As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you either electronically on your GPS gadget, or go old school using the analogue method : a bit of paper. We depart from the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe at the times stated above.
This year our Xmas drinks will be on Friday the 13th at the Rose and Crown. It will be a chance to see if you can recognise your fellow rider with their clothes on. Additionally, and depending on how the General Election in the 12th goes, you may be drowning your sorrows or celebrating the success of your chosen party.
This week we have additional optional rides for anyone wanting hills hills and more hills. We have a route covering 42 miles with over 3,500 feet of climbing, tackling (nearly) every slope in Berkhamsted for this ride arrive at 9am with this route plan: https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4981943.html
With Christmas creeping up quickly we would like to propose that Friday 13th December is our social gathering at the Rose & Crown for drinks and comparing cycling Christmas wish lists. It will be a bit like post ride Sundays without the slightly damp Lycra. It’s a casual “drop in when you can” occasion so feel free to organise your own food options at the pub if crisps is not enough to meet your culinary needs.
As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you. We depart from the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe at the times stated above.
We have something very different planned for next Sunday as an option. The bearded one of the Two Daves has plotted a FAB route that takes in as many hills around Berko as possible. It will be 43 miles long and includes a whopping 3,650 feet of climb. Fear not though, there is no time limit so sprinting uphill is not needed. More details will follow in next week’s post.
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.