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Ride Levels

VCGH caters for a wide variety of road riders, from beginners or casual weekend riders to those training and racing regularly. This is a brief description of the rides we try and provide for our members. You can see a full list of those responsible for leading and sweeping on our rides here.
If you have not ridden with us before, please email our Club Captain Lara Taylor on captain@vcgh.co.uk or a ride section leader (see below) to introduce yourself and check you're joining an appropriate group.
For all rides, please bring basic puncture-repair kit, spare tubes, tyre levers, pump and multi-tool with you, as well as energy food, drink, and appropriate clothing to fend off the seasonal weather.

Please check the calendar for more information, and email the ride leaders if you have any questions.

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Introductory / Strictly Social
Our current entry level ride - the Strictly Social - goes out every Saturday morning from Milford Station. This ride is suitable for anyone looking for a recovery ride, recovering from injury, or uncertain of their fitness levels, and it's a very good place to get to know the way we ride at the club. Groups will moderate their pace to look after everybody.

          • Format: 20-35 miles @ 12-14mph [32-48km @ 19-23kph] with cafe stop. Gently undulating terrain.
          • Rider level: Beginner, inexperienced or unsure, riders without road-specific bikes.





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Ladies' Social

Regular ladies' rides are organised at VCGH. The format is varied, and rides are focused on consistent group riding in a welcoming and supportive environment.

          • Format: 20-60 miles @ 12-14mph [32-100km @ 19-22.5kph] with cafe stop. Gently undulating terrain.
          • Rider level: Beginner to experienced.
Ladies' Social Moderate
          • Format: 30-70 miles @ 14-16mph [48-113km @ 22.5-26kph] with cafe stop. Undulating terrain.
          • Rider level: Improver to experienced



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Social
Sociable, manageable rides focused on building group-riding skills, and developing from introductory level.

          • Format: 30-50 miles @ 13-15mph [48-64km @ 21-24kph] with cafe stop. Undulating terrain.
          • Rider level: Casual, social, improver.





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Social Moderate
Friendly, moderately-paced rides in varied terrain, with focus on enjoyment and group dynamics. Riders regroup at tops of hills and junctions.

          • Format: 40-70 miles @ 15-16mph [64-113km @ 24-26kph] with cafe stop. Often hilly terrain.
          • Rider level: Reasonable fitness levels and some experience at group riding.





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Moderate

Strong-paced rides in varied terrain, with emphasis on training and consistency. Riders regroup but the idea is to keep going.

          • Format: 40-70+ miles @ 16-17.5mph [64-113km @ 26-28kph] with cafe stop. Often hilly terrain.
          • Rider level: Good fitness levels and experience at group riding.





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Mod Plus

Strong, fast-paced rides in varied terrain, with emphasis on training and challenge. Riders regroup but the idea is to keep going.

          • Format: 40-70+ miles @ 17.5+mph [64-113km @ 28+kph] with cafe stop. Often hilly terrain. Can include intervals and sprint efforts.
          • Rider level: Good fitness levels and experience at group riding.




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Pacy

Challenging rides in varied terrain. Pace is group-dependent and can be fast, so you should have a good level of fitness and experience at group riding. Be prepared for a mix of steady group riding, through-and-off efforts, pushing hard up hills, and occasional sprints off the front. Riding with a GPS or map can provide you with a safety net if you decide to make your own way home.

          • Format: Various formats at 18+mph [29+kph]. 
          • Rider level: Strong, experienced.




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Race
Training rides for road racers in many different formats including chaingang sessions. Only for those experienced at and capable of riding at very high speeds. No promises if you get dropped.

          • Format: Various formats focusing on aerobic training @ 20-22mph [29-35kph] .
          • Rider level: Only for those experienced in group riding at high speeds.
          • Pre-ride sign-up required.