Welcome to Pearson Cycling Club!

HISTORY

Pearson Cycles, established in 1860, is the world’s oldest bike shop. From the advent of the Penny Farthing towards the end of the 19th century, races would be regularly held between London’s outlining towns and Pearson’s played a central role in assisting and promoting both races and cycling in general. It was perhaps then only a matter of time for a cycling club to be born.

THE CLUB

The Pearson Cycling Club is a relatively new club first started by Guy and William Pearson, now with a growing membership based both locally and internationally. It is open to anyone over 18 years of age who has an interest in cycling be it to race, to participate in sportives or just simply to cycle socially or with the aim to improve fitness. The club sets up training rides/club rides suitable for all abilities so, no matter what your experience, there will always be a ride for you.

The club is affiliated to British Cycling as well as to the Surrey Cycle Racing League, the London Women’s League, Cycling Time Trials and London Cyclo-cross League.

In addition, the club maintains a strong relationship with Pearson Cycles and all club members receive a 10¢ club discount on parts and accessories purchased in their Sutton and Sheen Stores as well as a 20% reduction on any Chiro/Physiotherapy/Sports Massage services at the Sheen shop through Summit Wellbeing. There may also be a discretionary discount available on bike purchases. You will get preferential treatment for repairs at either shop although no discount will be applied.

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MEMBERSHIP

The membership year is the calendar year and for 2014 the cost of joining is £25. Please click here to join.

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire so that we can understand your interests and link you up with the right people in the club to try to make the most of your membership.

PARTICIPATION

The club is built around its members. Whilst there is an elected Committee to keep the club running smoothly, the club is only as successful as its members make it. We therefore strongly encourage members to volunteer to be ride captains for the club rides, to help us marshal the Surrey League events that the club commits to run every year and to generally let people know what they are up to and what events, races and sportives they are hoping to participate in with the aim of getting other club members to either join or train with them.

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COMMUNICATIONS

Any members who have an account on Facebook can request to join the club’s Facebook page. The Facebook page allows the Committee to post notifications of club rides, meetings, special club events, club kit sales etc. It also provides a forum for members to seek opinion on cycling matters from other club members, to post rides that they are doing or considering doing etc. Once you have joined the club then log on to Facebook here and submit a friend request to join.

Membership related communication will come from the Club’s Rider HQ account and individuals will receive notification of membership renewals and confirmation of club kit orders etc. In respect of club kit, it should be noted that that a separate e-mail will be sent to you confirming the order has been processed and when the kit will be available for collection.

Videos and club events are listed on the club’s calendar here. Also located in the club section of the website is a section on club routes where members can download the regular routes for the club rides.

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CLUB SOCIAL/TRAINING RIDES AND EVENTS

REGULAR SOCIAL AND TRAINING RIDES

CLUB RIDES

The club organises two rides per month.
 
  • Windsor Ride  - Held on the second Saturday of each month this is traditionally a ride from Kingston Bridge to Windsor. Club members meet at Kingston Bridge around 8:30am to do an 85km ride to Windsor and back generally with a stop for tea/coffee/cake in Windsor. This is a relatively flat and easy ride. The aim is to have people back in Kingston for around 12:30.
  • Surrey Hills Ride  - The second is held on the last Sunday of each month and is generally a ride into the Surrey Hills. Again club members meet at Kingston Bridge at 8:30am with the aim to do around 90km ride. Needless to say this is a more challenging ride as it involves a few climbs depending on the route the planned.

Both club rides are open to all members whatever their cycling ability. If necessary the group will be split into different sub-groups depending on the ability and speed of the riders who show up. No one is left behind and the aim is to bring club members together in a social ride that builds confidence and allows club members to gain experience in riding in a group and riding on the road. These are also good training sessions for those who want to enter their first sportives.

TRAINING RIDES

The club also participates in two weekly training rides. These are focused on club members who want to improve their fitness and speed as well as to learn group riding etiquette.

  • Tuesday Night Chain Gang   - This is generally a fast ride doing a 45km loop through Chertsey. The route can be downloaded from the club website. During the winter months there are a number of start times 7:15 and 7:20pm for women and intermediate speed riders and 7:30 for the faster riders. During the summer there is generally only the faster ride starting at 7:30. The winter rides, when they start, include a number of introductory rides to allow club members to familiarise themselves with the course and to allow riders to practice through and off techniques before settling into the appropriate groups for the remainder of the season. Anyone participating in the fast roup rides should ideally already be familiar with group riding techniques and the course as well, as those who are dropped off the back of the group are expected to make their own way home.
  • Thursday Night Pace Line   - This is a weekly ride usually starting from Cheam Village crossroads at 7:30 pm. The ride is generally for an hour and is a steady speed circuit around Horton Country Park near Epsom.

