Islington Cycling Club is a friendly local club offering cycle sport for all. We formed in 2013 and have quickly attracted more than 200 members. We offer a wide range of rides, including training rides and socially paced club runs.
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 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 once a month we run a special shorter introductory ride, 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 are affiliated to British Cycling and are a Go-Ride club, so we offer some coaching for juniors.
Every week: Laps of Regent’s Park, Outer Circle. Meet at the London Zoo entrance, 7am (fast) and 8am (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.
Tuesdays: Meet 6.30am, Kalendar Cafe, N6 6QX - Hill reps on the local lump that is Swain's Lane
Wednesdays: Meet 6.30pm, Whittington Park - 30 miles of north London's finest hilly bits
Thursdays: Meet 6.30pm, Whittington Park - 35 miles out to Hertfordshire and back
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 introduce yourself.
We share our rides on our Strava club group. There is also some healthy 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?
On Sundays our club rides divide into groups that do different distances and speeds. We aim to never leave anyone behind and keeping together and helping each other is what our club is all about! On Saturdays our Regents Park rides start at 7am (faster) and 8am (not as fast). Check our forum for up to date details of each ride.
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.
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 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 new club and are developing both our men’s and women’s teams. There is plenty of scope to get involved.
Are there opportunities for juniors?
Islington Cycling Club is a British Cycling Go-Ride club. We offer some coaching for 8-14 year olds. 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 challenge ride - and club time trials.