Based in Norwich and founded in 2011 we are Norfolk’s newest club with lots of ideas and enthusiasm for our sport. Our aim is to promote all aspects of cycling, both competitive as well as for pleasure, fitness and transportation including specialist sessions for ladies and novice riders.
Our current members take part in a range of cycling including Mountain Biking, Club runs, Sportives, Cyclo Cross, Road Racing, Time Trialling, Triathlon and even Ironman events.
Founded by a fifty plus strong group of cyclists, both male and female, young and old that all share a mutual passion for cycling Iceni Velo has evolved from what was Streetlife Cycles / Extreme Sports Therapy – CCN. Our unofficial group became so popular that we have now become an official British Cycling affiliated club.
So what would you like to know?
What‘s Iceni’s big idea?
Well nothing really, we’re not trying to take over the world, initially we were just a small group of people, but with now over 250 members we are a somewhat larger group who all love riding our bikes! We are based in Norwich and founded in 2011 we are Norfolk’s newest club with lots of ideas and enthusiasm for our sport. Our aim is to promote all aspects of cycling both competitive as well as for pleasure, fitness and transportation including specialist sessions for ladies and novice riders.
Why are you called Iceni Velo?
The name Iceni is derived from the Iceni tribe who were ruled by Queen Boudicca and occupied most of Norfolk and Suffolk around 61 AD (over 2000 years ago).
Who is Iceni for?
If you would like to be part of a community of like minded people for fitness, enjoyment, a challenge or simply because you love cycling then Iceni Velo is for you. We cater for all types of cyclists whatever your background.
We already have over 250 enthusiastic members of all abilities with different cycling interests. Be it road racing, time trialling, commuting, mountain biking, charity cycling, tri-athletes, sportive or social riding we can cater for your requirements.
But what if I just slow you down?
We have plenty of organised rides (both club led and member led) that happen either during the week or at weekends that will suit a massive range of abilities. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and we work very hard to be just that. On our main Sunday ride distance is around 50 miles with a stop halfway at a cafe. We also plan the occasional longer ride, distance being 60-70 miles. Rides are split into at least 2 groups of ability. The steadier group will aim of an average speed around 15-16mph with the quicker group averaging 18mph +.
In recent times due to the size of groups we have on a Sunday we have been able to form a middle group which would cater for those in-between the two groups. What ever the group we will always ride to the speed of the slowest rider and one of the ride leaders will always be with you to guide us on your way. So don’t feel like you will be slowing us down, that’s not the case, one of the driving forces of Iceni is to get people out on the bike having fun whatever the speed.
When & where are your club rides?
At the moment our main ride is our Sunday club run. This takes place every Sunday and leaves from Nuffield Health and Fitness on Barrack Street at 8am. The early start seems to suit the majority of our members as we return to Norwich around lunchtime leaving the rest of the day free.
We also run a hill climbing session on a Thursday night which can be taken at your own pace without fear of being left behind. These take the format of short loops so you’ll usually have someone in front of you and behind you and you’re free to push yourself as much or as little as you want. Meeting place can vary depending on the course used, so best check our forum for details but usually it will be somewhere along the Thorpe Road.
Finally, for Mountain Bike riders, we usually hold “Urban Jungle” rides every Tuesday and Wednesday evening, again please see our forum for details!
Will it make me a better cyclist?
Only if you want to be! We have a massive group of like minded people in Iceni many of whom are relatively new to the sport so don’t be afraid thinking we are all a load of pro cyclists (as much as we would like to be, we are not!). What we can offer you is to be part of a very friendly and active group of cyclists that love to get out on the bike. We have members that like to ride at a steady speed and we have members that ride like a bullet train. What we also have is everything in between covering a massive amount of disciplines from MTB to road so there really is something for everyone.
How much does it cost to join?
Membership prices can be seen on our joining page here but a senior membership is £20. Why so much? well straight away you get 2 free inner tubes and 2 free Iceni Velo bottles courtesy of our fantastic sponsors (Streetlife & Bottle Sport), our main sponsor Duff Morgan also offers preferential rates for servicing, MOT’s and sales. If that wasn’t enough you get discount at Streetlife Cycles & Fuerte Bici. All the money that we take in membership allows us to put it back into cycling and we are one of the most active clubs in the area. We have held Circuit races, youth races, cyclocross, MTB training & Rollapaluza (if you haven’t heard of this before then have a look here as we will be doing it again!
