Introducing this year’s series of rides, from easy civilised rides for softies to full-on long distance challenges for the uber fit and keen.
So starting at the civilised end, every alternate Tuesday, I’ll be leading an easy morning ride out, covering between 10 and 15 miles at a steady social pace with loads of time to stop, look and chat. While I can’t rule out hills, these rides are generally on flat well maintained gravel or cycle paths thus suitable for pretty much any bike.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, I appreciate, so if you’re looking for a morning that requires a tad more effort, consider joining one of the Saturday Explorer rides. Every Saturday morning we start from a different station and explore more of London's amazingly varied hinterland, one weekend we’ll be on the River Crane in West London, the next cycling to Ware in Hertfordshire along Ermine Street. These rides are designed for cyclists who can ride for 2 hours comfortably and ideally have some sort of off-road bike or a sturdy hybrid with all-terrain tyres.
Similar to ski runs, all our rides are graded from easy green to expert black, the Tuesday morning rides are firmly in the green zone while the Saturday rides hover between blue and red, you see the grade listed on each ride on the website.
Fancy more of a challenge, then join one of the all-day Thursday adventures, again, similar to the Saturday morning rides these start from a different location each week and they are progressive in as much as the pace alternates each week, some weeks the pace will be brisk (red) and the other taken at a slightly easier pace (more toward the blue end of the spectrum). With distances between 40 and 60 miles, these rides are aimed at riders who are comfortable riding longer distances and have a reasonable off-road (gravel, CX or MTB) bike.
Finally, the hard stuff, shamelessly aimed at the fit and keen, the Sunday Enduro rides are just that, long days in the saddle covering longer distances at a brisk pace. Routes include riding to Brighton, Canterbury, Cambridge and we can’t leave out Oxford! These are challenging rides, you’ll arrive shattered but elated and probably fall asleep on the train home!
Ok, so that’s a general idea, however on the day the ride will be adapted to suit whose riding, sometimes I’ll cut them short other times extend them a bit or add in an extra coffee stop if required… the important thing is that no one is left behind and everyone enjoys themselves.
All these rides are on bridleways and trails, hence I limit the group size to a maximum of 8 riders and you should book a place in advance on the website.
Go on have a look at the website and whet your appetite, I look forward to seeing you on your bike soon.