Portsmouth North End Cycling
Club is a non-profit club, run by volunteers determined to make
the sport and pastime of cycling, accessible to all an
equitable club. All our revenue, from membership subscriptions,
road race and time-trials, is plowed back into the club,
enabling us to: deliver coaching; pay for venue hire; promote
events; and ensure our volunteers are equipped with the skills,
qualifications, and support required to further all riders
Were not a proud Club and are
more than happy to accept donations to further improve: the
service; promoted events; coaching; and accessibility of the
club to young and old.
We are also happy to be
involved with charity rides and events, supporting rides
through the local area.
If youd like to help the
Club, get in touch with any of the Committee volunteers below.
If you have a question not
covered by the frequently asked ones below, please email one
of the Committee.
(see map on Sunday
Club rides page)
How far do we ride?
This is dependent on whether you join either the 'Sporty' or
'Social' ride - please see the Sunday Club Run page for more
How much is it to
See the JOIN US details below.
We run our membership from 1st Jan to 31st Dec, but don't wait
until then, we'll calculate it pro-rata if you join part way
through the year.
Do I need to wear club kit?
No not at all. However we sell a range of PNE Club clothing if
you wish to be seen in the famous red, white and blue. Just
who can advise to what items are available from stock held and
also explain the online ordering process (accessed during a
time related 'shop window').
Do you cater for female riders?
Yes we do - in fact our commitment is to encourage more ladies
and girls to join in our monthly coaching sessions at the
Mountbatten traffic-free circuit and U18s at South Downs
College Cycle Coaching sessions..
Will I get left behind?
Generally we have a policy that we will not leave a rider to
find their way home alone. Stop points and slow up sections
are normally incorporated when a slower rider is in the group.
What type of bike do I need to ride?
A serviced and roadworthy racing bike that is comfortable for
the rider and capable of covering a suitable distance.
What types of riding do we do?
Nothing to put anyone off. Firstly, the rides will be to build
up your confidence to enable you to ride accompanied and in
close proximity of others. This also includes general hand
signals & instructions to warn other riders in the group
of obstructions and other road users whereabouts. Then as
time moves on and the rider becomes more experienced, paced
riding in a close grouping formation, otherwise known as
"Chain gang" it's a higher paced riding that involves riders
taking the lead at set intervals within the group. All riders
within the group when not leading, slot in at the rear until
their turn at the front comes round again.
What do I need to
come on a club run?
As above, a roadworthy racing bike. Spare inner tubes and a
drink and a small amount of re-energising food. (Banana,
protein bar, flap jack etc.)
What is a time trial?
This is where individual riders (though sometimes it can be in
pairs) rides at their best capability for the set distance of
that course. Each starting at one minute intervals. There must
be no taking pace (drafting or slip streaming) from other
riders. Each rider once finished is given their time achieved
and a position of that day.
What is a road race?
This is the opposite of a time trial. All riders start
together, ride normally as a bunch using their strengths to
outwit the other riders to gain the front position. This is
not only for the finish, but at particular sections of the
ride to gain points in sprints, hill climbs and primes.
Sometimes a team may enter with the intention to work together
as to gain a better advantage on the podium.
What is a sportive and do you do any?
A good quantity of PNE members have entered a few this year
and found them to be very enjoyable. A good challenge and a
milestone for fitness.
What is an audax or randonee
This is a longer ride that is for the experienced rider.
Whereas club rides are around the 30-40 miles and of occasion
70 miles. Audax and Randonee are commonly over the 100mile
Our Online Membership application form can be accessed here
Once your application has been submitted please register to
use the Online Members Area. You will also be subsequently
contacted by the Membership Secretary to arrange payment
Details of the pro-rata membership fee depending on which
month you initially join are automatically calculated on the
For all Membership enquiries please contact the Membership
Subscription renewals are due from the 1st of January (with a
3 month window for payment until 31st March, after which
memberships are deemed to have expired) and run to 31st
Basically, this entitles you to ride and race (if you so
choose to) in the PNE colours.
Associate Membership* (2nd Claim)
*This is commonly used by cyclists who are
1st Claim members of another club and wish to join another. A
common type of Membership across all clubs.