Velos rides for Sunday April 23rd 2017

Three rides to tempt you with again this week. Many thanks to Mr Bembridge for sending them in.

9am start, 52 miles via Codicote

10am start, 38 miles via Woburn

10am start, 20 miles via Potten End

Please bring a copy of your chosen route with you. We depart from the Rose and Crown at the times stated above and will refresh ourselves at the Swan in Cheddington after the ride.

There are plans again this week to have informal rides from Pitstone roundabout on :

Tuesday Road Ride at 6:30pm

Thursday Off Road Ride at 7:30pm

Boomers & Sooners

On April 22nd, 1889, the land rush of the unassigned lands of Oklahoma all kicked off.  At 12 noon.  The “Sooners” laid in wait out on the land for the legal time of entry.  The “Boomers” were the people who campaigned for the lands to be opened up and assigned legally.

What’s that got to do with the Tea Ride? (Apart from the date …obviously… or perhaps not, for those who have only just signed up for the mailing list!)  The SOONER you get there, the sooner you can get going.  Kick off time (i.e. departure time – not “turn up” time please!) is 10am and, as usual, we assemble at the Rose & Crown.  Hopefully there will be good weather and a boom in numbers…. in which case you will all be BOOMERS 🙂

Marvellous Mary will be leading a Tea Ride paced group (10-12mph) out to The Driving Range, via Beggars Lane and Shootersway, and (most probably) returning down Hamberlins Lane, Boswick Lane to Dudswell and back via Albury & Pitstone Hill.  There will be stops along the way for her to collect her flock.  If you wish to go further or faster, please form a separate group.

Mid-Week Road and Mountain Bike Rides

Tuesday Evening Road Rides

Given the lighter evenings, it is time to formally start the informal Tuesday evening road rides. These start from the Pitstone Roundabout (the one near the Memorial Hall) at 6:30pm. Routes are made up on the night and there is usually at least two groups based on people’s preferred pace.

Thursday Evening Off-Road rides (Mountain or Cyclocross bikes)

If you fancy exploring some of the many local bridleways then there is a fairly regular Thursday night ride that welcomes all, regardless of ability. It launches from the Pitstone Roundabout at 7:30pm. If you are interested then please head on over to the Pitstone and Ivinghoe MTB Facebook Group and introduce yourself.

Velos rides for Sunday April 16th 2017

The weather isn’t looking to be as good as last weekend so we are putting out a short loop for the 9am ride so that it can join the 10am ride.

9am start, a quick loop to get the miles in before joining the 10am 42 mile ride

10am start, 42 miles

10am ride, 22 miles of flatness

As usual, please bring your chosen route with you. We depart from the Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe, which is closed at the moment, so if you would like to refresh yourself after the ride we can end the ride at the Swan in Cheddington or the Grand Junction in Bulbourne.

Velos rides for Sunday April 9th 2017

The sun has most definitely got its hat on so there are no excuses not to be on your bike this Sunday. We have three rides to choose from.

9am start, 66 miles

10am start, 40 miles

10am, start, 20 miles

Given the good weather, we may  have more riders out this week so it is important that each group discusses the potential to split in to pelotons of similarly paced riders. This will help us keep to our motto – “No rider gets left behind”. Please do bring a copy of your chosen route with you either on paper or digital device.

The Rose and Crown is undergoing some refurbishment in preparation for the new owner to take over so it will be closed this Sunday. We continue to begin our rides from the R&C but for those who need some post-ride refreshment, we are suggesting finishing at The Swan public house in Cheddington.


Velos rides for Sunday April 2nd 2017

Three routes to tempt you out this Sunday, the weather is set to be calm and dry so a great chance to get out and ride in a group

Starting at 9am we have a 100km excursion North to Stoke Bruerne on mostly quiet roads, without any huge climbs to worry about, as easy April Grand Fondo opportunity!

At 10am we head out to Princes Risborough with one challenging climb in the middle and then back though Chesham and the Vale.

For those looking to build up some base miles also leaving at 10am is a 20 mile flat ride out to Totternhoe :

Please arrive at the Rose And Crown before the ride start time with a ride appropriate working bicycle, and a copy of your preferred route. We will endeavour to ride as groups, supporting riders to complete the rides together, look out for those behind you as well as keeping up with those in front!

Douglas Clark

Doug aged 18 cycling the Cambrian Wheelers 25 in May 1949

It is with great sadness that we have to report the news that Doug Clark passed away earlier today aged 85. Doug was a keen cyclist and a wonderful friend of the Ivinghoe Velos. Up until recently he would join us on our post ride refreshments at the pub sharing his tales of tough rides and races. The picture above of Doug aged 18 really does capture the how great this man was. Please join us in sending our love and sympathy to his family and especially his devoted wife Daphne.

Goodbye Doug, we will all miss you.