Final Final : 2 April - the links below to the map and gpx download have been updated to show the revised route.
Final : The coffee venue at Stedham has (this morning, 1 April) demanded prepayment of £4.95 per person. This isn't practical, and is moreover a very bad precedent. Accordingly the elevenses venue is NOT STEDHAM. We shall divert to Trotton, which is nearby.
Stop press: We've been asked to let the coffee stop know the number of riders requiring refuelling with coffee and cake. To make it easier for you to let me know, I've produced an online form. Please fill it in before the end of Sunday (31 March) and I will let them know on Monday, then delete the form and it's associated data. Your enjoying the ride is more important than your filling in the form, but the more people who complete the form the more accurate will be our estimate of numbers ... Thanks.
The ride to elevenses climbs the South face of the South Downs (the gentler side - see profile below) to Trotton, at km 29. After elevenses we follow quiet lanes to lunch in Petworth at km 52. The return route follows rolling terrain by way of East Dean and Lavant, then heads back to Havant at km 96 on flat roads.
The whole ride climbs (and descends) 1223 m in 96 km, which qualifies it as officially 'hilly'.
About Saturday and Wednesday rides
Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. Average speed is 11-
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.