Please join us for ride into the heart of Hertfordshire to the quaint little village of Little Berkhamsted. Little Berkhamsted’s greatest claim to fame is that it was here that William the Conqueror accepted the surrender of the City of London after the Battle of Hastings. The most notable landmark is almost certainly Stratton’s Folly, a Georgian prospect tower built in 1789 by John Stratton close to the site of a former brewhouse.
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. However please carefully read the speed descriptions below, these are pretty accurate.
Here is the plan for our day:
1) Meet outside Finchley Rd and Frognal Overgound Station
2) Cycle to Little Berkhamsted via Golders Green, Hendon, Mill Hill East, Totteridge Common, High Barnet, Hadley Wood, Crews Hill and Cuffley,
3) Lunch in a nice country pub
4) Cycle back via the same route
Our average cycling speed will be approx 13-14 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 advise you to bail and 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 3.5
The total mileage including the lunch stop will be approx 55 miles. This is quite hilly route with a total of 1500ft of climbing, there is 1 cat 5 climb.
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.
If you are not sure that you will be able to cope with the speed and the distance please email Suki for some advice.
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.