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RELIABILITY RIDES

Reliability Rides - for the current year, please click the tab in the Reliability rides menu

For those of you new to the club. The Reliability Rides are run every year usually in the early spring. A series of three rides (two 50 mile rides and a 100 km ride).


The idea is to choose a time you think you can ride the distance. There is a choice of 3.5 hours or 3 hours, for both 50 mile rides and 3.5 hours and 4 hours for the 100 km ride. This is without any watches, computers or clocks. If you want to record your ride this is understandable so you can tape your computer up. But under no circumstances can you look at the time.  


The whole point is to see how reliable you are over the distance. Here is how you qualify. (+ Or - 10mins)


Ride One Option

50 miles in 3.5 hours = 14 mph ave speed    

50 miles in 3    hours = 16 mph ave speed     

50 miles in 2.5 hours = 20 mph ave speed   



Ride Two Options                                

50 miles in 3.5 hours = 14.2mph ave speed       

50 miles in 3    hours = 16.6mph ave speed  



Ride Three Options

62 miles in 4    hours = 15.5mph ave speed

62 miles in 3.5 hours = 17.7mph ave speed


(Example date) 5th  February    Reliability Ride 1 50 miles - (Example route and finish) Route- finish at Hannah’s Diner

Sign on

50 in 3.5 hours - Sign on is 8.30am (be there 15mins before)

50 in 3    hours - Sign on is 9.00am (be there 15mins before)

50 in 2.5 hours - Sign on is 9.30am (be there 15mins before)


(Example date) 19th  February     Reliability Ride 2 50 miles - (Example route and finish) Route - finish Ewenny Cafe

Sign on

50 in 3.5 hours - Sign on is 8.30am (be there 15mins before)

50 in 3    hours - Sign on is 9.00am (be there 15mins before)


(Example date) 5th   March            Reliability Ride 3 100 km - (Example route and finish) Route - finish - Costa, Cowbridge


Sign on

100k (62 miles) in 4    hours - Sign on is 8:30 am (be there 15mins before)

100k (62 miles) in 3.5 hours - Sign on is 9.00 am (be there 15mins before)




The main rule is no watches or computers. You must calculate the speed you are travelling by judging how fast you think your average speed is over the distance. There is a plus or minus 10 mins for 50 miles rides, and plus or minus 15mins on the 100 km ride. If you must use a computer it has to be covered up. The start is staggered so everyone should finish together.   


Click here for Rules and Guideline for the Reliability Ride Competition