This is the 12th February ride postponed to Wednesday 19th February. Hopefully, we'll have better weather. Please check this page before joining the ride in case we have to postpone again.
I intend to leave The Spring via Emsworth (Selangor and Victoria Avenues). Then go onto Westbourne via Westbourne Avenue and the cycle path. Then via Woodmancote, Racton and Walderton taking the Monarch`s Way track into Stansted. The return route will be via Westbourne, Hollybush Lane, Southleigh Road then Fourth and Third Avenue. After the railway bridge The Hayling Billy will be followed back to The Spring. The total distance will be no more than 20 miles.
The section between the B2146 and Stansted House - Woodlands Lane (part of the Monarch's way) - is rough but not difficult to cycle. We encountered puddles on last Friday's recce ride, but nothing major. There's no easy way to by-pass this section, unfortunately.
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.