Led rides

Every Wednesday & Saturday

Departing Bush Fair

Our led rides are at the heart of what we do. We love seeing new riders get going for the first time, or regular riders cycling further than they thought possible. Harlow is a great place to get riding. Mostly flat, with over 30 miles of mostly traffic-free cycle-ways linking the town with the River Stort, National Cycle Route 1, and the quiet back lanes of West-Essex.

If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about riding in a group, or you are getting back on the bike after a long time, or after an injury or illness, try a one-to-one session with one of our ride leaders. They can help you gain or regain confidence and stamina on your bike.

Check below to decide which of our rides is right for you. If you are unsure, pop in for a chat, and a free assessment. Check our upcoming rides and events listings for an up-to-date schedule.

 

Our led rides are FREE!

No bike?

No problem!

Hire one of ours.

£3.00 / session.

Rides supported by:

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Easy Does It

Level: Beginner

Pace: 7-10mph

Duration: 45 mins to 2 hours

Time: Saturday 11:00


For newcomers or those returning to cycling after a long break, illness or injury. A gentle amble around local, traffic free routes at a pace where conversation can be maintained. Longer rides may go out to Roydon and include a tea stop.

Contact us to register interest.


 

Further & Faster

Level: Intermediate

Pace: 10-14mph

Duration: 1 ½ – 3 hours

Time: Wednesday 9:30 & Saturday 10:30


Designed to get you out into the quiet country lanes in and around Harlow. A little more challenging that the Easy Does It rides, and you may find yourself getting a little out of breath as you begin to build strength and stamina on the bike. 

Contact us to register interest.


 

Fast Not Furious

Level: Experienced

Pace: 14-18mph

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

Time: Saturday 11:00


For regular riders seeking more of a challenge. Exploring West-Essex and East Herts with more challenging rides between 25-45 miles, (and with a tea stop of course!). Please read our  guidelines at the bottom of this page before joining these rides.

Contact us to register interest.


Family Fun Ride

 A ride to feed the ducks! For family groups with children of any age. However, all riders must be able to manage 45 minutes – one hour of gentle slow cycling. Fun for all the family.

Contact us on 01279 431333

Saturday; times on request

Women Only Rides

Exactly what it says on the tin! Rides for women including Easy Does It “drop in sessions”, Further & Faster, and Fast not Furious rides. By women, for women.

Contact us on 01279 431333

 

Special Event

Big Halow Bike Ride (Free)

 A ride for all the family around Harlow. This is suitable for all abilities.

Sunday 20th August 2017

Contact us on 01279 431333

Special Event

Cycle 100 'Your Harlow'

A 25 mile bike ride. March 2017. Exact date to be confirmed

Contact us on 01279 431333


 

Excluding our family rides and beginner rides, we ask that all riders make themselves familiar with our guidelines for riding as part of a group (click on each section to expand):

  • Before you ride:

    check your bike is the right size for you;

    check your bike is suitable for the type of riding you will be doing;

    check your bike is safe to ride using the M-check, or ABC-check;

    if you wear a helmet, ensure it is undamaged, and fits well;

    check the weather, and dress appropriately;

    dress in layers, no baggy or loose trousers;

    wear suitable shoes with laces tucked in;

    make your ride leader aware of any medical issues you may have e.g. asthma, diabetes etc.

    Always carry with you:

    a spare inner tube of correct size and valve type;

    a pump and puncture repair kit;

    a drink, and emergency snack;

    any emergency medication you may need e.g. asthma inhaler, insulin pen;

    money for the tea and cake stop!

  • During the ride:

    on roads, always follow the Highway Code and be courteous to all road users;

    on cycle lanes and shared use paths, be aware of other cyclists and give pedestrians priority;

    on tow paths, always give priority to walkers and use your bell (two rings) when approaching people from behind;

    always remember,  your bell is for saying ‘hello I’m here’ not ‘out the way I’m coming through!’;

    always tell a ride leader, or co-rider if you are experiencing any problems;

    always inform the ride leader if you choose to go home early;

    always follow instructions from your ride leader. Our ride leaders may be giving instruction for individual, or group safety;

    most of all, enjoy your ride, smile, and have fun!!!

  • Please give feedback to your ride leader, it is important to us that we pitch our rides correctly, and your input helps ensure we do!