As one of the longest established cycling clubs in Suffolk (and it has to be said, one of the friendliest), Stowmarket and District Cycle Club offers a range of activities covering just about every cycling discipline you can think of.
From leisure/cafe riders to budding time trialists and road racers, from mountain biking to cyclo-cross, our inclusive club welcomes everyone - all you need is a bike, helmet, and sense of humour.
A club like no other
The first thing you'll notice about our riders (other than their very fetching matching yellow and black kit) is their ride discipline.
We ride two abreast on club rides because it is safer for us (because it forces cars to only overtake when it is safe to do so), and easier and quicker for cars to get past. It also happens to be a very social way of riding.
If you've never ridden in a group before don't worry, other members out on the ride will show you what to do, how to hold your line and tell you about the signals we use to warn each other of obstacles.
It's important you always keep your eyes and ears open, and control your speed. Club rides are not a race and the idea is to maintain a constant pace (that everyone's comfortable with) so no sprinting when it's your turn on the front.
On top of our weekend club rides, SDCC is very active in the local cycling scene organising:
- Six evening 10 mile time trails (as part of the Ipswich and District Cycle Association series)
- Open 10 and 20 miles time trials (some as part of the SPOCO East series)
- A Regional B Road Race
- A Sportive in August
- A Cyclocross in December
- Reliability Ride in February
Sportives and racing
If you fancy taking on the challenge of a sportive, the club usually has a large presence at the local and national events so you'll have someone to ride with.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details or put a shout out yourself if you fancy some company on your next challenge.
If speed is your thing, why not try out our Sunday ride or Chain Gang Tuesday (summer months only)?
For those that aspire to be the next Chris Froome or Lizzie Deignan, we have a number of racers in our ranks that are happy to help you get started (criterium, road racing, time trialling, triathlon and cyclo-cross).
Keeping in touch
There is always something happening within the club. Our main form of communication is through our Facebook Page. So to make sure you hear about our rides and social activities feel free to like our page.
Join the SDCC family
If you like what you've heard so far, why not join us?
On top of meeting a great bunch of people, membership also entitles you to discounts at a range of local businesses.
To join up, download the application form and send it to the address shown.
If you want to 'try before you buy', why not come along to one of our weekend club rides - you're welcome to come along two or three times before deciding whether to join.
For more information get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.