v-sprint club

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A little bit about us..

Having ridden solo for a while and seen groups of club riders on your journeys may well have given you the inspiration to join a club. But at V-Sprint we know this can feel like a double-edged sword, whilst you want that experience, you have those nagging doubts … “I’ll slow everyone down”; ”What if I get in the way”, “What if I cause an accident”, “is it all too serious”

But these fears are often much further from the truth than the distance of the first ride out with V-Sprint. Our objective is to Ride well, expand abilities, knowledge and skills, but most of all enjoy our cycling. Should it be a Social Ride to Purity Brewery a sunny summer Wednesday evening or hard Thursday night ride designed to push you out of your comfort zone, we will do our best to find a ride for you.

V-Sprint is based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Founded in 2009 by James Varnish (former Cycle Speedway World Champion), and a small group of friends, the club has grown every year. With principal activities around road cycling, some club members also pursue interests in track, cyclo-cross and time trialling. There is a regular programme of weekly rides, together with other activities such as closed-circuit rides, sportive and training camps.

The club is open to men and women of all ages and abilities. We originally supported several women only rides, but as the club has progressed, we have grown a substantial female membership, which has meant it is far more beneficial to all to ensure all our rides cater for everyone.

Our Sunday ‘Development’ rides are excellent starting points, at around 35 miles they will test your stamina, but more importantly, as the name implies, develop your skills. From simple hand signals, to making the most of slipstreaming other riders we will offer as much advice as we can. As experience grows Development rides could be about growing strength on hills or increasing your speed. Then when you are ready try the club ride, but which ever ride you are on you can be assured, our no drop policy will ensure you aren’t left to fend for yourself miles from home.

In a group you will put a couple of miles per hour extra on your average speed, this does not necessarily mean it is going to be harder, the group dynamic surprises many first-time group riders. Most first time riders struggle a little with stamina on the first ride, but 3 or 4 rides in you will find that stamina is built, and we can always advise you how to improve your stamina outside of club rides.

But don’t listen to us …. listen to one of our new members. Kate joined us in 2020, here what she has to say about V-Sprint…

“I joined V Sprint back in July and was immediately made to feel very welcome. I hadn’t done much group cycling before, but straight away I was given some really good advice. The club has dealt brilliantly with the challenges that COVID has brought and has always followed the rules and taken all guidance seriously. Each week I have ridden with different people but everyone has been very friendly and there is a real club ethos. I would certainly recommend the club to all riders.”

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What equipment do I need to ride with V-Sprint?

Bike – Whilst some of our members enjoy mountain biking as well as road, our club rides are all on the road, so a road bike is essential, Cleated pedals are strongly advised, but if you have never ridden with cleats before, come and have a chat with us, so we can help you transition.

Spares –Inner tube, tyre levers and pump are essential, we advise a multi-tool, chain link and tyre patch for those emergency repairs, and always carry your mobile phone for emergencies. But the great thin about group rides is that there will always be someone there to offer advice or assistance if you get in to trouble.

Clothing – We have our own kit, we don’t insist that club members wear it on every ride, but we like to think our member feel it is good quality, a fair price and a design that means they want to wear it. Layers are important, your body temperature can change dramatically on a ride and being able to remove or add layers is essential.

Coffee Funds – The Coffee Stop is an essential part of any bike ride, most of our rides do not have a mid-ride coffee stop, we appreciate that family comes first, and on some occasions you may not want to stop for coffee. Having our stops at the end allow riders to join in if they want, but if they need to get away, they can.

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Latest news…

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Two @clubvsprint teams take to the virtual roads of @gozwift this weekend aiming to ride as far as possible in 25 hours in one day in the #redbulltimelaps event

@sportybakes have sent each team member a box of #cakebars #flapjack #barabrith and #cookies to help fuel their efforts.

#goodluck to both teams!

