Our rides this week include a stop at St Mary’s Church in Ivinghoe at 11am so that we can join our local community to commemorate the contribution made by our service men and women over the years. It would be great if those who have a Ivinghoe Velos top wore it on the ride.
This Sunday rides head towards the Bletchley area. Three routes to choose from, 27, 40 or 51 miles. As the road conditions are deteriorating at this time of year a check of your brakes and tires plus the addition of mudguards are recommended. Sunday is predicted to be the better conditions of the weekend. Riding in a supportive group will get you further and riding faster than going solo, so join one of our groups and go well.
Next week we will aim to pause our rides so we can observe remembrance Sunday as a group.
There will be no better place on Sunday morning (unless you are Welsh and like rugby) than the Ivinghoe Velos rides. Three rides to pick from, all heading in the same direction, the weather looks excellent, wall to wall sun with low winds, so a great opportunity to get a decent winter ride in. The 9am ride will give riders the chance to complete 100km while the 10am routes head off in the same direction but follows short cuts. Hopefully the rides will merge at some point!
The 9am route takes us to Christmas Common, a great ride, so if you’ve not done a long ride for a while, give it a go, we will support you round, no one will be left behind, we ride as a group. If you still want to ride the whole route but at a reduced pace why not set off 15 minutes early and we will catch you up! One thing to remember is the clocks change on Saturday night, so get yourself to bed early and join us to start wintertime in style.
Mr Bembridge has put forward the following in an attempt to assure new riders that they won’t get left behind, whilst keeping us to sensible sized collections of cyclists. The idea is that, at the start of the ride, we will divide into two groups. The ‘A’ group will aim to ride at an average of 16-19mph, depending on the terrain. The ‘B’ group will ride no faster than an average of 15mph. Each group will keep together unless agreed by the members of that group (e.g. for things like mechanicals or where one rider needs to go off faster to make a deadline).
All groups will depart from the Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe at the times stated below.
Please bring a copy of your chosen route with you. We meet at the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe at the times stated above. Please help us keep to our “no rider gets left behind” by regularly checking over your shoulder and by shouting “easy up” if the rider behind you loses contact.
Please remember to bring a copy of your chosen route.
Don’t forget next Sunday (22nd September) has the option of a day by the seaside with an outing to the Isle of Wight, we expect to be catching a 9am ferry from Portsmouth and then ride around the island on a 68 mile route with sea views all the way! The pace will be around 15mph, so a chance to take in the views and an ice cream or two!
This week the 9am longer route is a slight variation on an old favourite to Cranfield university. At 55 miles without many big hills it should bring riders back to the Rose & Crown in good time for refreshments. It uses an underpass to get under the busy A421 with some delightful graffiti to balance the mostly rural feel to the rest of the ride! https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4958141.html