The official opening has two starts:
- 9.30am at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, travelling up the new path to join...
- The start of the official opening parade at 10.10am at Petersfield Station
Click here to see a map in the route library showing new path.
Most people will find their own way to one of the starts but, if you'd like some company, we plan to leave the Spring Centre at 8.15am to join the 9.30am start at QECP. We'll then cycle up to Petersfield to join the parade and cycle back down the path to QECP. We'll then take a different route back to the Spring Centre. We'll stop for coffee and cake somewhere along the route.
We'll be using the Park Lane Bridleway to get to QECP, but (apart from the wooden ramp at the start of the new path) it's tarmac for the rest of the ride.
The ride is, however, weather-dependent so please check back here before the ride if the weather looks bad. In any case, we're likely to be hanging around at various points on the ride so you'll need some layers to keep warm.
About easy rides
Our easy rides are designed to be an introduction to club riding. You needn't be concerned about whether you can manage the pace or distance. The easy rides are leisurely and informal. They go at the pace of the slowest rider. We will not leave you behind. If necessary we will split the ride to ensure everyone enjoys it.
The ride is designed for people of average fitness and is open to everyone. There’s no charge for joining the ride. You’ll be riding for two to three hours with a break in the middle at a tea shop. We’ll be using dedicated cycle tracks and cycle lanes wherever possible. We’ll also be using country lanes and back streets.
Inevitably, though, you will be travelling in traffic for part of the way, so the ride is not suitable for people that are uncomfortable cycling on the road.
Typically we have around a dozen people on the ride.
The easy rides usually start at 9:30. There might be a longer ride starting at 9:15. Let people know you’re waiting for the short ride or you might get a longer trip than you expected!
Cycling is a great way to improve health and well-being, and you’ll find we're a friendly bunch. We’d love to see you.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you.
For more information contact Martine and Andy, the easy ride organisers.