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We have a Club ride on Sunday, catering for a mixture of abilities. On Tuesday there is a weekly session at Herne Hill Velodrome, where standard road bikes can be used and on occasional Saturdays. From April to September these are public sessions, but during the winter these are private sessions for CPT members only. All are weather depending.

Please check the training schedule for more details.

Before attending a cycle session

Please note - To join a Club ride you must:

  • have a well maintained, roadworthy bike
  • wear a helmet
  • carry a pump, tyre levers and two spare inner tubes, and know how to change a tube
  • money and a mobile phone (with an ICE - In Case of Emergency - phone number in your contacts)
  • drinks and energy food
  • Make sure you have some form of ID and a note of any medical requirements, with you on all rides.
  • Read the advice on group riding (pdf)

It is unlikely that you will be able to keep up if you have a mountain bike, especially one with knobbly tyres!

Remember: No helmet: No ride.

Please complete the attached Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire and email to the coach coordinators before your first CPT session.

New to cycling?

If you haven't cycled for a long time and aren't confident about coming out on a Club ride, you might like to consider the following training and advice:

Sunday - Elmers End - 09:00 - Club ride

The Club meets on Sunday at 08:45 for a 09:00 departure from Elmers End every Sunday.

Riders will be divided into groups depending on who turns up. Groups and routes will be determined by the ride leaders on the day. The groups will aim to average  17–18 mph; 14–16 mph and 12–14 mph. These are only averages and will vary according to the riders and the route. Obviously if numbers don't allow, we may only have two groups.

These are not coached rides, but volunteer led rides to show riders the chosen route and to try and keep everyone together. The leaders are not qualified cycle coaches. You are responsible for your own safety on the club rides.

There are 5-6 regular routes that the rides take and it is recommended that you have this information with you if you are not familiar with the routes.

Map of Elmers End

See maps and profiles of some of our regular routes.

Helmets must be worn for all Club cycling activities.

We would also like to issue a 'no ice riding' request to all members. So please use your judgement, be sensible and stay at home on your turbo trainer if the weather looks particularly bad. See Advice re winter cycling below.

Tuesday - Herne Hill Velodrome


Herne Hill VelodromeHerne Hill Velodrome

Spring/summer road bike session. Tuesday 18:15 - 20:00. April - September. ***Open to the public***

CPT host a weekly road bike session at the Velodrome each Tuesday during the summer months. Open to the public as well as club members. Nearly two hours of quality riding on traffic-free, high quality track. Ideal for general cycling fitness and endurance training. This session is uncoached but supervised by qualified coaches and will take place in all but the most adverse of weather conditions. The café and cake stall is open most weeks.

CPT and Windrush Junior members have a coached session between 18:15 and 19:30. Check the training schedule for details.

If you are a CPT training member this is included in the package. CPT non-training members and everyone else - £10 adults. £5 children (@2018).

  • ALL riders are required to sign-on before entering the track
  • Helmets and track mitts must be worn
  • Road worthy bike with free wheel and two functioning brakes (no fixies)

Spring/summer club chain-gang. Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00. April - September

Adult CPT training members only. Shared with Windrush. Every-other-Tuesday. This popular training session is structured and coached. Ability groups. During the summer season it runs on alternating weeks. Check the schedule for details. You need to have paid your training fees to attend this one.

Autumn/winter club chain-gang. Tuesday 19:30 - 21:00, October - March

Adult CPT training members only. Shared with Windrush. Every Tuesday. This weekly 90 minute coached session is great for maintaining cycling fitness over the winter months. You need to have paid your training fees to attend.

Find the Velodrome.

Saturday brick sessions

The training schedule also contains some Saturday brick sessions (with a mix of run / bike focus). Details can be found on the training schedule.

  • 21 November
  • 5 December
  • 19 December
  • 23 January 2016

Riding in CPT kit

A polite request to all Club members to ride in a responsible and safe manner when riding on the road especially when wearing Club kit.

Bad or dangerous riding reflects very poorly on the Club and we don't want to develop a reputation for anti social behaviour.

It has been reported to the Committee that a Club member was seen riding in a manner that was causing an angry response from other road users and could be construed as dangerous and irresponsible whilst wearing Club kit.

The roads of London are difficult and challenging but let's keep safe out there and not get Crystal Palace Triathletes a bad name.

Advice re winter cycling

As winter approaches please take additional care when out on your bike. A feature of the weather in our area of London is that it is much warmer than in the neighbouring countryside where we ride. This means that 20 minutes after leaving the relative warmth of Elmers End you could feel a significant drop in temperature and road conditions. An example of this is Layhams Lane which at this time of year is known as "Little Siberia" by the locals. Not surprisingly then, it’s also been the scene of a few mishaps for CPTers over the years.

Please check weather conditions to assess the situation carefully before your rides. CPT does not promote club rides in dangerous weather conditions. In such circumstances please consider a turbo session or check the e-group to see if there is an alternative mountain bike session arranged.

Download pdf Winter riding advice.

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Bike bag for hire

The Club currently has one bike bag that is available for members to borrow.

This is a fairly robust item with an integral frame and will be made available on a first come, first served basis at a rate of £10 per week. The Club will ask for a refundable deposit equivalent to the cost of the bag (about £150) which can be made by way of a cheque. Please email for availability and booking.

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Maps and routes

Download maps of some of our regular routes:

We are currently rotating four regular routes for our Sunday rides, which are led but not coached.

Please download the GPS instructions or the PDF route sheets if you aren't familiar, yet, with the routes.

The routes are:

Knatts Valley | Route sheet
Penshurst | Route sheet
Pilgrims Way + | Route sheet
Box Hill | Route sheet

Mountain biking

During winter months weekend mountain bike sessions are organised. Details of these are circulated on the Club e-group, so you need to become a fully paid up member to find out more!

Members also organise ad hoc rides and these are also advertised via the Club e-group. So become a member and join the e-group to find out more!

Cycling Time Trials

Cycling Time TrialsAs a Club, CPT are affiliated to the CTT (Cycling Time Trials), members are able to enter open time trial events, as well as club events.

Online events list
Entry form (to be submitted 2 weeks before an event)

In addition there are local cycling clubs run events, details of which can be found on their websites.

A copy of the Club's membership certificate can be downloaded from the Members Only section of the website. Please take a copy with you in case of any queries on the day.

South East Women's Time Trial Series

A time trial series for ladies in the South East, bringing women TTers of all abilities together to create a fun and more competitive racing environment and to help encourage new participants in the sport.

To find out more visit the SEWTTS website.

CPTT members are eligible to register for the series as the Club is affiliated to CTT (see details in section above).

Calorie counter

Use the Calorie Calculator to find out how calories you burn whilst cycling.

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