Rocko Club FAQs
- What does the club do?
- Our main activity is road cycling, though we also do some off-road and track cycling.
- We try and cater for all abilities, from recreational through to racing, women and men, and we are now restarting our youth club activities
- Anything that is road-legal (something with brakes, wheels (normally 2 !), pedals). Most members have road bikes, some single-speed, but most with a range of gears.
- Mountain bikes are fine on road, but are heavier and so slower to get up the hills!
- For off-road cycling, you would almost certainly want a mountain or cyclo-cross (CX) bike.
- For track riding, you need a track-specific bike, which is fixed wheel (no gears) and also no brakes(!). The velodrome we use can hire you one if you want to try things out.
- Simply whatever you are comfortable and safe in.
- You should consider a helmet essential for road use (they've saved me from serious injury on more than one occasion).
- Cycling shorts with a seat pad are also advisable to help protect your delicates!
- Tight stretchy cycling jackets avoid having flappy fabric, which can catch the wind and sap your energy.
- You DON'T have to pay the earth for decent cycle gear. Like most items of clothing, it is a mix of function and fashion, but stuff from Aldi or Lidl often perform perfectly well and don't break the bank.
- This is usually th ereason people don't join a club; they think, we will only be interested in cycle racers. While we welcome already-quick cyclists, we also see our
Will I be too fast?
How will I cope riding in a group?
Are there any female members?
Is there a social side to the club?
Can I ride my mountain bike on the road?
I’m pretty interested, but want to get some advice on kit. Could you guys help?
I don’t like riding near cars or on busy roads.
Neither do we. Generally, all our rides are on quiet back roads and lanes, away from cars as much as possible. We get out to these lanes as soon as we can. Some of the time trials are on main roads, but the junctions are marshalled to increase visibility and driver awareness. Of course, off-road and track cycling is away from traffic.
Do I need to be in the club to come on a club run or do a time trial?
Not at first, we’d want you to be sure that you wanted to join. You’d be more than welcome as a guest on the club runs until you had decided. For the club time trials, there is a necessity for insurance as legally we are racing on the roads. Therefore it would normally be expected that you are a club member (meaning that you are being covered under the club insurance), or otherwise need to pay a levy for insurance on the day.
Is everyone else fast? What if I can't keep up?
Try riding as far as you can on a flat road at 15 mph. If you can ride about 30 miles in 2 - 2.5 hours in varied terrain then you’re probably fit enough. That is about the speed that our steady group does, and it is always easier when you are in a group. If you start to struggle, don’t worry, we’ve all been there, and someone will ride with you to ensure you are ok. We won’t leave you behind in the middle of nowhere.
I’m not good enough to come out with you yet.
Do I have to race?
You haven’t mentioned off-roading for a while.
Are there any other benefits?
As a Welland Valley member you’ll benefit from discounted rates at Market Harborough bike shop, George Halls Cycle Centre.
You haven’t answered all of my questions!