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HAMBLE CYCLE GROUP 20/21 WINTER PROGRAMME

COVID CAVEAT

Please adhere to the latest Government Guidelines regarding Covid & Cycling. It looks like we are good to go pretty much as normal for 2022.

1.  WAKE UP WEDNESDAYS

Every Wednesday morning – we meet with bicycles at the ready in the Hamble Village car park (across from the Co-op by 09.00am ready to depart on the NETLEY /WOOLSTON CIRCUIT (approximately 10 miles, just over 1 hour).

 

For those highly tuned athletes who want a longer ride start at the same time in the same place and see what is on offer. There are likely to be advocates for the BOTLEY CIRCUIT (approximately 18 miles, about an hour & 45 mins).

Any serviceable bike will do. It is the same circuit for all each week, just do it at your own pace. Afterwards meet back at Jenny’s Café on Hamble High Street for socially distant gathering & refreshments.

 

2. THE MONTHLY WORKOUT

 

Every month from OCTOBER to MARCH - generally on the 3rd Sunday of the month we go “off piste” 

This involves driving with bike to a designated meeting point from where we do a cycle circuit, (start in the same place – finish in the same place).

Get there under your own steam or share lifts. Meet at the rendezvous point between 10.00 – 10.15am. Give yourself time to prepare your self and your bike. Rides will start at 10.30am on the designated day.

Rides are approximately 20 miles and normally take 2- 2.5 hours on easy, sometimes slightly undulating minor roads in fabulous countryside.

Afterwards we go to a pub or café for lunch & refreshments. (Covid regulations apply)

2022 dates are:

Sun 23rd Jan 2022      The Test Valley & The Wallop Brook OYB11 (22 miles) - meet The Boot Inn, Houghton, Stocksbridge

Sun 20th Feb 2022      The Living Forest OYB3 (18 miles) - meet at the "Trusty Servent Pub," Minstead, Lyndhurst

Sun 20th Mar 2022      The Heart of Hampshire OYB14 (21 miles) - meet at the "The Watership Down, Freefolk, Whitchurch

3.  THE BIG EASY CHALLENGE

Every year, around Easter, we plan a big easy Challenge, A 3 -5 day “away trip” involving transport, accommodation and social activities.

In 2018 we did The Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive”

In 2019 we did “Hamble to Bristol” 

In 2020 we were set to do “Le Tour”  a 5 day circular cycle from Hamble to Hamble via The French Normandy Beaches – this has been postponed due to Coronavirus, and is to be resurrected at a later date.​

In 2021 we were planning to resurrect "Le Tour". However, Covid prevented this due to quarantining etc. 

Eventually, 2022 Looks to be going ahead!!!!!! with the 6 Ferries Ride (Hamble to Hamble via the Isle of Wight) A 3 day "Road Trip" from Tuesday 5th April to Thursday 7th April 2022 with stop overs in Yarmouth and Ryde. Book early as this is likely to be fully subscribed.

4.  GROUP BLOGS

It is your turn to tell us what you have been up to on your bike this year. If you would like to write a blog on your adventures then get in touch with Pete who can give you the site log in.

Topics for 2022 so far include:

  1. 250 mile Family ride from London to Paris, learn about the route, the team and the logistics for putting together this ride.

  2. 6 Ferries Ride. This years "challenge" - on the road again.

5.  BIKE PARTY

Every November to kick start the winter programme we have our annual "Bike Party" fundraiser charity dinner. Not to be missed. Crazy prizes, Tall tales, Photo gallery, Big challenge announcement, Lots of fun & frolics. (Now there's a Covid challenge....Watch this space).