Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ride – Sunday 1st August 2010

Hi Folks,

For those that are looking forward to this weekends ride, yet again we have two routes on offer. As before both followa similar route for the initial stages taking in the local villages of Gubblecote and Puttenham before we divide for the mighty Hastoe Hill climb. With the exception of this climb all other elements only have moderate climbs that should be suitable for all. The shorter route is around 14 miles, and the longer just under 21 miles.  As with last week we shall be starting at the Rose and Crown around 10.00 am. Everyone is again welcome, including friends that are not on the email list.

Long Route

Short Route

See you Sunday


Inaugural Ride

Ok fellow athletes,

The time has come to squeeze those finely honed bodies into some of that stretchy cycling gear. After almost a year of working out at the Rose and Crown velodrome, and several minutes planning a route we are now ready for the first ride out.

Dust of the cobwebs from your Raleigh Chopper, oil up the grifter, grease your gear shifters on the Arena and head off to the start point………..Yep the Rose and Crown!

We have selected two routes for this weeks jaunt, both based on Mark Webbers Ride to the Horns from the stag. I haven’t invited Mark because frankly we don’t want to embarrass him, he tends to get quite upset when he doesn’t win. For those that feel like a shorter less hilly route a short cut has been included. Maps for both routes are attached, easy rider being the short one.

Now I believe that there may be a few of us who have not been out for a while so I would like a few volunteers that are prepared to offer support through out the ride, so that we can keep small groups together, and ensure we stay safe in the traffic. I will be happy to make sure no one gets left out, and Jose has also volunteered. Please let me know if your up for it.

A couple more serious points before I log off for some refreshment, HELMETS! Some Drinks, we will be out for a couple of hours so make sure you’ve got enough. Puncture kits, tubes etc. Don’t go and buy them if you don’t have any , I’m sure we can  pool enough for a get you home emergency.

I will be at the start for 9.30, so if anyone needs assistance with repairs, tyres etc please come along and I’ll be happy to assist.

We will aim to depart by 10.00 and return for around 12.00

Alistair has assured me that all beers and wines available on Sunday will be isotonic!

Please feel free to invite any additional friends.

We look forward to seeing you all Sunday.

Our first meeting

Many thanks to everyone that turned out for our first meeting last night. There were in excess of 20 visitors and we have almost 30 people already listed. So an excellent start!

There were a number of good suggestions put forward last night:

  • Local routes from the R&C
  • The churches tour in September
  • Ashridge
  • Tagging onto some of the organised runs local to our area.
  • Taking the train and cycling back.

Please keep the ideas coming, as things develop we’ll get a calender together so everyone can keep upto speed. In the short term we’ll keep people informed through email, and Alistair has kindly agreed to keep regular updates on the Rose and Crown newsletter.

And now to our first ride: 25th July 2010, starting at 10.00 from the Rose and Crown. We are proposing two routes, one of around 15miles and the other between 25 and 30 miles. We are treating these as a leisurely rides lasting about 2 hours with a return to the starting point. We have been assurred that all beers and wines available at the pub will be isotonic. I will issue the proposed routes next week.

For those interested in getting out during the week, Dave Howe rides through Ashridge on a Tuesday evening with freinds, so if any would like to join him please contact him.

We look forward to the first big one!

Thanks once again,

Gary, Andrew and Jose