Beacon's racing members often get together to prepare for
competitive events. Training bashes are usually organised
on an ad hoc basis, to suit the current aims of the individuals
concerned. For this reason, anyone interested in joining a
training group is well advised to get in touch with other
racing members via the message
board or by contacting
Some of the bashes our members take part in involve riders
from several clubs. Local training rides include the following:
SATURDAYS 07.00. Meet at the former Birmingham City
Cycles shop, 94 Bristol Street, Birmingham [map].
A fast, hilly ride goes south via Redditch and the Lickey
Hills (33 miles at around 18 mph winter; 20+ mph summer) and
a slower, flatter, social ride goes north via Coleshill and
Curdworth (29 miles at around 17-18 mph). Both rides finish
at Café Rouge at the Bull Ring [Facebook group].
WEDNESDAYS 19.00. Meet at the Red Lion pub, Vicarage
Road, Kings Heath [map].
A social training ride of 34 miles via Earlswood and Lowsonford
(around 17 mph winter; 20 mph summer).
Other rides take place in the summer.
Details will appear on the message
board when they become available.
Many Beacon members (including non-racing members) join early-season
training camps in Majorca. These camps involve a mix of training
and (for the less single-minded) socialising and other non-cycling
activities, such as walking. They are not organised by the
club, but by commercial service providers, i.e. package tour
operators, with whom club members make arrangements on a coordinated
basis. Again, anyone who fancies the idea of joining in should
get in touch with other interested members via the message board.