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Ivinghoe Velos Rides for Sunday 12th April 2020

A happy Easter to all Ivinghoe Velos. Hope everyone is fit and well. Easter has traditionally been a time when the roads have been quieter than normal so we have ridden routes on slightly more major roads, in 2018 we have an excursion on the A413 between Chesham and Aylesbury (https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4710173.html) and last year we made it to Gawcott (https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4900123.html).

Anyone taking their daily exercise on a bike recently will appreciate that quiet roads are not unusual right now. So whether you relive an old ride, stay close to home like last weeks loop (https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5033200.html) or make use of the dry trails on your mountain bike (https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5039784.html) Stay safe, ride alone and enjoy your route.

Ivinghoe Velos Ride for 4th & 5th April 2020

Hello to all Ivinghoe Velos, hoping everyone is fit and well and looking forward to some sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend. Usually when we get a decent forecast we would put out the rallying call to get as many riders out as possible on Sunday morning. However sadly, solo rides and staying local are the two main criteria for my riding suggestion. Here is a little 20 mile classic flat loop which starts at the bottom of Westfield Road in Pitstone. I’ve been really creative with the title for the ride, it’s called the Westfield Road 20 mile flat classic loop. Tackle this loop at your leisure over the weekend, ride solo and check out who else has been out and about on Strava. Having ridden it myself on Friday evening I can confirm all roads are open and surfaces and generally good.

20 mile ride whenever you like route: https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5033200.html

Stay safe and stay well

Ivinghoe Velos Rides for 29th March 2020

Hoping all Ivinghoe Velos are fit and well this weekend. Two ride options for you this week. Only to be considered as a solo ride. To encourage this and to avoid accidental meet ups, the start point of the rides is not the Rose and Crown. Tackle these ride suggestions whenever you have time over the weekend!

One road ride and one MTB ride. The rides are planned to keep you close to home so if you have any issues you will be able to get yourself home without the need for unnecessary car travel.

Regular exercise increases your immunity to infection, 60 minutes a day is enough to trigger the immune response. Exercise releases endorphins to make you happy. There are some theories that high intensity exercise for an extended period of time can leave athletes susceptible to illness. Some exercise is far better than no exercise, but don’t over do it! These rides aim to hit the sweet spot!

With the wind coming down from the North the 25 mile road route heads that way first giving riders a tail wind return from Soulbury. As mountain bike riding is not so effected by wind this 23 mile route heads south before returning via Dancers End.

Ride solo, ride with extra caution and enjoy the dry conditions and quiet roads, see you on strava!

Road 25 https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5027943.html

MTB 23 https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5027948.html

Ivinghoe Velos Rides for Sunday 22nd March 2020

We have two rides on offer this week, one of 40 miles and one of 24 miles, both setting off at 10am. Due to encouraging comments via our social media channel it’s clear some riders still want to get out and exercise despite the current difficulties we all face. A quick check on strava confirms many riders are still riding outdoors in controlled groups. If government policy dictates further measures we will react this week and in future weeks to support these policies.

It’s recommended to keep 2m from other individuals so if there are large numbers of riders on a route we need to split into smaller groups to help with spacing. Although the roads may be quieter we need to take extra care to stay safe and not be a burden on the heroes at the NHS. Getting fresh air and company at a relaxed pace is the order of the day. Anyone wishing to ride solo can check out the routes and give us a wave if our paths cross.

We cannot advocate meeting indoors post ride. Please don’t feel the need to show your face if you are self isolating due to contact with someone who has any virus symptoms or you have shown any symptoms yourself. Stay well everybody.

10am Bunkers Blast https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5023306.html

10am Dagnal 24 https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5023313.html

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 15th March 2020

This week we follow a similar format to last Sundays rides with an additional few miles at 9am before groups meet for the main rides at 10am. This seemed to work well last week with the longer 10am group completing 40 odd miles at around 16mph. More of the same this week! The longer route of 40 miles will visit Wobun, while a 25 mile shorter option sticks to the lowlands around Slapton.

Whilst we often have high temperatures, excessive sweating and shortness of breath when attempting Bison Hill in a rain jacket, if you have these symptoms while reading this update on your sofa you probably should give the next couple of weeks a miss. For anyone with contamination concerns, some of our members have, over the years, practised social distancing by deliberately sitting off the back of our group (particularly again on Bison Hill), so feel free to join our rides in whatever position you are comfortable in. Leading experts may have said that cycling builds resilience to viral infections so there is no better time to get on your bike. With most other sport postponed we may see a small increase in roadside fans so be sure to look out your best weatherproof kit this weekend.

