Musselburgh Roads Cycling Club

Club Name:

Musselburgh Roads Cycling Club

Where are you based?

Musselburgh, East Lothian, Edinburgh

Cycling Disciplines:

Road, Track, Mountain biking

What is your club ethos?

We seek to promote and assist all aspects of cycling as a sport and as a social activity for anyone to get involved in.

Historically, the club has always had a racing ethos and this means we have a wealth of experience to offer everyone.

What is the best thing about your club?

The camaraderie! The club is full of friendly, supportive, and encouraging people. Whether you are cycling for the social aspect, to race and compete, to get fit, or simply for enjoyment- this is the club for you.

What club rides do you run? 

Club rides: (all year round, meet outside the Town Hall, Musselburgh). Club rides run every Sunday at 9am throughout the year, averaging 40-60 miles, and catering for a range of abilities. The faster group averages 17-19mph, and the slower group 14-16mph. Both rides feature a coffee stop. The final Sunday of every month is a social ride, where both groups ride together, and no-one left behind. If you are new to the club the last Sunday ride of the month would be a great place to meet people for the first time.

Tuesday training night: (April- September, Meet at 6.30pm at the roundabout at the end of the racecourse, Musselburgh): Suitable for all abilities. Featuring interval training, hill reps, team time trials and APRs. Riders are split into groups of similar ability and training takes place around a small circuit, which ensures that everyone can take part.

Turbo Tuesday: (October- March, 6pm at the clubrooms, inside the Town Hall, Musselburgh): Suitable for all abilities. An indoor training session on static trainers featuring hard efforts and intervals, building power, strength and speed over the winter season.

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

We do on Sunday club rides.

On training nights we wouldn’t wait for basic mechanicals, and all riders should be self-sufficient. Training nights do however take place on small circuits/laps and so there is time and opportunity to fix mechanicals/take a break if needed, and then re-join the group.

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

To join a Sunday club run, all riders should be competent and capable of riding 50 miles at a pace of 15mph+.

The final Sunday of every month is a social ride and anyone can come along to this as long as you can cover a distance of 40 miles- no one is left behind, regardless of ability.

Tuesday training nights focus on high intensity, speed and racing, but we split into smaller groups of different abilities. As long as you can comfortably cycle at 15mph average there will always be a group suitable for you.

Riders on all rides should be competent at fixing punctures and basic mechanicals, though you will find that other members are always willing to help on club runs.

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

All riders should be self-sufficient and carry 1 or 2 inner tubes, tyre levels, a multi-tool, a pump, money, food, drink and a phone.

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

For club rides on the road we would strongly recommend using a road bike. If gravel or mountain biking are more your thing then these are regularly arranged throughout the year by different members- keep an eye on the club Facebook page. Several members of the club also take part in track cycling.  Again, look out for notifications on the Facebook page.

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social runs

Chaingang sessions

Coached sessions for adults

Organising races

Competing in races

Organising sportives

Taking part in sportives

Do you run club social events?

A range of social events are organised throughout the year. The highlight of the year is the club hill climb/freewheeling championships and BBQ. We also have a number of social nights at local restaurants and bars throughout the year, as well as the end of year awards night/social.

Number of members (roughly):

100

Current percentage of female members:

10%

Do you have a women’s development officer?

Not currently

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

We currently have a female member of the club in the process of gaining her level 2 British Cycling Coaching certificate. As part of this award a series of cycling skills sessions will be developed and advertised, specifically targeted at female cyclists who are keen to join a local club and develop their biking skills, in a friendly supportive and fun environment. These sessions would be a great place to start for anyone thinking about coming along to the road sessions, but wanting to build a little confidence first- keep an eye on the Facebook page for more info.

The end of the month social rides would also be a great place to meet other club members in a relaxed environment, with coffee and cake guaranteed.

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

Not currently- but members of the committee are looking into developing this over the near future

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

Yes. All members who are interested in the coaching side of the sport are encouraged to get involved in the British Cycling Coaching schemes. Any club member wishing to take up this opportunity will be fully supported by the club committee

Website / social media / etc:

You can find out much more about the club on our Facebook page.

You can also follow us on Instagram (musselburghrcc) to see what our members have been getting up to.

We are in the process of developing a club website and this will go live in the next few weeks (www.musselburghrcc.co.uk)

Joining Information:

If you would like to join the club please find the membership forms and payment details under the ‘Files’ section of the club Facebook page. Membership is £35 per year.

Contact details:

To get in touch with the club committee please email madeleine456@hotmail.com, or drop one of us a message on Facebook or Messenger

Information last updated month and year completed:

August 2020

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