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Following today's announcement from British Cycling, it has been considered by the Committee as to how we take this forward for Nova Raiders as a club.


British Cycling has sanctioned groups of up to 6 riders who must maintain Social distancing of 2 metres at all times (except between members of the same household). This is a clear direction which cannot be disregarded and is definitive on numbers and behaviour.


As a club we are looking into the guidance with a view to starting up some organised rides in the near future, however, at this time, we will not be advertising any 'club rides'. This will continue to be the case until as a club we are happy that this can be done safely and with risks assessed and mitigated.


As a club and on reviewing previous comments we felt that it was important that we make the above, clear especially with regard to our intentions for advertised 'club rides'.


We now return to the facts surrounding the British Cycling's excellent news and direction. In view of this direction the club is clear that this is a personal matter for members should they wish to ride within the guidelines, either in club kit or not.


We are mindful that members quite rightly want to wear club kit and ride with friends which we proudly, fully support. What we politely request is that members ride in your groups with the club's reputation at the forefront of their minds and meeting points are varied and respectful of the public wish to Social Distance from cyclists (i.e not in high footfall areas like The Square and busy car parks). The suggestion is that arrangements will be best made via the Members Facebook page or privately.


These have been difficult times and how we resume riding together needs to be representative of how our community responds to the easing of restrictions. Please be mindful that people are nervous, be considerate, kind and above all, enjoy your 'cycling with friends'.


Please keep safe and look after each other.


The Nova Raiders Committee, 19th June 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.
  • 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
Monday 25-30 Intermediate 6pm (April 1st-Oct 30th)
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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