Picture: Windmillers relax on a recent trip to the Picos de Europa

WINDMILL CYCLE CLUB

THE FRIENDLIEST MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP IN HERTFORDSHIRE

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WINDMILL CYCLE CLUB

THE FRIENDLIEST MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP IN HERTFORDSHIRE

ABOUT THE WCC

We're not an official 'club' and as such, we don't carry any public liability insurance. If you choose to ride with us, you do so happy in the knowledge that mountain biking can be a dangerous sport. We'll never push you to do anything beyond your ability. Our more experienced riders are always happy to share their expertise to help you improve your technique.

It can seem like hard work at first, because it is! If you haven't ridden for a while then it will take 6 to 8 weeks before things start to 'click' and where, at first, you may have walked your bike up that hill, you'll soon find an enormous sense of achievement as you get to the top through pedal power alone. See you on a WindmillCC ride soon, you'll be made very welcome.

If you thought Mountain Biking in Hertfordshire can't be that tough... come and join us and find out it's anything but flat out there! Pretty much all rides out of Hitchin start with an uphill struggle, but it gets the blood flowing and the heart pounding and once you're 'up there'... things get a bit easier.

  • Free to join rides in Hertfordshire & beyond
  • Off-bike social events & trip planning meetings
  • Encouragement to every new joiner
  • Amazing local trail knowledge built up over 7 years
  • Facebook engagement for all members
  • Weekend adventures in the UK & further afield
  • Bike maintenance help & advice
  • Great links & discounts with local bike shops

WE HAVE NO RULES BUT...

  • We will never push you beyond your limits
  • We do NOT tolerate any form of 'ism'
  • We insist that you wear a helmet on all rides
  • We ask that you share the good stuff
  • We're not a club - just turn up and ride
  • Anyone can lead, anyone can follow
  • Remember to look up - it's amazing out there!
  • When the fun stops, stop! Take a breath.

WHAT WE OFFER

RIDE INFORMATION

Note that we ride in all conditions and have some great routes that stand up to the worst of Winter, so join us anytime throughout the year.

LOCAL RIDE START LOCATION

X-Windmill Pub, Charlton Road, Herts SG5 2AE

Rides leave from the X-Windmill Public House in Charlton Village, just outside the centre of Hitchin. The Windmill Pub is currently closed, pending locals to rally support to get it back up and running again.We still use the location for the majority of our local ride starts as it affords access to some excellent local bridleways and trails which start in Charlton village.

THURSDAY NIGHT RIDES

7:30pm Windmill Pub, Charlton

Thursday Night Rides (TNRs) are excellent fun and tend to be around 20 miles, although less in the winter months. A decent front & rear light and a helmet are 'must-haves' for the Thursday night rides. Rides usually finish at the Half Moon Pub in Hitchin, but we'll always make sure 'newbies' are returned to the Windmill if you're unfamiliar with the local area. Just shout and we'll help.

SUNDAY RIDES

09:00am Windmill Pub, Charlton

Sunday rides are anywhere between 15 and 30 miles, depending on the time of year and the weather conditions on the day. Sometimes we stop along the way for refreshments. We're normally back in Hitchin Town Square around midday for post-ride frothy coffees and cake. As with the Thursday rides, if you need help getting back to the Windmill, just shout.

Some encouraging words for anyone thinking about joining us...

When I joined the Windmill Cycling Club almost a year ago I thought I was going to turn up on my bike, ride around for a while with a bunch of guys and then just go back home. I soon learnt it was more than that, so much more.

From the start I was made to feel very welcome by a very friendly bunch of people, and when I found it extremely hard going and thinking it was too much for me, everybody only had words of encouragement and I was never made to feel like I was holding them back. Slowly but surely, as the weeks and months went by, I was getting closer and closer to the front of the pack and the sense of achievement as I got fitter and caught up was immense, making the whole experience much more enjoyable.

This eventually gave me the confidence to go along to the Special Events organised by a team of very dedicated leaders. Recent trips to Exmoor, The Chilterns, and Swinley Forest have been demanding but great fun, and I look forward to many more in the future.

Along the way I've learnt a lot from the wealth of knowledge and experience that everyone is happy to share, from simple things to technical bike set up stuff, and it’s surprising how the smallest detail can make such a big difference to the overall riding experience.

Above all, I've made some good friends, enjoying a bit of banter and lots of laughter and I can honestly say I can't think of doing anything better on a Sunday morning than riding with the Windmillers… a club that is not a club.

'Iggy'

WE'VE GOT MERCH!

The WCC now have a range of clothing and accessories to show off your love for the Club that's not a Club!

Visit the WCC Merch Store

TALK TO US

We'd love to hear from you if you have an event or anything else you'd like to share with the Windmill Cycle Club. Please use the form below. We do not share your details with anyone and will not bombard you with emails. We may send you a very occasional newsletter by email, but you will be able to unsubscribe at any time on receipt.

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