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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 at a pace that is comfortable for them, we have four main groups, each with sub-groups.  We are a road cycling club so you will need a road bike (AKA ‘racing’ bike) with drop handlebars and smooth tyres. 

Tigers

  • Very Easy Tigers – 10-12 mph (16-19 kph) – this is the minimum paced ride we offer. We ask that you can do at least this pace over 30 miles (48 km) with some hills before joining club rides. If you’re not sure, you could try riding this route. If you can manage this in around 2 hours 45 minutes without stopping for a break then you should be able to keep up with Very Easy Tigers.
  • Easy Tigers 12-13 mph (19-21 kph)
  • Tigers 13-14 mph (21-22.5 kph)
  • Fast Tigers – 14-15 mph (22.5-24 kph)

Tiger groups generally do 28-30 miles (45-48 km) before a stop

The Tigers group leaders are Mike Duckett, Gill Newman and Matt Webster.

Jaguars – average speed: 14-16 mph (22-26 kph), does 35-40 miles (56-64 km) before a stop. The Jags group leaders are Andi West and Jane Eastman.

Leopards – average speed: 16-18 mph (26-29 kph), 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

Red Kite Ride

The Red Kite Ride 2022 will take place on Sunday 4 September

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

In 2021 the Red Kite Ride raised £12,000 for local good causes including: Samaritans Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead; Thames Valley Air Ambulance; Wycombe Homeless Connection; Younger People with Dementia; and Marlow Sports Club.

In 2022, the members of Marlow Riders have voted to support the following charities:

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Wheels for All

Samaritans – Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead

Wycombe Homeless Connection

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

Our volunteers can’t wait to welcome you
Our picturesque countryside
The historic Marlow bridge and All Saints church

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.