Cycling for Fun
|When:||A couple of times a month|
|Notes:||To see details and pictures of recent rides including post-lockdown, click Ride Notes|
|Contact:||Malcolm Muggeridge, Convenor Click the Message icon|
Petersfield u3a Cycling for Fun Group was formed in 2000.
The unlikely concept of a group of “third agers” regularly getting on their bikes to enjoy exercise, the countryside and company has been an outstanding success.
The group has around 40 names “on the books” and rides regularly attract 10 -12 riders. The record is 21. We are social cyclists. We have no pretensions of athleticism. We don’t wear multi coloured lycra. We don’t charge along the roads “head down, bum up”. We potter along at average speeds below 10 mph on rides varying between 15 and 30 miles - stopping for coffee (often) and lunch (always). If the hills are too tough we walk and we always wait for those at the end. Our bikes vary from quality road bikes (and one classy tandem) to “shoppers” (complete with baskets) to pretty well everything in between – including an increasing number electric assist bicycles.
Most years a dozen or more of us have got together for a 3 or 4 days cycling holiday. These have covered places such as the New Forest, the Suffolk/Essex borders, North Kent coastal trails, Isle of Wight, Norfolk and Jersey. That these breaks happen annually is proof of their popularity. We hope we can demonstrate that third age cycling isn’t a pain, it’s FUN.
To help riders we try to give our rides a general broad rating as to distance and difficulty. The ratings are :-
1 = Easy (short, under 15 miles and flat)
2 = Moderate (short/medium, up to 20 miles and or some undulation)
3 = More challenging (longer, up to 25 miles and/or a number of smaller hills)
4 = Strenuous (long ride over 25 miles, possibly up to 35 miles and/or several serious hills)
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you would like to try us send us a message. All you need is access to a bike and be willing to have a good time. The rides are all offered and run by established group members on various days of the week (not just weekends) All contact about rides etc. is by e-mail. There is no restriction on overall group numbers. If a large number book into a ride (not often a problem) we split into smaller groups on the road for safety and to minimise our impact on car drivers.