Serpentine Cycling

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Group Rides

Group rides are organised by Serpentine members on an informal basis via the “Serpie Rides” WhatsApp group.  Rides start from:

  • Richmond Park – for Surrey and Windsor rides;
  • Crystal Palace – for Kent rides; and
  • Hackney Town Hall – for Essex rides.

Rides are organised and led by volunteers who are not coaches.  Ride leaders will be happy to advise you, but you take part at your own risk and take responsibility for your safety and that of the whole group.  You should:

  • Be properly equipped and prepared to fix ‘mechanicals’ and get yourself home.
  • Be capable of the distances.  Distances vary from 50-60km to much longer, with a typical distance of around 80km. It is worth trying to do 3 or 4 laps of Richmond Park (without getting bored!).
  • Be comfortable riding on roads with other traffic.
  • Be comfortable riding in a group and have read our guidelines for group riding.
  • Be riding a drop handlebar road bike.  Hybrids or mountain bikes will not be able to maintain the pace required for group riding.

The ride leader will advise the expected speed of the group when organising the ride.  For your own enjoyment you must have a good idea of your pace before joining a ride.  We don’t drop anyone – if someone finds the group too tough they can drop back to the next group at a suitable time or at the coffee stop.  Always carry a phone and payment method (payment cards or Google/Apple pay or equivalent), so you can escape if necessary, and let the ride leader know if you are dropping off.

For those who have less experience riding, we occasionally do laps in Regent’s Park, or hill repeats at Swain’s Lane.  We are also considering doing some intro rides for newcomers.

We also do an annual Christmas ride to Windsor in fancy dress December for those who would add some slightly less conventional outfit to the normal cycling gear. We have done trips abroad before as well, like Lanzarote (during our yearly training holiday in March), Mallorca, Gran Canaria, and France.

We are always looking for people to lead rides, if you are willing to help get in touch with the Triathlon co-ordinator.

Mallorca 312 finishers on the beach – April 2023

 

Serpie riders arriving at Windsor

Spin Classes

Spin classes are occasionally held on a Wednesday at 19:00 in the studio upstairs at the Seymour Leisure Centre. Classes are led by a qualified instructor who is also a Serpentine member. Please check with the triathlon lead to see if the classes are happening.

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