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!
We meet most Sunday mornings (lockdowns permitting!) at the George Inn in Hadleigh High Street for our weekly ride, which is normally about 25-35 miles, stops somewhere nice for coffee/breakfast, and is a No Drop ride. The ride leaves at 9am (GMT) in winter and 8am (BST) in Summer time. Whatever your ability and experience, you will not be left behind. There are also other rides at other times organised directly by members which may be faster or slower than the Sunday ride (which is typically about 15-16 mph, but depends on the slowest rider present). For instance, there is often an early (6am) faster ride on a Sunday which allows you to be home and ready to make Sunday lunch before anyone else is up! We also have an occasional Ladies' ride in the lighter months, specifically (but not exclusively) for women who may find the prospect of a MAMIL-heavy Sunday ride a bit intimidating (it honestly isn't, but we know what you mean!).
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. We hope this ride will also return in 2021.