Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 16th June 2024

Three Rides for your consideration this Sunday, plus a bonus Saturday away day.

Last week I correctly predicted that Lotte Kopecky would win the women’s tour of Britain, so I feel I need to back this up with another tough to get right sporting forecast, so here you go…… Scotland won’t win the Euro’s this summer, sorry Grant! Scotland have never progressed from the group stages in a major football tormament but they have produced a cyclist who broke the world hour record, twice! Graham Obree set new hour records in 1993 and 1994, he was famous for a pioneering riding position and having a bike build out of old washing machine parts. Maybe an even more famous flying scotsman is Sir Chris Hoy, who has been seen frequenting Chiltern Velo in the recent past, with 11 world championships and 6 olympic golds, he was pretty handy on the track. Talking about getting back on track, here are this weekends ride options (thanks to Dave B for the shorter options)…..

Saturday 11am Cranfield High Street (by the war memorial) 55 miles of rolling country lanes and a couple of planned refreshment stops, this will be a grand day out. You can park for free in Cranfield, or ride from home if you’d like to make it a century day! https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47065960

Sunday 9am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47099262 very wiggly route, but some nice roads to Woburn Sands

Sunday 10am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47097832 a loop taking in Eaton Bray, Studham and Potten End, this one is slightly more on the hilly side.

Sunday 10.30am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/47097901 up to Ringshall via Eaton Bray and back down Toms.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 9th June 2024

Three routes for your enjoyment this weekend, 9am 10am and 10.30am.

The Women’s tour of Britain takes place between Thursday and Sunday this week with a focus on the North West & Wales, covering 303 miles across 4 days with around 18,000 feet of climbing. The competitors will average around 24 miles per hour. The recent Ride London Classique was 244 miles over 3 days with the peleton averaging 25 miles per hour on a pretty flat course, this race was one for the sprinters with the world’s best Lorena Wiebes. The winner of the Women’s tour may be an all rounder, I’d say look no futher than Lotte Kopecky, although on home roads lets hope Pfeiffer Gerogi puts up a good show. Highlights 8pm ITV4

The 9am 50 miles route has 13 miles in the middle which are common with the tour de vale ride, so watch out for other riders enjoying their day out from Stoke Mandaville, these riders won’t be averaging 24mph!

The 10am route follows a similar direction to the earlier ride but diverts across to North Marston, some lovely country lanes and some challenging slopes. This route includes the lovely run out of Wingrave, a great opportunity to get the chain gang going!

At 10.30 riders will be challenged with a climb up through little Tring and then the big one up to Hastoe, enjoyable quiet roads and a drop down past Wendover Woods.

9am Quainton Quick 50 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46991168

10am North Marston https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46991976

10.30am Hastoe Climber https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46992024

Ivinghoe velo Rides For Sunday 2nd June 2024

We are now in between two grand tours, the Giro De Italia has finished, acting as the appetiser for the greatest sporting event in the world. (and I’m not talking about the Benson Finger). The Tour starts on 29th of June in Florence, for three stages in Italy before 18 days in France, finishing with a time trial to Nice, so everything is up for grabs until the final stage this year. In 1989 Greg le Monde overcame a 50 second deficit in a final stage time trial to win the Tour by 8 seconds. While it’s an amazing spectacle and always throws up some unbelievable drama, the “emotional come downs” on the rest days and after the final stage are hard to take! But don’t worry we will be here for you, offering routes and rendezvous to lift your mood, as you crest the summit of col de la Mentmore and start heading down hill with your mates behind you, you may just get that Tour feeling! With this in mind this weekend starts our training for not riding the Tour De France. Come along and enjoy the rides. Vive Le Tour

All rides start from Ivinghoe church this week. Thanks to our Sporting Director Dave B for the short and medium routes.

9am 60 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46882492 as it’s the first Sunday in the summer months we have an optional coffee stop at the “hub and spoke” Harlington after 40 miles. https://thehubandspokecafe.co.uk/

10am 32 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46895121

10.30am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46895158

Diary Dates:

15th June “Cranfield North” Ride

7th July 2024 “The Benson Finger” coffee stop ride to catch the Benson Veteran Rally

12,13,14 July Ludlow research party

21st July Tour De France final stage celebration ride

4th August “That’s a big one” Coffee(s) ride

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 26th May 2024

Three rides to choose from this Sunday! Getting out and riding with friends is the best part of the weeekend, so select your ride, plumb it into our garmin/wahoo and join the fun. 50, 32 or 21 miles!

