The cycling club. A place for all types of riders to come together on a Sunday and enjoy a relaxing ride in the company of their fellow bike lovers. And it's likely you'll encounter at least one of these every week.
1. The navigator
Traditionally a role that falls on a veteran member of the club, seeing how they've ridden every one of the routes at least 200 times. Even with the advent of GPS devices, there's probably a designated set of ride leaders to take on map duties, who can be divided into two categories: willing and reluctant.
Either way, they're essential. Mostly because they know where the cafe is.
2. The Strava addict
Love it or hate it, Strava isn't going anywhere. And neither are those KOM/QOM hunters.
To the rest of the Strava lovers, you're only cheating yourself by riding in the slipstream before going hell-for-leather on a designated segment. To the rest of your club mates, you're the guy constantly jumping off the front and ramping up the pace, much to the annoyance of those just looking for a jovial morning spin.
Save it for the solo rides.
3. The wheel sucker
You haven't paid anything, but this isn't a free ride.
4. The café hunter
The cycling club equivalent of kids in the back of the car repeating "are we there yet?"
Asking every 5km if that cafe up the road is the stop can get grinding, but there's always the potential they'll be so happy when they finally reach it, that they'll buy you a flapjack.
5. The half-wheeler
The not too distant cousin of the Strava addict. This habit won't make you very popular with the people floundering out the back. Clubs generally hold dedicated training sessions for those looking to race, so keep a lid on it until then.
6. The never enough rider
"But we've only done 130km?!"
They may or may not also turn-up to the start and talk about having ridden 60km to get there.
7. The mechanic
Like to show their inner tube changing speed on any wheel going, and you might as well let them.
Also enjoy passing on their infinite wisdom about how you're using the wrong gears, you could be a bit more efficient in your pedalling and what your next wheel upgrade should be.
Simply bare legs whatever the weather, likely to make the majority of well-layered riders feel extremely cold.
9. The always late rider
Try telling only them that ride starts at 8.45 when it really starts at 9. Their sixth sense for lateness will probably leave you waiting til 9.20 anyway.
10. The 'hard' rider
Just because you're riding a 54x42 chainset around the South Downs, it doesn't make you Roger De Vlaeminck.
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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.
An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).
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