mappleboro' Green||Ian and Richard Forrester|
Sunday Runs (“A” run Level 3 : 70+ miles)(“B” run Level 2 : 50+ miles)
There are two runs to choose from on a Sunday, an “A” Run and a “B” Run. The “A” Run is aimed at riders of above average fitness. The “B” run is similar to a Saturday run. Destinations and routes are decided on the day.
|Sunday||Decided on the day|
Friday Runs (Level 1-2 : 40 miles)
A steady ride on Friday morning for those members who don’t have a “proper” job and don't fancy another episode of Macguyver, Loose Women or Chuggington.
Meet at 9.30am on the main road through Norton Lindsey (Wolverton Road) at the junction with Curlieu Lane, about 200m before the school (coming from Warwick direction). Click here for map. The ride generally goes to Hillers Farm Centre, Dunnington for a cup of tea, and covers a distance of about 45 miles (assuming you started and finish in Warwick). Don't worry, you should be home in time for The Mysterious Cities of Gold.
|Friday||Hillers Farm Centre, Dunnington||Lance Ravenhill|
Training rides are classed as “speed” rides in that they are all relatively short distance and high average speeds. Riders need to be familiar with riding close to other riders in a fast-moving group.
If you are new to cycle club training sessions, you will need to ride several weekend club runs before trying a Monday evening session, which is the easiest of the evening rides.
Unless you are a very experienced rider you must start with a Monday evening training session before moving on to the other (faster) evenings.
Training rides take place each evening except Friday during the summer months. The rides generally start when the clocks go forward for British Summer Time and finish in October, although a few hardy club members do carry on throughout the winter. These rides are fast and fairly serious in the sense that if you get dropped you have to find your own way home.
The Monday and Wednesday rides are organised by the Kenilworth Wheelers and, whilst guests are welcome from time to time, you will be expected to join the Club if you want to come along on a regular basis.
Monday (Level 2 : 18 miles)
Meet at 7.00pm in Haseley Knob, by the phone box. Click here for map.
A mainly flat route through Honiley, Temple Balsall, Darley Green, Packwood House, Lapworth, Lowsonford, Shrewley, and back to Haseley Knob. This is a good training session for beginners to “chaingang” training sessions or those of only moderate fitness – there is only one tough drag near the end of the ride between Lowsonford and Shrewley. If you are new to this kind of training you must ride a few weekend clubruns before you join an evening session.
Tuesday (Level 4 : 35 miles)
Meet at 6.45pm on Coventry Road, Warwick, at the bus stop/layby just north of the Spinney Hill roundabout. Click here for map. A seriously hard ride for the very fit, this is a 35 mile loop to the south-west of Warwick finishing with a sprint for the Norton Lindsey village sign before a steady ride back home. This ride (and the Thursday ride) is not organised by the Wheelers but is a meeting of riders from around the area who join up to make a very hard and very effective training "bash".
Wednesday (Level 3 : 25 miles)
Popular ride introduced in 2009. Meets at 6.45pm at Compton's Garage at the top of Windmill Hill in Cubbington Click here for map. The ride is about a 25 mile loop on quiet, flattish (mostly) roads, out towards Napton etc.
Pace a touch faster than a Monday night fast group (perhaps suitable for Tues/Thurs wannabes).
Wednesday - Ladies Only (Level 1 : 20 miles)
This ride has had varied start times and places over recent years. If you are interested in joining this ride please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Same session as Tuesday
Club Run Classification
The table below gives a summary of the rides and Levels described above, to give an indication of their relative difficulty.
|Club Runs/Endurance Rides||Training/Speed Rides|
|Level||Distance||Average Speed||Distance||Average Speed|
|1||To suit newcomers||14 - 15 mph||Approx 20 miles||15 mph|
|2||50-60 miles||16 - 17 mph||Approx 18 miles||20 mph|
|3||70-80 miles||18 – 20 mph||25 miles||22 mph|
|4||35 miles||25 mph plus|