Last week we had a 23 strong rider delegation down in Somerset. I’d like to thank everybody who made the effort to come along, when away with a group you have to show some flexibility to fit in with the crowd on and off the bikes. Everybody threw themselves into the weekend and hopefully enjoyed some amazing new roads, coffee stops and maybe even a beer or two. I’m sure we all returned to the Ivinghoe area with some good memories as well as quite a few miles in the legs!

This weekend several Velos are tackling the London 100 mile route on Sunday, Everyone else will be keen to get back on the bike on some local roads and return to the Rose and Crown!! Thanks to Dave B for the shorter routes. We aim to leave no one behind, so please look after the riders behind you as well as keeping up with those in front of you!

9am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46792094

10am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45534905

10.30am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46247686

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For The Weekend Of 17th-20th May 2024

As we have a trip planned, here are all the ride options for you this weekend!

Anyone is welcome to join Ivinghoe Velos rides, we are a group of friends who cycle together, not a club, so there are no rules or commitments.

Sunday rides crafted by Richard, leaving from Ivinghoe Church 10am & 10.30am (30 or 20 miles)

10am option https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46628604

10.30am option https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46628672

Weekend Rides From Wells High Street, BA5 2AE (what three words Outlooks.inflame.comfort). Riders can dip in and out of groups each day depending on how the legs are feeling!

Friday will be flat rides to enjoy the Somerset levels, Saturday is a rolling day with a good level of steady climbing and Sunday is the big hills day including Cheddar (bring some crackers), Monday is standard recovery rides with a stop in Glastonbury and maybe a walk up the big hill.

Friday Long 1pm 44 miles, just 736 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43744492

Friday Short 2pm 20 miles, just 420 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45532471

Saturday Long 10am 63 miles, 4,328 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45010868

Saturday Short 10am 39 miles, 2,600 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45534615

Sunday Long 10am 52 miles, 3,952 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45011087

Sunday Short 10am 35.5 miles, 2,300 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45532690

Monday Long 10am 35 miles, 1,470 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45011211

Monday Short 10am 17 miles 735 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45536187

Please arrive, on time, at the start of the rides with the route saved into your cycle computer, we leave no one behind on the rides, unless you are late to the party!

Ivinghoe Velo Rides For Sunday 12th May 2024

Three routes to choose from this Sunday. At 10.30 we have a 21 mile outing on local roads, at 10am we have a 30 mile trip to Piccotts End and at 9am we have a 62 mile trip to Silverstone, but don’t worry it won’t be a race!

We have been riding up to Silverstone since 2013 when our friend Andy Beezer suggested a route past the race track. Always a good ride out through stunning Buckinghamshire coutryside and there is a complusory team photo under the Silverstone race track sign! Good training for our longer rides from Wells and for those taking part in Ride London at the end of the month.

10.30am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46566192

10am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46550982

9am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46478988

The following weekend the majority of riders will be away enjoying some Somerset roads but we will still publish a ride option for those staying local.

Ivinghoe Velo Rides For Sunday 5th May 2024

Three routes to choose from this week. We move the longer ride start time to 9am as we are now in the summer months!!!!!

The 9am route this week takes us south to Wooburn Green and it uses all the biggest hills possible. Certainly one of our bigger rides in terms of elevation, packing over 3,000 feet of climbing in only 50 miles. Certianly no expectations of a fast pace on this one!

10am is a 32 mile outing to Brickhill with 1337 feet of climbing taking us around Leighton Buzzard without having to get too close!

10.30am visting Cubblington, this is a repeat of last week as no one was brave enough to ride in the rain!

10.30am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45365879

10am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46464384

9am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46479129

Next Sunday, 12th May we have our Silverstone Special planned a great 100km route with a stop from a photo under the famous race track sign https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46478988

Well, Well, Wells

This post is specific to our trip to the smallest city in the Uk from 17th to 20th May, hopefully it should contain all the details you need ahead of the trip.

Wells is in the heart of Somerset and is slightly under 3 hours away by car. We have four days of cycling planned with some fantastic destinations including Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, The Somerset Levels and on the longer options, Bath and Burnham on Sea.

The rides starting point is at the end of the high street in Wells, if you arrive early for rides you should be able to grab a coffee, Coffee #1 is open from 8am each day, Loaf bakehouse, Cafe Nero, Gregs and Long Story Bistro are all within a 2 minute walk of the starting point. There is also a bike shop called Bike City which opens 9-5 on Friday and Saturday.

