Club Runs

The Club Runs are the heart and soul of the Mid Devon CC giving us the opportunity to meet on an informal or social basis, organise a lift to the next event and, most importantly to simply ride our bikes.

The Mid-Devon Cycling Club run a number of club runs every week, most of which are on a Sunday.  All our riders are very friendly and we will welcome you into the club.

Most rides leave at 9.00 am from Abbrook, Strap Lane, Kingsteignton,TQ12 3PS on a Sunday unless otherwise stated below. Please arrive at 8.50 and ask for one of the ride leaders. They will advise you on the ride best suited for you.

If you come by car to Abbrook then please park considerately as the local residents don’t take too kindly to being woken early on a Sunday morning. Parking on site is not recommended as from time to time the gates are locked via a combination lock and you do not want to be on the wrong side of the locked gate.

You don’t have to be a member for the first two rides.  Just come along and see if you like it.  We are sure you will.

All the rides have a cafe stop so bring some money for drink and food.

Wear clothing suitable for the conditions that will keep you warm. If there is any chance of rain then bring a wet top.

The club will provide you with a card for your emergency contact details to be written on.

Please ensure you have a filled drinking bottle with you, at least one spare inner tube, tyre levers and a pump in case of a puncture.

Routes are often hilly so you are recommended to use a road bike.   A light hybrid is also suitable for the Social and Introductory rides.

  • Social – (30 miles @10-12 mph) A social ride that goes at the pace of the slowest rider.  Lots of opportunity for chatting.  As this is Devon there will obviously be hills so a road bike or light hybrid is recommended.  The group will stay together on the flat and although they may split when climbing, the group will wait at the top of the hills with riders given the opportunity to recover from the climb before restarting.
  • G1 – Easy (40 miles @ 13-14 mph) is for those who are ready to venture slightly further afield than the social ride, at a slightly quicker pace, while still enjoying the social aspect of group riding. We will ride together as a group on the flat and regroup where necessary at the top of the hills. The speed will be the pace of the slowest rider. Max group of 6.
  • G2 – Easier (40 miles @ 13-12 mph) is for those who are ready to venture slightly further afield than the social ride, at a slightly quicker pace, while still enjoying the social aspect of group riding. We will ride together as a group on the flat and regroup where necessary at the top of the hills. The speed will be the pace of the slowest rider. Max group of 6.
  • G3 – Easier again (40 miles @ 12-11 mph) is for those who are ready to venture slightly further afield than the social ride, at a slightly quicker pace, while still enjoying the social aspect of group riding. We will ride together as a group on the flat and regroup where necessary at the top of the hills. The speed will be the pace of the slowest rider. Max group of 6.
  • G4 – Really easy (40 miles @ 11-10 mph) is for those who are ready to venture slightly further afield than the social ride, at a slightly quicker pace, while still enjoying the social aspect of group riding. We will ride together as a group on the flat and regroup where necessary at the top of the hills. The speed will be the pace of the slowest rider. Max group of 6.
  • F Moderate – (50 miles @ 13-15 mph – If you’ve enjoyed the friendly G group but want a little more then try raising your pace and distance.
  • E – Hilly Moderate (50 miles @ 14 mph) is for anyone who wants a good challenge but isn’t interested in the competitive side of things. They do regroup after long or steep climbs but try to keep on the move. 
  • D –  Veterans. Mixed hill and flatter rides. Group riding with some club legends – soak in the experience of the clubs elder statesmen (and women). There are many riders in this group who know almost every possible route that can be used to and from Abbrook. They will take you on rides of discovery and interest.
  • C – Fast (60 miles @ 16 mph) is a taster for anyone thinking of the A  & B Runs (racing) and needs to build on fitness but at a (slightly) more relaxed pace.  There is a lot of climbing with no real stopping to wait for riders, which isn’t necessary as the group keeps together.
  • B – Hilly Fast-  This ride focus’s on Route quality rather than maintaining a speed. Typically its 15 – 17 mph but depends on weather/terrain etc. Expect a varied and interesting route and some scenic views!
  • A – Race  (70 miles @ 20 mph average) is the fastest group aimed primarily at the racers. This ride is renowned as being one of the toughest in the South West and often you’ll be joined by many of the regions most exciting young talents. You need to be experienced at this level to join this run. 
  • Tuesday Chain Gangs. These fast training rides mainly aimed at the A, B & C runs leave every Tuesday evening at 7pm from Abbrook throughout the summer.

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Remember to wear suitable clothing and wrap up warm in the winter months. If you are having a bad day or a mechanical problem the group will wait for you and ensure you safely reach your destination. You don’t need to think about joining the club until you’ve attended two or three club runs but see our membership page for all the benefits of becoming a member. Many people ride to the meeting place as parking is not currently available at Abbrook. Contact below for any info: