|Brian Mahony||01600 860199|
*WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE RESUMED OUR GROUP RIDES*
SEE BELOW FOR OUR PROGRAMME
If you are interested in joining this friendly sociable group please contact the convener to obtain further information and to register your interest.
For our main group ride programme, we usually meet on the second Friday of the month, commencing in March through to November (weather permitting). We are also trialling some shorter, easier paced rides which will generally be on the fourth Friday of the month. We may arrange a few rides over the winter but these will be ad hoc and weather dependent so please keep an eye on the web page and your emails for updates. Over the last 3 years we have undertaken a long weekend ride - completing the Devon Coast to Coast route in 2017, the Radnor Ring in 2018, and the eastern half of the West Country Way in 2019.
Where possible the rides will use dedicated cycle paths or quiet country lanes around our local area but will also venture further afield. If you require any further information on the planned rides please contact the convener or leader. A lunch stop is made - either a picnic or at a cafe or pub. The group meets at the start point of the ride.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR COVID-19
There will be a limit to the numbers on any ride - Fifteen for a ride wholly in Wales, and riding in well separated groups of six for a ride in England. Members wishing to join a group ride must contact the Convener (Brian Mahony) by 6pm on the Wednesday prior to the ride to let him know. Places on a ride will be allocated on a "first come first served basis". Please do not turn up on the day without having done so.
Cyclists must read and use the Activity Risk Assessment Checklist. This Checklist will be emailed to all Cycling Group members signing up to join a group ride and everyone must read it prior to the ride and follow the rules it contains when we are out. See here for the latest version. Risk Assessment Cycling
It is strongly recommended that cycle helmets be worn on our group rides
Click here to see 2019 Cycling Group Photos Archive
Click here to see 2020 Cycling Group Photos Archive
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
|23 October||Circuit from Chepstow to Elberton, Alveston, Tockington, Almondsbury, Easter Compton, Pilning, Olveston and Redhill. Three groups of up to six riders. Mostly on minor roads. Meet for a 10.00am or 10.30am start at the Bulwark car park (free) on Tenby Lane, on the road which runs off the roundabout to the left of Tesco (GR ST 540 916). Bring your own food and drink. Further details from Barry (01291 625754).||25 miles||Barry|
|23 October||Avon Gorge Ride. Bristol Portway, Avon Gorge, Floating Harbour, Harbourside, SS Great Britain, River Avon Trail, Pill and Avonmouth Bridge. One group of up to six riders. Slower paced flat ride mostly on cycle tracks. Meet for an 11.00am start at Bristol Portway Park & Ride, Shirehampton, BS11 9QE. Café lunch at Bristol Harbourside. Further details from Nicky (01600 869016).||18 miles||Nicky|
|13 November||Wentwood area - all in Wales. Up to fifteen riders. Further details to follow||Brian D|
RECENT GROUP RIDES
|9 October||Monnow and Trothy Valley Loop. A damp start for our two groups to set off across Vauxhall Fields and over the Monnow on the metal bridge for a delightful few miles along the river to cross it again at the old Tregate Bridge where we took our coffee stop. Our leaders had told us there were some challenging climbs and this was where they began! Rewarded with wonderful views, we tackled ups and downs in quick succession through Maypole, Llanvihangel Ystern-Llewern and Penrhos to Dingestow. A perfect spot for a socially distanced lunch with the two groups meeting up for hot drinks and home baking at the Village Store Cafe. Two final climbs and a long downhill on the return through Wonastow to Monmouth. An excellent ride with good company and a real sense of achievement||21 miles/2100ft ascent||8+6||Nigel & Maggie Brian M|
|9 October||An easy route from Pwllmeyric to Caldicot with coffee sheltering from the rain in the tunnel under the M48. On through the Gwent Levels (keeping out of the Newport Lockdown area) and Undy for lunch in Magor village square and back to the start via Caerwent.||21 miles/650ft ascent||9||Derek|
|25 September||A cool, bright and blustery day for two groups to set off, 30 minutes apart, from Walford towards Ross. Negotiated the busy streets and then began a loop around the valley of the Wye to the north of the town. From Hill of Eaton descended steeply to Hole in the Wall and the river where one group took a coffee stop at the Foy Suspension Bridge. On past the ancient Fawley Court and Common to Sellack Boat and a lunch stop at Kings Caple Church. Across the Wye at Hoarwithy, then an up and down route via Picts Cross and Baysham back to Ross and Walford. An excellent day’s ride!||25 miles/1900ft ascent||6+6||Christine Brian M|
|25 September||From Chepstow to Olveston, Pilning Station, Easter Compton and Severn Beach (lunch stop). Windy over bridge on return.||20 miles/700ft ascent||4||Nicky|
|11 September||A dry day at last! From Ashton Court, out through Leigh Woods past Abbot's Pond which was closed following a rave, so a detour through the woods on a rough track for our coffee stop, Then up to Lower Failand Church and Portbury, along the Sheepway to Portishead for a picnic lunch by the marina, overlooking the Severn Estuary. Returned to Ashton Court via the vast Avonmouth car storage area to Pill and by the Portway under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.||23 miles/1000ft ascent||18||Pam & Tony Dave A|
|14 August||A cool and cloudy start for our first ride after lockdown. We began from Tintern with a long climb up to our coffee stop on Beacon Hill. Off road through the Trellech Common forest to New Mills and then up to Penallt where the rain began. Up and down to Penallt Old Church for lunch, grateful for the shelter of the church porch and lytch gate as the rain poured down. A wet return past Humble's Farm to the Peckett Stone, Trellech Common, Trellech and a fast descent of the Angiddy Valley back to Tintern. Enjoyed by all, despite the rain||21 miles/2300ft ascent||9||Dave A Brian M|
|14 August||Our alternative restart ride. A leisurely route from Pwllmeyric to Caldicot, Undy, Magor, Carrow Hill and Caerwent (lunch stop). Rain on the return leg.||19 miles/450ft ascent||5||Derek|
|13 March||A cool, but mostly bright, day for our first ride of the season in the Forest of Dean. We set out from Coleford on the cycle trail to Parkend, then up to Beechenhurst for a coffee stop sitting outside in the sun. Around the north of the forest and through the Cinderford Linear Park before climbing up to Staple Edge and a long downhill stretch to Mallards Pike and on to The Rising Sun at Moseley Green for lunch. Returned on the Family Cycle Trail to Parkend and the final climb back up to Coleford.||26 miles/1950ft ascent||13||Brian M|
INDIVIDUAL RIDES - March to August 2020
Due to Covid restrictions, we did not meet up as a group between mid March and mid August 2020. Instead, we shared stories and photographs of 82 independent rides, to keep in touch and to keep motivated.
Click here to see the Video Montage: Friday Cycling 2017
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.