- Written by Garret Connolly
Welcome to the Leisure section of Orwell Wheelers
In this part of the website we would like to provide you with lots of information about Leisure Riding within Orwell.
Leisure riding from my point of view is defined as anything that is not organised racing. Other than that it covers anybody who wants to ride their bike, be they new to cycling, experienced hands, slow, fast, young, old, climbers, sprinters, and we'll aim to find something for everyone.
You joined Orwell presumably because you like to cycle and would like to do it in a group or in the company of like-minded souls. So the first thing we have to do is to help you find the right group or groups. This page explains more about the different groups and who they cater to.
Once you've found your group, and put the miles in your legs, what do you do with all those kilometers, your new friends and your improved bike handling skills? Winter spins can be great fun but let's be honest; it's much nicer cycling in the spring, summer and autumn.
There are a wide range of group cycling activities available after the Winter Spins close at the end of March and on this page we explain what they are. To help you choose which ones to participate in, we will run the participation based Orwell Leisure Rider of the Year competition!
If you'd like to set targets for yourself next season we'll look at ways we can help, over and above simply putting on rides.
We will be running training groups for people looking to participate in their first 100 or 200k sportive by the start of June. These groups will run on Saturdays in April and May. More information will be available and registration will take place on March 16th in Uncle Toms Cabin at 7.30 . See 100 Group or 200 Group for more information
It is our aim, mine, the committee's, and the volunteer ride leaders' to help you and us get the most out of your Orwell membership, at all levels of cycling ability.
In the drop down menus at the top of the page you’ll see a link to Leisure Articles which has lots of reports compiled by members of the group about various events we have taken part in.
I hope that over the year this page, the group and the club forum are useful sources of cycling information for the Leisure rider and that you feel you are getting the added benefits of Group riding within one of the largest clubs in the country.
last update : November 14