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. If you're unable to keep up or have a mechanical problem, someone will be available to help you - although we obviously cannot guarantee to solve all problems.
Riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.
Click either heading below to find out more about Wednesday and Saturday rides:
Wednesday rides are the largest of our rides and can provide a range of options to riders. We often split into multiple groups at the start, for example:
- A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
- A ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop at a moderate pace
- 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
On Wednesdays it is highly likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area from the elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride leader at the start to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.
In addition, some rides split after elevenses to go at different paces or to alternate destinations. These are usually announced during the ride briefing. Please ask if you are unsure about the options available.
Saturday rides are (usually) much smaller than Wednesday rides. As a result they offer fewer options for rides but more flexibility for routes and destinations.
The rides are often shown as 'informal' meaning there is no prescribed ride leader. Unless weather is particularly adverse, however, they always go ahead at the stated time and start point. We try to keep to the suggested elevenses destination to allow for people who want to ride directly there.
The lunch destination does change occasionally but we will always take views of riders into account. In particular, if you join a ride because you think you can manage the distance/hilliness, we would not substitute an alternative if it meant you couldn't join the ride.
If you want to ride with us but only to elevenses and need someone to help you with the route back, please use our general enquiry form to let us know in advance of the ride so we can try to arrange something for you.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.