I’m interested in coming along to a group ride. Where should I start?
The best starting point is our Social Sunday ride. They depart from The Links car park on Cumming Street in Nairn. See our Contact Us page for a map.
What kind of bike do I need?
Check out our advice here for which bike we would recommend for each of our club sessions.
I’m worried that I will be too slow / incapable of the distance required on a club ride. What are my options?
Primarily, we want you to get involved! Please don’t feel concerned. We suggest ‘guidelines’ for each of our rides in terms of distance and speed, but they are exactly that. Don’t worry about holding anyone up or feeling embarrassed. We all have to start somewhere and everyone in the club acknowledges that the Social Sunday rides are all about exactly that – being social! The worst thing you can do is ‘nothing’ though. If we know there are a number of people who would love to get out on their bikes but feel that the distance or speed is too high, then we can put systems in place where we cater for that specific group. If we don’t know you’re out there, we can’t help. Drop us a mail and we will take it from there!
I really like a specific genre of cycling, but it doesn’t look like you cater for my needs… Do you?
Within our membership we have cyclists who are in to just about every genre of cycling you could imagine. The advice is pretty much the same as above – Drop us a mail. If we know you are out there, we can cater for you. If we can’t help ourselves, we can do our best to point you in the right direction.
Do you run any ‘Ladies Only’ Sessions?
Yes we do. We started these in the summer of 2015 and they proved to be a big hit. Contact us for more details if you are interested in coming along.
Do you operate a Kids Club?
We are working on it. We don’t want to launch without knowing that we are fully certified, trained and providing the best possible service to your kids. It’s coming… If you would like to be kept informed of upcoming taster sessions or when our kids club goes live, please email us so we can add your contact details to our database.
Is it a requirement that I become a member to ride with your club?
The most simple answer to this question is ‘It Depends’… Not the best answer, but we are trialling a number of different systems of membership within different areas of the club. Our ‘main’ club requires membership after three complementary rides. Our ladies sessions are run with a weekly fee and our kids club offers a weekly fee or a membership with subsidised weekly fees. As clear as mud? Drop us a mail…
Do I need to wear a helmet to ride in your club?
When does your membership renew?
Our membership year runs from the first of October to the thirtieth of September. We also do a half-year membership running from the first of April to the thirtieth of September. See our membership page for more details.
Can you assure me that you are a reputable club?
Our affiliation with Scottish Cycling and British Cycling will hopefully go some way to convincing you of the serious approach we take to ensuring we provide a quality service. If you take a look at the Club Policies page, you will see that we abide by and have adopted the British Cycling Safeguarding Policies. We ensure all our coaches and committee members have obtained the certification or attended the correct training for their role. We are enrolled in the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme which vets all our volunteers to ensure the highest level of protection possible is achieved. We meet and exceed the requirements for trained first aid personnel and welfare officers within the club. We will happily answer any further questions you may have with regards to our reputation or ability to run a successful and accredited club.
Are you looking for additional volunteers to help with any areas of the club?
Yes, absolutely yes! We would be delighted to hear from anyone who was willing to help with running any area of the club. Where applicable and if there is a need within the club, we would be prepared to sponsor training for the role you are interested in. We have already funded safeguarding and protecting children, first aid and nationally recognised coaching qualifications for our members. Many hands make light work! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in joining us!
My brother/sister/dad/mum/friend from uni/etc is up on holiday. Can they come along for a ride or two?
Absolutely. We fully welcome holiday makers to come and join our rides. We are delighted to offer visitors to our fine town the chance to experience what our countryside has to offer!
I have another question about cycling that is not answered here. What can I do?
Please feel free to either drop us a mail, or even better, join our forum (free and takes moments to register) and ask your question there. We have a wealth of knowledge within the club and are only too happy to help!
Do you hire out any bikes for visitors or people interested in giving cycling a try?
At the moment, unfortunately not. There are such a wide array of bikes available on the market in a variety of sizes that a small club like ours cannot afford to hold anything in stock. We can however point you in the right direction of where you might be able to hire some equipment.