If you wish to join the Club please contact Simon Trehearn, our General Secretary for further details about our events and rides.
You can print our application for membership form found here.
Non-racing social and off road rides
We organise a number of club rides during the week and the best way for you to get to know us is to come along and join us for one of them (details below). After a few weeks you will hopefully feel that we are the right cycling club for you. We also offer a comprehensive calendar of club time trials throughout the season and the cost of these for members is only £3, with end of season awards and trophies to compete for in a range of categories. Our annual subscriptions are only £15 per year.
Mountain Bike Rides
Our off-road group are called the 'Trail Riders' and they have a Wednesday morning and Thursday evening club ride as well as a Saturday morning ride. They invariably end up at a cafe or pub for lunch or dinner. Although not a racing group, they take on some demanding terrain and ride routes around the Surrey Hills and down to the coast as well as more urban routes into London.
Saturday Club Road Ride
Our Saturday rides are for road and off road riders and were designed as social rides and to encourage new members, there should always be someone who will keep an eye on you to check that you are not left by the roadside.
The rides themselves are of the order of 20-30 miles, between approx 10am and 2pm, with a coffee stop in the middle. We vary the routes every week so please take a look at the Saturday rides and cafe rota. Most riders - even those who have done very little cycling - should be able to cope, and even if you struggle on your first group ride your fitness will improve after a couple of weeks.
Sunday Club Road Ride
The Sunday Club Ride is a faster training ride, usually starting at 8:30am from Horton Country Park. Many of our club members ride in time trials, but we also have riders training for events like Ride London, The Etape, other sportive events and short and long course triathlons, as well as for fun, fitness and the simple pleasure of riding a bike in a group. They are suitable for riders who are confident in riding in a group and can ride comfortably at 15-18mph depending on the terrain. Between October and February, the rides are typically 3 hours / 50 miles with a coffee stop and then increase in length as the time trialling season approaches.
There is no need to contact anyone before turning up: just arrive a little before the ride is scheduled to depart and introduce yourself as a prospective new member. It would also be a good idea for you to read the club rides etiquette page before you come along. We are a friendly bunch and the safety of us and other road users is paramount. Details of our club rides are usually posted on the home page of the website, but if you want someone to call you can just send us an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to have a go at Time Trialling, we offer 'day membership' for a couple of club events - thereafter you need to actually join the club. Our events can be found here.
If you want to Road Race, or to ride Open Time Trials, then you need to be a member before you enter. Basically once your money and completed application form have been received you are a member - you need to do something pretty heineous for your application to be rejected at the next committee meeting!
All that is required for racing or for any of the weekend rides is a mechanically sound, roadworthy bike - you don't need anything special. You will win more friends if you have mudguards on wet days and it is wise to carry a spare inner tube and basic tools in case of punctures.
For Time Trialling, you don't need a fancy TT bike to start, although if you get hooked you will probably want to get one and there is plenty of advice to be had from members.
For Road Racing - British Cycling has specific rules about what is allowed, see their website for details.
As a member of the Phoenix we would expect you to wear our club kit when on a club ride. This helps us keep track of everyone on the road as well as promoting the club and cycling to the general public.