London Dynamo is a road race cycling club.  If you are interested in joining us, you should know the following:

  • Although we describe ourselves as a road race cycling club, this does not mean you have to race (some of us do; many of us don’t).  However, there is no point joining us if you are not interested in cycling as a sport.
  • Riding with us will enable you to improve your cycling skills (i.e. group riding, cornering, descending, eating and drinking on the bike, etc), get fitter and faster and have fun.
  • Usually we ride with the men (this is something that most of us really enjoy as it is usually fun and makes us better riders) and occasionally we ride in women-only groups.
  • If you want to race (whether road, track, cyclocross or time-trial) and / or take part in sportives, the club will support and encourage you.  Some of our members race to a high standard (such as age-group national champions) and many ex-members moved on to teams.
  • It is very difficult to give guidance as to how fast you should be before trying our Newcomers Ride (1st Saturday in each month). As a very rough guide, if you can ride 3 laps of the park (c. 32 kms) at 24 minutes per lap (i.e. 1 hour 12 minutes for 3 laps – approx. 26.5 kph) you will be fine. If you are slower, you are welcome to give us a go but may need to improve your fitness depending on who you end up riding with. It is important to bear in mind that it is for riders to keep up with the group rather than for the group to ride at the pace of the slowest rider.
  • You will need a race bike, cycling-specific clothing, a crash helmet, cleated shoes / pedals and spare inner tube, pump and tyre levers.  Please avoid backpacks, panniers or top-tube bags.  Everything should fit into a small saddle bag or your jersey back pockets.
  • There is lots more information about the club elsewhere on the website but please contact us via girls@londondynamo.co.uk if you have any further questions and do read our Questions & Answers and rider profiles.

Qs & As 

What if I can’t ride 3 laps of Richmond Park at 24 minutes a lap?
This is a very rough guide. The speed of groups depends on who turns up. Some go faster, some slower. If a group is too fast for you, you will simply slip back through the group until you are on your own. Don't be dispirited: keep on training and / or look for a slower group.

Do I have to wear LD kit?
Club kit of some sort is compulsory for our rides. This lets other members know that you are one of us and deters non-members (who will not be in LD kit) from joining our groups.  An added advantage is that if you suffer a mechanical / puncture, there is a good chance that another member will come to your aide.

Where can I get LD kit from?
If you join the club, you can buy kit through our website. The kit is good quality (made by Sportful who also supply some of the professional teams) and sold at close to cost (i.e. much cheaper than in the shops).

Who can I talk to about LD?
girls@londondynamo.co.uk We are very happy to answer any questions.

Do I have to race?
No. Although many members love racing, many do not race at all (and never have). But if you want to race, there will be other members who are more than happy to take you under their wing and give you guidance.

Do I need a race bike and clip in pedals?
Yes. Clip in pedals (also known as ‘clipless’ pedals because they replaced old-fashioned toe straps) are safer and help you to pedal faster and more smoothly.  They take some getting used to but most people get the hang of them after a couple of rides. Just don’t forget to unclip as you approach red lights or T-junctions!

What opportunities are there for me to improve my riding?
All our rides will give you an opportunity to improve your riding. Most members will be happy to give you guidance if you ask – we were all beginners once. The club puts on some race-training days at Hillingdon (a race circuit in West London), hires a coach for mid-week sessions in the park and runs some beginners races early in the racing season (February / March).  From time to time we run skills sessions in the park primarily intended for women where you can obtain detailed guidance from experienced members.

What other rides does LD do?
Apart from the Park Ride, we have Wednesday evening rides (in the park or out to Chertsey) and Sunday rides out to Windsor or the Surrey Hills.  There are often faster and slower groups.  Details are on the website.

I’m nervous about joining a cycle club where I don’t know anyone
Don’t be nervous! We understand that some people might find entering the world of road race cycling a little intimidating but the club is a friendly place and you will be made welcome.  Make the effort to introduce yourself to other members and you will very quickly make friends.

Who can I speak to about starting to race?
You can speak to anyone who races (male or female) but Lillian (ladies secretary) and Tor (social secretary) would be happy to help.

Or email:  girls@londondynamo.co.uk

Member profiles

Liz Saul

Liz Saul

Occupation
Paracyclist with British Cycling / Communications Officer at UCL.

Sporting background
Athletics and running.

How long have you been riding?
About 3 years. Originally took up cycling as a way to get to uni when I moved to London.

Bike(s) 
Liv Envie Advanced and Canyon Speedmax TT bike.

Why join London Dynamo?
To find a good training network running regular rides throughout the week, learn new skills and have a range of abilities so I don’t get left behind on the hills.

Preferred type of riding? 
I like testing myself against the clock in a TT but also love a good hilly club ride.

Favourite place to ride?
I spend a lot of time in Richmond Park but love riding in the Purbecks in Dorset near my parents’ house.

