Club Rides Resume

We hope you are all keeping safe and are still managing to get out on the bike despite COVID and/or the weather.

We are responding to British Cycling's advice to open up Club rides obviously with individual club guidelines but with a maximum 'group of 6' stipulation. As a club, we have tried to apply a pragmatic approach and hopefully, allow you all to make decisions which work for you.

In essence, we have now returned to advertising our club rides as per our website that is to say Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 9 am. In addition, there are obviously far more rides than this i.e Gary Parkman's excellent 'NOBS' ride, John Steer's 10 am Sunday ride and many more which is what makes our club so special.

What we are asking from you is that members take the time to confirm via the Members Facebook page that a ride will be going out at a specified time and from a specified location. This will allow other members to 'like it' if they intend on going, to give the ride leaders an idea on numbers so we adhere to the rule of 6. Please ONLY 'Like' the post if you intend riding.

The location of the meeting point will need to be detailed on the Facebook post and whilst the rides will be in groups of 6 the meeting up location has no defined number. As a guideline 30 would be an absolute maximum (dependant on location) with appropriate social distancing, noting that this is with the mitigation of being outdoors and in line with British Cycling (at least 1m with an obvious preference of 2m). There will be no defined track and trace process but the club does recommend the download and use of the NHS COVID-19 App.

Apologies for this long e-mail but we wanted to enable people to start making choices and hopefully getting out and about if not previously able or comfortable to do so.

Please ask a question if you have any concerns and please remember to be inclusive and helpful to all members as we are all in this together.

Please also feel free to wear club kit and remember to be sensitive to other members of the communities concerns.

Kind regards

Nova Raiders Committee, 2nd October 2020

Welcome to the Nova Raiders Cycling Club

Welcome to Nova Raiders Cycling Club, sponsored by Joule's Brewery.

We pride ourselves on our friendliness, indeed our club ethos is "cycling with friends".

We are a cycling club with a difference. Originally formed by a small band of friends whose premise was to use cycling to raise money for good causes, Nova Raiders has grown into a social riding community that welcomes riders of all ages and abilities.

Members enjoy riding for pleasure in club rides or sportives, taking part in duathlons and triathlons, competing in criteriums, battling against other time trialists or racing in the road race league.

True to the original club vision Nova Raiders still host regular events in order to raise money for good causes. This year money will be raised through our Reliability Ride, our Route 66 Sportive, Time Trials and our Giro d'Joules Challenge in September.

The club offers up to eleven group rides per week to cover all ability levels: see our Facebook group for full details. Members also benefit from an email group with more informal rides arranged on a regular basis. We are very proud of the number and diversity of rides we offer members week in, week out.

For those new to cycling why not try one of our "Come and Try" nights advertised through our Facebook page.

If you are interested in joining us you can join online at this page or please drop us a line through our Contact page.

If you are new to group riding please take a moment to visit British Cycling's information page.

We are fully affiliated with British Cycling and a club member of Cycling UK. Click the logos below for more details:

 

This year's main events

As a club, we organise 3 main events every year with all proceeds going to charity. These are open to any cyclist, regarless of whether they are in the club or not.

In addition to regular social meets, we also have members only events:

  • Quiz Night. This is hosted in the tap room at our sponsors, Joules' brewery and is always good fun. CANCELLED
  • Christmas Dinner and Presentation Evening

For the latest list of dates in the club year, click here.

Club Rides: Meeting in The Square, Newport

Day Distance Group Meet time
Tuesday 25-30
25-30
25-30
Steady
Intermediate
Fast
6pm
6pm
6pm
Thursday 25-30
25-30
25-30
Steady
Intermediate
Fast
6pm
6pm
6pm
Saturday 25-30
25-30
Steady
Intermediate
9am
9am
Sunday 50-55 *
25-30
50-55 *
25-30
Intermediate
Steady
Steady
Fast
9am
10am
10am
2pm

* 50 mile weekend rides usually include a cafe stop about half way round.

Most rides are split into groups:

Group Speed
Steady 13-15 mph. Speed as per the slowest rider so the group always stays together. Newcomers very welcome!
Intermediate 16-19 mph. Speed can vary according to the ability of the group.
Fast 18-20+ mph.

Not all rides run every week, for example due to bad weather. Please check our Facebook page for more details of rides and also other ad-hoc rides that we run from time to time e.g. Friday afternoons.

Charitable goal

"To raise over £100,000 for charity by the time of our 10 year anniversary in 2020"

fundraising thermometer

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