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.

Ability groups

To ensure that everyone gets to ride with those of a similar ability, we have five ability 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, or a hybrid with 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 – 15mph, does about 30 miles before a stop

Jaguars – average speed: 15 – 17mph, does 35 – 40 miles before a stop

Leopards – average speed: 17 – 19mph, does 40 – 45 miles before a stop

Cheetahs – average speed: 18 – 20+mph, does 50+ miles 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

It is with much regret we have decided to cancel the Red Kite Ride 2020

Our priority has always been to run a good quality event, keeping everyone, including participants, our volunteers/members, and our neighbours in Marlow safe. We had hoped that by September things would have settled down and the ride could go ahead, but with the amount of organisation and financial commitment required, and with social distancing we are unable to go ahead.

The event raises quite a bit of money for our nominated charities, and we are looking at ways that we can still contribute to them.

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Red Kite Ride (though now, only the 9th ride!), so we are planning something extra special – the date will be 5 September 2021. Put it in your diaries.

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.