• What is Daventry Cycling Club?

    Daventry Cycling Club was formed in 2003 when a group of local squash players swapped their racquets for bibshorts! The club has grown substantially in the past fifteen years with a membership base of over 200 members enjoying a wide variety of activities including Beginners and Improvers rides, regular trips to the Velodrome and coaching sessions for juniors.

  • What are the Benefits of Joining?

    There are many benefits to joining, the biggest being the opportunity to make new friends, ride with like minded people and enjoy an active social life based around the sport that we all love. Benefits of our membership include:

    1. Triple points on any purchases at Leisure Lakes Bikes in Daventry (these can really add up!)
    2. Subsidised club kit
    3. Access to club group rides
    4. Organised track days
    5. Organised club trips - recent trips have included the Italian Alps and The Tour of Wessex
  • Where Do You Ride From?

    All rides start from Leisure Lakes Bikes in Daventry. Days and start times vary - please see our Club Rides page for full details.

  • When Do You Ride?

    Beginners and Improvers rides take place on Saturday’s @ 09:00

    The club social ride begins at 09:00 Sunday

    There is a mid-week club ride on Wednesdays at Improvers pace (15mph) (Summer only) 

    For full details please see our Club Rides page.

  • I'm worried I'm Not Good Enough To Ride With a Club

    The club welcomes riders of all abilities. All you need to join us for a ride is a bike and a helmet. Our members include seasoned road racers, juniors and people who have recently taken up the sport. The one thing we all have in common is a love of cycling!

    As a rule of thumb:

    Beginners rides are ridden at 12/13mph

    Improvers Rides are ridden at 14/15mph

    Club rides are ridden in three groups at three different speeds (13mph, 15mph and 18mph+) with a mid-way coffee stop allowing a rider to move up or down a group as they require. 

     The emphasis is always on group riding. Designated group leaders will ensure the group stays together with no riders going off the front or back of the group.

  • What Do I NEED To Bring?

    Basically yourself, a bike and a helmet. We also recommend that riders bring the tools required to deal with any mechanical issues during the ride or at the least to repair a puncture so a spare inner tube, tyre levers and pump. If you do puncture on during a group ride there will be lots of people in the group who can help get you back up and running if you need it.

  • Do I Have to Wear Lycra/Be "Clipped In" etc?

    No! We ask that you wear a helmet to join one of our rides but bib-shorts are optional! Many of our members come from mountain biking and other disciplines and ride in MTB shorts - you should wear whatever you feel comfortable in (Disclaimer: after some time this may become Lycra!). 

  • Are Women Welcome?

    Yes! The club is focussed around social riding more than racing (although there are plenty of opportunities for those who wish to race) and there is a large and active contingent of female riders in the club of all abilities. Many of our female members recently completed The Tour of Wessex and many are currently training for next years Daventry to Paris ride. If you join us on one of our rides expect to find a healthy mix of men and women!

  • How Much Does it Cost?

    Membership is £15 annually. Members joining after September get the rest of the year free (so their paid membership effectively begins in January). All riders are welcome to join our rides for three sessions however we ask that if riders would like to continue riding with the club after their three rides that they become a member.

  • How Old Do I Have To Be To Ride?

    The minimum age for unaccompanied riders is 16. We ask that anyone younger than 16 is accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bear in mind that all rides will have a minimum advertised speed to ensure that the group can ride together safely.