Congratulations, you have found the Dudley
Section Cyclists' Touring Club website, and
already taken the first step towards
pubs and tearooms
lanes you never knew were there!
a great friendly bunch of people
have been a member of the Dudley Cycling Club
for a number of years, and probably like
yourself there are several questions to be asked
before your first ride. Would I get left behind?
What happens if I have a puncture? Are they all
going to be talking technical? What would the
rest of the members be wearing?
needn't have worried and neither should you.
Arriving in good time at my first meeting I was
immediately put at ease and 'looked after' by
the other members.
The pace of the ride only went as fast as the
slowest person and that still goes for rides
Luckily punctures don't happen that often but
when they do everyone will wait, take the
opportunity for a chat, refreshment break and of
course help with the repair.
Plenty of refreshment breaks are had along the
way and as courtesy to other members the faster
riders will always wait at the top of hills.
Everyone was dressed casually, sensibly and
carried suitable wet weather gear with them.
Regarding the technical information of cycling
between them they offered years of experience
and guidance all portrayed to me in easy
Each ride had a designated 'captain' who would
lead the ride and be responsible for everyone's
safety, making sure no one gets lost!
Not always knowing where the ride was heading
and using country lanes that I never knew
existed all added to the excitement. This still
goes on today and after all these years I'm
still discovering new routes, places of
interest, and making new friends all on my
The club rides vary in mileage although most are
easy paced there are rides for the more
ambitious held throughout the year.
World Wide View
In September 2001 the club joined forces with
Walsall Cycling Club and enjoyed a weeks ride
around the Flanders region of Belgium.
As for myself the bug bit and could well do for
you! I have now been cycling all around the
world including New Zealand, Australia, Canada,
Iceland and America. Other club members
regularly tour both to Europe and more distant
So why not take the step to join us on a local
ride and who knows where it may lead and who