Ryde to Fishbourne 1

  • Starts: Wednesday 15 June 2022 10:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Andy Henderson
  • Supported by: Martine Hebblethwaite
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  • Route grade: C - Moderate route

Address: The Hard, Portsmouth

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We'll be conducting two easy rides to the Isle of Wight on 15th and 29th June. Splitting the ride means we won't overwhelm Pedallers - the lunch stop.

When you book, please specify which date(s) you can make, and which is your preference if you can make both. Note that we might be looking to juggle riders between the dates closer to the time to ensure as many people as possible get to enjoy it - but we'll obviously discuss that with affected people before making any changes.

Please be aware this is not a 'normal' easy ride:

  • It's the Isle of Wight, so the ride will be hillier than normal.
  • If you get into difficulties, it won't be as easy to get you back to Portsmouth
  • The ride will not be especially long, but you will need to consider how you are going to get to and from the ferries, which could add significant distance
  • The Portsmouth Fastcat terminal is being renovated and there are nineteen steps down to the boarding ramp - we'll be able to provide some help, but please be prepared to manhandle your own bike and/or remove heavy panniers

We'll start at the Fastcat ferry terminalNot the car ferry terminal. Please be there in plenty of time to catch the 10.15 sailing - we won't be able to wait for you.

To get to the terminal use the British Rail station entrance behind the bus terminal on the Hard. Turn right and ask to pass through the ticket gates to reach the waiting area. You can buy tickets there on the day, or in advance via the Wightlink web site. Make sure you book Portsmouth to Ryde outgoing and Fishbourne to Portsmouth return (we suggest you book the 3pm sailing - but it will still be valid if we miss it).

We'll be able to have tea on the ferry back from Fishbourne.

Unfortunately, we'll have to take a shorter but busier detour around Seaclose Park because of the IOW festival. We will, however, be able to use a shared cycle path for some of that detour.

Bookings for this ride

Booking is required for this ride. Please let the ride leader know if you want to join. Please do not turn up for the ride unless you've had your booking confirmed or your name appears below.

Bookings recorded for this ride so far (Log in to see rider names):

  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member

To ask to join this ride, please use the 'Contact us about this ride' link above to send an email to the ride leader.

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.

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