This year our traditional Bob Kemp Memorial ride - 100 miles plus via Salisbury - will also be part of the Cycling UK Tri-Vets Rides 2016. The ride is open to anyone, but those who are 50 or over on the date of the ride will qualify for a certificate, brooch and date bar (which have to be purchased from Cycling UK) if they complete 100 miles in 12 hours. There is no fee to join our ride (the CTC web site incorrectly shows a cost of £15).
To read more about Cycling UK's triennial 100 mile rides for veterans see Cycling UK Tri-Vets Rides 2016.
The Bob Kemp Memorial ride is an imperial century that is intended (like all our rides) to be a fun day out and to provide riders who may not have ridden 100 miles in a day with an opportunity to sample long distance cycling on a well-supported and relatively easy ride. The actual distance depends on where you start and where you leave the ride. The distance from Havant to Havant is about 115 miles. This enables us to visit some great places following a lovely route, and to accommodate two start points in Havant and Wickham.
Because of the tri-vets connection we need to pay more attention to time than usual. We will keep track of timing as follows:
- Meet at the Spring Centre Havant at 5am. John will take a register of those wishing to ride as tri-vets.
- Depart at 05h15. Start the stopwatch!
- 06h10(ish). We shall stop for 5 minutes at the public toilets in Station Road, Wickham (about 17km or 1 hour from Havant) so that more westerley based riders can join us without having to trek to Havant for the 5am start. Anybody wishing to ride as a tri-vet let John know; John will add them to a second register.
- Depart Wickham at 06h15. Start a second stopwatch!! Note that Wickham starters must finish in Havant to record 100 miles.
- The next stop will be breakfast in Salisbury at around 09h30.
- When 12 hours comes up on the stopwatch(es), and provided we have covered 100 miles, tri-vets riders still present will be noted, and subsequently notified to Cycling UK.
If you enjoy typical club rides of around 80 to 100 km and feel OK at the finish then there is no doubt you are capable of managing a 100 mile ride. The finish will be late afternoon as usual. Bring a bit of food as there are few eating opportunities on the way out to Salisbury (especially at the time we will be riding). If the weather forecast is sunny bring sun tan cream. It's very important to bring a water bottle, basic toolkit and at least one spare inner tube. But the most important thing of all is to be comfortable on whatever bike you use.
You don't need to worry that the pace will be too fast; the ride is more about energy conservation than speed. The toughest part of the ride is towards the end when people start to feel tired, so taking it steady is important. We will be off the bikes for around 2.5 hours, so the 100 miles in 12 hours challenge amounts to a riding time of 9.5 hours, or an average riding speed of around 10.5 mph or 17 km/h.
Just so you know what you are letting yourself in for, the ride to Salisbury is flat(ish). However we will find some hills on the way home making the ride overall a hilly one.
In metric units the ride is about 185 km with approximately 2028m of climbing which is an average climb of 10.9 m/km. However we all know that hills come in lumps and not as a steady rate of climb. The profile illustrates the point (click to enlarge):
Salisbury itself is just under 50 miles / 80km, so you can see most of the hills are after second breakfast. Here is the complete route:
Because of the tri-vets connection John will do his best to ensure that tri-vets riders will complete 100 miles within 12 hours. Riders unable to keep up, or having a lengthy mechanical delay, will be looked after by our co-leader Phil Beed whose job is to guide stragglers and strugglers around the route. This isn't to say that Phil's group will not achieve 100 miles in 12 hours, but this will be less likely.
The 5am start at the Spring Centre in Havant means we will enjoy some exceptionally quiet roads for the first few hours and will arrive in Salisbury in time for the traditional cooked breakfast.
There is no fee to join the ride - normal ride guidelines apply. We will not be providing any food. We'll stop in Stockbridge for lunch where there are several cafés and pubs, as well as picnic possibilities. We'll have other top-up stops all the way round, including a tea stop.
Please let us know if you plan to join us in Wickham so I can watch out for you. Other nodal points for even more Westerley riders are the bridge on Poles Lane under the M3 (37km / 2 hours), or Hursley village (43km / 2h20m from Havant), although we won't be stopping here and riders joining so late in the ride will not be eligible for the tri-vet qualification. Again if you would like to join at one of these points let us know.
Note that - as for all our rides - the leader has an absolute right to cancel or defer the ride. We undertake to try to contact all riders if - for example - we have to make changes because of bad weather. In any case, we advise riders to check this page before joining the ride.
We're also running a 100km Tri-Vets ride on the same day (with a significantly later start time).
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.