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Bedfordshire

At risk of eating one Easter egg too many it may be a good idea to have a plan to burn them off. Let alone that clocks are changing the previous Sunday and the beginning of Summer time should be celebrated in its own right. Looking at the map and checking train timetables and prices I thought Bedfordshire would be a good choice. Tiny old villages spread along the countryside, very gentle elevation and a variety of pubs available for our lunch break.

Start: We meet 8am 8.45am at Kings Cross. We will take the 8.23am 9.06am train to Hitchin. If all the group is not allowed to board in one train there's a second service at 8.36am 9.08am.The ride will start at 9.25am 10:00am from Hitchin station. Return tickets should cost £9 if we manage to get group savers. Please arrive early to allow us some time to sort the tickets.

Route: This will be a long ride (84 miles in total) but the elevation is gentle which makes it a fantastic first Summer ride. If you have clocked some miles already and have managed to stay active during Winter you should have the necessary stamina to complete this ride. However, you need to be confident as there won't be many handy rail stations en route in case you need to bail out.

PACE OF THE RIDE: Given the gentle elevation expect our normal 15mph average and even faster too. If you haven't cycled in a while or if you have never cycled 70 miles altogether the ride may not be for you. Remember that our policy is that you will be kindly asked to bail out if you are too slow to keep up our pace. Truth be said, this has only happened a handful of times so if you feel on the right side of determined then give it a go. Nonetheless, rail stations en route will be limited so you may need to backtrack a few miles or take a cab if worse comes to the worst and you need to leave the group.

Stops: Expect a stop at around 30 miles, a pub lunch at around 55miles and then may be one stop before we get back to the station. Be aware that we do not stop often, our rides are pretty steady.

Lunch:I haven't picked a pub as yet. I think the area has loads to offer and we may just want to stop as and when we feel hungry between 1pm-2pm and once we pass the 55/60miles mark. We should spend about 1 hour for lunch. No rush now that days will be longer.

What to bring: snacks and water to refuel regularly. Weatherproof gear. Spare inner tube(s),inner tube(s), pump, some cash and lights. A Helmet is mandatory when you ride with us.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Cycling is fun and safe but no sporting activity is risk-free. To minimise such risk when you take part in our rides you will be expected to ride safely, wearing a helmet and abiding by the Highway code. No red light jumping, unexpected turns or dangerous overtaking will be accepted. If we feel you are putting other group members at risk you will be asked to bail out immediately. Please note that you join us at your own risk and that by joining us on this trip you understand, accept and agree to take all the risks inherent and expected from cycling on the roads.

Return to London: Frequent trains back to London with journey up to 45 mins long. We should be back at around 7pm.

Weather : April comes with its infamous showers. I will happily go ahead with forecast of drizzle and scattered showers. Anything less appealing like heavy rain and gust winds will result in cancellation of the event.

"One of the aims of the Cycling group is to appreciate of our natural surroundings, local towns and villages. We hope to minimise our impact by making sure that we are responsible for our litter. Please dispose of all of your litter and snack wrappers carefully".

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  • Matt L.

    Really enjoyed the ride yesterday (although my feet have only just de-thawed). Good meeting you all and really enjoyed the route!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Fida H.

    Hi Bea
    Thank for the ride yesterday it was great ride I really enjoyed I hope see u soon other ride

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Bea

    The ride was ok. People were awesome, the track was nice but what took points off the event was the ludicrously cold and windy weather. It was a battle of wills between the weather and me. I proudly won it but I wish I had had to befriend the Sun instead! Can't wait for Spring to arrive.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • George

    Sorry, My circumstances changed, I won't be in London on 01 Apr 2013. Hope to join the team for next ride.

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for late change of mind. Did a quick spin down to Brighton this morning, with light snow most of the way I've had my fill of cold cycling this Easter weekend. Have a good one and be sure to wrap up!

    March 30, 2013

    • Bea

      No worries Steve, thanks for letting me know. Truth be said it's bitterly cold but at least it will be sunny!

      March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Bea. The sun always shines on this lovely group so I'm sure you'll have a great time. Hope to ride with you again soon ...

      March 31, 2013

  • Michael W

    Sorry, guys, my gears are playing up. I can't make this time...enjoy

    March 31, 2013

  • Matt L.

    Great, sounds good. I'll keep an eye out for the lycra on Monday morning!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Bea

    New GPX uploaded (John, right click on the file to open/download).
    I guess it's only fair I warn you that the highest gradient and elevation is right after lunch :-( But hey, we'll have sunshine!!!!!

    ****clocks go forward on Sunday******

    See you all on Monday!

    March 30, 2013

  • John

    Hi Bea. l am living in WATFORD so let you know,that I'll meet you at Hitchin station at 10 AM, as I'm not coming from King's Cross station. Could You tell me how to use GPX from file tab to find where we going to.tkx

    March 29, 2013

  • Monica

    Hi, same story :( I have an exam on Tuesday and realised I need more time to prepare! Sorry Bea, have a great Easter and a fantastic sunny ride!! xx

    March 29, 2013

    • Bea

      No worries Monica. I'm in the same predicament albeit I will push hard today and until Sunday and take Monday off. It will be my treat! Hope to see you both soon. x

      March 29, 2013

    • Ben A.

      :(

      March 29, 2013

  • Karine G

    see you at Kings Cross on Monday morning!

    March 29, 2013

  • Bea

    Hi guys, I'm waiting to upload the GPX because it's likely I will reverse the route so that we have tail rather than head winds. Be patient until Sunday. Also, I will book a pub at about 55/60 miles into the ride which sould be at about 4pm so make sure you bring snacks that keep you going for 5/6 hours.

    March 29, 2013

    • nickycast

      Thanks Bea. A definite +1 for tail winds. Have a great Easter and see you Monday.

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bea - thanks for the update. Just so you know, I'll meet you all at Hitchin station at 10, as I'm not coming from King's Cross.

    Given the change of time and distance, when do you think the ride will finish roughly?

    Thanks and see you soon!

    March 27, 2013

    • Bea

      Roughly same time. We start 1hr later but we have 14 miles less which is.about 1.20hs less cycling. I guess that at the Hitchin st we should.be back at 6.30pm.

      March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK - thanks Bea. Looking forward to it

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just found out there are no trains from my area over the Easter holidays would never get there for 8 sorry

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi bea, i see now there is a waiting list would it be better if i let someone more experienced go and maybe join a ride which is shorter to see if i am fast enough to keep up with you all, i just lack confidence thats all.

    March 21, 2013

  • Fida H.

    Hi all! Many thanks to let me join the group,this is my first time participating in this amazing event! I am so exciting !
    I'm in see u all guys on Monday

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Matt L.

    Cool, sounds great. Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Bea

    The GPX has now been uploaded to the FILE tab. At about 50 miles Bedford station should be within a couple of miles reach and at about 60ish miles Sandy station should be within reach in case anyone wants to abandon the ship :-)

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    bea did you see my question on somerset trip.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    bea would love to attend the ride can i pay on my own and if you think i'm not fast enough you can send me packing

    March 19, 2013

    • Bea

      That shouldn't be a prob Andrew. I'll upload the gpx later so you can have ad look at the route and available rail stations. I think it's a great idea to give it a go!

      March 19, 2013

  • Craig S.

    Sorry, going to be cycling in Salisbury that weekend :( have fun!

    March 18, 2013

    • Bea

      Enjoy!

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's been a while since I joined this lovely group for a ride! There's a small chance I'll need to pull out - will confirm asap

    1 · March 18, 2013

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