VCGH is very much a mixed club which has an ongoing aim to improve the gender balance of our membership by encouraging more women to join. All our activities are open to both men and women, and in every group there are a few women in the mix, from the intro and social levels right through to the mod+ and pacy groups, TT and race teams. Any trips that are organised will arrange same-sex room-shares, or at least offer the option of single occupancy rooms.

In addition to the mixed activities, there are a number of activities organised for women only which offer a way into the club for those who may not have the confidence to start off in a mixed group, or for those looking for a predominately female environment.

Ladies' Social & Intro Rides

Weekly ladies' social/intro rides are led on Sunday mornings by a rota of leaders. These start in 
either Wey Hill carpark, Haslemere, or at Milford Station (south side) at 08:30. Rides are focused on consistent group riding in a welcoming and supportive environment. Rides usually have a coffee stop midway or at the end, and are totally suitable for newbies.
  • Format: 30-60 miles @ 12-14mph [32-100km @ 19-23kph] with cafe stop. Undulating terrain.
  • Rider level: Beginner to experienced.

Ladies' Social Mod Rides

The ladies' social mod group rides at the same pace as mixed social mod (see Ride Levels for more info). The aim in the group is to get fitter and improve, although coffee stops are included where possible! 
  • Format: 30-80 miles @ 15-16mph [32-130km @ 24-26kph] with cafe stop. Undulating terrain.
  • Rider level: Good level of fitness and some experience of group riding.
Regular ladies' social mod rides are as follows:
  • First Saturday of the month. 08:30. Club ride.
  • Third Sunday of the month. 08:30. Club ride.
  • Every other Tuesday 10:00. Club ride.
  • Thursday 17:30-19:00 (BST only). Hillclimbs.
  • Thursday 17:00-18:30 (winter time). Ladies' Zwift Meetup.

If you feel you fit between the two pace groups described above, you can try the mixed Social Rides (Saturday mornings) which tend to ride at 14-15mph/23-24kph.

Not sure which ride level you fall into? Have a chat with VCGH Captain Lara and/or fill out our ladies' riding questionnaire (responses will only be shared with ladies' ride leaders as needed).

Ladies' Race Team

New for 2019, the ladies' VCGH race team aims to have a good team presence at a range of races through the winter and summer seasons. The group comprises a range of riders from complete novice to cat 3 racers.

The ladies' race team trains where possible with the men's team (chain-gang through the summer, mod+ and pacy rides all-year round), as well as organising ad-hoc ladies-only rides which will show up on the calendar. Non-race team members are always welcome to join.

Many of the races attended by our race teams (both male and female) are Surrey League races, which means that all participants will need to have first completed two Surrey League preparation sessions. More information is available on the Surrey League Facebook page or website. You will also need to purchase Surrey League Membership if you wish to race in any of the SL races (SL will penalise the club if you don't).

Racers will also need to buy a full race license (silver or gold) through British Cycling.

For more guidance on how to start racing, read the tips in our Racing section or get in touch with Laura Senior.

Laura, Debbie, Dani & Simone after racing at Preston Park, March 19