During the evenings we will refresh, refuel and recover with a meal and some drinks. We have places booked at The Kings Head on Friday evening and Saturday evening and Ask italian on Sunday night. Riders can join these meals and/or meet up from drinks. If you want a place at the meals, please complete the “meals on Wells” spreadsheet. or pass on your choices to Dave, Fri & Sat (starter, main, pud) 7.30 dinner time at https://www.thekingsheadwells.co.uk/food Sunday we don’t need to prebook meals but just need an idea if you are eating with us at 7pm at Ask Italian https://www.askitalian.co.uk/menus/full-menu/bread-and-nibbles

Meals on Wells Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PgJaIPVe9HY9RP_84-NNL1vb4Sd-9XEOuNVE3mm_gYU/edit?usp=sharing

Other than the Kings Head, other notable pubs for beers include The City Arms, The Quarter Jack (Weatherspoons), The Rose and Crown and The Crown.

Our rides are planned to be ridden at a relaxed “tourist pace” being able to stop for occasional photos and all rides have a food stop. We may split into a couple of groups to avoid being a big group on the roads & then not arrive all at the food stops at the same time, day time food stops are not prebooked.

Day one, 1pm start to allow time to drive to Wells on Friday morning: Flat out to Burnham On Sea, 44 miles with an incredibly flat profile less than 800 feet of climbing over 44 miles!! coffee stop by the sea at the half way point. This route enjoys the best of the somerset levels, the lowest and flatest area of the whole country. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43744492

Day Two, 10am start, 100km in Somerset, riding through pretty villages and the ex-mining town of Radstock, through Coombe Down tunnel (1.6km the longest cycleable tunnel in Britain) on to the Bath to Bristol railway path with a lunch stop at the half way point, Bitton Station, then a gradual climb along the edge of the Mendips before a final descent into Wells.

Day Three, Classic Climbs: 10am start four big climbs in the Mendip Hills including the iconic Cheddar Gorge, 50 miles will be a tough day in the saddle after Saturdays miles in the legs. Lunch stop after 32 miles at Potager Cafe (Cleeve Nursery)

Day Four, Velos do Glastonbury, 10am start a 35 mile trip down to Castle Cary and on to Glastonbury for lunch, back in Wells for 2pm for the journey home.

Thanks To Richard for producing these shorter fantastic route options:

Friday: The shorter option follows the same route as the longer ride out onto the Somerset Levels for the first 9 miles before taking a shortcut to pick up the route back into Wells. A later departure time could be agreed for this ride once we know arrival times in Wells. In total, 20 miles and 420 ft of climb: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45532471

Saturday: Again the start of the shorter option of 39 miles and 2,600 ft of climb mirrors the longer option, this time for the first 20 miles into Radstock. At this point the route turns south west through Midsomer Norton to the Holy Cow Cafe at 23 miles. After refreshments we head south over a couple of shorter climbs before a predominantly downhill last 10 miles through Shepton Mallet and then to Wells. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45534615

Sunday: The shorter option takes in just two of the four climbs on the longer route on a ride of 35 miles with 2,300 ft of climb. First we head out onto the Somerset Levels on predominantly different roads to those ridden on Friday to loop around to Cheddar. After climbing the gorge, the route again deviates from the longer route to drop down to Blagdon Lake before tackling a slightly ‘easier’ version of the final climb with less time on double digit pitches. For any legs that are crying enough at the top of Cheddar Gorge, or for those needing to head home, it is straightforward to miss out the final climb and shorten the route to 25 miles with 1,300 ft of climb. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45532690

Monday: For those who just want a short ride with a visit to Glastonbury Tor, there in also a 17 mile option: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45536187

Day four walk
If the legs just won’t do another day on the bike we can plan a circular walk up to Glastonbury Tor.

Riders can do as much or as little riding as they like, there are some lovely things to see in Wells, inluding the cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace and gardens and Vicar’s close, claimed to be the oldest residentail street in Europe.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 28th April 2024

As Forest Gump famously said, riding in April is like a box of chocolates (you have to keep taking layers off). While there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate equipment choices, this weekend promised to again test the planning and selection process. Rides meet and leave on time from Ivinghoe church.

Three rides to choose from, The shorter ride takes on the early bits of the longer ride and the medium ride does it’s own thing with a trip to Studham and then down past the zoo.

The long ride adds on 5 miles compared to last week but it is flatter, actually only having 200 feet more than the medium ride which is 20 miles shorter! We stick with 9.30am 10am and 10.30am start times.

10.30am 24 miles to Cublington https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45365879

10am We are all going to the zoo 30 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43193241

9.30am Tour De Claydons 50 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46373243

We will aim to up the milage again next week and then in two weeks time (12th May) we will be offering the classic 100km+ Silverstone Route which is great preparation from our trip to Wells as well as the Ride London 100 which happens at the end of the month.