“Founded in 1895 London Clarion Cycle Club is the oldest continuously operating Clarion Cycling Club”
London Clarion Cycle Club is a friendly London Cycling Club with members all across London. We organise a wide variety of club rides throughout the year and we are known for being an inclusive, relaxed and friendly group of London Cyclists.
London Clarion Cycle Club was established in May 1895 this makes us one of the oldest London Cycling Clubs. The Clarion motto, borrowed from William Morris, is “Fellowship is Life”, thus the aim of the London Clarion Cycle Club is to promote goodwill and fellowship through cycling in a tradition started by groups of members who would cycle out to socialist meetings and distribute literature, whilst often also enjoying a glass of good ale.
We are political; generally socialist, anti-fascist and feminist. We are a collective; administered entirely by volunteers, operated on the basis of mutual assistance and the exchange of useful and trivial Information. We are a cycling club; passionate about cycling, using it as a medium to foster relationships and enjoyment. We are a community; some of our members don’t cycle but support our ethos. We are not a specialist road racing or mountain bike club but rather a club that welcomes all types of cycling ie Road, Leisure, Touring, MTB or Beginners.
Each year a number of our members take part in events such as the Dunwich Dynamo, the Dieppe Raid 'Tour des Trois Vallees' in France, Clarion Sunday at the last Clarion House near Nelson in Lancashire and various days away.
Our principles can be summed up by the slogan of the French revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.
Our Club Rides
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm looking for a Cycling Club near me, where is London Clarion Cycle Club based?
We're based throughout London and have members in North London, East London, South London and West London. We also have a few members who live in Essex, Sussex and Kent.
Where do rides start?
Typically, we start our rides either in Bermondsey or a central London location. It depends on the route we take and also who is leading the ride.
What sort of Cycling do you do?
We primarily do road cycling, and cycle touring, some members also do Time Trials, Road Racing and ultra-endurance racing.
How many members are in the cycling club?
We currently have over 140 members (March 2021). 30% of members are women.
How much does membership cost?
Current membership costs are as follows.
Adult (London Clarion only) £5.
Adult (London Clarion + affiliation to the National Clarion including free third party insurance) £15.
Do I have to wear lycra?
You can wear whatever you are comfortable in.
London Clarion Cycle Club Membership
We offer two club memberships. London Clarion Cycle Club with National Clarion Cycling Club affiliation or London Clarion Cycle Club only.
Membership London Clarion Cycle Club only: £5
12 months from date of joining
Get priority access to rides and events.
London Clarion membership Card
Buy club kit at cost.
Accident Assistance and Legal Support
Save money at Brixton Cycles (parts not labour)
Membership London Clarion Cycle Club and National Clarion Cycling Club: £15
January to December 2021
All of the benefits of London Clarion Cycle Club membership. Additionally:
Clarion Cover Third Party Liability Insurance.
Boots & Spurs Magazine.
Option to attend National Clarion Cycling Club Events.
Access to National Clarion Championship Races.
Save money at Cotwold Outdoor, Lusso Bike and more.