New Malden Velo is a “no drop” club. This means that we ensure that we ride together and never leave anyone behind. We support riders of all abilities.

NMV ride to Windsor, riders pictured at the end of the long walk leading to Windsor castle.

When I was looking for a club to help support my riding, my biggest concern was “will I keep up?”. I was worried about being stuck at the back of a large group of very fit cyclists and struggling to match the pace. 

The experience I had with New Malden Velo was completely different. Firstly there’s the introductory rides which was for me a good gentle starting point. On the full rides we go out usually in two or three groups which allows us to pick our preferred pace. There is a leader for each group who keeps us to the agreed pace. A “Lanterne Rouge”, the person at the back of the group, makes sure that nobody is left behind alone. 

If anyone has mechanical problems, needs a break or to change the pace, we communicate through the group and meet at a safe place to pause nearby. The aim of the club is for everyone to enjoy the ride, so if anyone is having a bad day we support them and they are never left behind. 

The other question I had was “how fast do I need to be able to cycle?”. This varies quite a lot so it’s hard to give an exact answer. The best approach is to join us on an introductory ride and get a sense of how you feel with the group’s pace. If you want something more specific, however, on a survey of ten rides in the last year the slower group has had a moving average speed of about 21-25kph (14-16mph), and the faster group about 25-28kph (15-18mph). If that seems a bit quick, bear in mind that if you’re used to riding solo it’s a lot easier in the middle of a group! 

So come along to an intro ride, and if you enjoy riding with us try a full length ride – we hope to see you soon. 

Introductory rides take place on the last Sunday of each month, visit the rides section of the website for details.


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