Carlisle Reivers Cycling Club

Club Name:

Carlisle Reivers Cycling Club

Where are you based?

Carlisle , Cumbria. 

Cycling Disciplines:

Road Cycling

What is your club ethos?

We are a friendly, adults only, cycling club who aim to make cycling enjoyable and fun for all, no matter what age or gender. We want to encourage people to cycle regularly for fitness and pleasure.

What is the best thing about your club?

The club has a wide variety of members both in ability and character. There is a vast wealth of knowledge within the club and everyone is friendly and more than willing to help with any queries and encouragement on rides,

What club rides do you run?

We run a weekend social ride once a month . Also weekly mid week Club rides from early March until the end of September. All rides have a ride leader/coordinator accompanying them.

There are four categories of ride depending on your abilities; starting at “Green” 12-14mph over approx 25 miles to “Black” anything goes! (not many ladies on these but always welcome!). See below for more details. 

Club members regularly create their own “unofficial rides” which are posted on the Facebook page and any member is welcome to attend. These rides do not always have Club Ride Leaders.

From October to the end of February there are weekly rides at the local Harraby Circuit. These are coach lead and are intended to maintain fitness over winter. Suitable for all levels (approx £3-4 per session).

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


Dependent upon circumstances sometimes the whole group will not wait but someone ALWAYS will.

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

Green ride: 25-30miles, max 1500ft, ave speed 12-14mph

Blue ride: 30-40miles, max 2000ft, ave speed 14-16mph

Red ride: 30-40 miles, max 2500ft, ave speed 16mph +

Black Ride: (very challenging) no max distance, elevation or speed.

We hope that everyone could attempt at fixing a puncture but there is always someone to help. In conjunction with the local cycle shop bike maintenance and puncture repair courses are run over winter (free).

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs

You should bring at least one inner tube, a pump or CO2 canister, tyre levers, money (in case of cafe stop on weekend rides) and a mobile phone.

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

All types of bike are acceptable but the majority of members have road bikes as it makes it so much easier and enjoyable,

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Mid week Official Club Rides

Weekend Social rides

Coached sessions for adults at local circuit (winter months only)

Compete in races (although not a strong focus, only a limited number of members)

Take part in Sportives

Do you run club social events?

Yes. We always have a Christmas ‘do’ and an Awards evening. In the past we have had trips to Majorca, plus curry and chilli evenings. Weekend rides usually involve a social coffee stop and if we are lucky with timings, this is a chance for riders from all the groups to meet up.

Number of members (roughly):


Current percentage of female members:


Do you have a women’s development officer?

No, but currently 3 female members on a committee of 5 (including the Chair).

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

Nothing specific but there is a strong core of female riders who are all encouraging and welcoming to new members.

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


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

Yes. All members are encouraged to become Ride Leaders if they wish

There are in-house guidance notes and First Aid training has been provided as funds and timings allow.

Website / social media / etc: (members only)

Joining Information:

Joining is through the link on the Club’s website and is through British Cycling

Club Membership costs £15 in the first year and then renewals £12.

Membership runs 1st June to 31st May.

It is possible to do a “try ride” before joining.

Information last updated:

July 2020

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