Cycling is exploding in popularity right now and more and more people are looking to join the many clubs around Waterford, but which one is right for you? Our club, Sportif Waterford CC was set up in 2009 as a leisure cycling club made up of like minded people who enjoy the challenge of sportif cycling. We don’t have a racing section and aim to keep the club leisure orientated and have a busy social scene also with many events spread throughout the year.

Group Photo from Sunday Spin at KimeadanWe currently have around 90 members and meet up every Saturday and Sunday at the car park in Woodies for our weekend spins (9.00 starts). As the brighter evenings kick in during the summer months many of our members also try to get out on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

We are currently splitting our long Saturday spins into three groups; Sportif, Group 3 and Group 2.

Below is a general idea of distances and speeds that the three existing groups.

Sportif Group: Most members of this group would be experienced cyclists many of whom would cycle all year round and represent the club in all the big sportifs around the country. The Saturday spins depending on weather, route etc would be in the region of 80-120km with an average speed of around 30kph and higher.

Group 3′s: This group has only recently be re-established in order to introduce a group that bridged the gap between the Group 2′s and the Sportif Group.  Many in the group would be aiming to build up fitness in order to eventually make that step up to the faster Sportif Group. The Saturday spins depending on weather, route etc would be in the region of 80-110km with an average speed of 28-29kph.

Group 2′s: This group would traditionally be where some new members start off cycling with the club but as mentioned it’s still a very experienced group of cyclists so a good level of fitness is required. The Saturday spins depending on weather, route etc would be very similar to the Group 3′s with an average speed of 25-28kph.

Group 1/Open Spins:    Summer 2013 saw us introduce a Group 1 spin on Sunday mornings to help introduce new members to group cycling at a nice and handy pace of around 22-25kph for up to around 50km with a coffee stop usually thrown in. Any potential new members who are thinking of joining, feel free to contact us on sportifwaterfordcc@gmail.com for more info.

Note: Bike Requirements: As all our current members all cycle on Road Bikes (Racing Bikes) we are keen on any new members to have a Road Bike rather than a Hybrid or Mountain Bike, this is generally for safety reasons in the group cycle’s.

Thinking of joining?If you think that Sportif Waterford Cycling Club is for you then feel free to contact us via our contact page from the main menu or pop down to Sunday Group 1 spin at 9.00am and join in.  Generally we ask prospective members to try the Sunday spin for a few weeks and if you think our club is for you to then join up for a fee of only €25 and are welcome then to join in on our other full Saturday spins. Full members have access to the site forum where all spins are discussed beforehand and upcoming sportive spins and social events are advertised, as well as the usual post spin banter.

Also bear in mind that as it is a leisure club all our groups do stop for a sociable coffee and quick bite to eat on every long spin and no one ever gets left behind.