Check out the Members forum or the DCC facebook forum for the latest news and start times.
Our Club Rides Poster summarises the weekly rides and contact details.
There will also be a full day ride on the 3rd Sunday of each month; check out our facebook page for departure times and destinations.
Club runs provide an opportunity to ride in a group with the benefits of drafting, camaraderie and the occasional bout of sarcasm! The pace is governed by those present, although the group may split during the course of a ride.
Safety is paramount; if you're not used to riding in a group, please read the page on Etiquette. Stay at the back of the group until you're confident that you can ride alongside other riders. Don't overlap wheels with the rider in front, and don't weave about!
The Sunday club run leaves at 9:00am from Blackwell and covers anything from 50 to 100 miles, but generally in the region of 60 to 75 miles during the summer months, and shorter distances as the weather worsens. The route is chosen on the day and depends on weather, wind direction and who's there. A café stop is 'mandatory' and provides an opportunity to re-fuel and recover. This is a steady ride and a good introduction for anyone just starting out and wanting to increase their mileage.
The 9:00am Saturday ride is no longer controlled by DCC. It is traditionally a faster affair, following a route through Cleasby, Manfield, Eppleby, Caldwell and Whorlton to Barnard Castle for a café stop. The return leg follows the same route to Caldwell, then to Aldbrough St. John, Barton and back into Darlington around 12:00. This ride attracts riders from other clubs who use the opportunity to catch up with gossip.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays a group meet up at 9:30am all year round for a 40-75 mile ride. This is a social ride, the group will wait for the slowest rider.
During the summer months there is a social ride leaving at 6:30pm Tuesday evenings. A faster group leaves at 6:30pm on Thursdays for 30 to 40 miles.
When and where?
All rides leave from the Blackwell Post Office.
Sunday, 9:00am, steady ride. A second ride may leave at the same time depending on the make-up of the group.
3rd Sunday of the month, 8:00am, full day ride
9:30am Tuesday and Thursday. Steady ride, with a second group leaving at the same time depending on the make-up of the group.
0:800am Thursday, full day ride, see the members forum or the facebook page for the latest details.
6:30pm Tuesday during the summer, social ride, 14 mph.
6:30pm Thursday during the summer, training ride, 30+ miles, 16+ mph.
9:30am Saturday. Entry level and intermediate ride, with the option of either 15-20 miles or 25-30 miles at a slightly faster pace. Both with cafe stop. Accompanied by experienced riders, no-one is left behind. Call Chris Flood on 01325 495451 for more info.