9am add on https://www.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5020986.html

10am longer https://www.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5020978.html

10am shorter https://www.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5020985.html

Ivinghoe Velos Rides for Sunday 8th March 2020

With overnight rain clearing we should be left with some reasonable riding conditions this Sunday. The 9am option is a loop taking us back to the the Rose & Crown after an hour, meaning riders will have a second chance of getting together. Both 10am routes aim to finish with some wind assistance so you can leave it all out on the road and hopefully get blown home! The longer 10am route is 44 miles over to Winchendon, some climbs in the middle but otherwise reasonably flat. The shorter 10am route is a 28 mile flat ride to Terrick, perfect if you have had a bit of a lay off during the recent poor weather!

9am extension https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5018242.html

10am 44 miles https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5018239.html

10am 28 miles https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5018240.html

With Spring showing signs of finally arriving we look forward to a summer of cycling with some event planning in progress.

Rod and Dave D are heading off Majorca on Thursday 16th April until Sunday 19th April, if anyone is keen to tag along please speak to the guys this week. A great chance to enjoy a warm weather velos training camp!

On Sunday 21st June some Ivinghoe Velos will be riding round the Isle of Wight in a day, this will be a road ride with two meal stops. You have plenty of notice in case you want to build it into holiday or weekend away plans!

Silverstone Race track is open for cycling on selected evenings £10 per rider. A great opportunity to get a team draft going on the smooth 4 mile circuit. The first opportunity is 7th April followed by 13th May. How many laps can we do during the evening?

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 1st March

So we can say goodbye to February, probably the worst month for riding in the history of the Ivinghoe Velos. March brings more optimism for better ride conditions so join us at 9am or 10am on Sunday for some super routes in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

The 9am route is 50 miles, climbing up into the Chilterns before heading back, wind assisted through the Aylesbury vale. The longer 10am route (38 miles) visits Wingrave, Wiggington, Berkhamsted, and Nettleden, while the shorter option (28 miles) also heads to Wingrave and then over to Wiggington.

Dust down your trusty steed, spring is on the way, time to ride…….

9am 50 miles Risborough Route https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5015501.html

10am 38 miles Berkhamsted Ridehttps://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5015524.html

10am 28 miles Wiggle to Wiggington https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5014457.html

Ivinghoe Velos Rides for Sunday 16th February

As Dennis approaches us this weekend the forecast for Sunday in not particularly encouraging. We have expected wind speeds of 45 miles per hour and 90% chance of rain. So a bit less windy than last Sunday, but maybe wetter! We are putting out one 10am road option (35 miles) and one mountain bike lanes explorer (21 miles). If you feel brave enough, or are getting a bit stir crazy, give it a go!

10am road route: Dennis The Menace https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5010097.html

10am MTB route: Dennis Does Dancers https://gb.mapometer.com/mountain_biking/route_5010102.html

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 9th February: Riding With Ciara

Ivinghoe Velos have got a reputation for being a friendly bunch, welcoming all to our weekly rides, however this weekend we may be contending with an unwanted guest. Ciara, the latest storm to hit Britain arrives on Sunday, just around the time we start our rides. Winds are forecast to be around 50 miles per hour with a strong chance of rain.

We will publish our usual ride choices along with an additional MTB ride which might feel safer than skinny wheels this week. Please consider your safety and enjoyment before coming out on Sunday morning. We can always repeat these routes in future weeks if the forecast doesn’t improve.

9am 50 miles South to Penn https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4883756.html

10am 23 mile Wiggington loop https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5006061.html

10am South to Chesham https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5006062.html

10am MTB option https://gb.mapometer.com/mountain_biking/route_5006895.html

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 2nd Feb 2020

Before we reach the end of January you have one last chance to order club kit. There is a great range of Ivinghoe Velos cycling clothing available to order, we don’t offer kit orders many times through the year, so if you’d like to ride in our colours in 2020 go to http://eucustom.champ-sys.com/teamstore/?IvinghoeVelos2019

We are over quitters day (the day when new years resolutions are most likely to come to an end), so if you are still thinking of riding this weekend it looks like you’ve made it to a happy healthy 2020! Three routes as usual. All routes head in the same direction. Please arrive at the Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe just before ride start time with a copy of your chosen route. We aim for reach route to ride as a group, allowing fellow riders to benefit from some drafting on what might be quite a windy day.

9am 50 miles towards Knebworth https://www.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5003031.html

10am 36 miles Redbourne Route https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5002951.html

10am 26 miles Markyate Meanderhttps://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5002950.html