Group cycling is a great way of improving bike handling skills, developing road confidence, and improving your endurance, while benefiting from the support that a group provides. Pulse group cycles take place at weekends and start from Cycle SuperStore in Tallaght. Check the Pulse Training Calendar to see the current ride schedule.
There are three cycle groups that you can join and all groups have a marshal. Each group differs in terms of the distance covered, average speed, and training focus. The marshal for each group plans the route and posts the details to the Pulse Facebook Group each week. You should also monitor this Facebook Group for last-minute updates about marshals and routes.
Please review the cycle group details provided below. A member should only join the white and red groups if they are confident that they can meet the goals set out for the group. Members that are new to Pulse group cycling should join the yellow group their first time out. If you are unsure of your ability, or have any questions, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or consult the group marshals on the day.
|Suitable for||Beginners and those new to group cycling..|
|Training focus||Emphasis will be on safety, learning to cycle with a group, and building skills and confidence on the bike.|
|Distance||Approx. 40 km|
|Suitable for||Moderate experience and moderate fitness.|
|Training focus||Focus will be on building experience of group cycling, and increasing distance and speed.|
|Distance||Approx. 60 km|
|Suitable for||Experienced cyclists with good fitness, participants are comfortable cycling in a group at high-speed.|
|Training focus||Focus of this group will be on longer distances and climbing.|
|Distance||Approx. 80 km+|
Requirements for group cycles
First of all, please review this information page on group cycling technique.
Secondly, know how to change an inner tube. This is an essential skill to know and practise.
Lastly, here is a list of gear requirements for group cycles:
- You must wear a helmet and you should make sure that it is properly adjusted.
- Bring a mobile phone and some cash. Store them in a ziplock bag.
- We recommend that you use a road racing bike:
- Bike tools:
- two tyre levers,
- one spare tube (bring two if you are cycling on your own, or in a small group),
- a mini-pump,
- a small bike multi-tool can come in very useful.
- always bring a rain or wind jacket,
- bring additional clothing commensurate with forecast weather conditions,
- during very cold and wet conditions consider overshoes, a skull-cap under your helmet, and full finger gloves.
- Bring food and water:
- energy rich snacks,
- 1-2 bottles of water or electrolyte mix.
- mud-guards are beneficial during winter,
- a puncture repair kit,
- wet wipes,
- a small first-aid kit,
- cycling glasses are advisable for eye protection.