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Velos Rides for Sunday 4th February 2018

Sunday Rides

Our road ride routes this week have been crafted by the Two Daves.

9am start, 63 miles

10am start, 41 miles

10am start, 20 miles

As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you.

Raid Pyrenean

There has been a few mutterings and conversation amongst a few of us and, as a result, we are planning a trip to ride the Raid Pyrenean in early September !
It’s 720km cycling, following the French/Spanish border, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, with 12000m ascent in 100 hours (4.5 days), taking in the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Col d’Aspin and some other picturesque climbs.
The plan is to fly to Biarritz on 4th September, stay overnight in Hendaye, and then start pedalling on the following day finishing 4 days later in Cerbere. Fly home from Girona on 10th September.
We intend to complete each day as a group with agreed points for regrouping.
We will have a support driver and 5 nights half board accommodation costed at £600. Need to add on top of this flights and bike transport (when I looked it was approx £300), bike box hire, lunches, snacks, drinks etc.
We have reserved 5 twin rooms (10 people) and have 6 already committed (Sarah, David C, Martin, Andy, Rob) so there is space for 4 more people.
If you want more info, have a chat with Dave C, Sarah or Andy B…  and if you are interested please let them know by Saturday 10th February so as to confirm rooms and get flights sorted.

Velos Rides for Sunday 28th January 2018

Three road rides on offer this week crafted by the fair hand of Mr Howe.

9am start, 52 miles

10am start, 39 miles

10am start, 26 miles

Note that the Mountain Bike Group are planning a ride from the Rose and Crown from 11am tomorrow, so if you fancy a long lie-in please feel free to join them.

As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you.

A quick reminder of our New Years Resolutions –

  • Keep an eye out for the rider immediately behind you – if they start to drift off the back, please call to the lead rider to easy off the pace a bit until they can get back on.
  • Ride a maximum of two abreast and single out when on a narrow lane.
  • Look out for potholes and call them out or signal a warning the rider behind you. The roads are in a terrible state at the moment due to the recent cold weather spell so this is more important than ever.
  • If you feel strong enough, take a turn at the front of the group.
  • Bring a copy of the route with you.

Velos Rides for Sunday 21st January 2018

The forecast isn’t that great on Sunday, but for those hardy sorts we have two rides available for you to prove that a little bit of damp won’t stop you from getting your cycling fix.

10am start, 34 miles with a fair bit of climbing to keep warm

10am start, 22 miles

As always, we begin from the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe. We always welcome route suggestions so please do send them in via the website.

Velos Rides for Sunday 14th January 2018

This week, we have four rides on offer, 3 on the road, and one off-road on mountain bikes.

9am start, 54 miles on the road

10am start, 38 miles on the road

10am start, 15 miles on the road

10am start, off-road adventure with some of the Pitstone and Ivinghoe MTB group
(route to be decided on the day)

We depart from the Rose and Crown at the times stated above.

 

Velos Rides for Sunday 7th January 2018

Three routes to choose from, for a Sunday that is forecast to be dry for a change.

9am start, 50 miles

10am start, 37 miles

10am start, 20 miles

One of our New Year’s Resolutions for the club is to ride better together in groups. A few of the following tips will help towards that  –

  • Keep an eye out for the rider immediately behind you – if they start to drift off the back, please call to the lead rider to easy off the pace a bit until they can get back on.
  • Ride a maximum of two abreast and single out when on a narrow lane.
  • Look out for potholes and call them out or signal a warning the rider behind you. The roads are in a terrible state at the moment due to the recent cold weather spell so this is more important than ever.
  • If you feel strong enough, take a turn at the front of the group.
  • Bring a copy of the route with you.

 

Velos Rides for Sunday 31st December 2017

New Year’s Eve Rides !

Dave Howe has kindly crafted a set of routes for us this Sunday. The 9am ride gets a good 14 miles in before stopping by the R&C to join up with the 10am rides. We can then divide into groups based on how fast you want to get home.

9am start, 55 miles

10am start, 40 miles

10am start, 20 miles

As always, we depart from the Rose and Crown at the times stated above. Please do bring a copy of your chosen route with you.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has ridden with us this year. Without you turning up, we wouldn’t have a cycling group so well done for forcing yourselves out of bed, despite the variable weather.

We look forward to a cracking 2018.

Velos Rides for Sunday 17th December 2017

Many thanks to everyone who made it to the Christmas party on Friday. And a special thank you, from all of us, to Sarah for doing such a great job of organising the night.

Rides for Sunday are as follows –

9am start, 50 miles

10am start, 37 miles

10am start, 14 miles

As always, please do bring a copy of the route with you. We launch from the Rose and Crown at the times stated above.