Tuesday Hill Reps (Oct-Mar)

The Hill Rep Session is every Tuesday from 1st October to 31st March. Rides meet at 7.00 pm on the corner of Castle Green Road and Sedbergh Road and the reps are up Sedbergh Road aka The Greyhound.

The Hill Rep Session is for members. We can’t accept non-members as they are not covered by club insurance and may be held personally liable for any injury or damage they may cause. Wearing a helmet on a club ride is mandatory.

The minimum age for those wishing to take part is 16. 

The ultimate responsibility for personal safety and well-being is with the individual rider. Cycling activities with the club are undertaken at the individual’s own risk. 

The Hill Rep Session is on a quiet stretch of road and generally involves five to six reps – although you can do as many or as few as you wish. The reps are to maintain fitness during the winter months. The Hill Rep Session is close to Kendal town centre so if the weather is particularly bad then it can be cut short and members won’t have to travel too far to get home. If the temperature drops below 0 ℃ then the Hill Rep Sessions will be cancelled. Good quality front and back lights are essential.

RIDE PREPARATION

Riding in a group has many advantages but it also places certain responsibilities on each rider. Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the run

  • Make sure your bike is safe – check brakes, wheels, rims and steering.
  • Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. A lubricated chain etc is also a good idea.
  • Check your tyres – worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures.
  • Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won’t endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day !
  • Make sure you know how to fix a puncture – practice beforehand if you need to.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

You are likely to need the following equipment:

  • An appropriately serviced bike
  • A helmet (wearing a helmet on a club ride is mandatory)
  • At least one, but preferably two, spare inner tubes
  • A working pump
  • Puncture repair kit – for those awful days when two tubes aren’t enough
  • Tyre levers – 2/3
  • A multi tool – to adjust gears etc
  • Other optional tools eg chain breaker
  • Even in winter hydration is important so each rider should carry a water bottle
  • Personal first aid – plasters, antiseptic wipes etc
  • Good quality light – front and back
  • Waterproof
  • Water and/or carbohydrate drink
  • Solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies