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Ivinghoe Velos Rides For The Weekend Of 17th-20th May 2024

As we have a trip planned, here are all the ride options for you this weekend!

Anyone is welcome to join Ivinghoe Velos rides, we are a group of friends who cycle together, not a club, so there are no rules or commitments.

Sunday rides crafted by Richard, leaving from Ivinghoe Church 10am & 10.30am (30 or 20 miles)

10am option

10.30am option

Weekend Rides From Wells High Street, BA5 2AE (what three words Outlooks.inflame.comfort). Riders can dip in and out of groups each day depending on how the legs are feeling!

Friday will be flat rides to enjoy the Somerset levels, Saturday is a rolling day with a good level of steady climbing and Sunday is the big hills day including Cheddar (bring some crackers), Monday is standard recovery rides with a stop in Glastonbury and maybe a walk up the big hill.

Friday Long 1pm 44 miles, just 736 feet of climbing

Friday Short 2pm 20 miles, just 420 feet of climbing

Saturday Long 10am 63 miles, 4,328 feet of climbing

Saturday Short 10am 39 miles, 2,600 feet of climbing

Sunday Long 10am 52 miles, 3,952 feet of climbing

Sunday Short 10am 35.5 miles, 2,300 feet of climbing

Monday Long 10am 35 miles, 1,470 feet of climbing

Monday Short 10am 17 miles 735 feet of climbing

Please arrive, on time, at the start of the rides with the route saved into your cycle computer, we leave no one behind on the rides, unless you are late to the party!

Ivinghoe Velo Rides For Sunday 12th May 2024

Three routes to choose from this Sunday. At 10.30 we have a 21 mile outing on local roads, at 10am we have a 30 mile trip to Piccotts End and at 9am we have a 62 mile trip to Silverstone, but don’t worry it won’t be a race!

We have been riding up to Silverstone since 2013 when our friend Andy Beezer suggested a route past the race track. Always a good ride out through stunning Buckinghamshire coutryside and there is a complusory team photo under the Silverstone race track sign! Good training for our longer rides from Wells and for those taking part in Ride London at the end of the month.




The following weekend the majority of riders will be away enjoying some Somerset roads but we will still publish a ride option for those staying local.

Ivinghoe Velo Rides For Sunday 5th May 2024

Three routes to choose from this week. We move the longer ride start time to 9am as we are now in the summer months!!!!!

The 9am route this week takes us south to Wooburn Green and it uses all the biggest hills possible. Certainly one of our bigger rides in terms of elevation, packing over 3,000 feet of climbing in only 50 miles. Certianly no expectations of a fast pace on this one!

10am is a 32 mile outing to Brickhill with 1337 feet of climbing taking us around Leighton Buzzard without having to get too close!

10.30am visting Cubblington, this is a repeat of last week as no one was brave enough to ride in the rain!




Next Sunday, 12th May we have our Silverstone Special planned a great 100km route with a stop from a photo under the famous race track sign

Well, Well, Wells

This post is specific to our trip to the smallest city in the Uk from 17th to 20th May, hopefully it should contain all the details you need ahead of the trip.

Wells is in the heart of Somerset and is slightly under 3 hours away by car. We have four days of cycling planned with some fantastic destinations including Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, The Somerset Levels and on the longer options, Bath and Burnham on Sea.

The rides starting point is at the end of the high street in Wells, if you arrive early for rides you should be able to grab a coffee, Coffee #1 is open from 8am each day, Loaf bakehouse, Cafe Nero, Gregs and Long Story Bistro are all within a 2 minute walk of the starting point. There is also a bike shop called Bike City which opens 9-5 on Friday and Saturday.

During the evenings we will refresh, refuel and recover with a meal and some drinks. We have places booked at The Kings Head on Friday evening and Saturday evening and Ask italian on Sunday night. Riders can join these meals and/or meet up from drinks. If you want a place at the meals, please complete the “meals on Wells” spreadsheet. or pass on your choices to Dave, Fri & Sat (starter, main, pud) 7.30 dinner time at Sunday we don’t need to prebook meals but just need an idea if you are eating with us at 7pm at Ask Italian

Meals on Wells Spreadsheet:

Other than the Kings Head, other notable pubs for beers include The City Arms, The Quarter Jack (Weatherspoons), The Rose and Crown and The Crown.

Our rides are planned to be ridden at a relaxed “tourist pace” being able to stop for occasional photos and all rides have a food stop. We may split into a couple of groups to avoid being a big group on the roads & then not arrive all at the food stops at the same time, day time food stops are not prebooked.

Day one, 1pm start to allow time to drive to Wells on Friday morning: Flat out to Burnham On Sea, 44 miles with an incredibly flat profile less than 800 feet of climbing over 44 miles!! coffee stop by the sea at the half way point. This route enjoys the best of the somerset levels, the lowest and flatest area of the whole country.

Day Two, 10am start, 100km in Somerset, riding through pretty villages and the ex-mining town of Radstock, through Coombe Down tunnel (1.6km the longest cycleable tunnel in Britain) on to the Bath to Bristol railway path with a lunch stop at the half way point, Bitton Station, then a gradual climb along the edge of the Mendips before a final descent into Wells.

