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 etc), get fitter and faster and have fun.
  • Usually we ride with the men.
  • It is very difficult to give guidance as to how fast you should be before trying our Newcomers Ride (dates found here). 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. 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.
  • There is lots more information about the club elsewhere on the website but please contact us via dynamettes@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.

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?
dynamettes@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 (whether road, track, cyclocross or time-trial) 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.

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 dynamettes@londondynamo.co.uk

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 clip straps) are safer and help you to pedal faster and more smoothly.

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 encourage all riders to attend a novice racing skills training day (completion of 2 training days is compulsory for racing in the Surrey League) – these days are well worth doing even if you have no intention of racing. In the summer the club hires a coach for mid-week session in Richmond Park.

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

Who can I talk to about the Club?
We are very happy to answer any questions. Contact us at  dynamettes@londondynamo.co.uk

Member profiles

Liz Saul

Occupation
Paracyclist with British Cycling / Communications Officer at UCL.

Sporting background
I did a lot of sport at school when I was much younger but I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 which put paid to any activity for a while! I lost my leg when I was 14 but didn’t properly get back into sport until I went to uni 5 years later. I started going to the gym and then got a bike when I moved to London. My love of cycling and sport went from there!

How long have you been riding?
I have been riding seriously since 2013 when I got my first road bike.

Year joined?
In 2015 when I moved to from East to South West London.

Why did you join London Dynamo?
I was looking for a club that was friendly, had lots of rides for me to get stuck into but also had plenty of riders better than me, that would challenge me and help me become a better and faster cyclist.

Preferred type of riding?
Road racing and time trial.

Proudest achievement
Being the current British record holder for the C4 3K pursuit on the track.

Tor Collins

Occupation
Banking

Sporting background
Any sports! But the main ones I have done lots of competing in include Hockey, Eventing (on a horse), Running, Triathlon, and finally Cycling.

How long have you been riding?
Always for just getting around, but more seriously (initially for triathlon) for 10yrs

Year joined?
2011

Why did you join London Dynamo?
After too many running injuries I was switching to just cycling, and LD looked pretty pro on the RP park ride so I thought I would give it a shot.

Preferred type of riding?
Gran fondos, hilly road races, or just exploring new parts of the world.

Proudest achievement on the bike?
There are a few… 5th in Taiwan KOM 2015 (up against the pros - the winner placed well in the Olympic RR the following year); 4 silver medals in British Masters (crit and RR); 4th female in the 2016 Etape du Tour.

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?
Since Christmas 2008. I was the driver/general support for my husband and his friends when they first did the Etape and Marmotte in 2006. 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. Then on Christmas morning 2008 a road bike was waiting for me down in the garage.

Year joined?
2013

Why did you join London Dynamo?
To get fitter and faster.

Preferred type of riding?
Gran fondos and Alpine sportives with big climbs

What is your proudest achievement on the bike?
Taiwan KOM 2015 (almost the lanterne rouge in contrast to Tor!) And in 2017, one of only 18 women to successfully complete all 7 stages of the Haute Route Alps from Nice to Geneva (apparently the hardest Haute Route ever) - all 869km of it with 22,200m climbing.