Team Ecosse Northboats

Club Name:

Team Ecosse Northboats

Where are you based:

Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Cycling Disciplines:

Road biking

What is your club ethos?

The ethos of Team Ecosse Northboats (TEN) is one of friendship, family and inclusion. It is a very sociable club with a ride for everyone regardless of age, ability or confidence. From grass roots coaching sessions for youngsters to social rides, ladies rides and more competitive training sessions everyone is made to feel instantly welcome and part of the TEN family.

What is the best thing about your club?

The friendly, supportive environment is a real strength of the club. Routes and ride information are communicated via our club app in advance of rides so everyone knows what to expect. Safety is paramount and all new members join via weekly welcome rides. These rides introduce new members to fellow cyclists, introduce them to club riding protocol and ensure that everyone is directed to the group that best suits their needs.

What club rides do you run?

TEN offers a wide variety of rides, all planned and led by ride leaders who take part in regular training to ensure the safety of all riders.

Although many club members ride all year, the season officially runs from March to October when the lighter nights allow for evening riding.

Welcome rides introduce new members to the club and provide an time to find out more about the opportunities available through the club.

Midweek and weekend social rides (with coffee stops) are popular club rides and take place in mixed groups with no riders dropped.

The ladies ride aims to build confidence and encourage those new to road biking or who wish to develop their confidence and technique, in an all female environment, with a view to joining other rides. Many ladies continue to ride in the ladies group as well as joining others over time.

For more competitive roadies there are sessions geared to performance and speed. We are also fortunate enough to have a thriving junior section run by suitably qualified coaches and supported by adult club members.

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

We have a no riders dropped protocol on all social and ladies rides. Average speeds are made clear in advance on the performance/chaingang rides and protocol agreed by the group.

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

There is an entry level for everyone.

During the welcome ride, the ride leader will assess your ability and direct you to the session that best suits your capability and needs. If you are new to cycling it may be that you are encouraged to participate in the welcome ride for a few weeks to build your confidence and skills to group ride before joining a club ride.

Social rides are promoted ranging in speed depending on the groups but usually between 13-18+mph. You do not need to join a welcome ride to join the ladies ride but should be capable of cycle 12 -15 miles on the road at around 12mph, though some groups may go quicker

What do you expect riders to bring on club runs?

All riders are responsible for their own safety and as such should be prepared, and carry equipment, to deal with minor mechanicals/punctures. All riders should carry emergency contact and medical information.

All rides begin with a briefing from the ride leader detailing the route, reminding them of club protocol and ensuring everyone knows what to do in the event of a mechanical or accident.

All riders are required to wear a helmet and if poor visibility or in failing light, working front and back lights.

Are bikes other than road bikes acceptable on any rides?

Yes, on the welcome ride and ladies ride but ultimately a road bike is required for club rides.

Aspects of cycling the club is involved in:

Social rides

Chaingang sessions

Coached sessions for adults (on demand)

Coached sessions for children

Organising races (time trial and road race)

Competing in races

Designated ‘race squad’ – small numbers at present but we aspire to have more

Taking part in sportives. As a social club members have the opportunity to join teams and sign up to sportives alongside other club members

Do you run club social events?

We run an end of season social and regular informal get-togethers. There are also events such as family rides during the year.

Number of members (roughly):

133

Current percentage of female members:

30%

Do you have a women’s development officer?

Not officially, however Olwen Fraser is our contact point for the ladies ride and we are looking to build on this role. (Contact: olwen.fraser@btinternet.com)

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

The ladies only rides have gone from strength to strength in the last two years. They are led by club members who are passionate about encouraging more women to enjoy cycling. As well as the weekly ladies ride we also run occasional longer weekend ladies rides.

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

We are a Go Ride affiliated club and soon to be accredited (this has been held up with Covid). Our Youth section is growing and will continue to do so as we get new coaches (again restricted because of Covid). We are fully committed to building our youth membership which is exciting and rewarding.

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

Yes. The club provides funding to support those that would like to participate in formal coaching qualification and funds regular training for ride leaders.

Any other information you would like to share:

We have an acronym which we use in the club – SPACE. It stands for Surroundings, Preparation, Awareness, (Highway) Code, Emergency and is our way of ensuring we cycle safely, responsibility and with courtesy to other road users. We take safe cycling very seriously and are proud to be on the road in club kit, promoting the benefits of cycling in a group.

We have also been accepted onto the Scottish Cycling Club Progression Programme, along with 12 other clubs, which we are very excited about.

Website / social media / etc:

Website: www.tencycling.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tencycling

Facebook (youths): www.facebook.com/TENYouths

Twitter: @tencycling

Joining Information:

Membership is £19 (+ £1 BC admin fee) for adults and £9 (+ £1 BC admin fee) for youths. Join via the club page on the British Cycling website

Non-members can come along to our welcome rides to try it out, however riders are required to join the club before attending the other social rides.

Contact details:

secretary@tencycling.co.uk

coach@tencycling.co.uk

Information last updated:

July 2020

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