For those not taking part in the Chiltern 100 or the Basin to Bar Ride, there are 2 routes to choose from this Sunday.
Round & about to Winslow and the Farmer’s Market, for those who want a stop along the way. The 45 mile route can be downloaded here.
For those wanting something a little shorter, there’s a 24 mile route out to Rushmere Park that can be downloaded here.
Both rides will be leaving the Rose & Crown at 10am and there should be a pace to suit everyone.
This week, maybe two?
Will it be you?
Perhaps we will be three?
Please come along and tea ride with me …..
I promise we will stop
Before you feel you have to drop
We always take a break
For coffee, tea & cake….
We leave the pub at ten
And then head back again
For another cup of tea – or whatever you like
All you need is a bike…
Any old bike
Or a tandem or a trike
Old or new, if it’s all the same to you
We’re not at all proud, and we just do what we do….
What do we do?
And a bit of pedalling.
And a lot of chat.
And more cake.
Rose & Crown, Ivinghoe.
Saturdays at 10am.
We have three on after this week. First up is the return of another early start favourite – a trip to Silverstone. We depart the Rose & Crown Ivinghoe at 8am so that we can cover the 65 miles in a reasonable time.
8am start to Silverstone (65 miles)
(For Garmin 500 & 510 users we have a .TCX file which may work better on your device).
Our 10am rides have been kindly submitted by Mr Dave “Tour de Britain” Bembridge.
10am start Long ride (29 miles)
10am start Shorter ride (18 miles)
Bank Holiday Monday
As we mentioned earlier in the week, Sarah & Liz have are organising a ride for the Bank Holiday. They will be leaving Pitstone Roundabout at 10am, heading over to the Old Fisherman in Shabbington, stopping for lunch plus some re-hydration and then heading back home. All of the Velos are invited so you fancy joining them, please use the contact us page to send us a message ASAP – Sarah would like to let the pub know our numbers in advance to ensure they make room for us.
Bank Holiday Route
There are a couple of organised rides that a good number of the Velos will be tackling next Sunday.
The sadists amongst us will be having a go at the Chiltern 100. 110 miles, 21 hills and almost 2700m (thats 8,500 feet in old money) of climbing. There is still time to enter if you fancy suffering in the company of your fellow Velo.
Those who fancy a completely different type of challenge whilst raising some money for charity should join Messieurs Bembridge and Hollands on their Basin to Bar ride. This year’s event will be fund raising for Cancer Research. If you’d like all the information about the ride, or better still to sign up, or simply to make a donation then you can do so by following this link to the Virgin Money giving page. If you’re intending to ride please leave a comment with your donation to this effect. If you’d prefer to donate and register in person at the Rose and Crown then please do so.
We also have a map of the route.
To speak of many things
Of seats & brakes & saddles bags
Of trusty old chain rings
And why we all get on our bikes
On Saturday mornings.
“But wait a bit,” the Riders cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!” *
“No hurry!” said the ride leader.
They thanked her much for that.
“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Traybakes and teacakes besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Riders dear,
We can begin to feed.”
It’s all about priorities and on the Tea Ride, it the chat and the cake stop.
Everyone welcome, helmet on, roll up, 10am at the Rose & Crown, Ivinghoe – and off we go!
*Original words… not those of today’s compiler….no offence intended!
Tuesday 20th May
Dave “Ride to the Hills” Howe has put forward a great route for Tuesday evening. We meet at Pitstone Roundabout leaving at 6:30pm. Lights are recommended just in case.
Pitstone to Redbourn
Monday 26th May (Bank Holiday)
Sarah Wilson and Liz Carpenter have put together a plan for an extra ride on this Bank Holiday. They will be leaving Pitstone Roundabout at 10am, heading over to the Old Fisherman in Shabbington, stopping for lunch plus some re-hydration and then heading back home. All of the Velos are invited so you fancy joining them, please use the contact us page to send us a message ASAP – Sarah would like to let the pub know our numbers in advance to ensure they make room for us.
Bank Holiday Route
We will be putting out the usual Saturday and Sunday rides later on in the week.
Phew, what a scorcher !
The forecast is fantastic for this Sunday so we have a bonus early morning ride planed. It starts at 8am and is one we have ridden before – “The Benson Finger” routed by Mr Andy “#Mountain” Beezer. You can expect a bevy of tough climbs in the first half and a fast flat route home. Hydration will be important so we plan to stop at a corner shop at the halfway mark for refuelling. If you are going on our Alps trip, or riding the Chiltern 100 then this will be an ideal training ride.
8am Start – The Benson Finger (71 miles)
10am Start – Flat Short Route (22 miles)
10am Start – Mid-Sized Route (34 miles)
Basin to Bar Cycle Ride – 1st June
This year’s event will be taking place on Sunday 1st June 2014. Dave Bembridge and Graham Hollands have been busy behind the scenes planning this years event. Our fund raising will be for Cancer Research. If you’d like all the information about the ride, or better still to sign up, or simply to make a donation then you can do so by following this link to the Virgin Money giving page. If you’re intending to ride please leave a comment with your donation to this effect. If you’d prefer to donate and register in person at the Rose and Crown then please do so.
We also have a map of the route.
Meet at 10 am outside the Rose and Crown for tea, cake and adventures in what looks to be fantastic sunshine. No one left behind so all riders welcome.
Many of our group will be enjoying the Chartridge Sportive on Sunday. For those not partaking we have two rides on offer this week. Both start from the Rose and Crown departing at 10am. Please bring a copy of your chosen route with you either on paper or on GPS device.
Our illustrious founder may well be off on another jolly jaunt, but don’t worry, the show will go on and we will have you home in time for a pint at the pub to round off tomorrow morning’s Tea Ride. It will also serve as a nice warm up for the excitement of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow evening (just in case you didn’t know, we somehow managed to scrape together an entry again this year, which is where the Molly bit comes in).
As ever, the Tea Ride will leave the pub at 10am and aim to return by 12.30pm.
British Girls on Home Turf
For those looking for slightly more strenuous exercise, John Hegs will be leading a ride off in search of those fabulous ladies in the Women’s Tour of Britain as they head through the Welwyn Garden City area.
For those wishing to join him, this is the route over there and the grand depart from the Rose & Crown will be at 9am. It’s going to be rather damp around the edges, so mudguards are advised and the pace will be to suit the conditions/riders.
We gather again, 6.30pm tomorrow, at the Pitstone Roundabout for an evening blast on our road bikes. There will be two main groups – a sensible paced one that Sarah has agreed to lead & will plot a route on the day, and a bat-out-of-hell group that, judging by the previous couple of week’s antics, are taking no prisoners – so be warned !
Bat out of hell route