Bike with BRAT

BRAT Club cycling - safety and etiquette

As with everything we do at BRAT, we’re keen to get everyone involved and create opportunities for members to develop their skills and competence.  Cycling is a fantastic part of our sport, and one of the most sociable.  It’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning and really helps build endurance that contributes to run strength too.  However, cycling in a group on the open road does come with an inherent amount of risk, and 3-4 hour bike sessions are challenging.  In order for us to minimise the risks, and to maximise everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we’ve put together this document:

YOU MUST READ THIS DOCUMENT BEFORE SIGNING UP TO ANY CYCLING SESSION.

In addition, if you have never cycled with us before, please email cycling@bratclub.co.uk in advance of your ride, and one of our leaders will contact you to discuss the ride and your current level of ability/experience.  Note – you will not be allowed to ride if you have not contacted us in advance of your first session.

Sunday Morning Cycling

Age level: Over 18 only

Skill level: Intermediate

Start Time: 08:30

Location: MAC (Cannon Hill Park), B12 9QH

Approx 50 mile route from the MAC (Cannon Hill Park). 12 spaces available and grouped on ability. The slower ride will be 15 -16 mph, quicker 17 upwards depending on riders ability.

Tuesday Night Cycling

Age level: Over 18 only

Skill level: Advanced

Start Time: 18:30

Location: BooBoo Coffee, 27 Lordswood Road, B17 9RP

Riders must wear a helmet and bikes must be equipped with a rear light as minimum. This is a challenging effort session and has some decent hills (to practise climbing and descending at speed) which tend to break the group up. We target 5 of the most popular uphill Strava segments and re-group after each effort. The route is almost always the same (or one of two iterations). You must be a confident and experienced rider to attend this ride – please get in touch in advance if you are unsure if this is suitable for your current ability level.