GCC & Gravesend CTC Reliability Ride 2024
Sunday January 28th.
From Shorne Country Park.
Start at 09:30, finish by 14:30.
Donation of a minimum £3, ALL monies to go to the Kent Air Ambulance.
If driving by car to the start, car park costs £3.30 all day.
48 mile route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45353351
29 mile route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45353354
100km route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45353310
Route sheets will be available on the day.
GCC Jumble 2024
Saturday March 2nd
Southfleet Village Hall, Dale Rd, Southfleet, DA13 9NX
Sellers 08:00. Contact Roger Stevens for details.
Buyers 09:00. Entry £1, early bird £3.
The Club Run
Popular all year round.
Starts from Cobham War Memorial.
Every Sunday leaving at 9am when on GMT and 830am when on BST.
This is a no-drop ride.
There is an annual sportive ("Reliability Ride") in January.
Come and join us for a ride, with no obligation to become a member.
Make your International Debut
The next GCC cycling trip is always in the calendar.
We make annual visits to the Isle of Wight.
We organise international group cycling trips.
Previous destinations in recent years include: Yorkshire, The Alps and Belgium.
Hill Climb Competition
The racing season closes with the annual hill climb championship.
Held on an early September Sunday on the lung-busting Exedown Road near Wrotham.
The club-run leaves from the Cobham War Memorial at the regular time and arrives at the event in time for sign-on.
In the history books
Researched and produced by Club members; Mike Coulter and Roger Stevens, the book "Coming of Age" tells the story of Gravesend C.C. From its origin in 1923, through the war years to 1946. This is available £6 posted. Please Contact Us for detail.
The story unfolds through carefully curated anecdotes, historic records and photographs. It's a fascinating tale of the men and women who laid the foundations of the club we have today.
Thankfully, riding in a suit is not required nowadays, but we like to think we ride together with the same purpose now, as the club did in the 1920s: For the joy of it.
GCC Time Trial Series.
First two rides are held on Sundays in late March or Early April. Running weekly on Tuesday nights thereafter from April to August (Weather and Course Permitting).
2024 schedule TBC.
All riders must have a working front and rear light. As well as a helmet.
Sign on is from 1 hour before the start time. The sign on location will close 15 minutes before the start time.
Membership is free for the first year!
You shouldn't need to commit funds to have fun, Gravesend Cycling Club membership is always free for 1st year members.
Membership is £15 yearly, thereafter.
We also organise annual cycling trips and have an awards dinner in the festive season to celebrate everything from talented riders to club support. Wooden spoons also available.
Please find a membership form here.
Welcome sheet here.
We meet socially on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:30pm until 9pm at the See Ho pub in Shorne, DA12 3JZ
If you'd like to see what we are about, just join us on a Sunday club run and we can fill in the detail.
Our club colours are provided by champion system. They provide a range of products including; bib-shorts, jerseys, and skin-suits.
The kit available suits multiple budget, fit and quality requirements.
Club kit order windows are bi-annual and managed by our kit representative.
Am I fit enough to ride the club run?
If you are comfortable riding 30-40 miles solo at an average pace of 15mph, you will be fine.
You must bring enough food to sustain yourself on a 3 hour+ ride. As well as equipment to repair punctures and mechanicals. Groups will always help each other but don't rely on this!
You won't know until you try. If you are not sure, come to the start and we can help you.
How long is the club run?
Distances vary with shorter rides typically 30-40 miles in winter, increasing 50 and sometimes 60 miles in Summer.
This is always tailored to who comes on the day.
Rides are typically 3 hours in duration.
It is always possible for smaller groups to branch off and head home earlier if they need to.
What happens if I can’t keep up?
Every rider gets dropped once in a while.
We will always try to ride smoothly as a group and within the capabilities of the riders in it!
When the route reaches a significant incline, splits naturally form. However, we always regroup at the top of climbs and no rider is abandoned.
Do I need a Time Trial Bike to compete?
No, equipment levels vary and many riders use standard road bikes.
You do need a working front and rear light, along with a helmet to compete in Time Trial events.
Do you organise Cycling trips?
Yes and they are a highlight!
There is at least one trip every year. In the past few years we have been to; The Alps, Belgium, Isle of Wight, Yorkshire, Majorca.