At Dulwich Paragon, we want to make sure everyone gets the chance to ride, to train, and to meet new members. This is a selection of the rides that happen each week.
We send out a “Rides Roundup” email to members every Friday morning, listing the routes for the weekly rides, details of one-off excursions, social events, and recognising club members’ racing triumphs.
Saturday Club Run
The backbone of our weekly riding schedule.
Leaves at 0900 every week from Herne Hill Velodrome. We go at all paces from racy to steady, the fastest groups going off first.
The usual route is 56km to the top of the North Downs and back, with a climb or two along the way, finishing in Crystal Palace for coffee and cake. View the route here.
Off-road Club Run
Leaves at the same time as the roadies, but heads for the trails for some skills practice before returning to Crystal Palace for refreshments.
Sunday Club Run
A chance for club members to get some proper miles in over the weekend. Rides will usually meet at Cadence Performance Centre in Crystal Palace, lasting 100km and covering a different route each week. The routes are posted in the weekly Rides Roundup email as a GPX so you can add them to your device.
We usually have 2 groups:
1. Steady, base pace, usually about 22-24kph
2. Faster (but not breakneck) group, 24-28kph
Sunday Dawn Raids
A ride for those with parenting or other duties that makes it hard for them to commit to the standard Sunday club run. Generally starts shortly after 7am in Crystal Palace, with routes that allow for various “bail out” opportunities for those who need to get back early.
Our regular midweek evening training ride, giving riders opportunity to practice race skills and get used to the pace of road racing. We ride through-and-off to keep the pace high – see this video for an explanation.
It leaves from Elmer’s End throughout the racing season and follows this route (in summer) or this route (while the evenings are still dark).
The fast group gets a bit Darwinian and you might get dropped – but fear not! We also have intermediate and steady groups too, organised via the club forum or on a WhatsApp group.
There is also occasionally a chaingang for racers only on Thursday, organised via the racers’ WhatsApp group.
Sometimes Tuesday evenings, sometimes Wednesday – also leaves Elmer’s End before leaving tarmac behind. Usually organised via the members’ Cyclo-cross / MTB WhatsApp group.
Wednesday Women’s Regents chaingang
A women-only alternative to the above, featuring women-only post-work laps of Regents Park. Usually runs through summer.
An informal, casual, and traditional ride, usually meeting at Cafe St Germain on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and leaving earlier than the normal club runs.
You can test a member’s knowledge of club history by asking them what “DPNC” stands for.