A quick update to iron our some inaccuracies in this weeks post to ensure riders expectations are met this week! Sadly our rides are not all down hill, in fact there is generally as much up as down and we usually manage to find a head wind at some point during the ride. While we encourage punctuality at meet up time there is no need to worry about any forward or backward movments of the time this Sunday. The clocks go back on Sunday 30th October. So we meet up at Ivinghoe church at the suggested start time and may split into pace groups depending on numbers! Roll on Sunday!
Three rides this Sunday, Please remember the clocks change on Saturday night, so don’t be late or you might be riding a solo. In the style of the current Government we are borrowing some summer weather this weekend for pro riders, some reasonable conditions may trickle down to MAMILs out on Sunday morning but we will have to pay this back with some frosty mornings and rainy rides for months to come. If we vote labour next time apparently it will be summer all year long, for ever. So like all politcians, you can trust me when I say that all our rides are only ever downhill with a tail wind.
Thanks to Dave B for providing the 10am and 10.30 rides suggestions
Three routes to choose from this weekend.
The longer route travels South through Buckinghamshire to the Chalfonts and then back through some lanes and classic Chilterns rolling hills. The 9am route is generally over 15mph with the aim of keeping completent rides together in a group.
The medium and short routes focus of flat group rides this week. For the 10am and 10.30 rides please select the pace group you’d like to ride with and ensure you support the group by riding at the agreed pace without stretching the average pace too high. Call out if riders are being dropped and hold the wheel in front of you. Smooth riding rather than dramatic accelerations will keep groups together.
9am Chuffing Chalfonts https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41001915
10am 40 miles of chain gang https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40991880
10.30am 24 miles of chain gang https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40992011
Roll on Sunday.
Three routes this week, ranging through 53 miles, 31 miles to 24 miles. The 9am route looks to gain a tail wind (although I’m sure the forecast will change) for the return leg out from Winslow, 5 minute snack stop in Winslow, just over half way (loos available). The 10am route heads to Chesham for the Col De Eskdale before returning through The Hockridge Woods to Berkhamsted and then climbs up to Ashridge and over the beacon. At 10.30 the ride gains height for the first 13 miles before a fast decent of Hastoe Hill and then Drayton Beauchamp before a flat return to Ivinghoe. Remember working as a tighly packed Peleton is the best way to get your group round, don’t leave anyone behind! Roll On Sunday!
9am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40934332 climbing 42 feet per mile
10am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40932188 climbing 55 feet per mile
10.30am https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40932276 climbing 47 feet per mile
Great to see so many riders out enjoying our routes last Sunday. While the group is an attractive proposition for those wanting to experience riding in a group and getting together for some post ride re-hydration here is a gentle reminder that Sunday rides should be cohesive group rides where “no one gets left behind”. Everyone who riders with us should take responsibiliy for those behind, whether that is riding on the front at a pace that your agreed group can keep to, or dropping back to help weaker riders back on. this means you need to look after the rider behind you and communicate to your agreed group if there is a gap.
Obviously this only works if you have agreed your ride group in the first place and riders have been realistic about the pace they are able to or want to ride at.
If you push it up hills be prepared to wait at the top for riders to catch up and then moderate the pace post hills to ensure those out of puff get some rest in the wheels. Don’t spint off after junctions, increase the pace gradually so your agreed group stays together. Regular power is better and more enjoyable that stop start bursts.
Also after sitting in the wheels for ages enjoying a draft it’s just not cricket to overtake and increase the pace so the poor sod who has just pulled you round for 20 miles can’t keep up. Poor sod on the front- don’t put out so much power that you blow up and the group have to search for the nearest defibrillator.
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 motto is ” we leave no one 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.
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.
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 whenever 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!
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 your 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.