The Cycle Club has been going strong throughout the winter for some of us hardier souls but as the weather starts to improve we invite new people to join us on our Saturday morning rides.
We set off from outside the gym at 9.00 and usually ride a 20 mile circuit getting back about 11.30.
The rides are tailored to those who come along. We stop at all junctions so no-one gets lost and ride at a pace which allows the more experienced cyclists to stretch their legs whilst the slower riders can also keep in touch.
We have been cycling together since 2007 – you can see pictures of some of our rides by clicking here
We also take part in charity rides and sportives throughout the year for those who enjoy a longer ride and will advertise these here. At the moment we have the following planned:
Sunday 29 March 2015 British Heart Foundation
Setting off from Kempton Park Race course, this 40 mile route will take you through the outer fringes of London into the beautiful countryside and open roads until you reach Christchurch Meadows in the heart of the bustling town of Reading. Entry is £15.
Sunday May 17th 2015 – Michael Sobell Hospice Bike ride
The 33 mile route will start and finish at the hospice in Northwood and takes riders through Amersham, Bovingdon and Hemel Hempstead.
Entry fee is £15 by Friday 8th May; £20 thereafter or on the day. The route will be signposted and marshalled where possible. There will also be a water stop and comfort break location en route.
Any questions please speak to Pam, Linda, Len (email below) or ask at reception
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An estimated 50,000 cyclists took to the streets of London after some of its most famous – and most busy – streets were closed to cars and lorries. The second Prudential RideLondon event saw people of all ages ride around a ten-mile circuit that took in some of the capital’s top landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Find out more here
Len, Linda Pam and Matilda joined a guided ride into London from Ickenham, along the A40 cycle path and then via the canal path to Paddingon, through Hyde and Green parks to the entry point on the Mall. 16 miles into London (mainly canal path), 10 miles around London, and 16 miles back. Weather was good and it was a nice leisurely ride after the Woodcote ride the previous week
You can view the route we took by clicking here and look at the photos here (in folder Prudential Freecycle 2014)
We are still out every Saturday for our 20 miles circular route around Uxbridge and hope to do Oxford and back in September
This was a varied ride along the Thames Valley, through the Goring Gap and up into the south Chilterns! The route takes you from intricate lanes and steep, wooded Thames side climbs, to the broad, open sweeps below the Oxfordshire Ridgeway. Variously fast & flowing with some steep climbs, but always scenic. All in all a very rewarding ride on a warm summers day.
Len,Pam,Linda,Stuart,Steve,Lian & Matilda all completed this sportive – Len and Steve doing the 88 miles and everyone else the 57 miles.
You can view the route we took by clicking here and look at the photos here (in folder Woodcote 2014)
Organised rides we are looking into include the Chiltern Classic Sportive on June 28, Woodcote Chilterns Classic on Aug 3rd, Prudential Ride London FreeCycle on Aug 9th as well as our own London to Oxford Ride in September.
With the evenings getting lighter we will be restarting the Wednesday evening rides on May 14th 2014 (18.00-20.30). These are in addition to the regular Saturday morning rides (9.00-12.00). These evening rides are generally shorter than the Saturday rides and ideal for those who want an easier ride to get started. Ask at reception for details or just turn up at 18.00.
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This was our 4th year doing this ride and we had a new 35 mile route taking us from Mount Vernon through Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, up to Bovingdon and Hemel Hempstead before returning via Saratt and Croxley Green. A shorter but more challenging ride with a few steep climbs to get the heart pumping. It started a bit wet (and I got a puncture) but the rain held off and the wind was manageable. Len, Pam, Linda, Steve, Nicki, Stuart and Liam all took part and enjoyed the challenge
You can view the route we took by clicking here and look at the photos here (in folder Mount Vernon 2014)
Pam, Nicki, and Janet took their first ride for Sports Relief from the Lee Valley Velopark through Wanstead Park, Chigwell out to Brentwood and back via Romford to the VeloPark covering 50 miles in all. Look at the photos here (in folder Sports Relief 2014)