Ride Categories


Over the years, as our Runs Programme has expanded, we have tried to group rides into certain named categories which would give an idea of what to expect on each type of ride.

This has proven to be more difficult than expected.

For example, the term "Easy Going" is very much a relative one.
25 miles may be easy for some but not so for others!

Nevertheless, the list below gives generic descriptions of the various ride categories we offer.
Note that not all categories of events may be run in a particular year.


D.I.Y. Meet

A Do-It-Yourself ride with a social element.
Start from wherever you like, cycle to a designated cafe/restaurant/garden centre/whatever, arrive around the designated time, meet up with other local Cycling UK members, put the world to rights over a coffee then head for home - perhaps with company for some of the way.

Easy C0

To ensure rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 0 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Each ride will be limited to a max. of 15 participants.

We are allowing guests on our rides.
Guests can participate in up to 3 rides before being expected to join CUK.
However, during Covid restrictions, priority will be given to CUK Ayrshire club members who will be emailed registration details some time before a ride.

A few days prior to the ride, if registration places remain, the link to the registration page will be added to the event information section so, if you plan to join as a guest, check back 3 days before the ride to see if a registration link has been added.

All participants must register in advance.

Easy events are normally 20-25 miles in length although can occasionally be shorter.
Average speed is normally 8-10mph.

Easy C2

In order to ensure that rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 2 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Whilst we normally welcome a limited number of guests on our rides, during Covid restrictions we are limiting participants to CUK Ayrshire members only.
Shortly after a ride is published on this site, Cycling UK Ayrshire members will be emailed details about how to register for a ride.
If you do not receive an email from CUK with details of a ride then you are not eligible to register for it.

You must register in advance of a ride.
Do not assume you can join a ride without registering.
During registration, you will be asked to provide contact tracing details and Emergency contact information.

Easy events are normally 20-25 miles in length although can occasionally be shorter or longer.
Average speed is normally 8-10mph.

Easy Going

Easy Going events are normally around 25 miles in length although can occasionally be longer.
Easy describes the pace, not necessarily the terrain.
Average speed is normally 8-10mph, not including time taken for lunch stops, re-grouping, etc.
Lunch stops tend to be picnic style during the warmer months, for which you bring your own food.
During the winter months they tend to be in a pub/cafe/restaurant.
The type of lunch is specified for each ride.

Figure-of-eight

Figure-of-eight rides are essentially Main rides configured to allow joining the ride somewhere for a shorter distance outing.
They always return to the start points for both the longer and shorter distances.

Ladies C0

In order to ensure that rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 0 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Each ride will be limited to a max. of 15 participants.

We are once again allowing guests on our rides.
Guests can participate in up to 3 rides before being expected to join CUK.

However, during Covid restrictions, priority will be given to CUK Ayrshire club members who will be emailed registration details some time before a ride.

A few days prior to the ride, if registration places remain, the link to the registration page will be added to the event information section.
So, if you plan to join a ride as a guest, check back 3 days before the ride to see if a link to the registration page has been added.

All participants must register in advance.
Do not assume you can join the ride without registering.

Ladies C2

In order to ensure that rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 2 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Whilst we normally welcome a limited number of guests on our rides, during Covid restrictions we are limiting participants to CUK Ayrshire members only.
Shortly after a ride is published on this site, Cycling UK Ayrshire members will be emailed details about how to register for a ride.
If you do not receive an email from CUK with details of a ride then you are not eligible to register for it.

You must register in advance of a ride.
Do not assume you can join a ride without registering.
During registration, you will be asked to provide contact tracing details and Emergency contact information.

Rides are usually no more than 15 miles long and cycled at a very relaxed pace.

Ladies Longer

Ladies Longer rides are cycled at a similar pace to the Ladies Only rides.
i.e. Cycled at a very relaxed pace.
However, they are longer in distance, can take place on days other than a Saturday and may involve outdoor picnic lunches rather than indoor lunches at a cafe/restaurant/etc.
Usually around 25 miles long but can be longer.

Ladies Only

Ladies Only events are scheduled on the first Saturday of each month.
Usually no more than 15 miles long and cycled at a very relaxed pace.
Lunch or Coffee stops will be determined depending on Covid rules and venue availability

Ladies Only DIY

Exactly the same setup as our standard DIY meetings except, as the title suggests, for Ladies Only.
Start from wherever you like, cycle to a designated cafe/restaurant/garden centre/whatever, arrive around the designated time, meet up with other local Cycling UK ladies, put the world to rights over a coffee then head for home - perhaps with company for some of the way.

Ladies only Public

This event is open to members of the public, as long as they are women.

