Worcester

Long Cycling & Ultra Cycling Groups

General Points for both Groups

Long Cycling & Ultra Cycling Groups

Latest as @ 3rd April 2021
In line with Government guidelines, U3A Cycling Group rides of up to 6 persons may now take place. Each rider must conform to the current Government COVID guidelines, especially in regard to social distancing and their own COVID health and isolate themselves should they come into contact with anyone who has COVID. A programme both Long & Ultra Groups is now published and shown below.

The Group rides restarted on 28th March 2021 following the relaxing of Government COVID 19 restrictions. During the period from the start of lockdowns 1, 2 and 3 up to 28th March 2021 the Groups have been combined and ridden on an adhoc weekly basis. During the Lockdown period's riders would have been riding solo or whatever the prevailing guidelines were in place.

General guidelines for Groups are:
1. The meeting point for both groups is at the café located on Grandstand Road WR1 3EJ (close to the viaduct) on alternate Monday mornings at 9:30 - unless otherwise notified of a different start point/time. The schedule of rides operates the current shortened U3A year from January to August 2021.
2. The groups are open to any U3A member who is of good health and fitness that is capable of cycling a distance of 25 to 45 miles at an average pace of up to 12 mph. If any new members wish to have a trial ride to assist in their decision on which group to join, then they are welcome to join a ride.
3. We sometimes have an "out and about" ride, where we start from a different location away from Worcester. On those occasions you will need to transport your bike to the start - so if you have a bike rack for your car so much the better. If you are able to take more than one bike plus rider, let the nominated ride leader know!
4. Rides are mainly on public roads and the back lanes of Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Members of the group are encouraged to act as ride leaders and to try and explore new routes around Worcester.
5. The rider’s bike must be well maintained and roadworthy with sufficient on-board tools and spares to fix minor jobs, such as a puncture, whilst out and about. The appropriate safety helmet and bright cycling clothing is also considered essential.
6. The Group Leaders will inform members of each Group as to who is the nominated Ride Leader in good time and will be published on the U3A website.
7. We also stop towards the end of the rides for a refreshment break and a natter! The refreshment stop is subject to current COVID guidelines.
8. Each rider must have a mask and hand sanitiser available whilst on the rides.

Long Cycle Group Leader and Contact: Jeff Clayton
Welcome! Our rides are approximately 25-35 miles in length and the pace is 10-12 mph, but we keep together as a group. Occasionally the distance may be as much as 40 miles. The average riders per ride are about 12. These rides alternate with the Ultra Group, however, it would be reasonable to expect that any rider is able to participate in the rides of both groups.

Ultra Cycle Group Leader and Contact: Bob Yuille
Welcome! Our rides are approximately 35 - 45 miles in length and the pace is 12-14 mph, but we keep together as a group. Occasionally the distance may be as much as 50 miles or during the summertime up to 100 miles. The rides will be every fortnight from 28th March 2021 up to the end of August 2021. The average riders per ride are 8! The Ultra Group, are in training for the Ton in Twenty One on 21st June 2021. The plan is for a series of increasing mileage training rides over the preceding months culminating in a 100 mile ride on Mid-Summers Day!

Dates for your Diary
Mon May 10th Ultra Ride Leader - Alex (60 miles)
Mon May 17th Long Ride Leader - Richard A.
Mon May 24th Ultra Ride Leader - David (75 miles)
Mon May 31st Long Ride Leader - Jeff
Mon Jun 7th Ultra Ride Leader - Steve W. (75 miles)
Mon Jun 14th Long Ride Leader - Bill
Mon Jun 21st Ultra Ride Leader - Steve S (100 miles)
Mon Jun 28th Long Ride Leader - Richard D.
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