Monthly Archives: July 2022

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 31st July 2022

After a speedy thrash on Tuesday evening we return to our “no one gets left behind” motto for Sundays. The 9am route is a reverse of one of my favs, it visits Gorcott and Preston Bissett on a bit of a flat contrast to last weeks hilly route. The 10am goes up Kop Hill and round some beautiful Chiltern countyside. At 10.30 we have a local 20 mile loop. Thanks to Dave B for the shorter rides, despite being unable to get out himself.

9am 100km Preston Bissett

10am Kop Hill Chilterns Ride

10.30 Local Loop

Ivinghoe Velos Routes for Sunday 24th July 2022

By the time we ride on Sunday we should be celebrating another win at the Tour De France for Geraint Thomas after Vingegaard and Pogacar threw each other off the final mountain. With this in mind, we have a few hills to tackle so we can emulate the pros. Rides meet at Ivinghoe Church at 9am, 52 miles, 10am, 36 miles or 10.30am, 22 miles and regroup after the Col De Pitstone for interviews and post ride champagne.




Looking ahead we will review weather forecasts and plan in an 8am ride with a coffee stop at Spokes CC Codicote on one of the next two Sundays

Looking further ahead we plan to arrange a long weekend of rides in West Yorkshire around 20th May 2023 based at Holmfith, we will get a date sorted soon, so if people want to plan in a longer stay in the area they can get booked!

We are a group of friends who ride together rather than a club so we don’t have any hard and fast rules, preferring to enjoy the journey rather than worry about our sock length. There are no fees to ride with us, we just ask for some considerations to be made so everyone can stay as safe as possible and have a good ride experience.

If you get out and ride it will encourage others to continue, if you sit at home on a turbo trainer, or in front of the TV there may not be anyone to ride with when you want company in the future!

Ivinghoe Velos rides are routes suggestions based on local knowledge built up over years of riding. Suitable for road bikes and often using quiet road options. Occasionally we need to re-route due to road closures and mapping errors. As a group please solve these problems as safely as possible. Anyone is welcome to provide a ridewithgps course for us to follow in future weeks.

Those who lead out a group, the route planners, those who send the postings out each week in no way make any assurances as to the safety of any rides organised under the ‘ivinghoe Velos’ banner. Each participant is wholly responsible for their own safety, road worthiness of their steed, legal requirements to abide by the highway code and any insurances each individual feels are necessary.

Rides are usually between 14mph and 17mph depending on elevation. When rider numbers allow we split into groups based on pace. Generally our Sunday motto is ” no one gets left behind” but riders need to be realistic when joining a group with an expected pace, it’s no fun for anyone if one riders pace is considerably slower than all the other riders. Equally if a couple of riders push the pace beyond what is expected, the rest of the group might not be having fun. We will sometime advertise beginners or social rides, which will moderate the pace to the slowest rider. Over time newer riders will build their pace and endurance, we have all started or re-started, so understand it takes some time to get faster.

When riding in a group the main benefit is the draft effect, saving around 25% effort when tucked in behind other riders. We expect riders to take a turn on the front when they able to do so and “hold the wheel” of riders in front on flat sections and shallow climbs. Looking over your shoulder and moderating your pace to ensure riders behind are still attached to the group is important wherever you are within your group and communicating if it looks like a riders has become detached (why not drag them back to the group rather than pushing on yourself?). On the flat the group should be close together so everyone benefits from the draft, work as a team, if there is a few bike lengths between riders you are not doing it right! On hills we wait at an appropriate safe spot to allow slower climbers to rejoin, you might want to make sure you are past the strava segment end!

Occasionally we have ridden in large groups with rider numbers in double figures. It’s important to remember we are quite a big obstacle to overtake, splitting into two small groups on main roads allows vehicles to overtake in stages. If you are mid-group take responsibility to manufacture this split- that’s you riding in position 7 in a group of 12. If a rider has manufactured a gap for this reason, don’t overtake and close the gap.

We have a stylish Ivinghoe Velos team kit which allows the public to identify us. Please be considerate, courteous and respect our reputation when riding in our groups. Shouting at motorists is unlikely to achieve anything other than a raise in your blood pressure. Smile and wave at other cyclists, even those too pro to wave back.

Occasionally due to traffic or mechanicals there can be splits in groups and we lose visibility of parts of the group. For this reason and for the time you spend on the front it’s important that every rider has a full understanding of the planned route.

Please arrive before the expected start time of our rides. We currently meet by the bus shelter outside Ivinghoe church. There is usually a poll on our facebook rear hub to establish who is out and riding which route.

Mudguards are much appreciated on winter rides, without them the rider behind you might as well be riding in the rain.

As we ride in a group, pointing out hazards is vital, riders within the group wont get much notice of dangerous pot holes, gravel and other slip hazards and maneuvers away from the usual line, please give visual and audible signals and also let other riders know if cars are unexpectedly close by.

Stay safe, have fun and enjoy the journey.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 17th July 2022

Three routes to choose from this Sunday, a slightly different option is available, we will be offering the rides at their usual start times, 9am, 10am and 10.30am but will also have an option for all rides to set off at 8am to avoid riding in the expected higher temperatures on Sunday. Thanks to Richard for the short and medium ride options.

8am/9am 53 miles

8am/10am 28 miles

8am/10.30am 22 miles

So decide if you’d like extra time in bed, or a ride slightly lower tempertures, as ever refreshemnts will be available close to our finishing point!

Roll on Sunday!

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 10th July 2022

This Sunday looks like a hot one with light winds, so a magnificent opportunity to get out and ride you bike in comfort! Maybe after watching a week of Le Tour you’d like to join us to relive those iconic climbs, team trains or stunning sprints. The usual three route options, all starting from Ivinghoe church and finishing very close to a convenient refreshment point. Feel free to post your ride choice on our facebook poll and maybe if we are passing your home location you could latch onto a route midway through?

9am Sunny Sunday Longo

10am Sunny Sunday medio

10.30am can’t get out of bedio

Roll on Sunday!