The Njinga Collective

WHO:

The Njinga Collective is an all-encompassing cycling community.  Real Riding. No attitude. Inclusive. Above all fun! We are a cycling family on wheels!  If you are looking for a cycling group that really wants to help you make a difference to your cycling, then we’re it.

The Collective stands for having the best of both worlds: fun, relaxed riding that puts a smile on your face; and high-class support for your fitness and performance goals. We believe in both equally. No one dropped. No one held back.

To ride with the Collective is to share the road with friends. Wherever you are as a cyclist, you will have your confidence nurtured and your skills polished - with no judgement. Ever.

The Njinga Collective is a not-for-profit outdoor riding group.  You ride with friends and fellow riders who share the same passion and love for cycling as you do!  We have created an incredible community or riders. The camaraderie and spirit of The Njinga Collective is unique and like no other team or organisation.

WHAT:

We have 4 x rideouts a month:

Challenge Rides: We have 2 challenge rides a month that are led by our highly experienced Njinga Ride Captains. The Challenge rides will be around 80km in length and the route will always include a predetermined challenge segment for you to test yourself, if you choose.

Progressive Rides: There will be 1 is a progressive a month. These rides provide a chance for you to try out a higher speed group if you think you are on the fringe of moving up, with ride captains on hand to help and support you.

Social Rides: There will also be 1 social ride a month. On the social ride outs there will be no designated ride captains; instead it will give you a chance to self-select your own groups and speeds you would like to ride at.

We offer 4 different speed groups on each of the Ride Captain led rideouts. They will be:

  • Group 1: Kalulu – The Hare (average 16mph).
  • Group 2: Mkango – The Lion (average 15mph).
  • Group 3: Njati - The Buffalo (average 14mph).
  • Group 4: Mbidzi - The Zebra (Average 12-13mph).

Please note you must be able to ride a little faster on the flats.

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES US?

  1. ALL LEVELS OF RIDERS ARE WELCOME - We never turn anyone away because you're not quick enough. You can even join us in trainers, and we will help you progress and get into cleats. Unlike other clubs which may say they accept all riders; we really do, and you won’t get dropped
  2. RIDE CAPTAINS - Our rides are guided and supported by our fully trained Ride Captains.  We have at least two for all our groups.
  3. MENTORING PROGRAMME - We have mentors within the Collective who will be on hand if you would like help and support improving your outdoor cycling skills and also provide tips to improve your fitness.
  4. COMMUNITY - More than just a cycling club, we are a community where you will ride with like-minded cyclists
  5. SAFETY FOCUSED - On top of our experienced Ride Captains we also include a bike & helmet safety check before each ride and carry basic first aid kits
  6. SMALL GROUPS - We have a maximum of 8-10 people in each group to help us manage the group safely and be respectful to other road users (including the Ride Captains)
  7. DIFFERENT RIDE TYPES - We offer 3 different types of rides each month across both Saturdays and Sundays. On our CHALLENGE and PROGRESSIVE ride outs, we have 4 different speed groups to accommodate all riders and are Ride Captain led. We also have SOCIAL rides that aim to get our community to ride together.
  8. NON-DROP RIDES - Our Ride Captains will be at the front and back of the group to ensure no one gets dropped on our Challenge and Progressive rides.
     

RESTRICTIONS:

If you are under 18 years of age, please email us here to discuss arrangements. 

WHERE:

Our indoor cycling studio is based in Hampton Wick; 1-2 Home Park Parade, Hampton Wick KT1 4BY. Our Njinga Collective rides start in this nearby area.

WHEN:

6th April – 2nd November 2019.

HOW MUCH:

Our 2019 annual membership fee for the season will be £39pp for Full Season membership.

BOOKING/CONTACT DETAILS:

Further information on the Njinga Collective can be found on our website
We look forward to welcoming you to The Njinga Collective and riding out on the road with you soon!

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