Weekend rides 10/11 March

It’s the big one this weekend, our Spring Reliability ride which is a test of man/woman and machine over a fairly testing but very pretty route out into the Cotswolds, so fingers crossed we don’t get a repeat of last weekend’s blizzards which saw the cancellation of the Hardriders time trial.

We are also running our usual Saturday rides as a loosener if you want something to warm up for Sunday:

Saturday 10am Gentle Cafe Ride: we head out to Wyatts garden centre for coffee and cake which will be well earned after climbing up via Tadmarton. Expect 12-14mph for the 26 mile ride.

Saturday 10am Intermediate Ride: starting out on a similar route to the Gentle ride and meeting them at Wyatts but at a slightly higher pace, we will come back via Shutford and Horley to take the ride up to 33.5 miles in total.

Sunday Spring Reliability Ride: The route is a familiar and picturesque 61 mile/100km ride on quiet roads circling around Banbury, taking in the delights of the Cotswolds with a few climbs thrown in for good measure.

Headquarters and ride starting point will be at Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Banbury, OH16 0HS. The HQ will be open from 0830. Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to sign on and pay.

Entry fee is a mere £2.

There will be 3 start times:

0900: Leisure Pace. For riders stating a time of 4 – 4 1/2 hours.
0915: Intermediate Pace: For riders stating a time of 3 ½ – 4 hours.
0930: Fast Pace: For riders stating a time of 3 ½ hours or less.

A much sought after and highly revered certificate will be awarded to any riders who manage to stay on course and complete the route in their stated time.

A reminder to all taking part:

Unlike previous years, no paper maps will be provided but if you need one you can download and print your own here

Please ensure you have sufficient food, drink and basic bike maintenance tools, and appropriate clothing with you during this ride. There are no marshals or support on the route and it’s the responsibility of each rider to ensure their own wellbeing.

The event is open to all cyclists, club members and non-club members alike, so please feel free to come along and invite any of your cycling friends.

More details, including the Garmin map, can be found by clicking here.

Sunday 10am Intermediate: For those without the legs for the Reliability Ride, we are also running the usual Intermediate ride which is going out to Limes Farm as part of a 35.7 mile route

General information about club rides

Ride rules, protocol and small print which is important to read