• 18 miles, 10-11 mph, 540ft, Cat: Redway, Leisurely ride to nowhere, No Pub Stop

    Join Andrew on an easy ride around Milton Keynes Redways.

    Please remember your lights; as it's dark when we get back.

    Starting at the Broughton Cycling Group Meeting Point, we will be doing a circular route of around 18 miles at an average speed of around 10-11 mph, stopping to re-group as necessary.

    BCG is an all-inclusive club and people of all backgrounds are welcome.

    IMPORTANT: You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • Cat B+ 16-17mph to Cowshed Cafe, 56mi, 2080ft

    Broughton Cycling Group Meeting Place

    Join Matt for a B+ pace Polka-NOT ride out to the Cowshed Cafe near Northill for people looking for something a little less lumpy on their Saturday morning. The aim is to stay in the 16-17mph range, although happy to adjust that to suit conditions and riders on the day.

    https://www.strava.com/routes/3045352617714162952

    Note, this is a slightly different route out to the Cowshed, heading out via Aspley Guise, Ridgemont and Westoning then Clophill. We'll then loop out through Old Warden and up to Northill.

    After the cafe we continue the loop round through Cardington down to Haynes then on to Houghton Conquest and Wooton. I've tried to avoid anything too steep, but we do have to get the Cranfield lump out of the way before returning to Broughton.

    We ride together as a group so everyone gets some slipstream benefit, probably some rotation on the front, no one gets left behind.

    IF YOU FEEL UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP FOR THE RIDE.

    BCG is an all-inclusive club and people of all backgrounds are welcome.

    Important Information:
    You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • Polka Dot week 2, Cat B, 45miles 2600ft, Rushmere cafe stop, Broughton start

    Join Steve for week 2 of the Cat B "Polka Dot 2023 challenge". This will run for a number of weeks this spring/summer and increase in terms of numbers of feet climbed and miles covered each week

    Due to the nature of climbing (and the following descents) there won't be a fixed pace for these rides, you need to judge on the difficulty of the hills. We will essentially ride from hill to hill and pack in as much as we can each week.

    Week 2 has a cafe stop at Rushmere after 30 miles and covers total of 45 miles and 2600ft. It will include Lidlington, long lane, three locks and plenty of other lumps.

    It will run on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th in same form so please only sign up to one or the other. We will have two groups of 12 each day if we have enough demand (ride leaders TBC)

    Who should sign up? People who like hills plus those who want to get better at them and push themselves. You don't need to be a hill whippet already to take part

    Please note - roadworks could change the route nearer the time so please don't assume the route is fixed in stone - church rd is out for a start... :(

    Start from normal Broughton start point
    route below
    https://www.strava.com/routes/3070436297442081504

    IF THE WEATHER IS POOR WE MAY CHANGE

    We ride together as a group so everyone gets some slipstream benefit, probably some rotation on the front, no one gets left behind. This will not be a 16-17 so if you want to go faster than 16mph please join another ride

    Important Information: Whilst BCG will take COVID safe measures we cannot guarantee COVID free rides. By signing up to join this ride you confirm that you do not knowingly have any symptoms of Covid or are in contact with anyone with symptoms or self isolating. You must follow Government guidance and keep 2 metres distance at the Meet Point and any stops and comply with cafe stop social distancing rules. Please take a face covering with you and we recommend wearing this at the Meet Point, any stops and if you need first aid. Wearing face coverings during riding is optional. You should be able to conduct your own roadside repairs, due to COVID restrictions others may not be willing to help you out resulting in you having to find your own way home. You must be prepared to guide yourself home from any point in the ride (using your own knowledge, phone, Garmin, map, etc). It is BCG's recommendation to not ride in groups larger than 6. It is your responsibility as a rider and member of BCG to follow the latest government guidelines. Riders found to breach the government guidelines will be ejected from the ride and any future rides. You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • C 'step up' ride - 10-12 mph, 38 miles, 1700 feet, stop half way at Tipi

    Whitehouse Surgery

    This is a ride which has been specially designed for regular C riders who want to step up – both in terms of distance and potentially pace. The aim will be to ride towards the top end of the C pace (11-12mph) BUT this not definite, as it will depend on the riders and conditions on the day, and in keeping with the BCG ethos, no one will ever get left behind - we ride as a group.

    For this reason we will keep the group small, so only sign up if you are sure you can make it. thanks!

    I do appreciate that this route is longer in terms of the normal distance for C rides, but it is designed to be a gentle and supportive way to assist riders to ride further, particularly those who potentially interested in riding C+ rides.

    Because this is a ‘step up’ ride, regular C riders will be prioritised for this ride, if you are regularly riding in C+ or another category then this ride is not for you, as we need to keep the pace appropriate - there are more opportunities for C+ to ride longer distances. This ride is also NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS.

    This is a really lovely route - quiet roads and pretty flat, it has an elevation of 1700 feet over the 38 miles, which will be a gentle route with some nice long easy stretches and nothing demanding in terms of the 'up'. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/145096563

    The stop will be at the Tipi in Preston Bissett, which is fast becoming a BCG favourite stop - it has awesome brunches, and amazing sized lattes! Bring a lock. You can read my café review here if you have not been here before.
    https://www.veloann.com/post/the-tipi-at-preston-bisset-garden-centre

    Join the waitlist if interested.

