John Forester's book, "Effective Cycling" has a good section about
bike clubs. He's a Californian, but what he says essentially applies
to Britain as well.
In Britain the "touring" clubs tend to be sections of the CTC, and
"racing" clubs tend to have names as if they are totally independent.
Without having done any research, therefore, I would suggest your CTC
The club may well grade its rides according to strenuousness, so it's
probably best to see what they consider "easy" for your first ride.
It's good to try to be self sufficient for your first ride. Bring
along a map in case you somehow get separated etc. You might also
ask in advance what their policy about separation is. The more
ruthless racing clubs might just abandon you if you can't keep up,
but touring clubs may well have rules about always looking out to see
that the person behind you hasn't vanished, and so forth
good luck, and enjoy yourself
"Brian" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> "Martin Bulmer" <[email protected]> wrote in
> news:[email protected]:
> > 30 plus will not be too arduous, depending on whether you join a
> > racing or a touring club. If racing, they'll want you to do it in
> > hour or so, if touring, you've got all day.
> > Do it. No one's going to force you to do it a second time.
> > Most cyclists are a bit weird/fanatical, but you'll meet some
> > characters, and plug into deep local knowledge of the best
> > holes. Where are you? You could be in my area, so we could show
> > all the best pubs.
> I'm near Dunfermline, so i'm either going to join the Dunfermline
> club, or the Fife + Kinross District of the CTC