Monthly Archives: November 2014

Velos Rides for Sunday 30th November 2014


There are three distances to choose from this week, all departing from the Rose and Crown  at 10am.

33 mile loop

25 mile loop

19 mile loop

They have all been plotted by Mr Dave “Tour de Britain” Bembridge who has cleverly engineered them such that each group will pass one of the others at some point.

As always, please bring a copy of the route with you (or memorise it if you have those sort of skills).

Bossard Wheelers Training Camp

Last week we were joined on our Sunday ride by two of the Boassard Wheelers, Richard and Trevor. They have kindly extended an invitation to one of their training camps to any of the Ivinghoe Velos who might be interested. Here is the message from Richard –

A few members of our club are going to Majorca next March for a short training camp and I was wondering if you or any of the Ivinghoe Velos would be interested in joining us. Work commitments mean that we are going out on Monday 2nd and we’re coming back on Sunday 8th March. We will be staying at the very popular Club Pollentia, which is situated between Alcudia and Port de Pollenca. Its a great location for exploring the island and the emphasis will be on longish steady rides, at a pace to suit the slowest rider. We usually venture into the hills on a couple of rides, weather permitting! We are flying from Stansted and those that are going have already booked. Booking the hotel is very straight forward using their website. I will book the coach transfer when I have a definite number of people travelling.

If you are interested, please use the contact us form on our site and we will pass your email address over to Richard.


Velos Rides for Sunday 23rd November 2014

Two rides proposed this week.

10am start, 28 mile loop via Great Brickhill

10am start, 17 mile “all abilities” route which may, or may not be led by Bertie Barratt.  

The Christmas Meal at the award winning Haldi is getting booked up quickly so if you are interested, please head on over to our posting about it and get your name down – spaces are limited.

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly!!!

It's Party Time!!!!
                 It’s Party Time!!!!     

Following various discussions and input from many of the group we have secured 40 spaces at the Haldi for the evening of Friday 19th December.

Meeting at the Haldi at 7pm for a ‘set meal’ @ £19.95 per person.

This provides a selection dishes; meat, chicken, vegetarian and prawn along with naan bread, rices etc……. for more details about the menu please speak to the Haldi.  Drinks will be each individuals responsibility.

We hope that following dinner many people will then take that short walk back to HQ (AKA The Rose and Crown) for a nightcap!

Partners are welcome, but numbers will be limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis, using the booking form below and only once a £10 deposit has been received by Sally Beezer (thank you Sally for offering to co-ordinate this).

Velos Rides for Sunday 16th November 2014

Last week saw 30 of us Velos visit St Leonards Church to pay our respects on remembrance Sunday. It was a fabulous turnout and we were made to feel very welcome by the local parishioners. Thanks to Jayne R for taking the great photo of us all.

We have three rides on offer this week including an early long route.

9am – 46 mile route from Dave “The Hill” Howe to Haddenham and Great Hampden

10am – 24 mile SSST (Sunday Slower & Stick Together) ride led by Dave “Bertie” Barrett

10am – 30 miles to Bovingdon and back

Please do bring a copy of the route with you. All rides start from the Rose and Crown.


Tomorrow’s Ride is in Honour of our Belgian Members…

-Flag_of_Belgium.svgFor 15 Nov is King’s Feast in Belgium – and if the Tea Ride is about anything other than social cycling,  it’s feasting – tea, cake and partying basically!

So, 10am departure from the Rose & Crown for a magical mystery tour (yes, I do know where we are going really..)   Fortunately the forecast no longer looks quite like canoe and waders weather but if the fancy takes you – who are we to stop you !

It all happens on the Tea Ride, you know!

Velos Rides for Sunday 9th November 2014

On the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the first world war we will be paying our respects to all those who have given their lives to ensure our continued freedom. Both of our rides take us past St Leonards Church where we will join the local congregation at 11am for two minutes silence. We would urge all of our riders to join us this Sunday – the brief stop off at the church is a tradition for the club. There are two routes to chose from –

10am start, 28 mile traditional route

9:45am start, 20 mile SSST Dave “BBC” Barratt route

The earlier, shorter ride will be at a sensible pace and so should get to the Church (which is approximately half way) with time to spare.

Velos Rides for Sunday 2nd November 2014

The weather forecast for tomorrow is … a bit changeable … but anyone who is doubt as to if they should come cycle with us should simply refer to the Velominati Rule #9 for guidance as to what to do.

Two rides for us this week –

10am start, 31 miles planned by Dave “Bikeability” Bembridge

10am start, 20 mile Bertie Bassett Classic led by Dave “Bertie” Barratt

Mr Barratt’s BBC ride last week was a huge success so he will be following the same “The Sunday Slightly Slower Stick Together ” format looking to achieve an average of 12-13 mph over the whole distance.

As always, we meet at the Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe from around 9:45am onwards. Please bring a copy of your chosen route either on paper or a GPS navigation device. For both of the routes we will split into groups of similar paced riders the configuration of which we will decide on the day.

If you are on Facebook then please have a look at the Velos discussion group The Ivinghoe Velos Rear Hub . There has been some lively debate this week with regard to Club Kit – all views are welcome do please chip in if you have a view or are just interested in buying some.