Club Runs / Training Rides

The Kenilworth Wheelers organises regular club runs (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday) and training rides (Monday & Wednesday) every week throughout the year.

All club runs start from Warwick Castle, map shown below. 

Club Runs

Newcomers to club riding should read and make sure they understand the Clubrun Guidelines before joining a ride.  You are welcome to join a club run as a guest but you will be expected to join the Club if you want to come along on a regular basis.

Club runs 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 the Warwick Castle gate next to the Castle Hill/Mill Street roundabout, Warwick. (Sat 7:30am and 9am.  Sun 8:30am and 9am)

Runs occasionally start earlier in the summer (details usually on the Facebook Group and Forum). The classification levels for the rides are shown in the table at the end of the page.

Saturday Runs

9:00am (Level 2 | 50/60 miles | coffee stop halfway)

The 9am Saturday club run is ideally suited to intermediate riders and newcomers of average cycling fitness. Destinations and routes are decided on the day.

The first Saturday ride of every month 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.  Beginners Rides (Level 1 | 30/40 miles | coffee stop halfway) 

08:00am (07:30 from 11/02/17)   (Level 3 | 35 miles | no stop – optional coffee stop at end)

Usually the same route through Aston Cantlow, Welford, Stratford, Loxley and back to Warwick. Often called the “small chainring ride” but is in fact quite quick. Coffee, chat and medals at the finish in the Portuguese Cafe, Warwick

NOTE:  optional further loop is added after cafe stop typically Monday route.  You can join this from the cafe at 10am (10:30am from 11/02/17)

Sunday Runs

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.

9:00am  (“B” run Level 2 | 50+ miles | coffee stop halfway)

8:30am (“A” run Level 3 | 60+ miles | no stop – optional coffee stop at end)

Tuesday and Thursday Runs (Level 1-2 | 40-50 miles | coffee stop halfway)

A steady ride on Tues and Thurs mornings for those members who don’t have a “proper” job and don’t fancy another episode of Knight Rider, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom or The Wright Stuff.
Meet at 9.30am at the Castle Gates. The ride generally goes to Chipping Campden for a cup of tea, and covers a distance of about 45 miles. Don’t worry, you should be home in time for Neighbours.

 

Training Rides

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 joining in.  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 ‘recovery ride’ (Level 2 | 25 miles)

Meet at 18:45 in Leek Wooten, by the entrance to Warwickshire Police HQ.  This is ridden as a recovery ride – a steady 18mph average is aimed for with no efforts.  It is a normal group ride not a chaingang/bash.
A mainly flat route through Honiley, Temple Balsall, Darley Green, Packwood House, Lapworth, Lowsonford, Shrewley, and back to Haseley Knob.

Monday Chaingang (Level 2 | 18 miles) – summer only

Meet at 7.00pm at Rugby Tavern Carpark (Rugby Road out of Leamington) click here for map
A mainly flat route through Hunningham, Long Itchington, Stockton, Birdingbury and returning through Hunningham to Cubbington. This is a good training session for beginners to “chaingang” training sessions or those of only moderate fitness. If you are new to this kind of training you must ride a few weekend clubruns before you join an evening session.

Wednesday Chaingang (Level 3 | 25 miles) 

Popular ride introduced in 2009. Meets at 6.45pm at Comptons Garage forecourt Cubbington click here for map . The ride is about a 25 mile loop on quiet, flattish (mostly) roads, out towards Napton etc.
Pace faster than a Monday night fast group (perhaps suitable for Tues/Thurs wannabes).  During the winter this is a normal group ride.

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 contact@kenilworthwheelers.co.uk.

Tuesday & Thursday Bash (Level 4 | 35 miles) – not a KW ride this is an open all clubs ‘bash’

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”.

 

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