I’m looking for some help with buying a bike
The internet is great for buying loads of stuff as I’m sure we all know but there is still nothing like going down to your local bike shop and trying something out. Bikes can be a big investment so its worth making sure you buy once and buy right! (I sound just like my dad..) Most of the club have always used Streetlife cycles in Norwich so it’s now a nice treat that as members we can get a discount there as well! Streetlife have a vast experience of the trade and most, in fact all, of the staff are very keen cyclists so they can give great advice as well. The main thing about buying local for something like a bike is that if you need anything done or any advice or something goes wrong you can just pop in and see them and not have to sit on hold on the phone to try and get connected to some call centre somewhere.
What can you do for me?
If you would like to be part of a community of like minded people for fitness, enjoyment, a challenge or simply because you love cycling then Iceni Velo is for you. We cater for any types of cyclists whatever your background, for more information about what we already do please read below.
We have regular groups that cater for road, hill climbing (well Norfolk hills!!) and pretty much anything that involves 2 wheels.
Youth development programme
We have a strong group of riders that regularly compete in local event at various levels. There are regular training rides which are ideal sessions for improving riding skills which will help anybody thinking of competing.
Iceni Velo and the Eastern Road Race League
We at Iceni Velo believe in giving club members access to all levels of cycling. This is why we are part of the ERRL. It enables those cyclists which would like to compete at the highest level of east anglian road cycling a greater chance of entry to these races.
We have dedicated and experienced road race club members that are always willing to provide new members with advice and direction if they should wish to race these events.
The Eastern Road Race League, formerly known as the Essex Road Race League, is the premier organisation for club-level road racing in the East of England. Currently, the league consists of 43 member clubs, each of whom promote one or more road races during the season.
Members of ERRL clubs are given preferential entry to these races, and compete a season-long competition to be the top team and individual at the end of the year.
Currently, races are held in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
For more information regarding the ERRL please feel free to contact Ben Nicholson our ERRL representative.
We have quite a few top level cyclo cross riders within the team who would be happy to help and give advice to anyone interested in competing. Cyclocross is a great sport to get into and is a perfect family event with categories for under 12 and great for spectating. For some more details click “What is Cyclocross” below.
We will be holding a cyclocross event later in the year as part of the Eastern Cyclos Cross League. For more details on the league have a look on website (Eastern Cross League)
What is Cyclocross?
Cyclo-Cross is one of the easiest branches of cycle sport to get involved in. It’s also one of the most enjoyable. Read on, as you will find out more about this fantastic sport.
Winter Fun: Cyclo-Cross (often abbreviated to ‘Cross) is generally an autumn and winter sport. Massed starts make for exciting races, usually no more than an hour in length – and shorter for juniors, women and veterans. There are usually free-to-enter races for younger riders. Some organisers are now starting to run summer series, which are proving very popular.
Lapping it Up! Cyclo-Cross races are usually multi lap events, held on short (typically less than a mile and often less than half a mile), grassy courses, generally in public parks or on school playing fields. Less technically demanding than Mountain Biking, Cyclo-Cross often requires riders to dismount to clear artificial obstacles – often wooden boards. The ability to swap smoothly and quickly from riding to running and back to riding in one fluid motion is a key skill for advanced riders.
Private Battles: The short lap lengths mean that better riders often lap some of the slower competitors, but that’s not the end of the race – you can still submerge yourself in the action, enjoy your own private battles and forget whether you are first or a hundred and first – that’s the beauty of the sport: it’s what you make of it that counts.
Bike Facts: Cyclo-Cross machines look very similar to road bikes, with dropped handlebars and thin tyres – however the latter have a knobbled-tread for grip, powerful brakes, low gears and better frame clearances to prevent clogging with mud, all of which adds up to make them easy to handle on the rough.
Information taken from British Cycling
British Cycling Membership
Iceni Velo is a British Cycling Federation affiliated club which means that for those members wishing to compete in events that require a BCF membership with an affiliated club we’ve got it covered.
Although not essential for every rider out there we recommend acquiring either a BCF ride licence for those not wishing to race, or a BCF race licence for those that might want to participate in high level racing.
Please follow the link below to view the pricing and benefits of each membership provided by British Cycling.
If you have any further questions regarding BCF membership please contact us using this contact form.