John Rosbottom has stepped forward to lead this ride. Thanks, John.
We start at the Spring Centre, Havant, at 09h15, beginning with a ride along the Northern shore of Langstone Harbour. When we reach Portsea Island we head North over the flank of Portsdown Hill, then down the other side to join the Purbrook Heath road to Denmead, continuing through quiet lanes to elevenses at Bishops Waltham having completed 32 km (or 20 miles).
Andy will lead a slower group on a more direct route to BW to meet up with John's group.
After elevenses we leave Bishops Waltham to climb Sailors Lane, one of the nicest climbs in the area that takes us (almost) to the top of Beacon Hill from where we freewheel down to Cheriton, enjoy a quiet diversion around Tichborne and the watercress beds before arriving for lunch in New Alresford with 53 km (33 miles) covered.
After lunch it is more lanes through Brockwood Park to West Meon, followed by the ascent of Old Winchester Hill and some typical Hampshire ridge riding with long views to North and South, before we drop off the ridge through Chidden and Lovedean, heading back to Havant by way of the cycle track through Leigh Park. Our day out Havant to Havant will be around 89 km (55 miles).
Profile and statistics:
moderately hilly out, hilly back (click to enlarge)
About Saturday and Wednesday rides
Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. Average speed is 11-
If you'd prefer not to do the full day ride, you're welcome to join us as far as the elevenses stop and come back from there. Please make sure the ride leader knows that's what you intend to do so we can make sure someone is available to come back with you.
Larger rides split into multiple groups:
- A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
- The rest of the main ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop
- An elevenses ride comprised of riders going only to elevenses; the elevenses ride will have its own ride leader and might go to a different destination if the route to the main elevenses destination is long and/or hilly
The rides are informal and riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you.