Day Three, Classic Climbs: 10am start four big climbs in the Mendip Hills including the iconic Cheddar Gorge, 50 miles will be a tough day in the saddle after Saturdays miles in the legs. Lunch stop after 32 miles at Potager Cafe (Cleeve Nursery)

Day Four, Velos do Glastonbury, 10am start a 35 mile trip down to Castle Cary and on to Glastonbury for lunch, back in Wells for 2pm for the journey home.

Thanks To Richard for producing these shorter fantastic route options:

Friday: The shorter option follows the same route as the longer ride out onto the Somerset Levels for the first 9 miles before taking a shortcut to pick up the route back into Wells. A later departure time could be agreed for this ride once we know arrival times in Wells. In total, 20 miles and 420 ft of climb:

Saturday: Again the start of the shorter option of 39 miles and 2,600 ft of climb mirrors the longer option, this time for the first 20 miles into Radstock. At this point the route turns south west through Midsomer Norton to the Holy Cow Cafe at 23 miles. After refreshments we head south over a couple of shorter climbs before a predominantly downhill last 10 miles through Shepton Mallet and then to Wells.

Sunday: The shorter option takes in just two of the four climbs on the longer route on a ride of 35 miles with 2,300 ft of climb. First we head out onto the Somerset Levels on predominantly different roads to those ridden on Friday to loop around to Cheddar. After climbing the gorge, the route again deviates from the longer route to drop down to Blagdon Lake before tackling a slightly ‘easier’ version of the final climb with less time on double digit pitches. For any legs that are crying enough at the top of Cheddar Gorge, or for those needing to head home, it is straightforward to miss out the final climb and shorten the route to 25 miles with 1,300 ft of climb.

Monday: For those who just want a short ride with a visit to Glastonbury Tor, there in also a 17 mile option:

Day four walk
If the legs just won’t do another day on the bike we can plan a circular walk up to Glastonbury Tor.

Riders can do as much or as little riding as they like, there are some lovely things to see in Wells, inluding the cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace and gardens and Vicar’s close, claimed to be the oldest residentail street in Europe.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 28th April 2024

As Forest Gump famously said, riding in April is like a box of chocolates (you have to keep taking layers off). While there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate equipment choices, this weekend promised to again test the planning and selection process. Rides meet and leave on time from Ivinghoe church.

Three rides to choose from, The shorter ride takes on the early bits of the longer ride and the medium ride does it’s own thing with a trip to Studham and then down past the zoo.

The long ride adds on 5 miles compared to last week but it is flatter, actually only having 200 feet more than the medium ride which is 20 miles shorter! We stick with 9.30am 10am and 10.30am start times.

10.30am 24 miles to Cublington

10am We are all going to the zoo 30 miles

9.30am Tour De Claydons 50 miles

We will aim to up the milage again next week and then in two weeks time (12th May) we will be offering the classic 100km+ Silverstone Route which is great preparation from our trip to Wells as well as the Ride London 100 which happens at the end of the month.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 21st April 2024

We are a group of friends who ride together rather than a cycle club, we have no hard and fast rules, no subscription and have no delusions of grandeur. If you are “group ride curious” we must just be a great place to start, we welcome new riders, our rides are on road bikes with pace generally around 14mph to 16mph depending on the wind and hills. When riding in a group you can achieve slightly higher average speeds because you can take a turn sheltering from the wind and the motivation to keep up helps push you harder than when out on your own.

Three rides this Sunday, all starting from Ivinghoe church. looking ahead we are exactly one month away from a weekend is Wells (Somerset) 17th to 20th May. The weekend away features four days of riding on similar outings to our usual Sunday rides but on different roads and with the chance to socialise off the bike before and after rides. The rides are planned to be ridden at “tourist pace” to allow riders to take in the scenery and ride multiple days in a row, each ride has a refrshment stop. Anyone who wishes to join needs to book their own accomodation in or near Wells and be ready to ride at 1pm on Friday afternoon and 10am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We have longer and shorter options each day, designed to showcase some of the best riding Somerset has to offer. Riders can join for any or all days and we will look at meeting & eating spots for the evenings.

Back to this week, Please be ready to ride from Ivinghoe church at the stated start time, we may split into different pace groups if there are a large number of riders on a route and the more modest pace group will ensure no one is left behind! Once again the earliest ride sets off at 9.30am as we stretch ourselves towards summer distances…..

Rides finish at the Rose and Crown, handy if you are thirsty or hungry after your morning endevours!

10.30am Wendover Loop 21 miles 680 feet of climbing

10am Fighting up Rocky 31 miles 1551 feet of climbing

9.30am The Airport Run 44 miles 2,426 feet of climbing

During the summer months we plan rides for Tuesday evenings, Some riders like advance notice of these so they can plan in the rest of their week’s riding. The rides start at 6pm from the roundabout in Pitstone as long as it’s dry! We will offer 2 distance and 2 paces to ensure everyone gets a chance to do what they want, so the paces will be “ride hard” or “recovery”, “Ride hard” is for riders who want a bit of a stretch, we will aim to push the pace but the group is stonger than the individual so we will try to stay connected. “Recovery” is for riders looking for less intensity, maybe turning the legs after a hard weekend of riding, or building up to something later in the week.