Cake or wine?
Cake! Though occasionally wine… maybe both?!

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Lindsey Thompson

Occupation
Retired barrister / full time mum.

Sporting background
Horse riding and running. I found cycling aged 40.

How long have you been riding?
Since 2013.  I was gifted a bike for my 40th birthday and haven't looked back.

Bike(s)
Custom-build Casati and a Jamis Xenith.

Why join London Dynamo?
To improve my riding skills, learn new routes and ride with like-minded people.

Preferred type of riding? 
Sportives, training rides and camps.  Once a year I race at the LD Ladies Champs!

Favourite place to ride?
My LD mates would observe that I spend a lot of time in Richmond Park, but my all time favourite ride is the climb to Villa Flor on Tenerife.

Cake or wine?
I have learnt from our Social Secretary:  both.  Cake on the ride and a glass of wine on the side of the bath after the ride.

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Lillian Choy

Occupation
NHS hospital doctor.

Sporting background
Swimming and netball, then had to give up netball after too many sprained ankles and broken fingers.

How long have you been riding?
7 years.  I used to be driver / general support for my husband and his friends when they first did the Marmotte and Etape 10 years ago . My achievement on these trips was riding my mountain bike up the top third of Alpe d'Huez the first year; I felt very pleased with myself when I managed the whole of the Alpe the following year (albeit with lots of stopping). Then on Christmas morning 2008, a road bike was waiting for me down in the garage.

Bike(s)
Specialized Roubaix Pro, Trek 1.9 WSD and… a very old mountain bike.

Why join London Dynamo?
I had ridden quite a lot by the time I joined LD in 2013 as I had already done big rides like the Marmotte and the Etape.  The main reasons for joining was to improve my performance and fitness further by riding with cyclists who are faster and stronger (park laps on Saturdays are great for this), and to meet new people.

Preferred type of riding?
Sportives, spring training camp somewhere warm or summer cycling holidays in France. I have been occasionally persuaded to do a Time Trial or Hill Climb for "fun".  I don’t race!

Favourite place to ride?
France - either the Alps or Provence.

Cake or wine?
Definitely both. Cake to fuel the ride and a glass of wine for recovery after.

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Emily Adlam-Cook

Occupation
Secondary school student

Sporting background
County rugby for Surrey U 15s, canoeing and kayaking and play for my school handball team (came 3rd in a recent national competition).

How long have you been riding?
I’ve ridden most of my life, but only in the last year or two have I taken up road cycling (due to my dad’s love of cycling). I bought my first road bike on the final day of the 2013 Tour de France. Since then I was hooked and haven’t looked back. I started doing lots of riding with my family in Surrey and around the Italian lakes on holiday.

Bike(s)
Road bike:  Giant Defy

Why join London Dynamo?
I have been part of London Dynamo Sparks - the club’s new junior section – and wanted a new challenge and to improve my riding. I went on the Park Ride and signed up straight away. I really wanted to be part of a club where I could ride with people who would challenge me, but I’d still be able to keep up with.

Preferred type of riding?
I took part in my first time trial and loved it. I also love riding with my friends and family. I’ve tried track at Herne Hill and loved that. I also enjoy riding as part of Prestige which is a youth racing club which cycles around Kempton Park Racecourse and I’ve learnt so much about racing from it. I’m big on numbers so enjoy riding on watt bikes, I’m a regular at Njinga an indoor cycling lab which has helped me improve my pedal technique drastically as well as my power. I also enjoy racing the Crystal Palace Crits, where I earned my first national ranking. So basically any type of riding where I end up on my bike with the wind in my hair!

Favourite place to ride?
I love sunsets particularly when high up in the Alps or Dolomites. I love riding on Corsica and around Chamonix on my summer holidays, they are so beautiful and have so much wildlife to see. But Richmond Park early in the morning or late in the evening is also a beautiful place.

Cake or wine 
Yes please, but has to be cake at the moment!

Lucy Francis

Occupation
Sales Support Manager at the BBC Worldwide.

Sporting background
Cycling as a kid for fun in the North of Portugal and lots of bodysurfing on the beach body building in my mid-20s followed by running and finally triathlon my biggest passion.

Bike(s)
Bianchi & Planet-X road bikes and a Planet X Time Trial bike.

Why join London Dynamo?
I wanted to improve my bike handling skills and learn them from proper cyclists.  Plus I love the jersey and the routes where the club rides.

Preferred type of riding?
Time Trials.

Favourite place to ride?
Richmond to Windsor and back because it's flat and I know the route so well.

Cake or wine
I'm gluten free and a high fat, low carb athlete so no cakes for me mid-ride.  I prefer scrambled egg with salmon and coffee or biltong and nuts.  As I'm continental, I do like a glass of wine with dinner or a few tapas.