Getting Started

Is DPCC the right club for me?

Racing and Competition

Dulwich Paragon cycling club is based in south London and is one of the largest clubs in the UK. We take pride in our reputation as friendly, welcoming and inclusive.

This is a club dedicated to the serious and sporting cyclist, and our members take part in road and circuit racing and compete at all levels on the track, in time-trials and cyclo-cross events. Club members also participate in cyclo-sportives and long distance challenge events at home and abroad. Club rides and activities are focused on training for competition and we encourage all members to participate in all cycle-sport disciplines.  With the support of your fellow members, we hope to see you progress from that first non-members’ ride to achieving your goals as a competitive cyclist.

Training sessions and rides are varied and take place on almost every day of the week. These include weekend club rides,  mid-week chaingangs,  track training and indoor turbo training sessions.  Though we are certainly sociable, DP is not a social riding club; those seeking something more focused on the social side of cycling might want to consider joining a non-sporting club.

Supporting Racing and Competition

The regional race organising bodies (South East Road Race League, Surrey League, League of Veteran Racing Cyclists, Cycling Time Trials Association etc…) rely on the support and resources of local clubs to run competitive events. Dulwich Paragon members are proud to play a vital role in ensuring the continuity of the racing scene in the South East of England and take a lead in organising a number of open road and track racing events.

These include the club’s flagship road race The Wally Gimber where riders compete for the Wally Gimber trophy in the country’s longest-running event of its kind.  We host events for SERRL, SL, LVRC, and run the ever-popular Crystal Palace Criterium summer series.  We also run track events at the famous Herne Hill Velodrome and time trials in the south of London. The latter includes the club’s own summer evening 10 mile TT series for the Harry Must Cup. Our annual sportive The Ride of the Falling Leaves is a prominent and incredibly popular feature of the UK sportive calendar, starting at the iconic Herne Hill Velodrome on the first Sunday in October.

 

Volunteering

This commitment to supporting cycle-sport means that all members without exception are expected to volunteer on at least two occasions every year. If you cannot satisfactorily meet this prerequisite your application for membership will not be approved.

 

How fit do I need to be?

So you have decided to give it a go and the obvious question you need to ask yourself is “am I fit enough?”. The best and first test is to come along to a Non-Members’ Introductory ride, which are held on the first Saturday of the month.  The ride is guided by DP members and is an opportunity for you to meet newcomers like yourself, get a feel for the club, and experience and practise the group riding skills that are involved.

The ride is approximately 35 miles in length, and generally takes two and half to three hours. There are a number of groups based on different speeds. The average moving speeds are between 21 kmph / 13mph and 28 kmph/ 17mph, with approximately 800 metres of total ascending over the course.   We assume all riders are competent and understand how their bikes work – gears, brakes, etc – and have at least some basic mechanical ability.  For these reasons, the Non Members’ Introductory Ride is NOT suitable for complete beginners.

There is more information about the Introductory Ride here.

 

If you have any questions or would like to know more about whether DPCC might be the right club for you please email them to  membership@dulwichparagon.com.

For full details of how to join us please CLICK HERE