Check out the questions and answers below if you'd like to join us.

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WCC exists as the central point of contact for cyclists in the Wokingham area. We organise group rides, social events, time trials and track sessions at Palmer Park Velodrome.  We are an inclusive club with ages between 15 and 80 years old, triathletes, mountain bikers, gravel riders and roadies.

Which days do you run Club Rides on?

Sunday is the core riding day for the club from Peach Place in Wokingham between 8:00-9:00 am. However, Ride Leaders are increasingly planning and leading rides on Saturdays, mid-week and during some evenings.  During the Summer upwards of 50 members are on rides each Sunday.  Even in Winter 30 riders are out depending on the weather.

What sort of speed and distance do you cover on a typical club ride?

The chart below shows the speeds categories for our club rides with typical distances. The speed band refers to average speed on flat roads. Remember that group ride speeds are typically higher than you might be able to achieve on your own. Rides will indicate a target elapsed time for the route and an indication of the elevation gain.

How do I know if I am fit enough to ride with you?

Well you won't know unless you try! The wide range of ride categories mean we cater for all types of riders, from those recovering from illness and injury to those ready to compete. Pick a start point and progress through the categories as you find your ability and your fitness and skills improve.

Do you have any club rules?

More like 'guidelines' really! When you sign up for one of our club rides just make sure that -

  • Your bike is working and that you have tools and stuff to fix your bike independently
  • You are prepared for changing weather conditions
  • You listen to and follow the direction and guidance of your Ride Leader
  • You are aware of your position and the position of others in the group
  • You communicate with other riders highlighting hazards and signalling before you change position or slow down
  • You ask for help from the group if you need it!
  • You follow the Highway Code and model good road behaviour, being mindful of other road users.

Can I ‘try before I buy’?

Yes. Potential members can sign up for a free Temporary Membership which is valid for one month. A Temporary Membership will allow potential members to experience the club prior to becoming a fully paid member. We will contact you to check the sort of rides you are looking for and how we can help you get involved in the club.

What will I get as a paid-up member?

WCC Members have access to the following:

  • Regular Ride Leader organised and led Club Rides (road and off road)
  • Discounts on British Cycling and Cycling UK membership and insurance products
  • Increased rewards scheme points at Mountain Trax on all purchases
  • Events such as:
    • The Summer Series Time Trial
    • The Club’s social hub at the Wokingham Bikeathon
    • Velodrome group ride skills and road craft training
    • Social events
    • Monthly selling days
    • Overseas ride trips, e.g. Mallorca
  • The WCC Facebook community, to learn and socialise with other Members
  • Access to purchase discounted official WCC cycling kit, made by Endura
  • WCC Emergency Management and I.C.E. card

Will I get a guaranteed ride every week?

Rides are created by Ride Leaders who volunteer to lead rides, so there are no guarantees of being able to book on an organised ride each week. The waiting list feature of the booking system will help show where there is extra demand and more Ride Leaders may well volunteer rides if available. If you can't get on a ride the Members Facebook group is a good place to organise an informal ride.

Can I join a Club ride immediately after joining as a member?

Yes, when you have joined you can book onto a ride straight away. We will contact you to check that the ride you are booking onto is suitable for you and let the Ride Leader know you are a new member.

Will the Club Rides be limited in their size?

Rise Leaders decide the number of riders they want on their ride to ensure good communication and safety. If a ride is full, you will be able to join a waiting list where you are automatically added to a ride if places become available. We monitor waiting lists and will assign additional ride leaders and increase numbers where possible.

How do I book onto a ride?

Once you are a full or temporary member, you can book yourself onto a ride via the website’s ‘Book a Ride’ section, which is under the Members Tab. Some rides are opened for sign-up 4 days prior to the start date and time, meaning that a ride listed to start at 8am on a Sunday morning will become live for sign up at 8am on Wednesday morning. If a ride is full, you will be able to join a waiting list where you are automatically added to a ride if places become available. We monitor waiting lists and will assign additional ride leaders and increase numbers where possible.

Once I’ve signed up for a Club Ride, can I cancel it?

Yes, the website will allow you to cancel your participation on a ride. Of course, the more notice you can give, the better, as late cancellations could be stopping other riders from taking part.

How does the club manage ride risk?

WCC has a general Ride Risk Assessment, which conforms to British Cycling’s direction and guidance on managing risk from various hazards. All Ride Leaders consider these risks when planning rides and monitor risk during the ride to mitigate these risks. The committee will cancel official club rides if there are weather warnings in place and advise on risk for icy roads and high winds.

Is club kit available to purchase?

Club kit was designed in-house and is made in Scotland by Endura. We keep some stock of most items but additional items are ordered twice a year so we can meet minimum production runs. You can see stock levels on the Store part of the website.

Do you attend sportive events?

We do attend sportive events together sometimes. Events of interest are discussed on Facebook and WhatsApp groups but signing up to them is down to the individual. The members groups are only available to individuals who have paid for full membership.

Am I insured on Club Rides?

As a club we are affiliated with British Cycling. Please note that cyclists join our rides at their own risk. We are not insured against injury to yourself or others, neither are we insured against damage to your property or the property of third parties. It is important that you cycle responsibly and take responsibility for your own actions. British Cycling offer personal insurance as part of their individual membership. Details can be found here

What are membership funds used for?

The Club operates on a purely voluntary basis. Subscriptions are used to:

  • Secure website development, hosting and management
  • Public liability insurance
  • British Cycling club membership, Cycling UK club membership, Cycling Time Trial club membership
  • Venue hire and refreshments at social events
  • Ride Leader Training from British Cycling

What is the history behind WCC?

In cycling terms WCC is a relatively new club. Started in 2013, WCC has grown from a handful of cycling enthusiasts who used to turn up outside Wokingham Town Hall every Sunday and decide where they would go on the day to a club with over 200 members in 2022 who benefit from well planned rides led by experienced and trained ride leaders. WCC is reliant on its volunteers, including over 40 Ride Leaders, to operate a structure that helps us to organise rides and other events in an inclusive and efficient manner. Active members and their annual subscriptions allow WCC to develop, plan and implement a programme aimed at providing benefits to all members regardless of cycling ability. We operate as a not-for-profit Social Enterprise.  WCC operates a flat hierarchy, with committee members elected annually at the AGM in January. Accounts and plans are presented at the AGM each year. Fundamentally, the majority of club activities are led by the club’s Ride Leaders who will organise the clubs events supported by the committee.