Welcome to the Marlow Riders website – home to road cycling in Marlow and the surrounding area. Marlow Riders was set up in 2012 to provide ‘Cycling for All’. We are an inclusive club, we provide encouragement for those new to the delights of cycling in a group, and a framework for more experienced riders to improve and progress. At Marlow Riders there is pretty much something for everyone.
Our focus is safety and enjoyment, with a strong social element, and nobody gets left behind. We love a cake and coffee stop –but only after we earned it!!
Club rides are every Saturday morning and in the summer we do evening rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well, sometimes with a beer after!
We are delighted to have had an unprecedented intake of new members over the last 12 months and we welcome all of our new members to the Marlow Riders family.
We take the safety and wellbeing of our members very seriously so in order to ensure we can manage our increased rider numbers effectively we have decided to cap our membership at the current level and are no longer accepting new members.
Membership is expected to reopen in April 2019, after our existing members have had the opportunity to renew. We will use a waiting list to help us prioritise new members. To add your name to our waiting list please click here: http://marlowriders.org.uk/waitlist/
Our ability groups are named after big cats, (an idea from our Chairman who thought it was more interesting that simply going with fast, medium and slow). Everyone quite likes it, and it seems to work:
Lions – (Beginners) – the ride goes at the speed of the slowest and is led by an experienced leader. There is a minimum requirement that you can ride 25 miles in 2.5 hours, also keep in mind that Marlow is on the river, that means that most rides will go up a hill of some description. Lions soon earn their stripes and become Tigers!
Easy Tigers (Socialites) – average speed is 12 – 15 mph, depending on how much climbing. Typically this group rides about 28 – 32 miles before the coffee stop, and the emphasis is on social riding. Easy Tigers stop at the top of hills and ensure that everyone has recovered before going on (ie. lots of chat!).
Jaguars (Rebels – without a cause) – average speed 15 – 17 mph. This group typically does 35 – 40 miles before coffee, with 3 to 4 climbs. Jags tend to wait at the top of hills too, but then they like to crack on – sometimes the leader provides jelly babies!
Leopards (The Cool Kids) – average speed 17 – 19 mph. Now we’re getting serious! This group does several climbs and 40 – 45 miles before coffee. Leopards don’t stop at the top of hills, but they do go easy so anyone dropped can catch up.
Cheetahs (Elites – aka Geeks) – average speed 18 – 20 mph. Obviously the fastest cats, they do multiple hills and 50 – 55 miles before coffee. Cheetahs don’t stop after hills – they’ll see you at the coffee stop!
Every year Marlow Riders organise and host the popular Red Kite Ride sportive. http://marlowriders.org.uk/red-kite-ride/
Please note that Marlow Riders is a road cycling club and as such only road bikes or fast hybrids are likely to be suitable. Of course you may want to try out the club first before investing in one, therefore if you only have a mountain bike we would ask you to change to road tyres. There are plenty of second hand road bikes around to get you started. If you want advice on what type of bike to get have a chat with one of the club captains.