John Rosbottom has stepped forward to lead this ride. Thanks, John.
A round trip of 95 km (59 miles). The route to elevenses in Stedham at km 30 (mile 19) covers some familiar territory climbing the (easy) Southern face of the South Downs. The route to lunch in Petworth at km 52 (mile 32) finds a few more hills. Following lunch we roll to the foot of the South Downs where we climb the (steeper) North face of the Downs, but thereafter the going is a relatively easy cruise back to base in Havant. The total height climbed on the whole ride is 1180 m (3871 ft).
As a test of your local knowledge try matching the peaks on the profile below to the corresponding points on the map above ... (sorry, no prizes).
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Given the length (95 km) and the hilliness (1180 m of climbing, or 12.5 m per km), I've classified this as an 'A' ride.
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Click below to see a detailed map of the route where you can scroll around and zoom in or out; and if you ride with a gpx device the complete route can be downloaded below, then uploaded to your device:
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.