What we're about

Welcome to the Broughton Cycling Group. The group was founded Summer 2013 by a group of neighbours who wanted the opportunity to get to know each other, build community spirit and get fit at the same time.

We started off by just getting on the bikes and having a go. We covered small distance rides to begin with and regularly stopped at the pub to check our times with a celebratory drink!

Today the group is growing with a great bunch of riders who have varying levels of fitness and ability. We always welcome new members from our local community who enjoy cycling and meeting new people. We like to keep things simple. We don’t take it too seriously and there is a ride to suit everyone.

Visit our Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/broughtoncycling/) or find out more at www.bcgmk.com (http://www.broughtoncyclinggroup.org)

It is really helpful to our ride leaders and admin team if you add your first and surname to your Meet Up account and also add a photo of you so you can be recognised at the start of the rides please.

Here is a link to our bumper Rider's Pack, (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/ae4275_7ed4eef96ad34c6ca7ee8c693254a69c.pdf) you'll pick up loads of useful info in here.

Hope to see you cycling with us soon.

Upcoming events (4+)

Cat C, 10–12 mph, 16 miles, 325ft ride to the OSO café in Cranfield

Weather permitting, join Jane and Sharon on a gentle C paced ride out to the OSO café in Cranfield for coffee and cake.

THE ROUTE is a classic BCG ride of 16 miles starting at the Broughton Meeting point cycling via Salford and the Whoopsie Daisy, Cranfield Uni, the legendary Folly Lane, North Crawley and Cranfield for the stop at the OSO cafe. After our refreshments it’s back to the meeting point with a nice downhill ride of Cranfield Hill, then back through Salford to Broughton.

This is a very easy pace ride and ideal for all. No one will be left behind. This route contains no significant hills and the Cat C (10-12 mph average) will be strictly observed.

You can find the route:

https://www.komoot.com/tour/487312727?share_token=aKy7a7VHlHvzsZlP6UtWiaF6OKyrQReaJEfJ0HJh0g8cTHWAHk&ref=wtd

Whilst BCG will take COVID safe measures we cannot guarantee COVID free rides. By signing up to join this ride you confirm that you do not knowingly have any symptoms of Covid or are in contact with anyone with symptoms or self isolating.

You should be able to conduct your own roadside repairs, due to COVID restrictions others may not be willing to help you out resulting in you having to find your own way home. You must be prepared to guide yourself home from any point in the ride (using your own knowledge, phone, Garmin, map, etc).

BCG is an all-inclusive club and people of all backgrounds and genders are welcome.

IMPORTANT: You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a paid member to continue riding with the group.

You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

Low end Cat B, 14-15mph, Harrold Dragonfly cafe, 1300ft, circa 43 miles

Please join Damian and Steve Froud on a trainee ride leader outing. Route is Broughton, Cranfield, Astwood, Newton Blossomville, Olney, Lavendon, Harrold Dragonfly Cafe, Carlton, Turvey, Newton Blossomville and return.

Ride is limited to 6 for communication purposes only on a trainee RL event.

This ride is specifically targeted at low end Cat B riders.

No Ride with GPS map as not conversant with route mapping yet.

BCG welcomes both female and male cyclists and we have a mix of women and men right across all our categories.

Before signing up for this ride, for the safety of the group and the quality of the ride, please be sure you are comfortable riding at the advertised speed, confident riding in a group and capable of the distance.

Note anyone constantly riding faster than the group and trying to push the speed up will not be welcome.

IMPORTANT: You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a paid member to continue riding with the group.

You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

Cat A, Northants Loop, 58 miles, 18mph+, 2275ft, With Cafe Stop

Join Gary & Matt on an 58 mile ride around south Northamptonshire where we two possible stops at either Emmaus (20 miles) or Salcey (40 miles).

https://www.strava.com/routes/2873496854025939576

BCG is an all-inclusive club and people of all backgrounds are welcome.

IF YOU FEEL UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP FOR THE RIDE.

Now the important bit: COVID DECLARATION:

Whilst BCG will take COVID safe measures we cannot guarantee COVID free rides. By signing up to join this ride you confirm that you do not knowingly have any symptoms of Covid or are in contact with anyone with symptoms or self isolating. You must follow Government guidance at all times.

You should be able to conduct your own roadside repairs, due to COVID restrictions others may not be willing to help you out resulting in you having to find your own way home. You must be prepared to guide yourself home from any point in the ride (using your own knowledge, phone, Garmin, map, etc).

IMPORTANT: You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

Ad Hoc Audax Gravel ride, 32 miles from Stevenage

Hampson Park Community Centre

Posted here for those who don’t do Facebook. There’s currently 4 of us doing this plus some further interest. Event start is 9, aim for 30 minutes before to collect brevet card and get sorted.

I’ve entered the Hertfordshire Greenways Lite Audax ride on 18 September.

Audaxes are like sportives, except they’re run by cyclists for cyclists rather than profit.

This one is a perfect introduction to them for gravel riders (most Audaxes are road rides), starting in Stevenage and only 50km in length and using bridleways, greenways and small lanes.

Unlike sportives and timing chips these use controls. ‘Controls at Welwyn Garden City, Whitwell and Stevenage., plus 2 information controls.’ means there’s someone to stamp your card at Welwyn, Whitwell and Stevenage, and the two information controls will be a question like at 20km the sign for Ayot is how many miles, so you take a picture of the sign and write the answer on your card at the final control.

You’re expected to be self sufficient, and if you have to bail let the organiser know so no one’s waiting for you.

If you’re not a member of Audax UK there’s usually a £2 addition to the entry fee for insurance, so about £8 all in.

Audax can get more complicated with classifications, challenges etc, but at its simplest it’s a wonderful and well tested route that you can ride with like minded people for less than a coffee and cake.

If you’d like to join me I’m happy to ride with you and/or answer any questions I’m able to. I’ve done the full 110km version of this ride a few times and it’s a lovely route and we’ll organised by Phil.

https://audax.uk/event-details?eventId=8213

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