Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the process to sign up to Dittons Velo?
A. Please visit our Register Interest page and complete the form to apply. One of our Volunteers will be in contact to take you through the process.

Q. When and where are the rides?
A. Our main club ride is on Saturday morning. We meet at The Bear, Esher KT10 9RQ from 9am, giving time for a coffee and chat to mates and ride leaders before groups ride at 9.20 to 9.30am. Rides on other days are organised amongst smaller groups. There is usually a Wednesday evening fast ride.

Q. Is Dittons Velo a serious club?
A. We’re very serious about making cycling enjoyable, no matter what level or what you want to achieve in your cycling. We are a social cycling club not a racing club! We welcome all cyclists from beginners to those with many years of experience.

Q. Is the club only for people in the Dittons?
A. We have members from all over Elmbridge and beyond. As long as you are happy to start your rides from Esher then you are welcome to join us.

Q. How fast or how far do I need to be able to cycle to join the club?
A. We cater for mixed abilities. Start with the slower group on a shorter ride, and work your way up. Most people surprise themselves. Our Saturday rides range from 25 miles upwards. You will quickly find yourself in the appropriate group.

Q. What bike do I need to join the club rides?
A. Most members ride road bikes. The bike does not need to be the latest model or expensive. Some groups will go on a gravel ride.

Q. What are the typical routes and distances of the club rides?
A. On a typical Saturday we usually have five or more groups riding different routes and speeds. A social group might do a gentle 25-30 miles on a mostly flat route with a coffee stop. Our middle group(s) typically do a 40-50mile route into the Surrey hills. Some groups routinely do 60+ mile rides.

Q. What do I need to bring on a ride?

  • A helmet (all riders must wear one)
  • A road bike in reasonable state of repair
  • Spare inner tube(s). When you ride with the group, you’ll never be left alone to fix a puncture on your own but make sure you bring tyre levers, pump/CO2, multitool
  • Mobile phone (suggest you swap numbers with members of the same group) – fully charged!
  • Cash and a credit/debit card – for coffee and cake, or emergency taxi
  • Form of ID with emergency contact details and any necessary medical info
  • Front and rear lights – the Surrey lanes are often dark
  • In winter: mudguards

– For anything else: if you’re uncertain, just ask

Q. Do you have a club kit?
A. Yes, and members can order a full range of kit. We hold a small stock of kit, but we take orders a few times a year so kit is made to order and delivered in a few weeks. Details are shared via email and via the DV Facebook group when kit is available to order. Club Kit Page

Q. If I have any questions who should I contact?
A. Send us an email via our contact us page and someone will get back to you.