Islington Cycling Club is a friendly local club offering cycle sport for all. We formed in 2013 and have quickly attracted more than 600 members. We offer a wide range of rides, including nine weekly club rides, training rides and several club and open events.
We use an internet forum as a virtual clubhouse to organise ourselves as this allows all members to help shape our club. Our focus is road cycling, but there is also growing participation for cyclo-cross and track. If there is another kind of cycling you want, members can get on our forum and set it up.
Riding with a cycling club can seem daunting at first, so we require all new and prospective members to attend one of our introductory rides or group riding skills sessions. These are short club rides in which we look at things like what to carry with you, how to ride in group formations and what are those hand signals? Then we head off and do an easy-paced ride and have a practice, followed by a cafe stop. You can book on to these in the Clipping in section of our club forum: http://forum.islington.cc
Islington Cycling Club is affiliated to British Cycling and is a Go-Ride club, so we offer coaching for young people, 8-15 years old. Email [email protected] to register your interest
We have midweek club rides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These are a mixture of club runs on set courses, indoor turbo studio sessions and Velopark training sessions.
As well as our 7am Saturday session in Regent’s Park, which develops speed and group skills, we have a race-specific training ride on Thursdays at the VeloPark, where we can meet and run exercises and drills safely.
We run several groups of different distances and speeds to suit the riders and conditions on the day. All of these are friendly rides and we regroup at all hills and turn points. Meet at Whittington Park, Holloway Road entrance, N19 4RS, for an 8.30am depart. Coffee and cake at a handy cafe at the end of the ride.
Laps of Regent’s Park, Outer Circle. Meet at the London Zoo entrance, 7am (training ride - fast) and 8am (social pace - not as fast). Coffee stop afterwards.
Plus twice a month we run easy-paced introductory rides and group riding skills sessions for new members.
12 months of membership, club jersey (worth £45) and one term of coaching sessions (worth up to £85). Entitles you to many discounts at local shops, plus free bronze level membership of British Cycling (if you have not previously joined British Cycling)
12 months of membership plus a club jersey (worth £45). Entitles you to many discounts at local shops, plus free bronze level membership of British Cycling (if you have not previously joined British Cycling)
Minimum age: 16
Valid for 12 months from the day your membership starts. Entitles you to many discounts at local shops, plus free bronze level membership of British Cycling (if you have not previously joined British Cycling)
Minimum age: 8
Islington Cycling Club is a Go-Ride club and part of British Cycling’s development programme for young people.
We run weekly coaching sessions for 8-15 year olds in Finsbury Park on Saturdays from 10am-12.00, meeting up at the café by the lake.
Our sessions are run by experienced British Cycling coaches who offer a range of activities from cyclocross, time trialling to road racing in a safe and enjoyable environment.
The emphasis of our coaching is on enjoying our sport. Whatever ambitions a young rider has, whether that’s competing at events or simply to have fun cycling, our coaches will accommodate them and help to achieve their goals.
Your child will need:
Payment for the first term includes one year of club membership and a club jersey (worth £45)!
If you want to try us out first, you can attend as a guest for £5. After that we’ll ask you to join.
And finally, here’s our club’s Youth Guide.
For further information email [email protected].
For many of our club runs, we meet at the Holloway Road entrance to Whittington Park, N19 4RS. If you are new, please arrive a little earlier than the start time and introduce yourself.
We share our rides on our Strava club group. There is also some healthy (but sensible) competition for certain segments. This group is for members only.
How do I know if I want to join Islington Cycling Club?
We welcome new riders to join us as a guest for up to three rides. After that, you’ll have to become a member to continue riding with us.
Can I ride with you as a guest to see if I want to join?
Yes! You can come along as a guest to our regular Sunday club rides (or one of our introductory rides - see below). We meet at the Holloway Road entrance to Whittington Park, N19 4RS, for an 8.30am depart. We welcome new riders to join us as a guest for up to three rides of these rides. After that, you’ll have to become a member to continue riding with us.
How do I become a member?
If you've come out with us as a guest and want to join up, you must complete an introductory ride or group riding skills session prior to having your membership application accepted. We recommend booking onto one of these rides as soon as possible to reduce the time taken to join the club. To book a place on our introductory rides or group riding skills sessions go to the clipping in section of our forum: forum.islington.cc/microcosms/113/ Then you'll need to apply and pay here: islington.cc/#membership
Is Islington a good club for women?
Islington Cycling Club is proud to be home to a diverse and active female membership base. We aim to provide an inclusive and encouraging environment for riders of all levels, from people who are looking to join a club for the first time to more experienced riders and racers looking for their next challenge. The events, activities, benefits on offer to female Islington members include: women-only club socials,every six weeks, participation in the Rapha Ladies’ 100 ride, twice yearly weekends away, ladies-specific Milltag kit, a women-only section on our club forum, an increasingly successful women’s time trial team and a growing women’s race team, women’s British Cycling RideLondon 100 team. This year, on 10 June, we’re running our first ladies' open ride, encouraging those who are looking to join a club for the first time to come along, ride with us and get a taster of what Islington CC has to offer. For more details, email Ceci: [email protected]
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes. Helmets are required on all club rides. Please wear one.
How far and how fast do you ride?
All our Sunday club rides divide into groups that do different distances and speeds. There are A groups (17-18mph*), B groups (14-16mph*) and C groups (12-13mph*). We aim to never leave anyone behind and keeping together and helping each other is what our club is all about! On Saturdays there is also a club ride at 8.30am and our Regent’s Park rides (7am, fast and 8am, not as fast). Check our forum for up to date details of each ride. *These are average speeds and may vary with conditions and terrain.
What should I bring with me?
Stuff to fix your bike - a pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes and tools. Plus snacks and water to keep you going. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and have a set of lights for early morning/evening rides.