    BCG is an all-inclusive club and people of all backgrounds and genders are welcome.

    IMPORTANT: You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a paid member to continue riding with the group.

    You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • Polka Dot week 2, Cat B, 45miles 2600ft, Rushmere cafe stop, Broughton start

    Join Steve for week 2 of the Cat B "Polka Dot 2023 challenge". This will run for a number of weeks this spring/summer and increase in terms of numbers of feet climbed and miles covered each week

    Due to the nature of climbing (and the following descents) there won't be a fixed pace for these rides, you need to judge on the difficulty of the hills. We will essentially ride from hill to hill and pack in as much as we can each week.

    Week 2 has a cafe stop at Rushmere after 30 miles and covers total of 42 miles and 2600ft. It will include Lidlington, long lane, three locks and plenty of other lumps.

    It will run on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th in same form so please only sign up to one or the other. We will have two groups of 12 each day if we have enough demand (ride leaders TBC)

    Who should sign up? People who like hills plus those who want to get better at them and push themselves. You don't need to be a hill whippet already to take part

    Please note - roadworks could change the route nearer the time so please don't assume the route is fixed in stone - church rd is out for a start... :(

    Start from normal Broughton start point
    route below
    https://www.strava.com/routes/3070436297442081504

    IF THE WEATHER IS POOR WE MAY CHANGE

    We ride together as a group so everyone gets some slipstream benefit, probably some rotation on the front, no one gets left behind. This will not be a 16-17 so if you want to go faster than 16mph please join another ride

    Important Information: Whilst BCG will take COVID safe measures we cannot guarantee COVID free rides. By signing up to join this ride you confirm that you do not knowingly have any symptoms of Covid or are in contact with anyone with symptoms or self isolating. You must follow Government guidance and keep 2 metres distance at the Meet Point and any stops and comply with cafe stop social distancing rules. Please take a face covering with you and we recommend wearing this at the Meet Point, any stops and if you need first aid. Wearing face coverings during riding is optional. You should be able to conduct your own roadside repairs, due to COVID restrictions others may not be willing to help you out resulting in you having to find your own way home. You must be prepared to guide yourself home from any point in the ride (using your own knowledge, phone, Garmin, map, etc). It is BCG's recommendation to not ride in groups larger than 6. It is your responsibility as a rider and member of BCG to follow the latest government guidelines. Riders found to breach the government guidelines will be ejected from the ride and any future rides. You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • C+ 12-14mph, 1861ft, 50 Mile, Southill Tea Rooms

    Broughton Cycling Group Meeting Place

    Join Myself and Ann on a Sunday ride over to Southill.

    We head out from Broughton crossing the A421 then turning left towards Aspley Guise, Husborne Crawley, Brogborough, Marston Moretiane, Stewartby, Houghton Conquest, Haynes West & Church End crossing the A600 heading off to Ireland and Southill Tea Rooms for coffee at 26mile.
    Once refreshed we do a loop to include Warden before retracing our steps back to Brogborough, Salford and back to Broughton.
    We should be back by[masked]pm

    Please download the route via the links below;
    Garmin Connect
    Bike Route Planner - Ride with GPS

    **Please only join this ride if you intend to ride at the advertised speed, should you wish to ride faster or push off the front then please look for that faster ride.

    BCG is an all-inclusive club and people of all backgrounds are welcome.
    Important Information:
    You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

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  • Polka Dot week 3, Cat B, 56 miles 3300ft, Mursley cafe stop, Broughton start

    Join Steve for week 3 of the Cat B "Polka Dot 2023 challenge". This will run for a number of weeks this spring/summer and increase in terms of numbers of feet climbed and miles covered each week

    Due to the nature of climbing (and the following descents) there won't be a fixed pace for these rides, you need to judge on the difficulty of the hills. We will essentially ride from hill to hill and pack in as much as we can each week.

    Week 3 has a cafe stop at Mursley after 28 miles and covers total of 56 miles and 3300ft. It will include Lidlington, three locks and lots of other lumps.

    It will run on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd in same form so please only sign up to one or the other. We will have two groups of 12 each day if we have enough demand (ride leaders TBC)

    Who should sign up? People who like hills plus those who want to get better at them and push themselves. You don't need to be a hill whippet already to take part

    Please note - roadworks could change the route nearer the time so please don't assume the route is fixed in stone - church rd is a little suspect for a start... :(

    Start from normal Broughton start point
    route below
    https://www.strava.com/routes/3070442539512624864

    IF THE WEATHER IS POOR WE MAY CHANGE

    We ride together as a group so everyone gets some slipstream benefit, probably some rotation on the front, no one gets left behind. This will not be a 16-17 so if you want to go faster than 16mph please join another ride

