Types of ride

All our organised rides have a leader who takes responsibility for planning the route and managing the ride.  We have a general policy of not leaving people behind.  If a rider can't keep up with the group, we either cycle at that rider's speed, or we split the ride.

Anyone can join a Portsmouth CTC ride - even if you aren't a member of Cycling UK (our national organisation).  We ask, though, that non-members and riders under 18 complete a ride entry form.  We also ask that you observe our guidelines for club rides.

We organise a wide range of different rides:

  • Easy rides
    These rides are a great way to start group cycling. Typically we spend two to three hours cycling with a break for coffee and cake somewhere on the way. We don’t do big hills and we try to keep to quiet roads or cycle paths where we can. See more...
  • Saturday and Wednesday rides
    The full ride usually leaves from the Spring Centre, Havant and stops for elevenses, lunch and, sometimes, afternoon tea. Some riders go to elevenses and come back from there. Others meet us at the coffee stop. We often split the ride with the more energetic group taking a longer and/or hillier route. See more...
  • Sunday morning rides
    These are designed to appeal to people who want to explore the local countryside by bike, with a sociable group at a medium pace. They start from one of three different locations to the North of the City and last for about 3 hours, plus the mandatory stop for coffee and cake of course! See more...
  • Faster Sunday rides
    All day rides at a faster pace than our other rides. They leave from Cosham library. The rides usually stop for elevenses, lunch and tea. New riders are welcome but, if you are new to group riding, one of our other rides would be a better starting point. See more...
  • Tuesday rides
    We are experimenting with a new set of rides on Tuesdays. The initial format is 60-70 mile rides at a moderately fast pace while maintaining the social nature of the Saturday and Wednesday rides. The rides will start at locations more suited to people coming from the west side of our area. See more...
  • Evening pub rides
    These rides take place on Thursdays during the warmer months. They start from the Spring Centre, Havant and take a relaxed ride out to a local pub for a drink and a bite to eat. See more...
  • Cathedral challenge rides
    These are a sequence of rides that start with some short rides followed by a modest (bronze) challenge: a flat, mostly off-road ride to Portsmouth Cathedral and back. It continues with slightly more demanding rides culminating in a (silver) ride to Chichester Cathedral and back taking in a few hills. The final (gold) challenge is a ride to Winchester Cathedral and back. The challenge rides start after Easter and continue into the summer. See more...
  • Tandem rides
    Rides for tandems and solos (‘ordinary’ bikes) on Sunday, starting mid-morning, usually taking in a visit to one of the club members for sustenance. See more...

Our members also organise ad hoc tours in the UK and abroad.

In addition, we organise club nights, special rides and other events.

If you need help starting, or getting back into, cycling we can also arrange ad hoc rides, and training sessions for you.  If you have physical or mental issues that are holding you back, we might be able to help.  Find out more.