HAMBLE CYCLE GROUP 20/21 WINTER PROGRAMME
Please adhere to the latest Government Guidelines regarding Covid & Cycling. This is the latest extract from Cycling UK's guidelines to their members.
"Our advice in England is that group rides in England should be restricted to a maximum of six participants. However, multiple groups of six are permissible, as long as these groups do not come into contact with one another".
From Monday 14th September cyclists can meet and ride in groups of up to 6, respecting social distancing.
Stops for coffee, lunch etc can be done outside in groups of up to 6, respecting social distancing.
Overnight stays would need to be organised individually.
If take up for events exceeds these numbers which is likely then we will have to split groups and remain separate.
Probably the best way to manage this in practice is for individuals to organise their own groups of up to 6 and to carry out the various rides including Wake up Wednesdays in their own time. The important thing is to Keeeeeep Cycling!
Let's hope we can get back to group stuff soon. As soon as we have changes they will be published here.
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 1st Saturday 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)
20/21 dates are:
Sat 3rd Oct 2020 Across the Avon to Rockbourne & Damerham OYB1 (20 miles) - meet Fordingbridge Long-stay car park
Sat 7th Nov 2020 In the Hampshire Highlands OYB12 (22 miles) - meet Hurstbourne Tarrant parish car park
Sat 5th Dec 2020 Away from it all - North of Romsey OYB10 (20 miles) - meet Horsebridge car park, nr. King's Somborne
Sat 2nd Jan 2021 Where Romans Trod OYB20 (22 miles) - meet at large car park at Silchester Roman town
Sat 6th Feb 2021 The Living Forest OYB3 (18 miles) - meet Swan Green car park, Emery Down, Lyndhurst
Sat 6th Mar 2021 The Test Valley & The Wallop Brook OYB11 (22 miles) - meet Waitrose Cafe, Longstock, Stocksbridge
3. THE BIG EASY CHALLENGE
Every year, around Easter (1st to 6th April 2021), 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 are planning to resurrect "Le Tour". However it is possible that Covid may prevent this due to quarantining etc. In that event a "Plan B" in the UK will be proposed nearer the time.
4. OFF- ROAD MUD & BUMPS
Tim Gabriel is putting together a series of off - road rides for the mud & bump enthusiasts, which put together form the 210 mile King Alfreds Way KAW. This is not for beginners as some of the route will be quite challenging (& not for road bikes either!) The plan is to do this in a series of loops of around 30 miles over the winter to complete the whole circuit.
This may involve some overnight stays as each loop may require 2 days or more to complete - over a weekend or midweek.
Tim is researching the options, and with Covid in mind, will publish proposed dates/plans in due course.
5. BIKE PARTY
Every November to kick start the winter programme (Wednesday 4th November 2020) 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).