Rides

At the weekend there are 48 hours to fill with cycling! Well, we’re not stopping you! We have rides on Saturday and Sunday all year, with extras in the summer during the week. Most importantly, no one gets left behind.

Please click on the links below to view some of our routes and cake stops.


NEW MEMBERS

The ride times and starting locations on this page are only a guide, we do vary them depending on special rides, events and due to the weather. Every Thursday/Friday riders leaders confirm the destinations/starts/times on our Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swindonwheelers/ . Therefore if it is your first ride I would double check the FB group first or email joinwheelers@emaildodo.com.

New members are always welcome and can try us for a couple of rides before joining.

Wheelers Cake Stops

Wheelers Routes


GROUPS

NOVA – Beginners 40-50 miles 13-15 mph
GRUPETTO – Improvers 40-60 miles 14-16 mph
TEMPO 50-60 miles 16-18 mph
FAST TEMPO / FAST 50-60 miles 18-20 mph
CHAINGANG – summer evenings 25 miles 22 / 25 / 26-27 mph (3 groups)
Rides get hillier as you progress through the groups. Speeds listed are the overall averages for the whole ride. A range is provided due to the variety of route profiles. Hillier routes would be at the low end of each range with flatter routes at the top end.

For average speed on flat sections alone, excluding hills, add 2 mph to the top end of the ranges as a guide.


SATURDAY RIDES

All groups meet at the same place and start the same time (unlike Sunday). Note that rides in winter start at 9am, winter meaning not during British Summer Time.

8:30am Kingsdown Inn-pick up via Freke Arms (15 minutes later)
On the first Saturday of each month: all groups ride to the same café via different routes, usually Chedworth.

Kingsdown Pub: 8-46 Hyde Rd, Swindon SN2 7SB MAP HERE 


SUNDAY RIDES

8:30am NOVAS Kingsdown Pub  
8:30am GRUPETTO Casa Paolo
8:30am TEMPO Casa Paolo. Destinations vary. Up to mid April we alternate between a usual steady ride (45-55 miles) to one of the cafes mentioned & the following week do a longer Endurance ride (60-90 miles) to prepare for Sportives.
8:30am FAST TEMPO / FAST

Casa Paolo: Common Platt, Swindon SN5 5JX MAP HERE

Kingsdown Pub: 8-46 Hyde Rd, Swindon SN2 7SB MAP HERE 


SUMMER MIDWEEK RIDES

Tuesday 6:15pm
NOVAS Kingsdown – pick up via Freke Arms 15 minutes later.
Tuesday 6:30pm GRUPETTO Casa Paolo.
Tuesday 6:20pm
CHAINGANG Casa Paolo. More details here: Chaingang
Wednesday 6:30pm
GRUPETTO Casa Paolo.
TEMPO / FAST TEMPO The Sun Inn. Coate Water
Thursday 5:45pm
TIME TRIAL – All abilities Meet at Ashton Keynes Pavilion for Latton/Cricklade Time Trials. More details here: TT Handbook

RIDE LEADERS

Principal ride leaders for each group are as follows:

NOVA Paul Wood
GRUPETTO Mandi Short
TEMPO Steve Dutton
FAST TEMPO / FAST Ady Short / Mervyn Neely
CHAINGANG Neil Rutter / Mervyn Neely / Allan Loudon

EVENTS AND SPECIAL RIDES

The club loves to have a strong number of riders in two local sportives – The White Horse Challenge and The Cotswold Spring Classic Remember to enter early! Click the links for details. For a list of Sportives in the local area and beyond, visit our Sportives page.

Disclaimer

All members and non members who decide to ride with the Swindon Wheelers do so at their own risk. It is the rider’s own responsibility to ensure that they have the required fitness for the group they choose to ride with, also, to make sure they carry enough water and nutrition to last the length of their chosen ride and at all times to put in place a plan of action in case of severe mechanicals, or in extreme circumstances, a total loss of energy, resulting in the necessity of waiting for transport to be taken home.

The Swindon Wheelers will never knowingly leave any group member behind, and in the event of a rider waiting for transport to get home, the Ride leader will make sure the said rider is accompanied until pick up.

The Swindon Wheelers highly recommend joining British Cycling (please click the Link).

Upon joining British Cycling the member will be covered for Liability insurance, legal support and also get many other benefits.