Brighton Mitre Cycle Club

Club Name:

Brighton Mitre Cycle Club

Where are you based?

Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Cycling Disciplines:

Road, time trial, track, cyclocross.

What is the best thing about your club?

The range of club rides, activities, and trips. Also friendly advice from members when you want to know something technical or about local cycling routes, shops, and cafes.

What club rides do you run? 

  • First and third Sunday of the month Come and Try It (CaTI) and Steady Social (SS) rides:
    • CaTI – Between 20 and 30 miles at 12-14mph, with an allocated ride leader.
    • SS – Between 45 and 60 miles at 14-16mph, with an allocated ride leader.

Both CaTI and SS are open to non-members for a couple of times before riders are expected to join the club.

  • Every Saturday three (at least) groups riding approximately 60 miles – one group at 15-16mph, one at 17-18mph, and another at 19+mph. One Saturday every month has a longer ride (around 80 miles). Saturday rides don’t have an allocated leader (self-led) and are for members only.
  • In the summer, we have Thursday evening social rides finishing at a pub. Members only, usually approximately 30 to 40 miles, speed depends on who is in the group. Self led and members only.

Do you wait for dropped riders / mechanicals on some or all of your rides? 

  • Yes on Sunday CaTI and SS.
  • No on Saturday rides.

What is the minimum standard you would expect from new club riders? 

On Sundays – minimum 12mph for 30 miles.

On Saturdays – minimum 16mph for 60 miles plus self sufficient re: fixing punctures, navigating etc.

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

  • Sufficient food and water for the ride

  • Spare tubes

  • Tyre levers

  • Small pump

  • Puncture repair kit

  • Emergency money…or cake money for the café at the start, end, middle of the ride

  • Emergency contact details and relevant health information

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

Yes on the CaTI. In the past we have had mountain bikes, hybrids, and cyclocross bikes on these rides.

All other rides – road bikes only.

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social runs

Chain gang sessions

Organising races

Competing in races

Designated ‘race squad’

Taking part in sportives

Do you run club social events?

First Saturday evening of each month, there is a women’s social hosted by one of the members at her house. Everyone brings some food and drink to share. During COVID-19 lockdown we have had Zoom calls in place of physically getting together.

Annual Award night and AGM (run as a social) for all members.

Number of members (roughly):

300

Current percentage of female members:

25%

Do you have a women’s development officer?

Yes. Lisa Tourret

Email: MitreWomen@gmail.com

Please give details of any projects you have or are running to support and encourage women.

Women can get three month’s free trial membership. We have a dedicated women’s Facebook group for female members and also hold the monthly women’s socials.

Do you also have a children’s / youth section / Go Ride club?

No, but we have strong links with local Go Ride club Preston Park Youth Cycle Club.

Do you offer opportunities for members to train as coaches, ride leaders, etc?

Yes. We currently have three trained coaches and six trained ride leaders.

Any other information you would like to share:

We were featured in Cycling Weekly in December 2017. Click to read the article and see the photos

Website / social media / etc:

Website: www.brightonmitre.co.uk/

Twitter: @brightonmitre

Facebook (public page): www.facebook.com/brightonmitre  We also have members only Facebook groups which are a lot more lively than our public page.

Joining Information:

£20 a year (with free three month trial for new female members)

Join here

New riders can come along to one of the Sunday rides a couple of times before joining.

Contact details:

MitreWomen@gmail.com (for Lisa Tourret, women’s officer)

Membership@brightonmitre.co.uk (for Cath Erine, membership secretary)

Information last updated month and year completed:

July 2020

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