Introductory rides


Intro Ride Details

This ride is intended as an entry level ride for cyclists who would like to learn the skill of group riding. These rides are fortnightly, for exact dates, see the table at the bottom of the page.

The ride is aimed at riders who wish to develop their group riding skills on a shorter, steadier ride before joining the Intro Ride Plus, explained below, the longer Sunday club runs or faster mid-week chain-gang rides. The ride finishes at the Exeter Cycles Cafe on the quay, so remember to bring some change for tea and cake.

The ride is 33 miles. The average speed will vary, according to conditions, but is usually between 14 and 16 mph. Riding in a group is more efficient so if you can currently ride 25 – 30 miles solo at 13 – 15 mph then you will have no problem with the Intro Ride.

Intro Ride Plus

We now run Intro Rides Plus on the alternating Saturdays between the fortnightly Intro Rides. The three routes for these IR+ are slightly longer and hillier than the Intro Ride route, using some roads which are less suited to good group riding skills, which can be more testing on fitness. If you find the Intro Rides easily manageable, but don’t yet feel ready for Sunday club runs (50 miles at about 17mph), then these should suit. The group(s) will wait at the top of significant climbs to make sure everyone is back together again. The three tested routes are:

35 miles to Tipton and Bradninch
38 miles to Cullompton and Payhembury
41 miles to Whiddon Down

The choice of route will depend on the riders present and conditions on the day: the Whiddon Down route uses one lane that can be muddy in wet weather, and has two or three harder climbs.

If you are joining us on a ride we recommend the following:

  • Road bike in good condition
  • (Full) Water bottles
  • Food (banana, cereal bar etc.)
  • Pump and spare inner tube

Existing club members are welcome, and encouraged, to join in these rides and pass on their knowledge and experience of riding to newcomers.

Upcoming Intro Ride Dates

All rides meet outside the Odeon cinema and depart at 9.00 am. The ride schedule for upcoming months are:

 Intro Ride Intro Ride +
 12/08/2017  19/08/2017
 26/08/2017  02/09/2017
 09/09/2017  16/09/2017
 23/09/2017  30/09/2017
 07/10/2017  14/10/2017
 21/10/2017  28/10/2017
 04/11/2017  11/11/2017
 18/11/2017  25/11/2017
 02/12/2017  09/12/2017
 16/12/2017 23/12/2017 Mince Pie Ride!
 30/12/2017  06/01/2018


Intro Rides Plus are on the alternate Saturdays, now all year round, but please check our Facebook Page to confirm.

If you’re interested in joining the next introductory ride, no need to let us know, just turn up on the day. However, if you’d like more information please check our Facebook Page or by email here: contact us. Please note, as an amateur club run by volunteers it is not always possible to check and answer emails on a daily basis. Don’t worry if it takes a couple of days to get a reply! We do ask that before joining an Exeter Wheelers ride you read our guide to group riding and etiquette.

Please note, all riders who attend an Exeter Wheelers club ride do so at their own risk.

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