Feature photo – one of our groups having a short break in Wetton, Staffs before riding on to the Morridge. Early August 2020
During Lockdown: All club organised rides were suspended, though many found they enjoying the traffic free roads by riding alone.
As restrictions have eased: many of our members have started meeting, socially distanced and within the maximum allowed bubbles, and riding out in small groups.
Leaving from: Rumbling Tums Cafe (map) which used to be called the Wheatbridge Cafe, off Boythorpe Rd, Chesterfield.
Tuesday and Thursday Set Off time is 9.30am
The safety of our members is all-important. Please do not come if you have any of the Covid symptoms or have recently been beside anyone you suspect has.
We find there is enough space both within the cafe and the car park outside to maintain the appropriate Covid distancing. Then from those turning up and a few brief discussions we form “cycling bubbles” of between 2 and 6 members and ride off in whatever direction, route and distance each of the bubbles considers appropriate that day.
New members are ALWAYS welcome. The “cycling bubbles” change each time we meet. Often formed around members ability and riding styles. Some like to ride long distances or fast paced and have bikes to match their ability, whilst others prefer leisurely country roads and coffee stops. Many of our members are, let’s say, seasoned retirees and now proudly turn up on their electric bikes. So from the cyclists turning up we could easily find 3, 4 or more mixed ability bubbles setting off. New members will thus always find someone to ride with.
Besides that, our club ethos is NEVER to leave anyone behind. We have countless stories of members getting “mechanicals”, punctures or chains coming off, or for whatever reason wanting to cut their ride short. All gladly receive support from the other riders to ensure they continue riding or otherwise get home safely. We’ve all been there, we’ve all been beginners but find we stay members of Chesterfield Spire Cycling Club because the comradery of our club is so good.
Routes and Distances: There are loads to choose from. See our Rides West, Rides East and Car Assist Rides pages for examples. Though most often, since Covid, we decide on the route on the day through discussion.
Considering joining us? On the Home/Contacts page you will find the names and email addresses of our club officers. Any one of them would be happy to have a chat.
Social Media: We have Goolegroups for Club messaging and a Zoom meeting every Monday evening. So plenty of opportunities to meet. Post Covid we will pick up on our social gatherings with meals out, quizzes and alike.
Bikes and Kit? The club’s history has predominantly been with road cycling as there are many great routes to choose from. So road bikes are our default standard for day-to-day riding. Though hybrids and electric bikes are being used a lot more.
Sometimes, but organised in advance, we have rides on the many fine bike trails, Five Pits, Monsal, Rother valley and others, where hybrids or mountain bikes are best used. We do very little pure mountain biking.
We aim to get back from rides before 5.00pm. But in poor weather and darker days we return for around 4.00pm when Lights and Mud Guards are essential. It is also good practice to have a thin rain jacket, spare inner tubes with minimal tools and a few quid for coffee.
As far as clothing is concerned. We wear cycling clothing because it’s comfortable and it makes us more visible on the roads. Our Club kit is designed with this in mind. It is not essential but in wearing it we proudly declare we are part of the club. 🙂
This may be the club for you so why not give us a go and just turn up and try a couple of rides. When you are ready membership is only £5 per year!
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Until Covid restrictions are lifted, advanced organised club events are suspended.