    Important Information: Whilst BCG will take COVID safe measures we cannot guarantee COVID free rides. By signing up to join this ride you confirm that you do not knowingly have any symptoms of Covid or are in contact with anyone with symptoms or self isolating. You must follow Government guidance and keep 2 metres distance at the Meet Point and any stops and comply with cafe stop social distancing rules. Please take a face covering with you and we recommend wearing this at the Meet Point, any stops and if you need first aid. Wearing face coverings during riding is optional. You should be able to conduct your own roadside repairs, due to COVID restrictions others may not be willing to help you out resulting in you having to find your own way home. You must be prepared to guide yourself home from any point in the ride (using your own knowledge, phone, Garmin, map, etc). It is BCG's recommendation to not ride in groups larger than 6. It is your responsibility as a rider and member of BCG to follow the latest government guidelines. Riders found to breach the government guidelines will be ejected from the ride and any future rides. You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • Polka Dot week 3, Cat B, 56 miles 3300ft, Mursley cafe stop, Broughton start

    Join Steve for week 3 of the Cat B "Polka Dot 2023 challenge". This will run for a number of weeks this spring/summer and increase in terms of numbers of feet climbed and miles covered each week

    Due to the nature of climbing (and the following descents) there won't be a fixed pace for these rides, you need to judge on the difficulty of the hills. We will essentially ride from hill to hill and pack in as much as we can each week.

    Week 3 has a cafe stop at Mursley after 28 miles and covers total of 56 miles and 3300ft. It will include Lidlington, three locks and lots of other lumps.

    It will run on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd in same form so please only sign up to one or the other. We will have two groups of 12 each day if we have enough demand (ride leaders TBC)

    Who should sign up? People who like hills plus those who want to get better at them and push themselves. You don't need to be a hill whippet already to take part

    Please note - roadworks could change the route nearer the time so please don't assume the route is fixed in stone - church rd is a little suspect for a start... :(

    Start from normal Broughton start point
    route below
    https://www.strava.com/routes/3070442539512624864

    IF THE WEATHER IS POOR WE MAY CHANGE

    We ride together as a group so everyone gets some slipstream benefit, probably some rotation on the front, no one gets left behind. This will not be a 16-17 so if you want to go faster than 16mph please join another ride

    Important Information: Whilst BCG will take COVID safe measures we cannot guarantee COVID free rides. By signing up to join this ride you confirm that you do not knowingly have any symptoms of Covid or are in contact with anyone with symptoms or self isolating. You must follow Government guidance and keep 2 metres distance at the Meet Point and any stops and comply with cafe stop social distancing rules. Please take a face covering with you and we recommend wearing this at the Meet Point, any stops and if you need first aid. Wearing face coverings during riding is optional. You should be able to conduct your own roadside repairs, due to COVID restrictions others may not be willing to help you out resulting in you having to find your own way home. You must be prepared to guide yourself home from any point in the ride (using your own knowledge, phone, Garmin, map, etc). It is BCG's recommendation to not ride in groups larger than 6. It is your responsibility as a rider and member of BCG to follow the latest government guidelines. Riders found to breach the government guidelines will be ejected from the ride and any future rides. You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

  • Cat B 15mph 110m/4000ft to Cafe Ventoux

    BCG Meeting Place

    Join Jacqui, Birthday Boy Pete, Steve & Dave for a Good Friday ride out to the newly refurbished Cafe Ventoux. A hilly out and back ride, covering 110 miles and a few hills:) This will be a steady 15mph ride and we will ride together, rotating on the front. No one will be left behind.

    The plan is to break the ride up with 3 breaks at around 30m, Cafe Ventoux at 55m and a final stop on the way home at around 75m. This is a hilly 100m ride so please ensure that you have done some training in preparation for the ride.

    Cafe Ventoux has recently been refurbished, check out the website it looks fantastic. Please bring plenty of water, some snacks for energy and cafe lock if you have one.

    Route: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/148192573

    This ride is dependant on the weather and may change, so please keep an eye out for any updates on the ride

    You ride at your own risk, helmets must be worn and lights must be used after dusk. Paid members are covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Non-members are only covered up to three rides with the group after which you must become a member to continue riding with the group. You can find out about the huge benefits to being a member and register here: https://www.bcgmk.com/join-us

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  • Chase The Sun 2023 - Expressions of Interest - 200 miles - 17.5 hours

    Needs a location

    Hi everyone,

    This meetup is for expressions of interest to find out who is silly enough to want to ride Chase the Sun South, North, Ireland or Italy in 2023.

    Entries are now open and there's more information on the website. https://www.chasethesun.org/

    It's not an official BCG ride but we know that in the past getting interested BCGers together really works.

    So if you'd like to find out more from people who've done it before and get together to pick brains, plan strategy, think about training, commiserate with each the etc most likely over a pint then sign up here.

    It goes without saying this is a tough ride so you need to be prepared and right now there are no fixed rules and groupings indeed you may even want to ride it alone and just use this group for advice. That's all fine.

    The rules of the ride are simple:

    • Get up at silly O clock on the east coast in the south or north of England, Northern Ireland or Italy and get to the west coast by sunset to have a celebratory drink then sleep.

    There are no official leaders so everyone is ultimately responsible for themselves and access to transport there and back and support crew is purely down to availability and willingness :)

    Support crew are officially lovely and wonderful people who are for one day the most important people in the riders lives!

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