As we get more usable daylight we will extend our Tuesday rides, this week we get up to 20 miles! We also have a 16 mile version on a similar trajectory through Wingrave. A third option at a social pace may also be available depending on personnel on the night. We meet at the roundabout in Pitstone at 6.30pm. Team work makes the dream work, so stick in groups of up to six and work together to get round the route quickly and safely.
This is a road bike specific event (unless you are super fit you will struggle to keep up on chunky tires!) Lights to see you home safely are recommended.
6.30 longer option https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35748828 meet park side of the roundabout
6.30 Medium option https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35749638 meet Cheddington Road side of the roundabout.
Four ride choices for this Sunday, while the cycling gods have been delivering for fabulous dry weather, the council have been delivering roads covered in cat litter, so be careful out there!
10.30am social 20 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35710435
10.30am 25 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35710400
10am 35 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35710364
9am 57 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34399996
Please remember to obey the current government guidelines by keeping our groups to a maximum of six riders. Please remember to memorize the route so when taking your turn on the front you lead your group in the right direction. Please look after your whole group and ensure on one gets left behind.
A face book poll accessed via our rear hub group will allow you to broadcast your intended activity which will enable us to predict group sizes and will encourage others out as they will know there will be company on the ride!
This week we have two planned routes for you to consider for your Tuesday outing, one is copied from last week as cold temperatures and snow put paid to anyone doing it!
16 miles including Wiggington https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35674925
18 miles with three Climbs https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35601305
Both rides kick off at 6.30pm and will be ridden in pace groups if rider numbers for an option are greater than 6. Please meet on the park side of the Pitstone roundabout for the 18 mile ride and the Cheddington Road side for the 16 mile route. lights are recommended!
We have four road bike routes for Velos riders to chose from on Sunday varying in length from 15 miles up to 53 miles, so have a good look at the courses, commit it to memory (or satnav), add your intention on the facebook “rear hub” poll published at the end of the week and see you on Sunday!
Please arrive just before your route start time, at the church in Ivinghoe. We will ride in groups of up to six and split into pace groups if rides are over subscribed. Please remember “no one gets left behind” relies on co-operation from each rider in your group, teamwork makes the dream work! Stay safe and enjoy the ride!
9am 53 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35632029
10am 35 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35631377
10.30am 24 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35631415
11am 15 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35631443
A great turn out on Sunday and groups split nicely into groups of less than six, it’s good to be back! Three rides to chose from this Tuesday and groups will form to stay the right side of current restrictions. We will continue to publish Tuesday routes to help speed us along rather than gathering in large groups to discuss options.
We have 11 miles for beginners, re-starters and the generally knackered. We have a flatish 16 mile loop to the Rye via Cheddington and we have an 18 mile route with three climbs, taking in Drayton Beauchamp, Dancers End and Marlin Hill (big, bigger and biggest).
The rides start at Pitstone roundabout with the 18 mile ride meeting on the park side, the 16 mile loop on the crescent side and the 11 miles route at the bus stop. Rides are designed to get us back to Pitstone before darkness but attaching lights to your steed is recommended
So please pick the route you like the look of, as always we aim to look after all riders, we will work as a team to get everyone round together.
18 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35601305
16 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35599309
11 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35599333
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the survey which will help us shape future ride options. 76% of respondents tell us they will ride with the group regularly and 72% enjoy having some company and a chat while clocking up some casual miles. Everyone who responded is keen on road rides with a few also interested in muddier options. 76% of Velos would be keen on sportives and charity challenges. Sadly 70% feel work gets in the way of ride options! 62% are happy with current Sunday ride times and distances while others would like to see a bit more variety on the day. One person is keen on riding through London naked!
Another suggestion (possibly a bit more realistic) is to have “guest route planners” which would be great as it might put a different spin on some of our old favorites. The two Dave’s are happy putting rides together, but if you would like to take a role as guest planner for a week please save your route on ridewithgps, propose a date and send it to email@example.com so it can be planned into the schedule. Maybe a birthday special or a trip down memory lane?
Our first “groups of six” Sunday is upon us! We have four routes to choose from, so please get yourself to the “start line” on Sunday morning just before your intended start. Please ensure you have a full understanding of your chosen route.
