In order to help you to take up cycling in January, and to keep you riding in the New Year, we've devised a series of rides that will help you smash January and kick off 2018 with a bang. Whether you're a beginner cyclist looking for help and support, or an experienced rider looking for some motivation, joining a group ride series is the best way to get on the road in January. Anyone who completes all four rides will win a pair of club socks: "The best socks I've ever owned, cycling or not" - N.Jones, swansea
We've devised the Revolution Resolution series to challenge you to complete a series of rides throughout January and hopefully stick to your 2018 fitness goals. Starting off gently, we will increase the distance building you up to 100km by the end of January. With the help of the group and our ride leaders you will get the support and motivation to get out on the road. Not only that, but you will meet a great group of cyclists who will make the rides loads of fun! Full details of the rides below:
Revolution Resolution Ride Series 2018
Ride #1 - Esher 'Ease Your Way Back In' - Sunday 7th Jan
Work off that Xmas excess and kick off your 2018 cycling goals nice and gently. January is a looong month - why rush! 40-60km, two routes/groups (beginner & intermediate). Everyone welcome & perfect for beginners looking to get into cycling. Coffee stop at Giro.
Ride #2 - 'Raise The Bar In Ripley' - Sunday 14th Jan
Staying on flat ground - ride two will increase the distance and raise the bar. Still two groups/routes, 60-70km of pure fun. Perfect for new cyclists looking to get into group riding and explore a bit more. Coffee stop at Pinnocks in Ripley
Ride #3 - 'Wind It Up In Windsor' - Sunday 21st Jan
Where else but Windsor! Flat(ish) roads and a great chance to up the distance again. Cycling to Windsor is the perfect route for winter, and it's also a great route for new and beginner cyclists. For those more experienced riders taking part we'll push the distance and pace a bit more. Two groups, 70-90km and a coffee stop at Cinnamon Cafe.
Ride #4 - 'Blow It Out At Box Hill' - Sunday 28th Jan
After 3 mostly flat rides, we'll take on the famous Box Hill in Surrey. Not as fearsome as the reputation suggests, Box is the perfect hill for beginners looking to get into cycling. Rides 1-3 will have built up your fitness and endurance so you'll be able to conquer the climb. Two groups, 80-100km, coffee stop at Destination Bike!
Committing to Four rides in January will set you on the right track to achieving your cycling goals for 2018 in the very first month! You'll get a real sense of achievement, you will have ridden throughout the most unforgiving month of the year with a great group of people, and you will hopefully make some cycling friends who you'll see on group rides for the rest of 2018!
Quick note on the weather - if it's really atrocious then we will head to a 10am Digme Fitness Class in Richmond instead.
Revolution Resolution Distance Challenge!
Another great way to keep you riding in January is to set yourself a distance challenge. Fully stolen from Rapha's Festive 500 - we thought it would be great to also run a distance challenge in January. The premise is very simple - you set yourself a kilometre target (or miles, if you really have to!) and then you try to beat it! All you need is a bike, a Strava profile and to join the Dirty Wknd Strava Club.
Setting Your Distance:
We are hoping that everyone will push themselves with their distance challenge, but will be realistic as well. Remember it will be cold, so longer rides are harder to do. Use your strava data from last year to help you set your distance, and have a look at your diary to make sure it's clear enough for you to actually achieve your challenge. Once you've set yourself the distance, head to the Dirty Wknd Strava Club and comment on the discussion board - so everyone can see it. Posting your target is a good idea, because it's then out in the open and there's a certain amount of peer pressure to beat it! Competition is important.
Distance Prize - the male and female riders who beat their distances by the most will win a club cycling cap. There is a caveat, in that you will have to have set a realistic target - no 100km target with you going on to ride 1000km in the month! Having a strong but realistic target will keep you motivated for the whole month.
How To Smash Your Distance Target:
Little and often is the key. Think lap sessions, shorter rides on roads you know well and (can't believe we're saying this) avoid hills :( This is because descents can be dangerous in the winter and they take up time and energy. If you're trying to beat a certain distance, you want to do it on flat ground. Another good tip is to split your distance into weeks - smaller chunks seem more manageable.
Commutes and turbo sessions/indoor classes also count. We'd prefer you to do all your riding outside in a group, but we will allow indoor sessions as long as they're on Strava. Because if it's not on Strava...
Lastly - a device/GPS unit will also help you to track your KMs throughout the month. Having your phone die halfway through a ride is the stuff of nightmares, so we would recommend getting your hands on a Wahoo ELEMNT or BOLT to track your challenge. Because you deserve it!