This will be a hillier ride than our normal easy rides. We have, however, chosen a route that includes a long section along a (flat) cycle track alongside the Medina. We'll also take our time so - if you need to push up a hill - it won't be a problem.
The ride will be weather dependent. We'll go only if the weather is good enough. Please check this page before joining the ride.
We'll meet at the car ferry terminal in Portsmouth to catch the 10:00 ferry. Please be there by 9:30 to allow time for buying tickets and boarding.
We'll have 'elevenses' on the way over.
We'll make our way via National Cycle Route 22 - a mix of roads and cycle paths - from Fishbourne to Newport. We'll then follow the cycle path all the way along the west bank of the Medina to Cowes where we'll stop for lunch. We'll use the ferry to cross the Medina and work our way back to Fishbourne using the coastal path.
We'll be following a similar route to the one we took last year (which you can see here) but we'll make use of a new cycle path discovered by Ian Hewitt which avoids the busy road to Newport. We'll have lunch before crossing the chain ferry at Cowes.
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 start at 9:30. There will 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.