How to join London Dynamo
1. Attend a Newcomers' Ride
To ensure every new member is (a) aware of what they will get from the club and what the club expects from them, and (b) a competent rider with the right equipment.
Only those holding a British Cycling 3rd category or better racing licence may be exempted (if this applies to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Under 18s cannot join the club via this route and should instead contact email@example.com about a separate juniors' induction process. Also, see the Juniors section of our website.
We cannot and do not organise individual assessments.
When and where?
January: 1st Saturday 9am (unless New Year's Day)
February: 1st Saturday 9am
March: 1st Saturday 9am
April: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 8am
May: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 8am
June: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 8am
July: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 8am
August: 1st Saturday 8am
September: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 8am
October: 1st Saturday 8am
November: 1st Saturday 8am
December: 1st Saturday 9am
The meeting point is Spankers Hill Wood Car Park (near Pen Ponds) in the middle of Richmond Park.
For more detailed information about the Park Ride, please see our Rides section.
What happens on the day?
Please arrive a little before the allocated start time to be briefed and placed in a mixed ability group which will usually do three laps of the park (approximately 20 miles) at a moderate pace, finishing at Roehampton Gate cafe.
If your group leader is happy for you to join, he or she will (a) give you his / her name, and (b) take your email address and pass it on to the Membership Secretary (so that if you apply, the Membership Secretary can see that you’ve attended and passed a Newcomers’ Ride).
- You will need to be a safe and reasonably experienced cyclist who is confident riding in close proximity to others.
- You will need a road bike (no tri bars) and a helmet.
- Please do not contact us in advance - just turn up!
- If we think that you are not fit enough to keep up with our group rides, you may be asked to train further before attending another Newcomers' Ride. Please do not be offended if this happens as it is done to ensure you can ride with the Club should you join.
- Age or infirmity may mean you are slower than you'd like to be (despite being fit) and can't keep up. If this could be you, so long as you don't expect our groups to cycle at your pace, you may be allowed to join. But you'll still need to be assessed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
2. Create an Account
Once you have (a) attended and passed a Newcomers’ Ride, and (b) obtained the name of your Newcomers’ Ride group leader, you can then create an Account on our system. As part of this process, you should read and confirm that you will abide by our Code of Conduct (breach of which can lead to sanction including expulsion).
London Dynamo is run entirely by volunteers and is committed to organising its own races and events in addition to helping out at others through its Helping Out Programme. So once you have joined, you will be obliged to lend a hand. This is not arduous, invariably fun, there are a range of options, and it typically involves between one and four occasions per year. Members who fail to Help Out may not be permitted to renew their membership (at the discretion of the Committee).
Alternatively, a limited number of pricier None Helping Out Memberships are available on a first come - first served basis, which removes this obligation. Be absolutely sure to choose this option unless you wish to join the majority of members who "do their bit" and fully participate.
Once you have created the Account, we will send you an email containing a link for you to activate it.
Our Membership Secretary will then verify that you been approved and, if you have, send you a second email requesting your membership fee.
- Emails from our membership email address are sometimes incorrectly identified as junk. If you do not receive our email, please check your junk folder.
- This step is NOT automatic and may take 48 hours or longer.
Using the link provided in our second email, log in to the London Dynamo website with the details you provided when you set up your Account. You will be directed to our payment page where you can pay using any major debit or credit card. Payments are handled securely through PayPal. Membership is for 12 months from the date on which you join the Club.