New to cycling

Here at Sodbury we do what we can to offer support to those who have just started cycling or are looking to get into cycling. Although we do not have the capacity to cater for new riders starting out every week, we do offer monthly social rides.

For more up to date information take a look at our Facebook page on details of our monthly social rides.

Our monthly social rides are lead by 1 to 2 group ride leaders who have a lot of experience in all aspects of cycling to help you on your way to becoming a more confident, knowledgeable & safer cyclists. These group rides occur on the first of every month, starting from the Chipping Sodbury common at 9:00am. The routes are anywhere between 20-30 miles with perhaps the odd hill or two to get that heart pumping. Depending on the ride leader & the number of riders out there may be a coffee stop, although if anyone needs a break or a chance to re-fuel at any point in the ride then that is fine.

In the meantime between monthly rides why not have a go at the routes below to help yourself improve, give yourself a challenge to try and complete the route that little bit quicker, challenge yourself or a KOM/QOM on a segment along the way.

Route 1: ( )

Distance: 16 miles  Elevation: 724ft

Descriptor Times:

Gold: Speed, 15+ Time; 1hr:04:00 or less

Silver: Speed, 13-15mph Time; 1hr:14:00 / 1hr:04:00

Bronze: Speed; 12-13mph Time; 1hr:21:00 / 1hr:14:00


Route 2: ( )

Distance: 18 miles  Elevation: 1016ft 

Descriptor Times:

Gold: Speed, 15mph+ Time; 1hr:13:00 or less

Silver: Speed, 13-15mph. Time; 1hr:24:00 / 1hr:13:00

Bronze: Speed, 12-13mph Time; 1hr:31:00 / 1hr:24:00


Route 3: ( )

Distance: 20 miles Elevation: 838ft

Descriptor Times:

Gold: Speed, 15mph+ Times; 1hr:20:00 or less

Silver: Speed, 13-15mph Times; 1hr:32:00 / 1hr:20:00

Bronze: Speed, 12-13mph Times; 1hr:40:00 / 1hr:32:00

Hand Signals

It is important when riding on a club run to stay safe and understand some essential hand signals.

The illustration below shows the hand signals and descriptions of what each signal means.


Hand straight up in the air. Group is stopping for a junction, puncture or because there is an obstruction in the road.


Move one hand as if gently patting a dog.  Group is slowing down or just easing things back a bit.


Waving/Pointing behind back indicates that there is an obstruction such as a parked car or pedestrian and that the whole group needs to move in the direction indicated to avoid it.


Left or right hand extended out to the side. Direction of turn/change in direction coming up.


Pointing down at the road sometimes with a circulating motion to an obstruction on the road such as a pothole or drain cover that needs to be avoided.  Be sensible with this one and only point out major obstacles.  This signal is often accompanied with a call of "below".

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