• Wednesday , 23 August 2017
Club Notice

The Groups Explained

As from February 2016 the Chain Gang CC will operate 5 separate groups to cater for our cyclists differing abilities and situations.

Tour of Ballyfinnane 2015

Tour of Ballyfinnane 2015

The Chain Gang 30 Group.

Average speed: 27-30kph
Distance: 70-160km
Skills: Improving climbing skills, increasing distance and average speed.

This group is for those who have a good level of fitness, are experienced in cycling in a group, and are up for longer spins at a higher pace.  The spins will start at around 70km in the winter and work up to about 100-160km by the summer. Each ride will accommodate a coffee stop. You can expect to be out with this group from 3-5 hours.

The Chain Gang 28 Group.

Average speed: 24-28kph
Distance: 70-130km
Skills: Improving climbing skills, increasing distance and average speed

This group is for improving to strong riders who like a little bit more of a challenge and are comfortable riding in a group. Distances are longer and the pace a bit faster than the 25 group.

The Chain Gang 25 Group.

Average speed: 23-26kph
Distance: 60-120km
Skills: Group skills, increasing distance, climbing and average speed

For riders who have a feel for the sport and are confident on the bike. Are comfortable in a group and able to move efficiently for 1.5- 2 hours before a break. Spins will start at 60km in length and at a slightly faster pace than the Chain Gang 22 group.

The Chain Gang 22 Group.

Average speed: 19-22kph
Distance: 40-80km
Skills: Group skills, increasing distance, climbing and average speed

This group is aimed at members who are:

  • Progressing from the Chain Gang M Group
  • Former cyclists who have had a lengthy break and would like an introduction back into the sport
  • Cyclists recovering from injury and needing a steady workout
  • Cyclists looking for a steady workout option

This group will commence from February 2016 and will be led by more experienced club members. The plan is for the more permanent members of this group to take ownership and lead from the front.

The Chain Gang M Group.

Average speed: 15-20kph
Distance: 20-60km
Skills: Group skills, gaining confidence, increased fitness, minimal climbing.
Time frame: 6 weeks commencing from late February early March 2016

For riders who are brand new to group cycling but with a half decent fitness level. Here cyclists will gain confidence in road and group skills as well as basic nutrition and maintenance tips. The aim is for Group M members to make a flawless transition to the 22 Group after the 6 weeks.