Group cycling is a great way to improve bike handling skills, develop road confidence, and improve 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 four cycle groups that you can join. Each group differs in terms of the distance covered and duration. Members that are new to group cycling should join Group 4 for their first session. The Group Leader plans the route and posts the details to the Pulse Facebook Group each week.
If you are unsure of your ability, or have any questions, feel free to contact email@example.com, or consult the Group Leader on the day.
|Group 1 is self-marshalled. It follows the same route as Group 2, but is for those who want to train to their own objectives.|
|Duration||3 – 3.5 hours|
|Distance||approx. 90 km|
|Duration||2.5 – 3 hours|
|Distance||approx. 70 km|
|Duration||2 – 2.5 hours|
|Distance||approx. 50 km|
Requirements for group cycles
First of all, please familiarise yourself with our Club group cycling etiquette.
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:
- tri-bikes are not permitted for group spins,
- tri-bars are not permitted on group spins,
- make sure that your bike is in good working order,
- make sure that the brakes are correctly adjusted,
- check your tyres – make sure that they are correctly inflated and have adequate thread depth.
- Install mud-guards when road surfaces are generally wet.
- 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 clothing that is 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.
- a puncture repair kit,
- wet wipes,
- a small first-aid kit,
- cycling glasses are advisable for eye protection.
For more kit ideas and tips on packing your gear, check out these videos (1), (2).