@gjames86 @leopoldvelo @russellashford @elainehardy43 @sportyprice @dan___mason @rossant99 @factor41media @iansmith110
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15 riders for the #thursdaynight #clubride so 3 groups of 5 #ruleof6 #staysafe #rideon ...

Glorious, if chilly day for a #clubride this morning. Here we are getting organised into groups of #ruleof6 ...

Great to welcome potential new members to our #clubride before they join up.
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Practicing for the new #covid19 guidance by splitting up into groups of max 6 for the #ride and the #coffeestop
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@clubvsprint riding together, apart individual #TT first, then small group #hareandhounds #sociallydistanced #clubriding and back to @theeweandlamb ...

One of our new regular #lockdown rides is #hareandhounds up #alpeduzwift on @gozwift on Saturday mornings. Plenty of confetti at the top this week with #personalbests for @factor41 @gprice100 and @sportyprice Well done 🙌 ...

Two club rides this morning on @gozwift one social revisit to the #TickTock course with @prestige_kings_heath @jim_varnish @sportyprice @elainehardy43 and one up #alpeduzwift with @gprice100 @gjames86 @david.appleyard.54 ...

Looks like the @clubvsprint fairy has visited @lis_gardner this time to remind her of her many laps looking for the #whale on @gozwift during our #26hourride for #twopointsixchallenge ...

The @clubvsprint fairy visited @gjames86 last night with a little congratulations pressie to say well done on riding the longest single ride during our #twopointsixchallenge #26hourride. Well done Gareth! ...

Happy birthday to our @gozwift guru @russellashford. Hope you’ve had a good #lockdown #birthday and plenty of cake ...

@clubvsprint you are incredible! Hope all 🍑 are okay today. @jim_varnish recommends an #icebath if you’re in pain. It was all worth it...look at those numbers. When #giftaid is added, it will be much higher. Donations are still coming in! If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, please click on the link in the bio. ...

Washing anyone? #twopointsixchallenge #26hourride @clubvsprint @dredmitchell @lis_gardner @aliykeys @andrew.thomas81 @lifethroughhaze @davidjohncull @factor41 @elainehardy43 @emmammorris1 @fionaturner76 @gjames86 @gprice100 @garypattison66 @mooratheexplora @iansmith110 @jrfowler61 @sportyprice @jim_varnish @_16jonathan_ @jo_tanner @lozcs @leopoldvelo @markbromhall @nathanwoollam @paulstewart5753 @naughtygrandad @paulmawhinney @p.d.davies @primrosehospice @rick_smiff @russellashford @prestige_kings_heath @david.appleyard.54 ...

We’ve done it! #26hourride and #twopointsixchallenge complete 👊 @clubvsprint members you are awesome 💪. All our supports and sponsors, you are awesome too 👏 @primrosehospice you are welcome 😘 ...

@clubvsprint #ottna here we go again https://donate.justgiving.com/donation-amount?uri=aHR0cHM6Ly9kb25hdGUtYXBpLmp1c3RnaXZpbmcuY29tL2FwaS9kb25hdGlvbnMvODc3YTQ4OTJjMDM1NGNhNGJhY2IwNWYyZDcxYTFiN2E= ...

The #official @clubvsprint bio writer is just discovering that it’s easier to write about other people than herself, but here goes: please welcome @sportyprice who will be doing her bit for the #26hourride and #twopointsixchallenge in aid of @primrosehospice. Jenny has just done 3 stints, riding 127 miles to help @clubvsprint get to the magic goal of 2,600 miles. She is the newest member of the club committee having been a member for a few years. Jenny has been riding for 5 years and has done some pretty exciting things in that time including uk and French #sportives, representing #GB at the #granfondoworldchampionships and the not insignificant ride from #toulouse to #barcelona over the mighty #pyrenees last summer. She’s hoping that the experience of 600 miles in a week and many thousands of metres climbing will help her through the challenge tonight and tomorrow. To support Jenny and the rest of the team, please click on the link in the bio and donate. Thank you! ...