A few of us have been riding after work and it occurred that it may have broader appeal, so we've formed a new Bristol cycling group 'Triffic Tuesdays'.
We're keeping things light hearted. It's about winding down after a days' work, for a worthwhile ride with other interesting people who also work in the South West's technology community. There's no agenda. Meet up, ride, relax.
We'll do a variety of 2-3 hour routes on a Tuesday evening, away from the traffic where possible. Hills will feature (c. 500m+ of climbing) and you'll need reasonable fitness to enjoy a medium, or 'sportive', pace. This isn't about chain ganging it and we won't leave you behind, but you'll need to be up for it. A basic road bike, or a hybrid, with the tyres pumped up hard will be fine.
We can potentially do some bigger rides and an occasional weekend adventure too - if there's an appetite for it. Let's start simple and pool ideas, routes etc - there's plenty still to be discovered. I'll run out of fresh routes after a bit, so all suggestions welcomed.
Rough format; meet from 1730hrs at 'Roll for the Soul' cafe http://www.rollforthesoul.org/ (they have bike parking, toilets etc. but nowhere to stash bags securely; they close the kitchen at 1700hrs on a Tuesday, but you can still grab hot drinks, cakes etc. and they'll fill up water bottles if you forget); depart at 1800hrs sharp, returning by 2000 / 2030hrs-ish, could be a little later. No worries if you want to peel off for home on the way back. I'll upload the routes, and free free to use or share them as you wish.
Please *bring lights* (we'll often be returning at dusk), spares, and clothing for wet or cooler evenings. We'll still go if it's looking like rain. Torrential may see a cancellation if no-one's keen. I'll cancel if it's too windy to feel safe. Please ensure you are fuelled and hydrated.
We'll be on public roads so, please be familiar with the principles of riding in a group as we may need to bunch up a bit when on main roads. You are responsible for your own actions and safety, and for that of your bike and any belongings. You must be considerate of other group members and of other road users too. If you haven't ridden in a group before, please check out GCN's videos on group riding etiquette and safety; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODmB9LyYzKM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPXijIKgFVM .
Looking forward to seeing what directions things evolve in.
If you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions please be in touch via; firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 318 2447.
Let's make Tuesdays triffic. See you out there.
UPDATE: this group is 'parked/inactive' til I'm fully recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome, which may not be before the clocks change this autumn. Please feel free to meet and use the routes I've posted, and I'd be glad to talk to anyone who'd like to lead the rides meanwhile.