Monthly Archives: September 2015

Velos Rides for Sunday 27th September 2015

The weather forecast is lovely so why not make best use of it and join us on one of our three rides this Sunday.

9am start, 53 miles to Chinnor with a few lumpy bits on the way back

10am start, 36 mile loop around Hemel Hempstead

10am start, 20 mile flat trip to Cublington

As usual, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you. We start and finish from the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe.

When I wake up in the morning, love

* “you”, whatever shape & size you may be ……

And the sunlight hurts my eyes
And something without warning, love
Bears heavy on my mind

Then I look at you*
And the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely ride
… lovely ride, lovely ride, lovely ride …

When the ride that lies ahead of me
Seems impossible to face
When someone else instead of me
Always seems to know the way**

**We always know the way.  To tea and cake.  No upwards incline (we never use the word hill!) is impossible for the Tea Ride – they’re carefully selected to be Tea Ride friendly.

As fast as the slowest rider, leaving the Rose & Crown at 10am, EVERY Saturday.

For those wanting a taster of something a little different …. 7pm from Pitstone roundabout (the one by the cricket green)…. the Tea Ride goes a little off-road… roads & tracks – bridle paths, canal paths and a bit of roadwork.  Absolutely for the beginner or faint hearted… mountain bikes, hybrids, cyclocross, BMX’s all welcome – not one for the road bike!

Further details will be posted on the Rear Hub on Facebook ….

Velos rides for Sunday 20th September 2015

This week they’ve put me (Andy) in charge of routes and with the hill climb season almost upon us you know what that means…..

Hill Climb Championships, Nick O'Pendle, 1980.  Steve Joughin equals course record.

9am: Longdown Hill 50 mile loop:
10am: Butlers Cross 30 mile loop:
10am: 20 mile hill loop:
10am: 13 mile loop (the 20 mile loop with Hastoe Hill removed):
Meet at the Rose & Crown at either 8:45am or 9:45am – don’t be late!

(All routes guarantee moral improvement on completion.)

You can view routes on Strava even if you are not a member, however you can’t download the TCX and GPX unless you sign up – so I have put them in a ZIP file which you can download from:



It may be a wee bit damp out there….

but the Tea Ride will still be happening!

It is the annual Ride & Stride this weekend but, owing to the absence of our illustrious Churches Ride Leader (& the forecast), we haven’t put a route together an official Tea Ride route this year.  If however, you would like to take part, here is the list of Participating Churches.  Further info and sponsorship forms can be found on the Bike & Hike website.

For those wanting something a little more “ordinary” – if ever the Tea Ride can be called ordinary… over to your imaginations on that one….. there will be a conventional Tea Ride departing the Rose & Crown, Ivinghoe at 10am.

As fast as the slowest rider.  Conventional.  Never “normal”.


Velos Rides for Sunday 6th September 2015

There is quite a lot going on this weekend so lots of cycling options.

First up there is a the popular ABF ride that many of our members are signed up to. There are a number of distances to choose from and registration available on the day. If you fancy it head on over to the Rear Hub Facebook Group for details of how people are getting there.

Alternatively there is a invite open to all of our members to join Dave Howe and a few of his workmates for a 100k route starting at 10am from Waitrose in Amersham. If you are interested, please head on over to The Rear Hub to see Dave’s post for more details.

And lastly there are two routes available from the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe at our usual 10am start.

10am start, 35 miles to Markyate

10am start, 20 flat miles to Totternhoe

As always, please being a copy of the route with you.

As always….

tomorrow is Saturday and there is a Tea Ride…

10am at the Rose & Crown, Ivinghoe ….

As fast as the slowest rider…. several groups to suit all abilities & bikes….

Give it a go – you’ve got nothing better to do than join us for some good humour and a tour of the local countryside 🙂