Rides in Jan and Feb
We've published our programme of rides for January and February. We had plenty of sunshine over Christmas but for the new year we are planning our normal mix of shorter rides in anticipation of more typical weather during the depth of winter.
We've made an important change to our "city start" rides on Thursdays. These will continue to depart from Brookside but the start time will change to 9.15am to give more time to reach the coffee stop without having to rush. Our "village start" rides will continue to start at 9.30am.
Our Sunday all-day rides continue with their winter format, heading home after lunch and aiming to get back just before dark. Our Sunday afternoon rides will take place on alternate weekends in January and then return to our normal weekly pattern from February. We still need a few more leaders for our Sunday rides: please contact Rupert if you can volunteer to lead a ride.
Our seniors' rides have now restarted and will continue every Tuesday, whilst our Wednesday evening rides continue once a month on the night closest to full moon. Lastly, our Saturday morning social rides are taking a short winter break, but will restart in the spring.
Rupert writes: We have recently published a set of riding guidelines. These have been specially written for use on our club rides. They give an introduction to the main elements of good group riding, and they are intended to replace some of the older information on the website.
We'd like to invite everyone who rides with us to take a look at these riding guidelines to refresh your understanding of how best to ride in group. Most of you will know the basics, but there are probably a few tips for everyone. Small improvements by everyone should help our groups - and especially the larger groups - ride more safely without spoiling the social interaction that makes our rides so enjoyable.
If you have any questions or comments you are welcome to contact me or any member of the main committee. Contact details are on our contacts page. Rupert Goodings, Runs Secretary
Latest ride reports
19 Jan: Thursday ride to Ickleton and Wimbish
Edward writes: This Thursday we had a trip out to nearby Ickleton for coffee and Wimbish for lunch. This has been a very cold week and this morning was no different but it was also also exhilarating as there was very bright sunshine and no wind, even if the temperature was barely above freezing... (full report)
15 Jan: Sunday afternoon ride to St Ives
Simon writes: With a little trepidation, and a helping of hope that the forecast for dry weather this afternoon might bare a credible resemblance to reality, I set off from my boat at Bates Bite Lock along the tow path to Brookside... (full report)
12 Jan: Thursday ride to Swavesey
Edward writes: Over the last day or so there had been a lot of discussion through the e-mail system as to whether or not today's ride should go ahead. The weather forecast had been pretty dire with a lot of rain predicted from mid-day onward... (full report)
11 Jan: Evening ride to Shepreth
Nigel writes: It had been very windy earlier, but by 6pm conditions had calmed down considerably, allowing our first moonlight ride of 2017 to take place on a breezy but dry evening; quite cloudy but with enough breaks to allow us to enjoy the full moon for much of the time... (full report)
8 Jan: Sunday ride to Saffron Walden and Langley
Nigel writes: I forgot my camera today, so no photos, and I didn't have time to write a ride report. But here's the route we took. We had quite a large group today, with Susan leading the main group and... (full report)
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