Autumn/Winter Saturday Club Rides

As the Autumn and Winter months are approaching, we will now be organising club rides on the first Saturday of every month. Please see the below message from Ben Anderson with all the details you need to know:

I’ve been thinking about setting up some group club rides during the
off season, and am proposing that we hold a monthly ride on the first
Saturday of every month. The dates for these would be: –

– 7th October
– 4th November
– 2nd December
– 5th January
– 2nd February
– 2nd March

The aim would be to get 2 or 3 groups out according to pace for a sociable ride, with the chance to get some miles in, develop group riding skills and meet up at a cafe afterwards for the craic.

My current thinking is to keep it simple, meeting up at 8:30am at the Whirlowdale Road and Ecclesall Road South junction (there is a large lay-by just up from this where those who may want to drive over can park up) and follow the Hope Valley for rides of roughly 2 hours (faster paced groups going off the direct route to add a few loops/hills in etc). We can then have the option of rolling down to Millhouses Park Cafe for coffee and cake after the ride, as opposed to trying to coordinate 3 groups hitting the same cafe on route.

It would be really helpful to have some identified group leaders to help coordinate and keep the groups together, so for any of you who know the routes round the valley well and have more group riding experience, please can you let me know dates you could commit to via –

Finally, there will be a couple of rules:

– Sociable training rides open to all with no-one left behind

– Mudguards and flaps required for wet rides (it will be winter – see Ady Dench to purchase club flaps)

– Follow group riding etiquette – see…/…/

Looking forward to getting these sessions up and running and getting club mates together, so now it is over to you to get the dates in your diaries and come out to play!

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