ON THIS PAGE:

  1. About the club.
  2. FAQ (Frequently asked questions).
  3. How to join.
 

 If you have decided to join us then welcome to the club! Please go to the Membership & Subscriptions page which contains all the details about how to join and gives contact details to our Membership Secretary, Dave Tyas, who will process your application and deals with any queries or problems.

 

Maldon & District Cycling Club (MAD CC) was founded in 1953 as Crouch CC. It is based in Maldon, Essex and caters for cyclists of all abilities, ages and cycling interests.
Current membership stands at approximately 150 members, across a wide age range, including a number of family groups. The club is active in most branches of cyclling, namely Road Racing, Time Trials, Cyclo-cross, Track Racing and Audax, as well as the weekly club runs and regular off-road
Go-Ride sessions for young riders.
The Club is a
Go-Ride club and has achieved CLUBMARK accreditation (Clubmark website).


 

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

HOW DO I MAKE FIRST CONTACT?
Why not come along to one of our Tuesday night training races at Steeple (Star Inn pub - MAP) , or one of our winter cyclo-crosses in Battlesbridge (MAP), that way you will see a lot of members straight away. Alternatively, phone the clubrun secretary to discuss the upcoming Sunday runs. New faces are always welcome at the clubroom in the Maldon Saints Football Club Hut, Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon CM9 5JG on Mondays at 8PM (excluding Bank Holidays), but these are more social gatherings than bike centred events. See the calendar of events in the “What’s On?” section to find out more about events and venues, plus the “Contacts” page for phone/email contact details.

WHO DO I SPEAK TO?
Approach anyone wearing a Maldon jersey and tell them you are new. They will immediately put you in touch with a committee member. Alternatively, you could phone/email any committee member in advance.

WHAT IF I’M NOT INTERESTED IN RACING?
Lots of our members aren’t, but races are good focal points for seeing lots of club members. Club based races typically involve about 35 people racing plus perhaps another 20 there for social reasons. Tuesdays are only half over once the racing finishes as most people migrate to the pub for a drink and a meal. There is also a social club night at the clubroom at the Maldon Saints Football Club Hut, Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon CM9 5JG on Monday evenings at 8PM* where members can congregate for a cup of tea and chat.
(* Excluding Bank Holidays)

WHAT IF MY BIKE ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH?
Don’t be put off by the standard of some of the bikes you see, virtually everyone started on a basic bike.
The club has a pool of road bikes, some new, for short to medium term loan to younger members who might be interested but only have mountain bikes. Please ask a committee member for details. For our cyclo cross races, mountain bikes of any standard are perfectly adequate.

 


 

I DON’T WANT TO GET SHOWN UP.
You won’t be. Although several of our members race seriously and at a high level, even more just take part for the fun of being involved. You will, genuinely, not be looked down on by anyone at all.

IS IT ONLY ABOUT RACING?
Absolutely not, simply that races form a good focal point for meeting lots of members. Newcomers to cycling are always astonished at how many cycling activities there are in the region, racing and non-racing. It is quite possible, if you have the stamina, to race seven days a week in the Essex region! Add in the wide range of non-competitive activities and there is more to go at than you could possibly keep up with.

WHAT IF I’M NOT KEEN ON RIDING ON THE ROAD?
We steer well away from busy main roads. Most of our racing takes place on the quieter roads of the Dengie peninsular, beyond Mayland. Leisure riding takes us into little used lanes and quiet villages all over the county and sometimes deeper into East Anglia. The region has a range of off road facilities for racing as well, see the “facilities” question.

HOW DO I JOIN THE CLUB?
Firstly, come along and have a look, you can ride our races as a guest for a few weeks before we ask that you join us more formally. Then, simply fill in the membership application form (”Membership & Subscriptions” page in the "Club Member's Area" section) and send it off to the membership secretary. Club rules state that all potential new members are approved by the committee at the next available meeting (first Wednesday of even numbered months). This is rarely more than a formality, so if you have need for this to be formalised more quickly, please get in touch as it can almost certainly be arranged.


WHAT IS MY MEMBERSHIP FEE SPENT ON?
Almost all of it is used for clubroom hire, membership affiliation fees to major cycling bodies and general administration. Members aged 18 and under’s are given membership to British Cycling at “Silver” level, which the club pays for.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS?
Yes and no. You are also strongly encouraged to join one of the major cycling bodies (British Cycling or Cyclists Touring Club – see links page). You wouldn’t expect to drive a car on the road without insurance, the same should apply to riding a bike!

WHAT DOES THE CLUB EXPECT OF ME IN RETURN?
Primarily enthusiasm. To support our main promotions, we also ask that you be prepared to assist in some way. This would probably be a marshalling duty, standing at a junction pointing the way to riders. Most of these are early Sunday mornings and would typically last 90 minutes. The quoted minimum requirement is two duties per year, but with high membership, it may be less.

WHAT RESOURCES &FACILITIES DOES THE CLUB HAVE?

  • A pool of road bikes for loan to younger potential riders.
  • A wide range of promotional equipment.
  • Expertise and experience in almost all areas of cycling.
  • One of our members owns a plant nursery near South Woodham Ferrers (MAP) where cyclo-cross training and racing takes place between September and February.
WHAT OTHER FACILITIES ARE THERE IN THE AREA?
Off road racing takes place on the Ford test track at Dunton (MAP), and at North Weald airfield. The excellent racing circuit at Hog Hill/Redbridge Cycle Centre (
Website, MAP - does not currently appear on 'Satellite' view on map due to old photo) near Hainault opened in 2008 and boasts a safe, traffic-free but challenging circuit with modern facilities. The Olympic Velodrome will definitely be built, but if you can’t wait to do track racing, there are the outdoor velodromes at Welwyn Garden City (MAP) and Herne Hill (MAP), both of which are easier to get to than many people realise. Mountain biking also currently takes place at Hainault Country Park, but is also planned to eventually move to Hog Hill.

WHERE DO I BUY A BIKE?
This is best answered by saying “If you want to buy a bike, ask in the club for advice”. There is no golden rule, it depends on how much you want to spend and what you want to use your bike for. Please feel free to ask around for impartial advice.