Bob Kemp Memorial ride

Address: East Street, Havant, P09 1BS

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre web site is here.

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Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: John Rosbottom.

Route information added 19 June. Please scroll down ...

Next Saturday (21 June) is the Longest Day and our regular Saturday club ride is extended by an early start.  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 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 a second breakfast 🙂

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 (160 km) 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), but later in the day there are good eating places in Stockbridge and Alresford. If the weather forecast is sunny bring sun tan cream. Don't forget your water bottle and a basic toolkit.

You don't need to worry that the pace will be too fast as I am still riding in convalescent mode and will be the opposite of fast.  I am seeking volunteers to act as back marker and co-leader. The back marker plays the crucial role of keeping an eye on the back of the group in case of problems and enabling the leader to quickly check the group is still together. The co-leader leads from the front from time to time so that I can drop back to chat to people and check that everybody is happy.  If you would like to volunteer for either of these roles please send me a message using the 'Member Services' tab above, or just phone me.

We really do want to encourage everybody, and especially beginners, to enjoy a longer ride, so set your alarm for an early start on Saturday and make the most of the day before the nights start drawing in again on Sunday.

Route details added 19 June:


The profile shows the ride is not hilly, although there is more climbing in the second half. (You might get a clearer image if you click on the profile.)


This is the route followed by Dave Culverwell in 2011.  If you want to see more detail click on the map image above to link to the mapometer web site where you can zoom and scroll around the route. The plan for Saturday is to go the same way as Dave's 2011 ride, and follow the same pattern.

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. (Please let me 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.

We'll stop for a picnic snack somewhere, and have second breakfast at Salisbury Tesco which provides a good variety of food at reasonable prices - but bring a good lock as our bikes will be unsupervised. Lunch in Stockbridge is bring your own, or use one of the pubs or cafes. The tea stop in Alresford offers a good variety of possiblities, but I know where I'll be going!

The aim is to get back to Havant around 5pm, so a full 12 hours well spent 🙂

About Saturday and Wednesday rides

Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. Average speed is 11-12 mph; if you're slower, someone will wait for you.

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.

4 thoughts on “Bob Kemp Memorial ride

  1. Hi John,
    Good to hear you are back in the saddle even if it is 'convalescence mode'. Happy to be either co-leader or back marker.

  2. Hi John,

    If I can manage to get up, I quite fancy having a go at this.
    Is there any SRS?
    Just so I've an idea which bike to bring.

    1. An early start is a Good Thing.
      There is no rough stuff so my advice is to use whatever bike you will enjoy the most. It'll be good if you can join us ... conditions should be perfect for a long, easy paced ride 🙂

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