Caundle Vélo Club (CVC)
Caundle Velo Club is now in it’s 11th year in 2022.
CVC now has 32 members of whom 6 are Caundlers, the rest living in the catchment area and joining the bi-weekly rides from outlying towns and villages. The majority are retired or semi-retired men and women from all walks of life, united by a shared passion for getting out and about in the fresh air to enjoy the countryside around the South West. Given reasonable weather conditions we usually meet outside The Trooper Inn at the start of each ride at 9am on Mondays and Fridays throughout the year.
We average a brisk pace of 11-13mph throughout the day depending on terrain and weather, with the group reassembling on hilltops or at turnings on the route. In the event of punctures or other mechanical challenges, everyone pauses to assist with repairs. Our bicycles are hybrid road models designed for hard surfaces, so we use quiet lanes wherever feasible. Busy main roads and “off-road” tracks are avoided whenever possible.
On Mondays the routes are pre-planned, averaging around 50 miles in autumn and winter and 70 miles in summer, sometimes stretching to further destinations in fine weather.
When the days are shorter we get back well before the light fails, but in spring and summer we usually spend most of the day on our bicycles returning to the village around 6pm. With the aid of Ordnance Survey map software, the ride organiser plots the Monday routes in advance, selecting a pub for lunch and sometimes a cafe or tearoom in the mornings or afternoons.
The route map and details are emailed to all CVC members on Thursday of the preceding week, allowing for uploading to Garmin or Strava bicycle computers/smartphones. We ride together as a group, numbering from 7 to 12 cyclists at a time, some of whom dip in or out of the “peloton” at varying points along the route.The lunch stops have become a feature of the day and take place roughly two thirds of the way around the route.
On Fridays the rides start at 9am with a return by 1pm.
Routes are normally within 15 miles of the village and we notify members of each Friday’s café monthly in advance so that we know where the mid-morning meeting points are.
In this way, members living beyond the village can opt to join us at the cafés or en route.
Friday rides serve to improve fitness for the longer all-day Monday rides.
The individual CVC performance stats of those using Strava GPS are recorded on the Strava club website via this URL. In addition, the ride organiser maintains a detailed CVC logbook of all the ride routes, individual mileages and highlights of the day.
In pursuing active days by bicycle, our own safety and that of other road users is paramount.
Members of the Caundle Vélo Club are insured as a group for third-party liability with Cycling UK.
Individual members may also wish to take out their own personal third-party liability insurance (see below).
Our members are encouraged to take note of the Highway Code and in particular the Rules for Cyclists (59 to 82).
Membership and Rules
Membership is £10 per annum. Our rules include wearing a cycle helmet at all times with high visibility clothing, and following the bicycle highway code.
After an introductory ride newcomers living in the area around Stourton Caundle are invited to join CVC.
If you consider yourself a relative newcomer to cycling, we suggest you start with the shorter Friday rides first to get used to being in a group, and if you wish progressing to the longer Monday rides.
Tom Eden: 01963 364447. Email: email@example.com
David Keenan: 01963 363409. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B Whilst CVC as a club (including officers, ride leaders, etc) is covered for Public Liability, this doesn’t extend to individual members.
It is recommended that individual members of CVC ensure they have Public Liability cover in their own name.
As part of the club arrangement, individual members can affiliate to Cycling UK and receive £10M Public Liability cover: the discounted rate for individual insurance is currently £33 p.a.