Based in the Welsh coastal town of Aberystwyth, Ystwyth Cycling Club is an affiliated club of British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, British Schools Cycling Association and the British Triathlon Federation. The club is open to men and women of all abilities and ages. Our members are active in a number of cycling disciplines, including Road Racing, Time Trials, Mountain Biking, Triathlon, Duathlon, Touring and Track.
The club has regular rides throughout the year, and organises popular cycling events including the AberCycleFest, a Club Time Trial series and local Road races.
If you would like to know more about joining the club see our membership page for what you need to do. Or if you’d just like more information about the club contact us here.
Ystwyth Cycling Club organise many of the events at Abercyclefest (May 22-25).
Click the logo to enter the AberCycleFest website.
We rely on the help from club members to assist with volunteer work during the festival, from marshaling the criteriums to packing goody bags for the sportive. If you can help, please fill out our volunteer form : www.abercyclefest.com/volunteers
1. Ride whatever you want.
2. No one cares if your bar tape matches your seat.
3. The bike comes first, right behind family and friends and making a living.
4. Riding in bad weather makes you better. But don’t be stupid about it.
5. If you aren’t having fun, stop.
6. Don’t overlap wheels. Just don’t.
7. Don’t be late to a group ride. Be early.
8. If you’re dropped three times, do your own thing. (See Gentlemen’s Ride)
9. If it’s a no-drop ride, don’t drop people.
10. Support your local bike shop. And bring them food sometimes.
11. If you race more than 3 times a year, you are in Sport division. If you podium twice, move up. If you win, move up. Getting dead last in Expert is better than winning in Sport. Getting DFL in Pro is better than winning in Expert. No one cares if you win. We all have to go to work on Monday. Test yourself.
12. If you get plate number 13, you turn it upside down. You just do.
13. Do not make start line excuses. “I haven’t been riding”, “I’ve was sick last night”, “I’m too hung over”, “My bike is too heavy”, and the like, are all your fault. Just ride, congratulate the winner, and hang out with your pals after. It’s all good, man.
14. Blogs are stupid. Don’t listen to them, and never take them seriously.
Coffee Ride: Easy, Pease-y. You ride bikes slow and go to a place to drink coffee. Do not fuck up the coffee part. Jeez.
Gentlemen’s Ride: A group ride consisting of any number of riders. Fast but conversational pace on the flats, with hard efforts on climbs. Strict rolling regroups over the top of climbs. Everyone gets back on the first time, no exceptions. Second climb, rolling regroup. If you are dropped two or three times, do the gentlemanly thing and finish the ride alone. If you’re crushing everyone, do the gentlemanly thing and make sure the bulk of the ride stays together. Most of the group should finish together. Ride leader makes any other decisions.
No-Drop Ride: No one is left behind. Ever. That said, make sure a pace is announced and enforced, and do not get in over your head. If it is no drop at 18mph and you can only do 14, think long and hard about going.
Ice Cream Ride: No spandex. 10-12mph. It ends in ice cream, preferably out of a small, miniature Detroit Tigers helmet.
Recovery Ride: If someone says they are going on a recovery ride, they are going to try to drop you on every climb. Guaranteed.