This page is for new and existing members who want to ride faster, improving their average speed on club rides, broadening the range of club events they take part in.
How fast is fast? Based on Strava data, Cycling News says: ‘The average male UK cyclist rides at an average speed of 25.61km/h (15.9mph), whilst the average UK female hits 19.84km/h (12.32mph).’ Our club average speed is c26km/h, but note that the faster riders in the club average c29km/h and the chain gang can average 32km/h. Ideally, you need to be able to ride at an average speed of 25km/h to keep up on our slower social rides e.g. the Bacon Butty Ride or Improver rides.
British Cycling has tips for gaining speed without spending money – a good place to start if you want to increase your overall pace. But talking about average speed is misleading, really, as the speed of a ride depends on so many things – the amount of climbing, the strength of the wind, or how fresh you feel. If what you really want to do is ‘keep up‘ with others in the group then you will need to spend time on the bike improving your speed and stamina.
Cycling News has thirteen helpful hints and a couple of videos that will get you thinking, although we do not encourage club riders to wear earphones when riding in a group – save that for your solo rides. Most riders lose time on climbs so this might be something to focus on.
Remember that riding flat-out everywhere, at all times, in search of an ever-higher average speed will ultimately knacker you out – you need to vary the pace and type of rides you do.