All our ride groups are mixed gender, the individual group details are :
Hastings Group - Thursday
We usually meet at 10.30 on the Old Ettington Road in Wellesbourne, next to the playing fields and adjacent to the Co-op and ride for about 40 to 45 miles, usually getting back to The Stags Head before 15.00.
We always have a lunch stop and this can be taken at various venues at about the half way point of the ride, or at The Stag’s Head if we do a (sort of!) figure of eight route.This latter "figure of eight" option giving those that only want to ride about 20 to 25 miles (or just half the day) the opportunity to do so.
If the group gets split up for any reason (on hill climbs, for instance), then we wait and regroup accordingly, so that nobody ever gets left behind.
Key characteristics of the HASTINGS ride are two abreast close formation riding when road conditions allow and the inclusion of some challenging hill climbs on some of the routes. For guidance speeds usually average between 14 and 17 mph and we leave it to the discretion of the individual member as to whether they believe they can achieve this.
Dene Group - Thursday
We usually meet at 10.30 on the Old Ettington Road in Wellesbourne, next to the playing fields and adjacent to the Co-op, the same start time and location as the Hastings Group and the Mountford Group.
As with all our groups if the group gets split up for any reason (on hill climbs, for instance), then we wait and regroup accordingly, so that nobody ever gets left behind. The rides include a stop for coffee (and cake).
Distance: Maximum 35 miles typically at speeds of between 12 and 15 mph.
Mountford Group - Thursday
Our MOUNTFORD group have the same start time and start point as the HASTINGS and DENE groups, but tend to complete a maximum of 20 to 25 miles. The pace is more relaxed – maybe between 10 and 13 mph and, whilst there are a few hills included in the routes, they are generally not as challenging as those of the other groups and, similarly, nobody gets left behind.
There is an element of two abreast formation riding, but probably not as much as with the HASTINGS group. When the HASTINGS group take lunch at The Stag’s Head, the ride distances/speeds usually equate to both our Thursday groups having the opportunity to take lunch together at The Stag’s Head. When the HASTINGS group are doing a route which involves a lunch stop at the extremity of the ride rather than The Stag’s Head, then the MOUNTFORD group usually take a coffee break en-route outside of Wellesbourne.
Club Ride - Sunday
Meet time is 09.00 on the Old Ettington Road in Wellesbourne, and the ride characteristics are very similar to those of the HASTINGS group. The CLUB ride has a coffee stop rather than lunch and this is usually taken at about the halfway point of the ride.
The earlier start time, and the shorter break allows Sunday Club riders to be back in Wellesbourne about lunchtime. The length, type of route, and riding style is similar to Hastings and we usually average between 14 and 17 mph. The routes chosen are broadly based on those from the rides library. However Ride Leaders often add new rides to the current ride library list. The Ride Leader and group will often jointly agree to modify a route (eg lengthen or shorten) during the ride if everyone is happy.
The group consists of male and female riders and we look forward to welcoming any newcomers who want to be with us as guest riders for the day.
Sunday Casual Ride - Sunday
The Sunday Casual Ride rides start from the Old Ettington Road in Wellesbourne, at 9.30 and will normally include a cafe/coffee stop about half-way. Distance is typically 20 to 30 miles at an average speed of between 11 and 13 mph. Check the Events Calendar for the route chosen and the ride leader.
Tuesday Evening Ride
The Tuesday evening ride is a weekly event starting at 6.30pm from the Old Ettington Road. During the warmer months especially, it is very popular and the ride can split into three or even four different sub-groups depending on the requirements of the riders. All subgroups aim to return to the Stags Head for a post ride gathering.
DETAILS FOR ALL RIDES ARE LISTED IN THE EVENTS CALENDAR
It is a requirement for all riders to be members of the club, however new riders may ride on two days only on an organised club ride as a "guest rider" (a form to complete, before riding, is in the Library section) - if they wish to ride again then it is necessary to join the club at the full annual price. The wearing of an approved cycle helmet is mandatory for all club rides and it is expected that each rider carries with them an "In case of Emergency (ICE)" card or equivalent.