Please join us for ride to Amersham in the Chilterns.
The Chilterns stretch from the River Thames in Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and are nationally-protected as some of the finest countryside in the UK. They're a fantastic place to explore all year round.
This event is for Road bikes, CycloCross bikes or Hybrid bikes (without suspension) with slick,slim tyres ( 28mm or less ) only, do not put your name down unless you own one of these bikes, with the specified tyre widths.
We welcome cyclists who feel they have progressed beyond beginners level and wish to set themselves a challenge of reaching a higher level.
Here is the plan for our day:
1) Meet outside Kew Gardens station (main entrance)
2) Cycle to Amersham via; Ealing, Perivale, South Harrow, Ruislip and Harefield,
3) Lunch in a nice country pub near Amersham
4) Cycle back to Kew via the same route
Our average cycling speed will be approx 13 mph, which translates as approx 16-20mph on flat roads and approx 7-9 mph up hills.
No one will be left behind, however if you are struggling to keep up then we will talk to you about how you are feeling and if necessary give you directions to the nearest station.
Helmets, lights and a spare inner tube will be compulsory. Every week someone has a puncture.
In terms of difficulty from (1-5(hardest)), we would categorise this ride as difficulty level 4
The total mileage including the lunch stop will be approx 55 miles. This is quite hilly route with a total of 1700ft of climbing, there is 1 cat 3 climb which lasts for 7 miles!!!
PLEASE READ THE SPEED DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU CAN MAINTAIN THE DESCRIBED SPEEDS. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WE WILL TALK WITH YOU AND IF NECESSARY KINDLY ASK YOU TO BAIL OUT, WE WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS TO THE NEAREST STATION.
For those cyclists who do not wish to do the whole route there will be a few train stations along the route, so if you wish to join us for part of the ride and then take the train back en route you are welcome to.
This meetup will be weather dependent so 12 hours before the event begins if heavy rain is forecast then the event will be cancelled, please check the website the evening before the event begins.
Please do not put your name down unless you are serious about attending. If you repeatedly put your name down for rides and then pull out or don't show, you will automatically be put on the waiting list for future rides.
Priority will be given to cyclists who have a high RSVP to attendance ratio.