Monthly Archives: August 2013

Broken Bones!

As our very own John Hegarty nurses a double break to his collar bone, yes you were going to fast, it falls to us to keep the spirit of the Vinghoe Velos going as Hegs designs himself a single handed road bike or masters the skills of one handed child care, whilst Mrs Hegs rides :-)!

Andy Beezer has kindly offered to lead a 53 mile ride starting from the Rose and Crown at 0900 tomorrow morning

Whilst there will be the usual ride leaving the Rose and Crown at 1000 this one being a not too hilly 30 mile route.  This ride being paced at between 13-15mph average speed

See you there


Se you

Velos Rides for Sunday 25th August 2013

Our early start ride is a Dave Howe route that we have ridden previously, but to shake things up we are going the opposite way this time. As usual, we meet at 8am to ensure we are back for lunchtime.

8am Route – Tour around Aylesbury Vale

The ‘normal’ 10am start is as below. We don’t have a nominated leader yet so please bring the route on paper or your GPS unit in case you end up being nominated navigator !

10am 24 mile route

The Cat … away… again.  And so, intrepid tea riders, it is up to you to maintain standards and ensure that the Tea Ride goes forth regardless!

Despite the absence of our fearless leader, 10am, Saturday, the Rose & Crown.  The ride must go on!

Ride & Stride

Or as it is more commonly known in Velos circles (pun intended), the Churches Ride, will take place on Saturday 14th September.  We will be putting together a proposed route to encompass as many of the participating churches as possible and a sponsorship page for you collected pennies & donations which, this year, will go to St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe.  Details will be posted very soon……

Mid-week Ride

We have an evening ride planned by Mr Howe for Tuesday 20th. The meeting point is Pitstone Village Roundabout and the meeting time is 7pm. If you don’t fancy the full 23 miles, there is an opportunity to take a cheeky short cut at Dagnall. Lights are advised if you plan to rehydrate at the Rose and Crown afterwards.

Road Ride Route


Velos Rides for Sunday 18th August 2013

Ride London 100 2014

First up, we have a recommendation. If you fancy having a chance at riding the London 100 in 2014, the ballot has opened and is filling up fast. 60,000 have registered already and they will close it at 80,000 so if you want to give it a go, have a look at their registration page.

Early Start : The Benson Finger

For our 8am ride we are revisiting a great route planned by Mr Beezer earlier this year. It starts out pretty lumpy but we are rewarded with a fantastic downhill run and some lovely villages to amble through. The 2nd half is pretty flat so we plan to ride as a group. There is a shop at the half way point for us to refuel.

8am ‘Early Start’ Route

Usual Velos Ride

Mr Bembridge has kindly contributed a ride for this weeks ‘normal start time’ ride. Unfortunately he can’t lead it out so Sarah has volunteered to head up a steady paced group. As is the norm, we gather from 9:45am at the Rose and Crown Ivinghoe with a view to depart at 10am.

10am Normal Ride Route

Wine Gums – YUM!

Apologies to all the draw for the wine gum raffle was delayed but was kindly drawn by Gary last night after the ride

Results as follows:

#20 – wins a free place in the AMR Bucks 100 on September 15th OR Bottle of Lanson Champagne

#60 – wins £20 Road Room Voucher OR bottle of Famous Grouse Whisky

#51 – wins £20 Road Room Voucher OR £20 voucher at New MayFU

#50 – wins a Box of Roses Chocolates (The Winner is Daphne!)

#03 – wins a Terrys Chocolate Orange

Please contact Jose or Andrew on to claim your prize

Thank you to everyone for your support for Action Medical Research

Velos Rides for Sunday 11th August 2013

For anyone who isn’t doing one of the charity rides, we have a couple of suggestions for this Sunday.

8am Early Starter ride

This is a reverse of the big 62 mile loop around Luton and Leighton Buzzard that we did a few weeks back. We will be leaving at 8am and the pace is likely to be swift.

Early start 62 mile route

10am ride

Just in case there is anyone who doesn’t fancy an early start, and is not doing the charity ride, here is a route for a 10am start.

10am 28 mile route


Many thanks to everyone who made the birthday tea ride very special for Elke today. We had a lovely cake stop in the woods at Ashridge with a great bunch of friends.

The tea ride enjoying their cake stop in Ashridge today.

Sunday sponsored bike ride- there’s still time to sign up.

Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe.
Charity Cycle Ride
Sunday 11th August 2013.
Raising funds for Cancer UK

This will be the main Velos ride this Sunday, so it would be great to see a good turn out to support this worthy cause. PLEASE NOTE START TIMES FOR THE RIDE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN. The format is simple- you pay £15 to enter, no sponsorship money to collect, and the Rose and Crown provide a BBQ afterwards. We need people to sign up if they are interested so that the Rose and Crown know how many to cater for. There are three different routes offered- 10 miles, 25 miles both 1:30 start times, and 56 miles 11 am start. At the moment there are about 25-30 riders signed up, so get your places booked.

Register here and put the distance you wish to cycle in the comments box:
link to registration page

Routes and more information can be found on the pub website here:

Thank you for supporting this event.