The aim of the community is to develop a group of people of all ages and levels together so people have a network where they can enjoy the social benefits of the sport in an exciting, safe but fun environment. The community program brings together the social element of the sport and brings together people who are looking to start and develop their group riding skills and possibly to move into participating in the great range of sportives that take place most weekends across the UK and even further afield.
This program is for all ages and abilities to help riders move from the Engage level to feel comfortable and confident in completing a 50miles event to longer, and faster events. We also have options to participate in some of the bigger sportive events through one of our Community Partners. With our challenges, training sessions and events we have a competitive element within the community, but the main focus will always be to have a larger group of like-minded people cycling in a fun and social way.
At Bryan Steel we like to give you as much one-to-one support as a community member so our community partners are here to help develop you as a better bike rider so you can get the most out of you cycling.
Our partners are a mix of discount codes but also people who are experts in their field who can give you one-to-one support. A lot of the community partners are people who support Bryan when he was racing or people he has worked with since so their expertise is well proven and tested.
We have following partners for you to access:
- Personalized bike support by Long Eaton cycles
- Nurition advice by Katie Baggott
- Fitness testing and bike fit by Boardman performance centre
- Physio support Central sport massage
- Club clothing by Godfrey Bikewear
- 10% discount for Stages power meters
- 10% discount from Dolan bikes
- Vittoria tyres at cost price
- 50% discount with MyZone heartrate monitor
- 10% discount with Torq Nurition
- 15% discount with Ice ID emergency information bracelet
- 20% discount with Megmeister undervests
- 20% discount with British bike hire
- 5% discount with BikeZaar for online bike and equipment
- 10% discount with Yellow Jersey insurance
- 10% discount with Wattzone indoor cycle studio
Full details of each product and discount codes will be sent to all members in the welcome package.
Each month the community members can take part in our monthly challenges which can vary from longest ride of the month, most miles ridden or most hills climbs but also along with our partners we can bring together yoga, strength and conditioning along with weight work through the winter months to make you a better cyclist when the weather get better.
The aim of the challenges is to develop your cycling but in a fun and competitive way for both male and female riders of all levels.
One of the challenges with the Bryan Steel Cycling Community is that there are people spread across the UK and in a few cases we have members across the world so with our Partners Sufferfest we can offer our online training ride.
This will be a regular evening each week where people can log into the Bryan Steel group and we can ride along while being in our front room or garage.
With the support of Sufferfest, Bryan has designed a structured program so each 1 hour to 90min session will have a specific training objective and you will be able to log-in after the session to do this session again as and when you want to.
Alongside our Engage group ride, community members have the option of doing 2 group riders per month. Each month we have a group ride and where we meet for a coffee before we head out for a ride and on our return, we can socialise after a relaxed enjoyable ride.
On each group ride we have a structure of bronze, silver and gold groups with 3 routes designed to suit everyone’s abilities. Each group has a trained rider leader so there will be support for riders of all levels.
All the riders leave together and after a set point the bronze leader returns with their riders to head towards home and a little later in the ride the silver leader does the same before the gold riders head off to complete the longer route.
During the ride there will be always a rider at the front setting the right pace, one at the back making sure we stay together and for the first part a rider floating around helping riders but we also have an extra lead rider so we are able to help riders of all levels during the ride.
We try to make sure that all groups arrive back at around the same time, so everyone is able to socialise after the ride. This means everyone one has a great ride to their level but has the opportunity to progress to the next level and if they are feeling good or having an off day, they are able to ride in the right group for them on the day.
The most common question we get about these rides is what is the average speed – we say the leader of each group will go the speed of the group and we have the golden rule of if the riders behind are not talking then we are going to fast as this ride is for all levels and social.
This 10-week plan is the next stage on from your 6-week plan as part of the Engage program. The objective is to support you in taking your cycling to the level and by the end you should be able to confidently complete a 100mile ride.
