Three rides to chose from this week. Each has a different start time. Depending on the popularity of the rides we may need to break down into pace groups, as we have done during recent Sundays, to maintain the rule of six.
9am 55 miles takes us through some Chiltern hills towards Speen, including the delightful village of Little Missenden and a great climb from the Hughenden Valley, before dropping down from Lacy Green into the vale of Aylesbury for a flat return: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34277940
10am We have a 32 mile trip, heading out to Butlers Cross and Wendover, then we head up Rocky Lane, descend through Chartridge to Chesham before a return through picturesque Aldbury: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34283227
10.30am The beginners ride takes us on a 24 mile route with a couple of testing climbs up to Wingrave and then the pretty Hamlet of Drayton Beauchamp, before a cruise through Tring and Aldbury: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34283255
Please arrive in advance of the planned start time with a copy of your preferred route, either on paper or GPS computer. Groups must be a maximum of six riders, so you won’t be able to join a “full” group if joining further around the route, arriving to join a group at Ivinghoe church is the best option for ensuring an even spread of riders. Head over to the facebook “rear hub” to register an interest in one of the Sunday rides.
Ahead of schedule, I am pleased to say that the new kit order has landed. If you placed an order, please contact me either on the contact page or via a post on the Facebook Rear Hub page. They can be collected from Pitstone or I can pop them round to you some time later in the week.
There are a few people who were unfortunately unable to place their order due to some technical problems on the suppliers website. We are really sorry about this and so we might open another order soon. Please let me know if you are one of those people so we can gauge if there is enough demand to satisfy the minimum order numbers.
9am route 50 miles to Houghton Conquest https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34223098
10am Route 37 miles to Winslow https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34206819
10.30 route 22 miles via Hastoe https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34206878
The usual three routes to choose from this Sunday. To aid our intention to meet, mix and ride in groups of no more than 6, there are three start times. If we do find there are more than six riders arriving at any one time we need to quickly divide into ride groups, usually based on expected pace. Please add your expected ride option to the facebook poll, so we have an educated guess on rider numbers.
Those with sharp eyes will notice that we are trialing using “ride with GPS” as our mapping software this week. Apparently for those who worry about these things, the elevation guide might be a bit more realistic than our usual mapometer software. Your views and feedback on this will be gratefully received.
Hopefully something for everyone this weekend, we ride in groups looking after each other, so join us before the expected ride start time, bring along a copy of the route and enjoy the ride!
With the new “Rule of Six” laws in place, we have to be even more vigilant with regards to the way that we start our rides. This is not only for our good health and freedom from incarceration, but also our reputation as a local community group. As such, we are insisting that when people arrive at the church car-park in Ivinghoe, they immediately form, or join a group of no more than six people. These groups must appear to be completely distinct to anyone passing at the start, and at any mid-ride stops, including road junctions.
British Cycling have some detailed guidance on their website. They also point out that if you are a member, your insurance is invalid if the rules are broken.
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled starting time. If you are late, please join the last group on the road, only if that keeps that group to less than seven riders.
9am start, 51 miles
10am start, 31 miles
10am start, 21 miles
As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you.
Given the great weather, we thought we would start the Tuesday evening ride a bit earlier to get a bit more daylight. This week we will start at 6pm from Pitstone Roundabout (the one near the village green, not the roundabout at the top of Castlemead!).
As per Sunday rides, we will be meeting and riding in groups with a maximum size of 6 people. Please bring lights for your bike – with the sun low in the sky and the light fading it will help keep you safe.
The usual 3 routes for riders to choose from this weekend.
Government guidance currently states that six of fewer people can meet outside while maintaining social distancing. We need to make sure groups are formed in advance of start times and late comers won’t be able to join full groups at the start point or during the rides. It’s been noted that cycling insurances may be invalid if riders are not adhering to these guidelines. Your co-operation will be appreciated by all riders and keep us safe and legal.
The 9am route is 50 miles and tackles some hills in the first half before a flat second half https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5146188.html
The medium 10am is a 32 mile route which takes us along Gaddesden Row https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5144888.html
Our shortest option at 10am is a great starting point for newer riders it’s 20 local flat miles https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5144890.html
Dave Bembridge is planning on leading the shorter 10am route at a pace appropriate to the riders present
The 9am route is usually ridden around 16+mph with the group working together draft riders around.
The medium route at 10am, if popular, will be divided into groups based on rider pace.
Head over the the facebook rear hub to indicate your route choice, enjoy the rides!
After a great turn out last Saturday and Sunday we aim to continue the good work this week with three routes heading North. With the 9am route being 15 miles longer than the 10am route they may well join up, depending on legs, mechanicals and biscuit breaks, who will return to the Rose and Crown first?
9am 51 miles: https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5142283.html
10am 36 miles: https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5142098.html
10am 22 miles: https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_5142100.html
Please arrive at Ivinghoe church slightly before your expected start time so reasonable size groups can form and head over to the face book rear hub to let us know which route you plan to ride.