Author Archives: Duncan Robertson

Club Rides Suspended – 5th January 2021

Due to the latest lockdown, cycling group rides are now suspended nationally.

The club has received an email from British Cycling with the current advice.

Link to full BC FAQ's here; https://updates-britishcycling.org.uk/480K-ZJ26-URMIV-TDZ2D-1/c.aspx

Below is an extract from British Cycling's email;

How can I continue to ride?

Under the new restrictions you are permitted to cycle, and we would encourage you to do so, while following these rules:

  • You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
  • Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient.
  • Leave the house to exercise only once each day.
  • Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (ie. no spitting, use a tissue).
  • You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of leisure (such as a picnic or a coffee break).
  • You can travel a short distance within your area to exercise if necessary (ie. to access an open space).

Under the new restrictions, elite sport and organised outdoor sport for disabled people are both exempt. However, due to restrictions on facility access organised activity for disabled riders will be limited by the availability of a suitable location for it to take place.

What do you mean by local?

We know many of you will want to know what is meant by 'staying local'. The Government’s definition of this is stated as ‘your village, town or the part of a city where you live’.  

We understand that this definition is particularly restrictive for cycling, and we are working to seek further clarification on this. We will provide a further update as soon as we are able.

In the meantime, we recommend that you follow the advice to stay local, ride well within your ability and ensure that you are self-sufficient.

Saturday Club Ride – 2nd January 2021

Here is the route for this weeks Saturday club ride.

51.2 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

Meet up at 8:30am, outside Priory School.

Social distancing groups if necessary.

Please note. If there is an ice warning for the day we may need to cancel.

 

Total distance: 31.84 mi
Max elevation: 66 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 515 ft
Total descent: -515 ft
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Saturday Club Ride : 19th December 2020

Here is the selected route for this week.

It's predicted to be dry but a bit breezy. The outbound half being in the mould of Dutch Hills. The return leg should be quicker though.

With Pill Rd probably being properly closed at the moment. The route takes in a short section of the A38, which hopefully won't be that busy on a Saturday morning.

Meet up at 8:30am, outside Priory School

Rule of six, etc.

52.0 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

Total distance: 32.35 mi
Max elevation: 66 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 522 ft
Total descent: -522 ft
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Wednesday Evening Club Ride : 16th December 2020

Here is the suggested route for this weeks Wednesday ride, courtesy of Russell M.

The route takes in a couple of small hillocks, not often used by the club. So, come out and enjoy some new climbs (sadly in the dark). Also, enjoy the silence that is currently the norm around the airport.

57.7 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

There might be a small wrinkle on the route somewhere near the first slope, but I will leave that in for interest.

Meet up at 6pm, outside Priory School.

Total distance: 35.88 mi
Max elevation: 656 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 2060 ft
Total descent: -2060 ft
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Saturday Club Ride : 12 Dec 2020

Here is the route for this week's Saturday morning club ride.

Weather forecast is dry and breezy; warmer than recent days but at 8 degrees C, it's not exactly going to be warm still.

There was some road works going on at Lower Langford, but we should be able to walk through if they haven't finished.

Meet up at Priory School, 8:30am.

47.9 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

Total distance: 29.77 mi
Max elevation: 177 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 948 ft
Total descent: -951 ft
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Saturday Club Ride : 5th December 2020

Although the weather is a bit of a coin flip regarding possible rain, here's the suggested route for this week's return to Saturday club rides.

Meet up at 8:30 am, outside Priory School.

https://www.strava.com/routes/2729009969858498446

Rule of six etc.

Total distance: 31.84 mi
Max elevation: 66 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 515 ft
Total descent: -515 ft
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Saturday Club Ride ?!


I've been paying attention to the weather forecast for this Saturday.


It has been getting steadily worse.


Currently it is forecast for 20+MPH winds gusting to close to 40MPH, and a coin-flip whether it will also be raining.


As I generally use 20MPH as a threshold, I'm not proposing to post a ride for this Saturday - given it's supposed to encourage newcomers to turn out and provide an easier ride for the less strong/fit members.


If anyone fancies leading a ride, please let me know by Friday afternoon , so I can post the route etc.

Saturday Club Ride : 17th October 2020

Here is the route fort this week.

Meet up at 8:30, outside Priory School

https://www.strava.com/routes/2751692188734126936

 

Total distance: 31.84 mi
Max elevation: 66 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 515 ft
Total descent: -515 ft
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Usual ride arrangements, please bring route if you have the tech.

There is a possible road closure on Vole Rd, coming back from Mark, but I was able to ride through the road works a couple of days ago. There is an alternative we can take if necessary.

Non-members please read below...

Saturday Club Ride : 10th October 2020

Although the is some breeze expected, it is forecast to be dry this week.

The route chosen is aimed at minimising head winds on the way around.

Meet up at 8:30am, outside Priory School.

https://www.strava.com/routes/2749524512732271316

Total distance: 30.96 mi
Max elevation: 148 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 889 ft
Total descent: -886 ft
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