Organised club runs take place every Saturday and Sunday all year round.  Depending on the time of year, weather and numbers the run can vary in distance from approximately 40 to 70 miles.

If you are considering coming out on your first group ride but are worried about your fitness level or cycling ability, as a general rule if you can cycle for 2 hours at around 15mph on your own you will hopefully fit in well with the group.

In a group you can save a lot of energy riding in the slipstream of other cyclists so the pace may be higher but you won’t have to do all the work yourself!!

Getting used to riding so close to other cyclists may be difficult initially but in time you will improve your bike handling and be able to ride through the group saving you energy.

 

What to bring……????

-         Spare inner tube, tyre levers, pump

-         Water bottle

-         Snack/emergency food (e.g. energy gel/bar, banana, cereal bar)

-         Gilet or waterproof coat (the weather in NI tends to be a little ‘changeable’)

-         Mobile phone

-         Money for emergencies and coffee stop

 

Saturday

Runs meet at 9:30am at the site of the old Down Royal night club on the Ballinderry Road/Knockmore Road crossroads.  These runs generally include a coffee stop but all those participating should be prepared to cycle for 2hours without stopping. Depending on numbers Saturday runs will be split in to two groups, with a faster group aiming for an average of 20mph and the second group aiming for an average of 18mph. The faster group will cater for those who are racing or competing. The slower group will be aimed at those who enjoy a leisurely run on a saturday morning but are fit enough to keep a high average speed. 

*It is up to your own discretion which group you decide to go with, however, it must be noted that if you choose to go with the faster group they will not wait unless there is a mechanical or an injury.*

 

Sunday

Runs meet at 9:00am at the front of the Bow Street Mall in Lisburn. Sunday runs are split in to three groups. The 'A' group will cycle anywhere between 50-70 miles at an average of 19-20mph with no coffee stop. This would be one of the tougher runs within the club. 

Alternatively, on a Sunday there is also a Novice run. The meeting place is also Bow Street Mall and at the same time (9:00am). This run is for cyclists who may be new to riding in a group and want to ride a shorter distance at a slower pace. The average for these runs is between 15-17mph and includes a coffee stop. The usual coffee stop is at Oxford Island in which a coffee/tea and scone can be purchased for £2.40. The usual distance for this run is roughly 35 miles.

*It is up to your own discretion which group you decide to go with, however, it must be noted that if you choose to go with the A group they will not wait unless there is a mechanical or an injury.*

 

 

Mountain Bike

This winter the club has introduced two mountain bike runs to accomodate for novice mountain bikers wanting to join a club and more advanced mountain bikers who are wanting to race. 

Both runs meet at Civic Centre car park in Lisburn at 6:30pm. The novice run is on a Monday night. This run usually covers a distance of 20 miles and applies a nobody gets dropped policy. 

Wednesday nights include more technical terrain and are carried out a higher pace. There is an element of waiting but it is a more advanced run so ability to keep up is key. 

Lights are essential for both runs. For more information contact marylandwheelers@gmail.com 

 

Alternatively, on a Sunday there is also a Novice run. The meeting place is also Bow Street Mall and at the same time (9:00am). This run is for cyclists who may be new to riding in a group and want to ride a shorter distance at a slower pace. The average for these runs is between 15-17mph and includes a coffee stop. The usual coffee stop is at Oxford Island in which a coffee/tea and scone can be purchased for £2.40. The usual distance for this run is roughly 35 miles.  

 

For more information regarding club runs drop us an email to marylandwheelers@gmail.com. Maryland Wheelers is a friendly bunch of enthusiastic cyclists who are always willing to accomodate and offer any help or advice. 

 

All those participating do so at their own risk and we ask that after joining us for 3 runs you take up membership with the club through Cycling Ireland which will provide insurance from as little as £17 per year for an introductory license and if a returning non-competitor £30. Club fees are £20.