This event is one of the national CTC Triennial Veterans (Tri-Vets) rides. Riders who are 50 or older on the day who complete 100K (60 miles) within 12 hours will qualify for a certificate and a memorial badge.
You don't need to be a 'veteran' to join the ride, however. It will be a normal club ride and everyone is welcome to join in. You don't have to complete the 100K either. The route will be a figure of eight. We'll start by going to Bishop's Waltham for elevenses. We'll then head back to Havant for lunch. We'll then go to West Dean for tea finally returning to Havant having achieved 100K. You could, however, treat the first part of the ride as an 'elevenses' ride and not do the West Dean bit.
There is no fee to join the ride - normal ride guidelines apply. We will not be providing any food. We'll stop in Bishop's Waltham for elevenses (we use two coffee shops in particular) and in Havant for lunch where there are several cafés and pubs, as well as picnic possibilities. West Dean Garden Centre is a popular stop for us - offers a wide selection of cakes and beverages.
Note that - as for all our rides - the leader has an absolute right to cancel or defer the ride. We undertake to try to contact all riders if - for example - we have to make changes because of bad weather. In any case, we advise riders to check this page before joining the ride.
We're also running a 100 mile Tri-Vets ride on the same day - better known to us as the Bob Kemp Memorial ride.
About Saturday and Wednesday rides
Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. If you're unable to keep up or have a mechanical problem, someone will be available to help you - although we obviously cannot guarantee to solve all problems.
Riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.
Click either heading below to find out more about Wednesday and Saturday rides:
Wednesday rides are the largest of our rides and can provide a range of options to riders. We often split into multiple groups at the start, for example:
- A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
- A ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop at a moderate pace
- 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
On Wednesdays it is highly likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area from the elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride leader at the start to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.
In addition, some rides split after elevenses to go at different paces or to alternate destinations. These are usually announced during the ride briefing. Please ask if you are unsure about the options available.
Saturday rides are (usually) much smaller than Wednesday rides. As a result they offer fewer options for rides but more flexibility for routes and destinations.
The rides are often shown as 'informal' meaning there is no prescribed ride leader. Unless weather is particularly adverse, however, they always go ahead at the stated time and start point. We try to keep to the suggested elevenses destination to allow for people who want to ride directly there.
The lunch destination does change occasionally but we will always take views of riders into account. In particular, if you join a ride because you think you can manage the distance/hilliness, we would not substitute an alternative if it meant you couldn't join the ride.
If you want to ride with us but only to elevenses and need someone to help you with the route back, please use our general enquiry form to let us know in advance of the ride so we can try to arrange something for you.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.