Tuesday 23rd April 6pm short 16 miles

Tuesday 23rd April 6pm less short 21 miles

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 14th April 2024

Three rides to choose from this Sunday, all starting from the church in Ivinghoe. During the summer months we like to offer longer routes, so as we transition towards that, this week the milage for the longest ride has increased slightly, We don’t want you to think you have to cycle faster to make the all important pub time, so the start time has moved by half an hour to 9.30am. Once we get up to doing over 50 miles we will move the start time to 9.

9.30am Little Horwood 43 miles

10am Whitchurch 29 miles

10.30amCublinton 20 miles

All rides start from the church in Ivinghoe. In the near future some “away day” options will be planned for some rides starting within an hours drive of ivinghoe to give us the chance to ride on some different roads for a change. These will include a chiltern hills ride, the Cranfield classic and North Oxfordshire.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 7th April

The planners at Ivinghoe Velos Towers have been liasing closely with the national weather forecasting teams to come up with routes giving riders a gentle push on the return legs for Sunday. The longer ride this week is a 37 mile offering called “Little Miss Windy” as once we get to Little Missenden you will hardly have to pedal to get back to Ivinghoe!

The medium route crafted by Dave B also takes riders South first, dipping into Chesham before lanes back via Aldbury, this is a 28 mile loop with col de la Hastoe to navigate after 5 miles.

The 10.30 route is a re-run on last weeks shoter ride so join this one if you missed out on it last time! This carefully crafted option does reach higher ground but takes the shallow side up the hills making the climbs achieveable for all levels of rider.

We meet at Ivinghoe church and rides leave on time so get there early with the route plumbed into your headset computer. Old school printouts with turn by turn directions are also acceptable but you may not have many friends left by the end of the ride.

10.30am short but sweet The Hastoe Loop

10am medium/rare Mount Nugent Loop

10am Long and Strong Little Miss Windy

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 31st March 2024

Three routes for your deliberation this Sunday, starting at 10am or 10.30am. Remember if you forget to put your clocks forward at 1am on Sunday you run the risk of missing the group rides which leave Ivinghoe church on British summer time.

Once again this week we have a 10.30 route suitable for beginners and rejoiners, so if you are new, returning or just a bit unfit this is the ride for you! We leave no one behind.

Naismith’s rule (1 h / 3 mi + 1 h / 2000 ft) helps with the planning of a walking or hiking expeditions by calculating how long it will take to travel the intended route, including any extra time taken when walking uphill. This rule of thumb was devised by Willian M Naismith, a Scottish mountaineer 1892. We all know when route planning on the flat it’s easy to work out how long a journey will take but add in hills and the time taken on any distance can vary.

Over the years several adjustments and recalculations have been made and Tranters corrections added a level of fitness to the equation. When walking, going downhill can also take longer than walking on the flat, luckily this is an area when cyclists can gain a bit of time back!

In Howe’s rule I’ve added five rider characteristics to a cycling equation to help work out where individuals fit on the scale, working hard to ensure riders arrive at the Rose and Crown at a similar time!!! The five charateristics are as follows; 1) Goat- loves a mountain and handles any slopes up or down well, 2) Feather- doesn’t weigh very much but lacks power, tends to float around on the wind not going up or down at any pace, 3)Rock- heavy, quite an effort pushing up, but once crested get out the way! 4)all rounder- keeps a reasonable pace on all but the steepest of slopes 5)sofa rider- stays home and rotates through poor weather, less important hobbies and other commitments as excuses, when they do go out they get left behind by the goats, feather, rocks and all-rounders.

This is how the equation unfolds: 30 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing: goats-16mph 1hr 52 minutes; feathers- 14.5 mph 2hrs 4 minutes: rocks- 14mph 2hrs 8 minutes; allrounders-15mph 2 hrs: sofa riders- toast, coffee and the Sunday papers.

At Velos Towers we know the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts (not every cycle group has Aristotle quotes in it’s weekly posts) So we welcome goats, feather, rocks, allrounders and even sofa riders looking to get back on two wheels, so come along and enjoy the ride.

10.30 beginners/returners

10am medium ride

10am longer ride

Routes have been wind checked and characteristics applied, so back for a beer and cheesy chips in good time.

Ivinghoe Velos Rides For Sunday 24th March 2024

Three routes to choose from on Sunday all three heading in the same direction. We have a new starters/rejoiners/steady group at 10.30 suitable for anyone to join and feel supported in a group outing and then two options at 10am. The 10am routes cover the same distance however one has Pitstone Hill, Toms Hill, Darrs Lane and Mount Dunsmore on the route and the other one doesn’t but still has a reasonable level of elevation over the ride! So rider can choose to add 450 extra feet of climbing and finish on the same last 10 miles.

10.30 short

10am feeling a bit flatter

10am The hills are alive

Rides start on time at Ivinghoe church entance and return to the village sometime after pub opening time!