Club Rides

The Weekend club runs are at the heart of GS Avanti and occur no matter the weather. With four groups of varying speeds and distances to choose from, it is easy to find a ride that’s perfect for you. Starting from Green Street Green, Orpington, our groups head straight into the countryside and explore some of the most beautiful cycling routes in the South East. Taking in lanes in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex – we have a great knowledge of the best routes to enjoy on your bike.

A friendly, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere means our group rides provide the best opportunity to explore the North Downs with other enthusiastic cyclists. New riders are most welcome. Just turn up, introduce yourself and we’ll look after you. More details about our groups, including the speeds and distances travelled, are available using the menu to the right. Be reassured that we stop for punctures, mechanicals and ensure that no riders gets lost.

Rides generally include a cafe stop with the chance to get to know your fellow club-mates.

Our rides meet at the The Royal Oak, High Street, Green Street Green, Orpington, BR6 6BJ

We usually meet between 08:45 and 09:30 on a Sunday and 8am on a Saturday depending on the time of year and the ride level – details will be posted on the individual ride events on Discord each week.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our membership secretary, who will be happy to recommend an appropriate group for you and answer any other queries.

Our Ride Groups

  • G4 –
    • GS Avanti’s entry level Sunday club run. These rides provide a gentle introduction to riding as a group and usually cover between 30 to 40 miles. The average pace is about 12.5mph.
    • Every so often G4 hosts a longer ride of 50-60 miles, to help riders build endurance and move up to G3 with confidence.
  • G3
    • A medium paced ride with a relaxed average speed of between 14-16mph. Led by experienced riders, the group will usually cover between 55 to 70 miles, depending upon the weather and time of year.
    • One of our most sociable groups, with a good balance of male and female riders.
  • G2
    • A medium to fast paced group, with an average speed of 16 – 17 mph depending on the terrain. The normal distance covered is 60 – 80 miles, although this is shortened in the winter months.
  • G1
    • Our fastest paced ride. Expect an average speed of 17-19 mph. It’s ideal for fit riders who may be looking towards competitive riding, whether that is road racing, time trialling or improving times in sportives.
    • The normal distance covered is 60 – 80 miles, although the group tends to favour shorter rides of 50 miles during the winter.

Gravel Rides

With many members now also riding gravel bikes or road bikes capable of riding tyres large enough to be comfortable off-road we will be launching a regular gravel ride in 2023. More info to follow.

In the meantime you can find out more about riding off-road in the local area in our off-road section.

Ad-Hoc Midweek Rides

Depending on the time of year, weather and interest in participation, there are often midweek rides either for training, for fun or on bank holidays. These rides are announced and discussed on our Discord server.

Open Days

Each year we try to host one or two open days where we invite non-members to attend – it’s a great way to meet new potential members but also to get the chance to share the beautiful countryside with other clubs.

Club Ride Guidance

Riding in a group is very different from riding on your own. Other cyclists in the group are depending on you to ride in a safe and predictable manner, so it is important to adhere to ‘group riding etiquette’. Most of our new members join us without group riding experience and the best place to learn is in G4 (our introductory group).

Please read through the Group Ride Guidance in detail.

We also have guidance for Ride Leaders.

In addition, the following tips may help:

  • Never brake sharply if someone is right behind you (unless it’s an emergency).
  • Please point out the potholes.
  • Never overtake another rider on the inside, unless you shout “coming through” or something similar.
  • Never turn sharply or move unpredictably, unless you give plenty of warning.
  • If you are at the front of the group and miss a turning, do not make a last minute manoeuvre. Instead, continue past the junction and turn when safe.
  • If you puncture or have a mechanical, please shout loudly so the group is aware and can help you.

It is strongly recommended that if you are a new Avanti Club member and you do not have the experience of group riding that you take a position at the back of the group for a few rides, this will help you to become familiar with different members riding styles, the road conditions and the variations of the routes the Club use, also at the rear you can gain relatively safely experience of group riding, regarding the Wednesday ride it is important that riders have a good level of experience as the pace and demands often exceed the Sunday rides.