Marlow Riders is the home of social road cycling in the Chilterns. We are an inclusive club, with something for most levels of cyclist (subject to a minimum level of fitness – see our Ability Groups section), and about a third of our members are female. Our ethos is Cycling for All, no-one gets left behind on our rides, and there’s usually a coffee and cake stop, or a beer at the end!

Our main club rides are on Saturday mornings, and in the summer, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The safety of our members and other road users is extremely important to us.  We never have more than 10 riders in a group and we do not permit the use of ebikes or tri-bars on club rides.

Speed groups

To ensure that everyone gets to ride with those of a similar speed, we have five groups, with sub-groups within each.  We are a road cycling club, so in order to keep up, you will need a road (AKA ‘racing’) bike with drop handlebars smooth tyres. 

Lions – goes at the pace of the slowest led by an experienced leader.  You must be able to ride 25 miles within 2.5 hours. 

Easy Tigers – average speed: 12 – 14mph (19-22kph), does 28-30 miles (45-48 km) before a stop

Jaguars – average speed: 14 – 16mph (22-26kph), does 35 – 40 miles (56-64 km) before a stop

Leopards – average speed: 16 – 18mph (26-29kph), does 40 – 45 miles (64-72 km) before a stop

Cheetahs – average speed: 18+mph (29+kph), does 50-55 miles (80-88 km) before a stop

You can find information on joining Marlow Riders in our new riders section.

Red Kite Ride

The Red Kite Ride 2021 will take place on Sunday 5 September

We have been advised by British Cycling that from 29 March, events run by BC affiliated clubs can have a maximum number of 600 riders. In view of this and the Government’s roadmap for coming out of lockdown restrictions the Red Kite Ride should run pretty much as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation, and if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19, all entrants will receive a full refund, or have the option to roll their entry over to 2022. 

We are now open for entries – for more information please visit: https://www.marlowredkiteride.co.uk

In 2019 the Red Kite Ride raised £21,000 for local good causes including: Wheels for All, Bisham; Younger People with Dementia; Wycombe Homeless Connection; Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Marlow Sports Club. A ceremonial presentation took place on Saturday, 14 December, at The Britannia pub in Marlow.

Wheels for All

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Wycombe Homeless Connection

Younger People with Dementia

Marlow Sports Club

Visit the Red Kite Ride website for more details including sponsorship opportunities

Community and other road users

We aim to be good neighbours and get involved with our local communities.  This year we are supporting five local charities through our annual Red Kite Ride sportive.  http://www.marlowredkiteride.co.uk

We take the safety of our riders, other road users and members of the public extremely seriously.  All members are briefed to ride in accordance with road conditions (either single file or 2 abreast), and to conform at all times with the Highway Code, including giving ample warning to horse riders, and passing wide and slow. 

Rules & Etiquette

Our rules are fairly simple.  Be safe, treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself, look after each other and don’t bring the Club into disrepute.

For a more comprehensive list of club rules, riding etiquette and safety requirements please download our Golden Rules.