Depending on numbers for each ride we may split into defined expected pace groups, please remember our motto “no one will be left behind” so it’s your responsibility to keep an eye over your shoulder and look after those behind you, allow them to hang on to your back wheel to keep the group together.
These planned routes are all road bike routes, if you arrive on a mountain bike, unless you are very fit you may struggle to keep up! All rides meet at the church in Ivinghoe, please divide into groups of six or less as riders arrive.
The 9am route is the longest option, it takes in some hills over to the Hughenden Valley before a flat return. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35558253
The medium 10am ride takes in some local villages on quiet roads https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35557747
The shorter 10am ride takes us to Stewkley via Wingrave https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35557696
At 11am on Sunday Dave B has kindly volunteered to lead a ride for those beginning or gaining fitness with a flatish 14 mile route on quiet roads, a great introduction to riding in a group, obviously we are capped at six per group, so only five riders can benefit from Dave’s leadership. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35557666
Towards the end of the week we will publish a poll on our facebook group “the rear hub”. Please add your expected ride choice. This enables everyone to understand how many riders we are expecting, so we know if groups need splitting and also encourages riders to get out as they know they will have some company!
Getting back into group riding may take some getting used to so please look after your fellow riders with appropriate warnings and road space, stay safe and enjoy the rides!
Hello everybody, it’s been a while! We are now in a position to start up riding in groups of up to six again! We will be advertising rides on Tuesday evenings and Sundays with official posts, ad-hoc rides can as usual be planned amounst group members via the facebook “rear hub” page.
This Tuesday is not only the first chance of riding in a group, it’s also the first evening with enough light to get a decent ride in starting at 6.30pm. We aim to get done before darkness, but from a safety point of view lights are recommended. Please arrive early to be ready to ride at 6.30pm
There are two planned routes to tackle this Tuesday a 14 mile route via Long Marston and Tring Station, and a 16 mile route taking in Toms Hill before crossing Ashridge and back through Slapton. The 16 mile route will start from the playing ground side of the roundabout in Pitstone. The 14 mile route will start from the bus stop. We plan to meet away from the usual corner as this often creates a bottleneck for people walking through. If we have more than six riders per group we will need to quickly split into pace groups and spread out to clearly define the groups. No one will get left behind so please feel free to join which ever route you fancy. We are starting steadily as we get back together!
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35518877 14 mile route
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35518368 16 mile route
As we are starting back looking forward to a new year of cycling together, it would be great to get some ideas and opinions so we can plan to enjoy all aspects of the group. Please take some time to complete this survey. We will communicate the survey results and try to ensure our planning and organizing reflects the wants and needs of as many people as possible!
At the time of writing we are able to meet in groups of up to six outdoors so we have rides planned for Sunday. If Government guidelines change during the week we will need to adapt to comply. We plan to take in a couple of hills with the longer two routes tackling Kop Hill, while the shorter route heads over Dunstable Downs. Normal meeting arrangements in place by Ivinghoe Church. Please arrive before the ride start and stick with your ride bubble.
9.30am 44 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34846931
10am 32 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34846342
If you are unable to ride on Sunday, hopefully small groups will be able to get together over the festive period. Please share your ride ideas on the rear hub so riders have some company (if allowed). Happy Christmas everyone, stay warm, stay safe and lets all hope Santa brings us a few cycling treats which we can use while cycling together in 2021
This weeks rides start at 9.30, 10.00 and 10.30. As we found last week the British climate is not always conducive for comfortable riding, so please be aware of the forecast and dress appropriately for safety and warmth! It will be great to ride in groups of up to six if possible.
Although it’s only two rides before the fat man in the red suit arrives (I’m not talking about my new cycling kit) a post ride (or mid-ride?) refreshment stop might be challenging, we will see what options are available nearer the time.
9.30 40 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34810221
10am 30 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34808808
10.30am 22 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34808833
So we are back with our outdoor groups of up to six riders. A welcome return to riding with others. Three routes to chose from, 18 miles, 31 miles or 45 miles, all starting at Ivinghoe church. With a nod to colder weather, the longer route will start at 9.30am with the aim to arrive in Aldbury at around 12.30. The shorter rides will meet at 10am and groups may need to be split based on expected pace, we need to be in clear groups of six or fewer riders. So wrap up warm and see you on the road!
9.30am 45 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34770594
10am 31 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34769068
10.30am 18 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34769088