Every three years, Cycling UK organises a number of triennial veterans' rides. Member groups around the country organise rides where over 50s (and anyone else who wants to join in) seek to ride 100 miles in 12 hours or less.
We will be running both a 100 mile event and a 100 km event. To register for the event, please complete this form.
Tri-Vets rides have been organised by CTC Member Groups since Cycling UK’s 50th anniversary year in 1928. Their aim is to provide a fun ride on lovely, quiet routes through pleasant countryside that is moderately challenging and includes coffee, lunch and tea stops.
Certificates can be awarded to all riders upon successful completion of the ride, and there will, as always, be the opportunity for participants to purchase a commemorative badge and/or date bar in recognition of their achievement. These are ordered through ride organisers and distributed by them after the event. Cycling UK will coordinate with the suppliers to order date bars and badges in bulk once numbers are known – they are not likely to be available for 6-8 weeks after the event. Costs this year are likely to be in the region of £5 for a badge and £3 for a date bar, depending on quantities ordered. Portsmouth CTC will add a further £1.50 to cover postage and packing.
The route is a figure 8 centred on Havant Spring Centre. The first loop is 100 km mainly in West Sussex. The second loop is 60 km in Hampshire. (160 km = 100 miles). It is divided into seven stages, punctuated by refreshment stops.
Stage 1: Havant to West Dean
Rider notes: 33.4 of the easiest, flattest kilometres anywhere (and one third distance for the 100 km group). The route shows us some delightful coast, and peaceful countryside, and gives us the opportunity to sample some of the cycling infrastructure provided by West Sussex County Council which will keep us well away from the traffic surrounding the Goodwood Festival of Speed!
Stage 2: West Dean to Badgers
Rider notes: 19.5 km to lunch at the pub. The valley from Singleton through East Dean to the A285 is peaceful and very scenic. The less peaceful A285 takes us to a fine viewpoint on Duncton Hill from where we descend to Caution! a right turn on the left hand bend at the bottom of the hill. We turn left at Barlavington into a narrow lane where Extra caution! in places the surface rapidly deteriorates to a dangerous state.
Stage 3: Badgers to Havant
Rider notes: 51.3 km of quiet and very quiet lanes just North of the South Downs. Our way over the Downs follows the Butser Cutting, a cycle path Portsmouth CTC campaigned persistently to create. Refreshments back at the Spring!
Stage 4: Havant to Titchfield
Rider notes: A 31.5 km ride through Hampshire lanes, typically rather more open than those in West Sussex. We pause in the delightful village of Titchfield for supplies from the Coop, and public toilets if needed.
Stage 5: Titchfield to Portsmouth Road
Rider notes: Back down to the coast with some fabulous views of the Isle of Wight. After 9.4 km, the Old Ship, near Portsmouth Road, offers some fast food if refuelling is required from a varied menu.
Stage 6: Portsmouth Road to Fareham
Rider notes: Almost the entirety of this 16.1 km section is on off-road cycle paths; a triumph by Gosport council! By the time we get to Fareham we have completed 100 miles, if it's convenient for anybody to end their ride here feel free to do so (but please let the leader know).
Stage 7: Fareham to Havant
Rider notes: The final stage of 14 km climbs Portsdown Hill (for the views) then follows the ridge of the hill before descending back to Havant with 178 km completed. A shorter, flatter, unscenic alternative is available ... we can decide on the day which way to go.
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.