Regular Club Rides from Fareham Hargroves Store (map):
  • Sunday 9am
Regular Club Rides from Totton Hargroves Store (map):
  • Sunday 9:30am during winter, 9:00am during British Summer Time
  • Wednesday 6:30pm (The Wednesday Knights)
  • First Saturday of the month, 10:00am (The Saturday Social)
Other rides and events :
  • Keep an eye on our facebook page for other events
Our regular club runs start and finish at the Hargroves Cycles shops in Totton and Fareham and we have different rides to suit all requirements. Non members are welcome on all our rides - try before you buy - but please do let us know you are coming by emailing club@hargrovescycles.cc to ensure that the ride leader knows to expect you.
The Saturday social (first Saturday of each month) is an introduction to club riding and riding in a group at around 15mph average for 20 miles. To join this ride, please email club@hargrovescycles.cc or sign up to the event on our facebook events page.
We also run a slightly longer 'stepping stone' ride of 30-35 miles from time to time with a coffee shop stop for those looking to bridge the gap between the Saturday Social, and the longer Sunday club rides. Please check our facebook events page to see the next event.
A typical Sunday club run would be about 45 miles in winter extending to around 60 miles as the weather improves and time permits, with an average speed of between 16 to 18 mph. The length and route of a run is normally decided on the day based on the weather and what riders want to do or have the time to do. Almost always there will be a stop for coffee and cake during the club run, with our most popular venue being the Old Bakehouse tea rooms in Beaulieu which is well populated by local cyclists on a weekend. The Fareham shop Sunday ride starts at 9am all year round, whilst the Totton based Sunday ride starts at 9:30am during the winter months, and then comes forward to 9am during British Summer Time.
When the evenings get warmer and lighter, there is a well attended club run on a Wednesday evening which rolls out from the Totton shop at 6:30pm and is normally back at the shop between 8:30pm and 9pm. This run is normally faster than the Sunday run, for those that want a good workout, and does not normally involve a coffe stop.
Some of our club runs can be reasonably fast at times but we always obey our primary rule - NO ONE GETS DROPPED.
In practice what this means is the group will split up on climbs and some of the flatter faster sections of the New Forest when riders want to stretch their legs and lungs, but there will be a regrouping either at the top of a climb or the next junction. This way we have found that individuals get what they want out of a club run without leaving anyone behind to feel lost out on the back roads that they might not know so well.
To make these runs safe for everyone we do have some basic rules which all riders have to follow, these are common sense and should be things you do if you were going out for a ride by yourself, such as you must wear a helmet, carry a spare inner tube, carry a phone (in case of emergencies), and remember the rules are to keep us all safe which makes your riding more enjoyable.
Hargroves Cycles CC clubruns rules
It also a good idea to make yourself aware of the hand signals used in group cycling, often riders who aren't near the front won't be able to see the pothole or parked car and so hand signals are used to communicate hazards through a group from front to rear to keep everyone safe.
This video from the GCN team is a good guide to staying safe on the roads - Ridesmart