We've never been to this part of England before and my body and soul are screaming BEEAACHHHH! I need to enjoy some sandy beaches hopefully with sunshine included. The route is expected to be quite scenic around 80 miles each way. And we will spend one day exploring Portland Island and Weymouth.
Before hitting the attend button you should know that.
1.Only those who are members of our Meet Up AND who have cycled with us before will be welcomed.
2.You and I should feel confident that you will be able to cycle two days in a row through challenging routes including steep hills and constant ups and downs.
3.You should be able to take Monday off as this will be a three day event.
4.Once you have paid for the accommodation and transport no refunds will be available, regardless of how much notice you provide (sorry, to keep prices down we go for non refundable/non-exchangable fares).
5.The ride will go ahead regardless of the weather.
Start: We meet 7.45am at Paddington and we'll take trains to Swindon where our ride will start at 9.30am. The return tickets will cost £23 (prices right on 16/7/12).
Day 1: We will start our ride at Swindon and cycle approx 80 miles to Portland. Expect a challenging elevation as the area is as hilly as it is beautiful! You have to be comfortable cycling at an average 15mph. If your average speed is any less you won't be suitable for this event as most of the other cyclists tend to cycle faster than me.
DAY 2: We could spend the whole Sunday relaxing and exploring the area (Castles, hiking, crossing over to Weymouth, many activities are on offer) and Monday morning after breakfast we make a swift departure back to London.
DAY 3: On Monday, we will cycle 70 miles back to Winchester via Southampton and the New Forest. It's likely to be hilly again although you would have spend the whole previous day doing nothing so you should be fine!!! :-)
Stops: We usually only stop en route for quick snack or toilet breaks. We do not tend to have lunch during our ride. Therefore, make sure you're loaded with snacks and fuel bars to keep you going all the way.
TWO NIGHTS STOP: We will be staying at a a Youth Hostel in Portland Island. We will spend two nights here. Accommodation is in shared same sex dorms. The price is approx £47 per person for both nights.
What to bring: Road or hybrid bike in roady condition; snacks and water to refuel regularly (we will load again for our return trip on Sunday); water/wind proof gear; spare inner tube(s), pump, some cash, mobile phone. Lights and a Helmet. Yours and your fellow cyclist's safety is a priority so remember that "no helmet no ride". Maybe same change of clothes for cycling the day after and something to get comfy on Saturday evening? It's up to you but always aim at travelling light. Linen will be included and most probably towels can be hired although I will further confirm this.
Return to London: On Monday, from Winchester. Trains return to Waterloo and Paddington. Expect a late return, no earlier than 8pm
Weather: Hostel and train tickets will be booked in advanced therefore this ride will go ahead regardless of the weather.
COSTS/PAYMENT: £70 this will include your return train tickets and two night hostel accommodation in a Youth Hostel (mixed-sex dorms). Money will have to be transferred via paypal. Please be mindful that refunds won't be available once you send the payment although you may be able to find someone to take your place. This last option is subject to the person being deemed suitable to join the event. Please, also spare some cash for your meals, hiring towels, buying drinks, etc. I am not charging for this Meet Up, all costs reflect the transport/accommodation costs.
"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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