Will there be a group ride today?
Use your common sense - there will be no group ride if the weather compromises group safety! e.g. if there are severe weather warnings in force (see Met Office Forecast), e.g. if the predicted temperature at 9am is less than 4 degrees C, or if there is a high likelihood of heavy rain, please do not ride. Rides will only proceed at the discretion of the ride leader. For weather forecast, check the BBC weather forecast. Please wear good quality cycling kit whatever the conditions.
Please note - these are group rides with an emphasis on working as a team and staying together. They are not supposed to be individual, hard training rides or be coached. For example whilst groups might spread out a little over a climb, they would regroup at the top and then cycle on together.
Also, check the BRAT Forum for last minute updates and changes.
Central Bike Sessions
Sunday 8.30am Departure point: MAC front carpark at Cannon Hill Park. Optional tea, coffee and cake after the ride. Leave the bikes in the Courtyard (park side) and sit in the foyer so that you can keep an eye on them.
The rides are all around 2.5-3.5 hours at different speeds. The A ride will do 18+mph; B 16-18mph and C 14-16mph. Many weekends the C ride will split into two - with an eye to progressing keen cyclists towards the speed and distance of the B group whilst retaining its usual social aspect and a stop for coffee and cake.
Tuesday 6.30pm Departure point Tri-1st, riders of A and B levels only. Aimed at keeping cycling fitness and strength over the darker months - must have good quality lights in the Autumn/Winter. Check Tri-1st's facebook site every Monday. Damo www.tri-1st.co.uk
Northern Bike Sessions
Sunday 8.30am (All Year) Departure Point: Mere Green Island (opp Barclays Bank), Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 4BZ
These rides are around 40-50 miles. Check with the leader on the day about exact route and speed.
Wednesday 6.00pm (April to October) Departure Point: Mere Green Island (opp Barclays Bank), Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 4BZ
Southern Bike Sessions
Sunday before 9.00am Check the BRAT Bromsgrove and Redditch Facebook page for more information, distance, route and meeting point.
Tuesday 6.30pm Departure point: David Lloyd Bromsgrove, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 1GJ
Mixed ability group - generally self-paced looped efforts as speed or hill work.