Main C0

To ensure rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 0 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Each ride will be limited to a max. of 15 participants.

We are allowing guests on our rides.
Guests can participate in up to 3 rides before being expected to join CUK.
However, during Covid restrictions, priority will be given to CUK Ayrshire club members who will be emailed registration details some time before a ride.

A few days prior to the ride, if registration places remain, the link to the registration page will be added to the event information section so, if you plan to join as a guest, check back 3 days before the ride to see if a registration link has been added.

All participants must register in advance.

Main events vary from 30 - 60+ miles long.
Average on-road speed can be anywhere from 8-14mph, depending on route, weather and mix of participants.

Main C2

In order to ensure that rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 2 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Whilst we normally welcome a limited number of guests on our rides, during Covid restrictions we are limiting participants to CUK Ayrshire members only.
Shortly after a ride is published on this site, Cycling UK Ayrshire members will be emailed details about how to register for a ride.
If you do not receive an email from CUK with details of a ride then you are not eligible to register for it.

You must register in advance of a ride.
Do not assume you can join a ride without registering.
During registration, you will be asked to provide contact tracing details and Emergency contact information.

Main events vary from 30 - 60+ miles long.
Average on-road speed can be anywhere from 8-14mph, depending on route, weather and mix of participants.

Main Run

Main Run events vary from 30 - 60+ miles long.
Average on-road speed can be anywhere from 8-14mph, depending on route, weather and mix of participants.
The average speed does not include time taken for lunch stops, re-grouping, etc.
Lunch stops are usually picnic style during the warmer months and indoors during the winter.

Midweek C0

In order to ensure that rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 0 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Each ride will be limited to a max. of 15 participants.

We are once again allowing guests on our rides.
Guests can participate in up to 3 rides before being expected to join CUK.

However, during Covid restrictions, priority will be given to CUK Ayrshire club members who will be emailed registration details some time before a ride.

A few days prior to the ride, if registration places remain, the link to the registration page will be added to the event information section.
So, if you plan to join a ride as a guest, check back 3 days before the ride to see if a link to the registration page has been added.

All participants must register in advance.
Do not assume you can join the ride without registering.

Midweek Run

Mid-week events vary in distance from 25 - 50 miles.
Run fortnightly on a Wednesday over late spring and summer.
Moderate pace (9-12mph average) which will vary depending on group members, weather and terrain to be covered.
Bring your own food on all mid-week events unless otherwise indicated.

Non-stop 20

A "Non-Stop Twenty" is a continuous ride of approx. 20 miles.
No stops for coffee or lunch during the ride - we just keep pedalling!
The aim is to take no more than 2 hours for the ride, so you should be able to average 10mph non-stop for 2 hours if you want to participate in these rides.
The rides will start at/near a cafe/tearoom for an optional lunch at the end of the ride - or you could decide to go straight home - your choice.

Non-stop 30

A "Non-Stop Thirty" is a continuous ride of approx. 30 miles.
No stops for coffee or lunch during the ride - we just keep pedalling!
The aim is to take no more than 3 hours for the ride, so you should be able to average 10mph non-stop for 3 hours if you want to participate in these rides.
The rides will start at/near a cafe/tearoom for an optional lunch at the end of the ride - you could decide to go straight home - your choice.

Public Event

Public rides are, unsurprisingly, open to the general public.
Most of these rides are free but a few are pay to enter.
Any fees will be outlined in the individual ride descriptions.
These rides are registered as Public rides with Cycling UK and therefore have special insurance to cover those who are not Cycling UK members.
Some events have age restrictions, details of which can be found here

Special Run

Our Special Run category covers rides which do not fit into our standard descriptions.
They contain things such as Hostel weekends, fast pace rides, rides which start outside of Ayrshire, themed outings, etc.
As such, they can be any length/speed.
If you are unsure as to whether a particular run will suit your abilities, contact us via the Contact link for additional information on any ride.
Details are normally contained in each ride description.

Special Run C0

In order to ensure that rides are compliant with Scottish Covid level 0 regulations, an online registration process for club rides has been implemented.
Each ride will be limited to a max. of 15 participants.

We are once again allowing guests on our rides.
Guests can participate in up to 3 rides before being expected to join CUK.

However, during Covid restrictions, priority will be given to CUK Ayrshire club members who will be emailed registration details some time before a ride.

A few days prior to the ride, if registration places remain, the link to the registration page will be added to the event information section.
So, if you plan to join a ride as a guest, check back 3 days before the ride to see if a link to the registration page has been added.

All participants must register in advance.
Do not assume you can join the ride without registering.


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