WELCOME TO OUR ONLINE GROUP RIDES

Let's Work as a Community and Get Through This Period Together

It's our alternative way of getting our great community through this period of semi-isolation and in order to get you started with our online group rides, we need to get you set up with a few things to make your first (and every ride after that) seamless. We've created a checklist further down this page that includes everything you need to arrive on time and be ready to go.

If you have any question at all, shoot us an email and we'll help you get ready for some challenging, engaging and quality hit outs or recreational rides! The choice is yours!

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Some reasons to join our online RIDES
01.We'll Help You Stay Motivated

While solo training is ideal in many situations, riding alone all of the time will lead you to an empty road where you look around and wonder where all your friends went. Our indoor training facility has always been a great hub of communication and meeting new people and we intend to keep that going through our online classes. If you've never attended one of our weekend (hard!) squad long rides or easier Sunday recreational rides, here is a great opportunity to try one of them out.

03.It's the Perfect Opportunity to Improve Your Cycle Fitness!

There, we said it. We must find some positives in this situation to keep our head above the water level and we think together we can come out of this physically stronger. Moving our existing community online and allowing it to grow organically is a reflection of one of our strongest human traits - the ability to adapt.So let's adapt to our current situation and come out bursting with strength on the other side!

02.You'll Still Meet New People

We'll even be talking to each other throughout the session as we work through the programme together. While you may not meet new people face to face, this period of isolation will pass and the day will come where you can put a face to a name/voice.

04.You can keep your indoor plan running without interruption

Rather than let your plan sit idel until we reopen our indoor premises you can convert it dollar for dollar (whatever value remains on your indoor plan) and join our online community. It's the same session style just from your own home and with Jo's voice piping down the voice channel to you giving you instructions. Why not try it for one month!

HOW TO GET SET UP AND JOIN A RIDE

We have an assortment of coaching and training bundles for you to choose from and they include the hire of one of our trainers or using your own. If after reading our options you're not sure, just get in touch.

  • Bundle One
  • Bundle Two
  • Bundle Three
  • Bundle Four

You'll need to have Zwift installed on whatever device you're going to run your workouts from. For all instructions on setting up please go directly to Zwift Support

You'll also need the Zwift Companion app for Android or Apple installed on your phone as it's where the Meetups (workouts) run from.

Through the Zwift Companion app click on 'Find Zwifters' and search for Turbo Studio. Unless you're following Turbo Studio you won't get an invite to the workouts so don't get left behind!

We'll be running from a voice channel within Discord so we can communicate during the sessions. It's crucial you install the app as you won't hear the workout instructions otherwise.

Download the Discord app here. You can install it on your computer, phone or tablet - wherever you'll be running your workouts from. Once you have it installed follow this Voice Channel Invite to join our line of communication.

We find it best to use it on a phone that is in a cradle on your bike handlebars - just remember to do a test run before the session and be sure to have the volume turned up.

We'll send out the invite 48 and 24 hours prior to the start time to include all registrations. Althouhg places are not limited and we'll include everyone that books in we would like to count on participants being reliable so if you intend to be there don't be a no-show!

  • Preface: You need to be on time (AT LEAST 5 minutes before the Meetup is due to start) as Zwift Meetups wait for no man, it starts automatically. The ride will run in a different mode depending on which you have chosen. The Blazing Saddles Ride is every man for himself, however our Cannonball Run ride is in keep together mode as it's more recreational. We vary the route each week to give training variation as well as a challenging ride.
  • Now for the Steps to Ride

  • 1. Launch Zwift and Click Ride. You'll land in an active riding screen and can use this scene for your warm up unless you want to warm up prior. You need to carry out your warm-up before the group ride starts as we'll be going straight from the blocks. A good 15 minute warm-up is ideal to have your circulation going and a light sweat happening to indicate your body isn't a cold starter.
  • 2. Within a couple of minutes of the Meetup, a message will pop up at the bottom left of the screen asking you if you want to 'Join Meetup'. Time to go! Once you click Join Meetup, Zwift will magically transfer you to the route we have chosen for the ride.
  • 3. Understanding how the ride will flow won't take long and you always have the option to message (M on your keyboard). Your Ride Captain will help out if he can.

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