Newcomers

Redhill CC was founded in 1945. We are a large club and our members take part in many different cycling challenges at a range of levels from social riding to competitive racing, time-trials and endurance events, both off-road and on-road. We are not a club for absolute beginners but can try to put you in touch with other forums who may be able to help you. For kids, there is the Redhill Raiders, our own junior cycle squad which includes fortnightly coaching sessions. As a guide, if you are not comfortable with a road ride of at least 20 miles or an off-road ride of 10 miles in one go, you should consider building your fitness and experience first before riding with a club. Redhill is one of the most open and diverse clubs in the country but the clue is in the name: we are a cycling club!

Where do we cycle?

Most of our regular cycling takes place during weekend mornings (and Summer evenings!) on the trails, roads and lanes of southern Surrey, Kent and Sussex. However, RCC members also take part in events around the UK and the world .  Our off-road groups meet at weekends (plus weekday evenings in the Spring & Summer) and ride the woods and trails across Surrey and beyond. We also organise sociable cycling trips all over the UK and three or four times a year in Europe.

Riding out with a cycling club...

Is different from cycling on your own in many ways - most of them positive! However, the main difference is that members ride in groups. This has implications for safety - and what we expect of those riding with us for their own safety and that of fellow riders. Also, our riders each has their own expectations of our rides and want those to be shared with people of a similar ability and fitness. So whether the ultimate goal is a major charity ride, a time trial, a race or just building fitness it is important that a whole group is evenly matched.

NEWCOMERS INTRODUCTION PROCEDURE

For road riders, unless you are an established club rider or racer (ie usually moving from another club), you will need to first join one of our Newcomers' rides which take place on weekends or evenings. These take place when there are enough potential new joiners on our 'introduction list' who can then be briefed and ride out in a group with an established Ride Leader. This is an opportunity to hear about the etiquette, conventions and expectations of group riding. It will also show us that you can ride safely within a group. After this ride, you can then go forward to join one of our organised RCC rides where you can seek the sponsorship of a Ride Leader, established member or Committee member to put forward an application to join the club. 

NEWCOMERS' CHECKLIST

If you are keen to join one of our Introductory road rides with Redhill Cycling Club, please start with the checklist below: 

RIDING WITH US FOR THE FIRST TIME: CHECKLIST Yes?
Do you have a decent bike in good working order that you ride regularly?  

Can you ride it for 90 minutes in one stretch comfortably?

 

Are you free from any health issues that prevent you from doing prolonged exercise?

 

Do you understand that you will be riding in a group and MUST obey the etiquette of that group (eg. Not riding off ahead or trying to change the pace of the group to suit you)? 

 

Can you change an inner tube on a bike after a puncture without assistance if necessary?

 

Are you prepared to abide by Redhill CC standards of conduct, the law and the Highway Code to help you ride safely and sociably?

 
Have you read and understood the following pages on our website?
(For Road Riders) GROUP RIDING GUIDELINES and HAND SIGNALS AND SHOUTS.
(For Off-Road Riders) OFF-ROAD SAFETY?
 

 

If you cannot answer 'yes' to all of the statements above, then joining a cycling club is probably not right for you at the moment. If you can, then please get in touch via our Contact Page first so we can find out more about your cycling experience and let you know when you can next join one of our introductory rides. PLEASE NOTE: With the current surge in the popularity of cycling we are receiving large numbers of new enquiries. This can make it hard for us to accommodate new riders while safeguarding the interests of existing and long-standing paid-up members, Please don't be offended if it takes us a while to slot you in for your first introductory ride out. Also, please do NOT turn up as a Newcomer without a helmet, you will be riding within a group and with a ride leader who won't know you or your abilities. If you are not used to group riding, this is the time you need a lid! We also ask ALL riders to carry an ICE card ("in case of emergency" with contact details for family or friends in the event of an accident).

Why Redhill CC?

We were founded in 1945. We have close to 400 members ranging from high-end racers and time-triallists to vastly experienced social riders. We arrange 100s of rides a year and know the best routes in the South of England for cycling. We have social events, foreign trips and membership offers various discounts at local bike shops. You also get access to the famous RCC forum!

How do I actually join?

Please see the procedure above. All new members will need to request a membership application form and send this  to the general/membership secretary Frank Grainger with payment (usually £20 a year for senior members but family membership is also available at £30 per year) and all the necessary information.This form will be sent to you once you've completed the introductory procedure. Please note: You must have a ride leader, established member or committee member who has ridden with you on one an organsied ride subsequent to your introductory ride and is prepared to vouch for you and sponsor your application. 

Once your membership has been accepted you will be able to register for full access to this website including the forums and comments pages.

If you wish to join as a purely social member (ie if you have ridden in the past but now hung your cleats up or perhaps have an injury that prevents you from riding or just wish to help out) then simply contact Frank Grainger for a chat via the Committee page.

SAFETY

Your safety is of paramount importance when you ride with Redhill Cycling Club. Please start by reading the information in the links in the table above. We have a full risk assessment (available on request) covering the wider range of risks and risk factors that we've considered. We also have guidelines for riders but we expect every rider turning up on any ride to take responsibility for knowing what will be expected of them by the law and when riding with a club. 

Cycling is NOT a dangerous sport but it can be dangerous if you do not behave appropriately - especially when riding in groups.