The Njinga Collective | Friendly Cycling Group in Kingston
NJINGA

The Njinga Collective

An all encompassing cycling community. Real Riding. No attitude. Inclusive. Above all fun!

Following the Government's announcement to cease non essential contact the Njinga Collective Committee has decided to postpone the start of our riding season until further notice.

A FAMILY ON WHEELS

Are you looking for a cycling group that really wants to make a difference to your cycling? 

The Collective stands for having the best of both worlds: fun, relaxed riding that puts a smile on your face; and high class support for your fitness and performance goals. We believe in both equally. No one dropped. No one held back.

To ride with the Collective is to share the road with friends. Wherever you are as a cyclist, you will have your confidence nurtured and your skills polished - with no judgement. Ever.

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WHAT DIFFERENTIATES US?

  1. All levels of riders are welcome - We never turn anyone away because you're not quick enough. You can even join us in trainers and we will help you progress and get into cleats. Unlike other clubs which may say they accept all riders; we really do and you won’t get dropped
  2. Ride Captains - Our rides are guided and supported by our fully trained Ride Captains
  3. Mentoring programme - We have mentors within the Collective who will be on hand if you would like help and support improving your outdoor cycling skills and also provide tips to improve your fitness.
  4. Community - More than just a cycling club, we are a community where you will ride with like-minded cyclists
  5. Safety focused - On top of our experienced Ride Captains we also include a bike & helmet safety check before each ride and carry basic first aid kits
  6. Small groups - We have a maximum of 8-12 people in each group to help us manage the group safely and be respectful to other road users
  7. Different ride types - We offer 3 different types of rides each month across both Saturdays and Sundays. On our Challenge rides, we have 4 different speed groups to accommodate all riders and are Ride Captain led. We also have Social rides and Touring rides that aim to get our community to ride together and are self supported.
  8. Non-drop rides - Our Ride Captains will be at the front and back of the group to ensure no one gets dropped on our Challenge rides.

2020 SEASON: 4th April to 17th October

Key details below:

SPEED GROUPS

We will have four different speed groups:

  • Group 1: Kalulu – The Hare (average 16mph/26kph).
  • Group 2: Mkango – The Lion (average 15mph/24kph).
  • Group 3: Njati - The Buffalo (average 14mph/22.5kph).
  • Group 4: Mbidzi - The Zebra (Average 12-13mph/19-21kph)*

Note that the speed will be a little faster on the flats.

*Mbidzi will run until the end of June. After this date we will encourage riders to move up to Njati.

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Challenge Rides

There will be two Challenge rides a month that will be led by our highly experienced Njinga Ride Captains. The Challenge rides will be around 80km in length and the route will always include a predetermined challenge segment for you to test yourself, if you choose. These rides will be on Saturdays and will start at 8am from Barge Walk, Kingston Bridge.

(Njinga apparel is to be worn on all our Challenge rides).

These rides are to be booked on Team App.

Social Rides

There will be 1 Sunday social rideout each month and several Friday evening social ride outs throughout the summer. NEW for 2020 we will also be introducing Touring rides for those who want to push themselves over longer distances. There will be no designated ride captains on these social rides; instead it will give you a chance to self select your own groups and speeds you would like to ride at. A GPX file route along with a shorter route option will be available online for each social ride which you must download before riding.

(Njinga kit is optional on Social rides.)

These rides are to be booked on Team App.

 

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SIGNING UP FOR RIDES

All of our rides for the season can be found on our Njinga Collective Team App and this is also where you will be able to sign up for each ride. Find out how to download the app and book your Collective rides here.

Rides can be booked 14 days in advance and bookings must be made 12 hours before the ride if you plan to attend. Spaces are limited within each speed group per ride to ensure we don't have more than 12 riders per group. We ask that you make sure you book in advance to ensure you get a space. If you turn up on the day without signing up we cannot guarantee you a ride.

Cancellations must be made 12 hours prior to each ride, if not we ask a small £10 donation to our preferred charity of Shooting Stars Chase Children’s Hospice is made.

Membership Costs

What is Included?

  • 2 x Challenge rides a month - Ride Captain led
  • 1 x Sunday Social ride a month - NOT Ride Captain led
  • 4 x Friday evening Social rides throughout the season - NOT Ride Captain led
  • Regular longer Touring Rides - NOT Ride Captain led
  • Access to a repository of GPX routes for the Social rides
  • Access to purchase Njinga Collective cycling kit (jersey is compulsory)
  • 2 x Njinga Water Bottles if you are new to the Collective - (Existing riders can request 1 water bottle)
  • Free Njinga lab group class credit for new customers
  • Preferential partner discounts for all Njinga Collective riders
  • Access to our Closed Group Facebook page - This is where you can ask questions, organise ride outs, see items for sale and more. This year we will also include tips from our mentors.
  • Access to our Closed Strava Group 

Membership Fees

Our membership package for 2020:

  • Full Season (April through October) - £39

Fancy a FREE taster before signing up?

Simply contact us to organise a FREE trial ride so you can experience the Collective before joining.

Please note you must have a road worthy road bike to take part in the Njinga Collective.

CLUB CONSTITUTION

Access our Constitution here.

TESTIMONIAL

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"Thanks to everyone who puts in the work and care to make the rides so fun, inclusive and safe."

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Stefan Nawrocki

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"This was my first season with the collective and I can't wait for the next one! THANK YOU to Njinga, the captains, Debbie Richards and all the riders for the safe, fun, challenging and great rides!"

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Klaudia Papp

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"Really enjoyed the rides this season. Thank you to the Ride Captains and everyone behind the scenes who make this all possible. Here's to next season"

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Simon Robinson

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"This year has been fabulous, and all the hard work behind the scenes does not go unnoticed. Well done committee, captains and all riders "

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Karen Baitup

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First year with the Collective. Loved the riding and the feel of the group - thank you!”

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Jerry Collier

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