Monthly Introductory Ride

Thinking about joining Dulwich Paragon? This is where to start.

Every first Saturday of the month, we invite non-members to come on one of our regular club runs. It’s a chance for you to ride with us, chat to us, and find out if Dulwich Paragon is the right club for you.

It’s not a race, and it’s not a test – it’s simply a chance to ride 55km with us into some lovely country roads. As long as you’re generally pretty confident riding your bike on the road and can manage that kind of distance, we welcome riders of all experience and ability.

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list to be kept informed, please e-mail membership@dulwichparagon.com.

Before the ride

Places will be available on a limited pre-booked basis only with a range of paces to select from. You’ll need to sign up in advance at RiderHQ – this link will be updated about a week in advance once we have sorted out groups and ride leaders. 
Make sure you have a roadworthy bike with working gears and brakes, straight and true wheels, properly inflated tyres, and (ideally) mudguards if it’s wet. Drop handlebars are ideal but not mandatory.
Wear appropriate clothing – a jersey or jacket with pockets, padded shorts or tights, gloves/mitts, and a jacket or gilet if it’s wet and/or cold. We strongly advise wearing a helmet but it is not mandatory.
Bring at least one full water bottle, two if it’s hot. A snack for mid-ride refuelling is recommended.
Bring a bike multi-tool, a mini-pump, and tyre levers in case you have a mechanical. And it’s a good idea to bring emergency contact details in case of an accident.

The ride

Arrive at Herne Hill Velodrome at the specified time, where a member of the club committee will give you a quick briefing about the club and the ride. Note that there is no parking inside the velodrome – it’s best to ride there.
We set off in groups of up to 10, fastest first, steadiest riders last. Each group will have at least 2 DPCC riders to act as guides and keep the group together. Here is the route we follow.
We observe the Highway Code. We obey stop lights, ride no more than two abreast, and don’t ride on the pavement. Follow your group leader’s instructions at all times.
The club is affiliated to British Cycling and is covered for Public Liability Insurance, so you are indemnified against risk on the ride. However riders must take personal responsibility for their own safety.

After the ride

Enjoy a well-earned coffee and cake at the café in Crystal Palace! It’s also a chance to quiz our members further about the club and our activities.
Then if you’ve decided that Dulwich Paragon is the right club for you, head over to the “Join” page to complete the membership process.