About Hadleigh Cycling Club
Formed in 2012, HCC numbers peaked at around 100 members, though it's been somewhat less than that during the 2020/21 Lockdowns. While we don't have a clubhouse or club premises, the George in Hadleigh High Street is our spiritual home!
Our regular rides, which are all weather dependent:
Sunday Social 0800 (0900 in Winter): Starting from the George, 30-40 miles at 15-16mph. This is a no-drop ride with a cafe stop, aimed at confident riders. It may include B-Roads and occasional stretches of A-Roads. 'No drop' means the faster riders will wait for slower folk at the top of hills, or if the group gets split. It doesn't mean 'at the pace of the slowest rider'.
Sunday More Social 0930. 20-30 miles from the George at around 14mph. Also no-drop with a cafe stop. A ride for the less confident or simply less fit! A great way to get back into the habit of a Sunday club ride with no pressure to be a racing snake. This ride may not be planned every week, so please keep an eye on Facebook.
Wednesday Ladies Ride 1800. From the High School. This is a ride at the pace of the slowest rider, which lasts an hour to an hour and a half. This is a ride very much aimed at those who've been away from cycling and want a relaxed, chatty, bimble round local quiet lanes. Again, not planned every week so check Facebook, or contact Gale Pryor for details.
Friday Coffee and Cake ride. An occasional informal get-together similar to, but possibly a bit faster than, the Wednesday ride. Club members can contact Kate Billingham for details.
Club members can and do organise other rides; for example in the warmer months it's not unusual for there to be a Sunday 'fast ride' at 0600 for those who want to be home for when everyone else gets up.
For now, all our rides are notified either by direct contact (WhatsApp groups, for example) or by Facebook. We are hoping to shortly move to Spond, which will allow all club rides to be administered and communicated on the same platform.
The Junior Club is something we're very proud of, and it's regularly over-subscribed. It takes kids from 6 to 14 and gives them training and entertainment in a safe environment, under the tutelage of British Cycling Coaches, and prepares them for any riding they may later wish to do, including on and off-road competitive cycling.Lockdowns and Covid restrictions have curtailed the Junior Club for 2020 and 2021, and we are currently contemplating how to resume activities given the long-term restrictions which may be in place.
Lastly, we have our annual Sportive, the Gayford Flyer. This is a ride for all abilities, not just those MAMILs, with two distances: 31 miles and 62 miles. The ride acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of Oswald Gayford, a celebrated local pioneer airman, and locations relevant to him and aviation in South Suffolk. The routes share a refreshment stop at the former RAF Rattlesden where you may watch present-day gliders enjoy the airspace above Suffolk. This ride will return in 2021 - keep September 12th free!