HAVE FUN: Above all, the club runs are fun. Even when it's snowing! There may be some rules here but the club run isn't a military drill, it's about enjoying getting out on the bike.

SAY HELLO: If you're new, please identify yourself to the others in the group. Please listen to them, as they will explain how the run works and where it's going.

JOIN: We especially welcome new members on the club run and if you like the club run, please become a member. We're happy for you ride with us a few times but after a few rides you should join if you enjoy it and want to continue riding with us.

DON'T RACE: You'll get fit riding the club runs regularly. There are no trophies on offer and many who come out for a club run do so precisely because they don't fancy racing. If you want a hard ride, go with the faster groups on non-club run days.

KEEP TOGETHER:: In the Lake District, it's inevitable some will sprint up the hills and others will take their time. So if you ride up fast, you must wait at the top for the others and make sure the group reforms wherever possible (after descents etc).

GROUP SIZE: Large groups setting off together should be aware of other road users and try to stay a maximum of 2 abreast, and wherever necessary single it out. There's nothing illegal about large groups but collectively the group is like a long vehicle and the bigger the group, the harder it is to ride safely together.

SAFETY: Be responsible and ride safely. It's not complicated. You're responsible for your own safety but think of others. If you see an obstacle ahead like a pothole, then warn the others with a shout or hand signal. Likewise, if you're on the back of the group and notice traffic building up, shout for the ride to fall into single file.

CHANGE THE LEAD: Every few minutes, the lead should change. So if you've been sitting on the front for a while, when it's safe to do so, tell the others and swap the lead. But if you're tiring and suddenly it's your turn to be on the front, tell the others as it's fine to take it easy.

WEAR CLUB KIT: Members should wear the club kit if they can. Honister 92 clothing is pro-team quality and stylish, it's a nice gesture to ride in Club kit whenever possible.

MECHANICALS: If someone punctures or has a mechanical, everyone is expected to stop. So in return for delaying everyone, make sure you start the ride with spares like an inner tube, tyre levers and that your bike is roadworthy.

These rules aren't set in stone, it's all about being sensible and aware whilst riding on the road. Our club runs attract lots of riders and so these rules set out what's required. Remember, you are responsible for your safety and take part in activities at your own risk.


Do I have to be a member to come along?

We welcome all potential new members, so please feel free to come along, it's a great way to find out more about Honister 92. If you enjoy cycling with us, sign up.

Do I have to request permission to join you?

No, just turn up before 09.30am and introduce yourself to a member in club kit, they'll explain everything you need to know.

Do you meet every Sunday?

More often than not. Even if it's snowing members have been known to go out. However, check the forum, just in case there's a change of plan.

I'm not local and want to drive to the ride, where can I park?

You can park in Mayfield School car park, it's free, safe and secure.

What sort of distance and pace can I expect on your club rides?

The distance varies according to the weather and what people feel like doing, 50-60+ miles is normal whilst the pace is usually a steady 15-18mph. When you come along, introduce yourself to some club members and explain that this is your first ride with the club, we can then make sure you don't get dropped or over tired. If you can handle a 40 mile ride, you'll be fine. Remember that riding with others is a lot easier than riding by yourself.

Am I fit enough?

It's always a personal question, you should be comfortable with a 40 mile ride at 15-16mph. As a rough guide, if you can do Whitehaven to Keswick and back over Whinlatter and feel ok, that’s a reasonable guide.

What do I need to bring?

Some spares such as an inner tube and pump, you should be capable of repairing a puncture. Also, bring some cash so if we have a cafe stop you can get something to eat and drink.

Will joining help in preparation for cyclosportives, such as the Fred Whitton or La Marmotte?

Yes, we offer group one and group two rides, over time you can build up the mileage and you'll be well on your way.

What's the difference between group one and group two rides?

Group one rides tend to be over a longer distance and at a faster pace. Group two rides go at a more moderate pace, great for new members or those looking for a more social ride.

Do I need a racing bike and all the kit?

A road bike is highly recommended. Enthusiasm for cycling is the most important thing. Some members do have flashy bikes but the truth is they don't help you ride that much faster, a roadworthy machine is the main thing. A road bike is preferable although a mountain bike or hybrid with slick tyres should be fine. You need to be very confident about your fitness. We recommend you ride with a helmet and bring at least a spare inner tube and pump in case of a puncture.

What about mudguards?

They will keep you dry and modern versions like SKS Race Blades can be fitted to most bikes. But there's no requirement to ride with them. If the weather's bad, you'll always get mucky.

What about insurance?

You should accept responsibility for your own conduct and safety (including the safety of your bicycle and other equipment) during Club activities. You take part in Club rides entirely at your own risk. We strongly recommend that for your own sake you take out appropriate third-party insurance. Membership of British Cycling or the CTC can offer you this form of cover and you're supporting cycling in this country too.

Is there a minimum age?

If you're under 16, you must drop us an email before you come so we can discuss how things work.


In honour of Clive Jenkin, who passed away in 2010 from motor neurones disease.