Join us

The Wednesday wheelers committee has decided to institute a forum where members can communicate informally. We hope that riders can find useful things to do here such as arrange informal rides and swap information of mutual benefit. To I access it select the tab/menu item “Forum” and you will be asked to logon/register.

If you have not ridden in a group before make sure to read the Cycling UK Group Rider Checklist. For a fuller guide to the etiquette of group riding see The Wheel Easy! guide to cycling in a group.

Joining us and getting yourself on our email list

After 3 rides you are obliged to join Cycling UK (the new name for the CTC). This gives you free third party liability insurance and a monthly magazine. We require you to join because we would like all riders to have this insurance. Also we are a Member Group and we receive a grant from them to assist us in running the Wednesday Wheelers (join Cycling UK here)

After 3 rides we also require you to provide us with your email address, Cycling UK member number and your contact details. Enter your email address and other details here.  You will then get occasional emails from us about rides and other York Wednesday Wheeler activities. See “What we do with the personal details you have given us” on the Riding with us page for more details.

What are our rides like?

Runs generally consist of two or three legs (of between 60 and 90 minutes each) interspersed with stops for elevenses and lunch,  during the longer days of summer there is generally an extra afternoon stop. If you have a sweet tooth like me that means three guilt-free cakes!  Cafe/pub stops are published in the Rides Calendar.

There are three rides that set off from Exhibition Square each Wednesday: Ride 1 leaders will aim to achieve an average speed of 13 to 14 mph, Ride 2a and Ride 2b, an average of about 12 mph. Routes vary in length. In the summer we travel a total of anything from 70 to 90 miles, in the winter when the days are shorter 50 to 70 miles. Ride 1 often go further than the other two rides, see Rides Calendar for details.

You can vary the length of the ride by making your own way to the designated elevenses or lunch stops.  You can depart at any point and make your own way home. When you are about to leave the ride, please try to inform the leader directly, or by passing a message up the peloton, see Riding with us.

After looking at our runs list, you may still think the distances are too great, don’t worry! You’ll be amazed how quickly your fitness improves with regular participation – as long as you don’t try to do too much too soon.

You will generally be riding in a group of between 10 and 20 riders – you will be surprised to hear that more people turn up when the sun is shining!

Please consult the Riding with us page for advice about how to make every ride is as enjoyable and as safe as possible for all.