This plan carries on developing the areas you did in the 6-week plan but also starts to develop your torque and speed and along with the community group rides we develop your group riding skills.
As you develop as cyclist there are some finer points you need to develop and as a member of the Bryan Steel community to be good cyclist it’s not just about being strong or fast. To develop this, it is better the rider is supported with someone to one feedback on your session or how you are progressing.
As a community member the 10-week training plan has areas where you can also provide feedback on how you are doing and if you send this back to Bryan weekly he will give you some feedback on your progress and along with seeing you on the group rides offer advice to support your develop.
As well as the Bryan Steel group rides throughout the year we have some events which our partners deliver or other events which Bryan is involved with and as a community member we are able add them to our events program.
Some of these events maybe a local club running a sportive or a bucket list event which we are able to get entries for you to ride. Also, other members maybe training for a ride and you may like to join them in the training or the event.
Bryan Steel works in partnership with Greek Cycling Holidays where in March and April Bryan runs a warm weather training camp.
GCH are based in a family villa in the town of Eretria which is on the island only an hour’s drive from Athens. It is the perfect location for getting some warm weather miles in the bank. The villa is run by Steve who was a professional chef working in some of the best kitchens in London and Europe. At each event he will cook for you and with only having small group here you are able to design a menu each evening to suit you.
Bryan will then take you out each day on a route to suit you. Once you get off the main roads you will be greeted with amazingly well surfaced roads where you won’t see a car for hours. The only hold up you will likely get is with herds of goats!
There are some amazing hills and on a selected day we can take you into the high mountains with Steve’s support team following you in the van. After each ride you can relaxed in the hot tub having a beer from the bar.
The package includes:
- All rides designed and led by Bryan
- Airport transfers for you and your bike
- Customised cycling itinerary
- Self-guided rides with preloaded GPS with route and maps
- Buffet style breakfast
- 3 course quality home cooked evening meal
- Well stocked “help-your-self” bar including wine, lager on draught and spirits
- Energy drinks and snacks
- Emergency van support
Sign up for 2020
Dates for 2020 are 1st-8th March and 29th March-5th April. For details of next year’s camps visit our Facebook event here.
Alongside your 6-week training plan I have put together some tips and advice to make sure you are as ready as you can be for your event or cycling challenge, but more importantly, you have a challenging but enjoyable experience.
The essential guide will just you the right level of support to start riding a bike with setting up you position, what you should take with you and some advice on your first training session.
The guide also gives you some tips for before and after your session so you are ready to training and how to best recover for your next session.
With my partners and supporters, we will make sure you have the right fitness level, skill level, equipment and support to make sure you are challenged but at the same time have an amazing time. The essential guides will support you in the following areas:
- Bike and equipment
- Riding position setup
- Riding advice
- Training plan (supplied separately according to your needs)
- Advice for the ride:
- How to get ready the day before
- How to get your bike ready
- What to do on the day.
Each fortnight we send out a short newsletter and let you know what is happening at Bryan Steel as well as giving you the latest developments to help you on your cycling journey.
Each fortnight we will tell you about the events and training of the previous week plus what is coming up the following week so you may be able to join us. We will also tell you about other people’s journey along with the latest tips and advice to help your cycling.
We will also tell you about out latest partners and the special offers they are offering as being part of Bryan Steel membership.
We know you are starting your cycling journey and most things will be new to you, so Bryan and the team are on hand to answer any questions you have or there is something you don’t understand.
We are going on this journey maybe for the first time and we are here to help you achieving your goal, so we like to think we are with on every turn of the wheel but we know we can’t join you on every ride but through email and social media we can be there to help answer any question or problem you may have.
It’s easy to think you are doing this alone but at Bryan Steel we have others who are going the same or riders who have gone through the same things.
So our Facebook page has been set up so people can share experiences and share how they were able to overcome any problems.
This is a good forum to ask questions or tell us about your latest news, but Bryan and the team are also on hand here to give you advice, share tip and answer any questions.