 

SPECIAL CLUB EVENTS AND CLUB RIDES

Every year the Club Committee try to arrange a number of special events designed to either bring club members together socially, to provide additional training events for those who are new to cycling and to allow members to try new cycling experiences.

Annual events now include:

  • Hillingdon Training Session - A half day event held at the Hillingdon Cycle Centre. The club hire the circuit and bring in a qualified BC coach to introduce club members to riding as a group and an introduction to circuit racing. The session is geared to all abilities and is normally held in the Spring before the racing season starts. The Hillingdon session is free to all club members.

  • Track Days - Depending on availability and interest the club arranges sessions at Newport (winter) or Herne Hill (summer) to give club members an opportunity to have an introduction to cycling on a track and having had the introduction to have a go at racing. There is a fee charged for the track sessions but generally the fee includes the track and bike hire plus the coaching.
  • Midsummer Ride  - An evening ride taking advantage of the longest day with a social drink (or two) at the end of the ride. Club members can either cycle home or alternatively depending on the amount of alcohol consumed may opt to take the train home.
  • London to Brighton Breakfast Run - Normally held on the day of the British Heart Foundation London-Brighton Bike Ride club members take advantage of the closed roads and with an early start (5:30 am) head down to Brighton as a group for breakfast before cycling back at their own pace.
  • Pearson 150 Sportive - Held in May each year and run by Pearson Cycles this is sportive run to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. All members are encouraged to participate in either the 30km or the full 150km route. See Pearson Brighton and Back for further information.

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RACING

The club actively encourages those who want to race to do so and is affiliated with a number of regional leagues as well as British Cycling to enable our members to do so.

here are number of different ways of participating in racing events depending on your interests and strengths and the Club has both a men’s and women’s race captain to provide support and guidance for those who are interested in racing.

Current club members participate in both road and circuit racing in the region racing at local circuit races like Hillingdon, Hog Hill, Crystal Palace, Cyclopark (Kent) as well as participating in a number of Surrey League road races. Time trailing is also a favourite over the summer with many club members participating in the Richmond Park time trials as well as the very popular two-up Grand Prix de Gentleman time trail held in October. In the winter season the attention turns to the fun and challenges of cyclo-cross racing around the region.

Throughout the year the club runs its own club championships focusing on different types of cycling events and designated Strava challenges and prizes are given at the annual club social event. Notification for qualifying events will be sent out in the regular club e-mails and posted on Facebook.

Please note that if you are racing as a Pearson club member you must race in the registered club kit as this is now a formal requirement by British Cycling.

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BRITISH CYCLING MEMBERSHIP/INSURANCE MATTERS

In terms of insurance cover during club rides, only riders that are ‘guests’ i.e. non-members trying the rides prior to joining the club are covered, provided we’re told in advance. Therefore we as a club strongly advise members to arrange insurance cover for themselves. There are a number of organisations that offer various levels of personal and bike insurance, for example British Cycling (see below) and the CTC. Please look at their respective websites for more detailed information.

All club members are encouraged to join British Cycling but are not required to do so. There are different levels of membership and benefits available dependent on what type of membership is taken out. From a club perspective however, we would encourage those who are not interested in racing to take out ‘ride’ membership which gives up to £10m 3rd party liability insurance which indemnifies an individual from claims in the event that an incident is (or is alleged to be) your fault and also gives legal support and assistance in the event of a member being involved in an accident where you want to claim against a 3rd party. For those club members who wish to race then you must as a minimum register as a Bronze member in order to obtain your provisional racing license however in order to obtain a full racing license and 3rd party liability insurance you must register either as a gold or silver member.

If you are club member and are considering joining British Cycling for the first time then you can get up to £15 off the membership fee this effectively makes the Race Bronze membership free (normally £15) and the Ride membership £14 (normally £28). Club members need to enter the code NEWCMRA when joining.

It should be noted that any British Cycling Membership cards/racing licenses are sent to the PCC Secretary who will confirm membership with the club before distributing them to the relevant members.

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CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the club please send an e-mail to club@pearsoncycles.co.uk and someone from the club committee will come back to you as soon as possible. Many thanks and hope to see you on a ride or part of the conversation on Facebook soon!