Islington Cycling Club is a friendly local club offering cycle sport for all. We formed in 2013 and have quickly attracted more than 500 members. We offer a wide range of rides, including nine weekly club rides, training rides and several club and open events.
We use an internet forum as a virtual clubhouse to organise ourselves as this allows all members to help shape our club. Our focus is road cycling, but there is also growing participation for cyclo-cross and track. If there is another kind of cycling you want, members can get on our forum and set it up.
Riding with a cycling club can seem daunting at first, so we ask all new and prospective members to attend one of our monthly introductory rides. These are short club rides in which we look at things like what to carry with you, how to ride in group formations and what are those hand signals? Then we head off and do an easy-paced ride and have a practice, followed by a cafe stop.
Islington Cycling Club is affiliated to British Cycling and is a Go-Ride club, so we offer some coaching for juniors.
Laps of Regent’s Park, Outer Circle. Meet at the London Zoo entrance, 7am (training ride - fast) and 8am (social pace - not as fast). Coffee stop afterwards.
Plus once a month we run easy-paced introductory rides for new members and those unsure about riding in groups.
We run several groups of different distances and speeds to suit the riders and conditions on the day. All of these are friendly rides and we regroup at all hills and turn points. Meet at Whittington Park, Holloway Road entrance, N19 4RS, for an 8.30am depart. Coffee and cake at a handy cafe at the end of the ride.
From April to October we have midweek club rides on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on three different set courses. Meet at Whittington Park, Holloway Road entrance, N19 4RS, for a 6.30pm depart.
As well as our 7am Saturday session in Regent’s Park, which develops speed and group skills, we have a race-specific training ride on Thursdays at the VeloPark, where we can meet and run exercises and drills safely.
Valid for 12 months from the day your membership starts. Entitles you to many discounts at local shops, plus free bronze level membership of British Cycling (if you have not previously joined British Cycling)
Minimum age: 16
12 months of membership plus a club jersey (worth £40). Entitles you to many discounts at local shops, plus free bronze level membership of British Cycling (if you have not previously joined British Cycling)
Minimum age: 16
For many of our club runs, we meet at the Holloway Road entrance to Whittington Park, N19 4RS. If you are new, please arrive a little earlier than the start time and introduce yourself.
We share our rides on our Strava club group. There is also some healthy (but sensible) competition for certain segments. This group is for members only.
How do I know if I want to join Islington Cycling Club?
We welcome new riders to join us as a guest for up to three rides. After that, you’ll have to become a member to continue riding with us.
How far and how fast do you ride?
All our Sunday club rides divide into groups that do different distances and speeds. There are A groups (17-18mph*), B groups (14-16mph*) and C groups (12-13mph*). We aim to never leave anyone behind and keeping together and helping each other is what our club is all about! On Saturdays there is also a club ride at 8.30am and our Regent’s Park rides (7am, fast and 8am, not as fast). Check our forum for up to date details of each ride.
*These are average speeds and may vary with conditions and terrain.
What should I bring with me?
Stuff to fix your bike - a pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes and tools. Plus snacks and water to keep you going. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and have a set of lights for early morning/evening rides.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes. Helmets are required on all club rides. Please wear one.
I’ve never ridden in a group before, what should I do?
Come along and learn from how other people ride. We run workshop sessions on how to ride in a group, as well as special easy-paced introductory rides for new and prospective members. Here is our Guide to Group Riding. We also run some workshops on how to lead group rides.
Where can I post on your forum?
You can view most sections of our forum. Once you have registered, you can also post comments and start conversations in the Clipping in section. There is one area (The clubhouse), which is completely members only.
Do you have racing teams?
We are a still quite a new club and there is plenty of scope to get involved. We have a growing group of racing members, female and male, who run and participate in training rides, and work to attend races together. Check the On the rivet section of the forum for more information.
Are there opportunities for juniors?
Islington Cycling Club is a British Cycling Go-Ride club. We ran some taster coaching for 8-14 year olds in the summer holidays. Juniors may join our rides, but must be accompanied by an adult.
What else do I need to know?
Our club runs several social events, as well as cycling events, such as The Great Escape audax – a 200km audax ride. We also run several club time trials and an open 10-mile time trial.