Group Leader: Vernon Davis
Meetings: Off Road - 2nd and 4th Mondays. Road - 2nd and 4th Fridays
Venue: Various - to be notified beforehand. Rides starting in Retford - 9.30am at Cafe Roubaix.
Formed in March 2017, when just five riders set out from the Idle Valley Visitor Centre on our inaugural ride, the number of members grew steadily throughout the year. This has encouraged a major expansion and overhaul of our programme for the coming year which we hope will attract even more riders to come and join us.
Cycling is a fantastic way of gaining and keeping fitness. It puts little stress on joints while providing steady exercise for the muscles and building stamina. People who cycle regularly live longer! It is also a very sociable way of getting exercise and keeping fit. All of our rides incorporate a coffee and cake opportunity which allows for plenty of chat and banter!
To encourage cyclists, or would be cyclists, who don’t like riding on roads we have divided our programme into off-road (as far as possible) and road rides with two of each taking place each month.
We have some very enthusiastic lady cyclists in the group - more will be made very welcome.
WE ALL WEAR HELMETS!
These will take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, commencing March 26th and then continuing to the end of October. The first ride and the subsequent two rides will have the option of starting in Clumber Park and will be restricted to the cycle tracks in the Park and adjoining woodland areas. We will be meeting near the Central Area where there is a bike hire establishment for anybody who doesn’t own a bike but would like to start cycling again.
Some subsequent rides will be in the Retford area, others farther afield. We have a trip planned to the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire for June 11th and another on July 9th which will start from the Ragnall/Fledborough area and follow a completely off-road trail all the way to Lincoln and back. An even more adventurous ride is planned for September 24th, taking advantage of the Water Rail Way cycle route which runs from Lincoln to Boston along the Witham. We plan on staying overnight in Boston and returning the following day.
These will be on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month commencing 13th April. Early season rides will be 20 miles or so, gradually increasing in distance and speed as the season progresses. Variety will be engendered by some rides being conducted on a ‘hare and hounds’ basis, others will involve longer and shorter rides with both groups leaving at the same time.
While many of our road rides will commence from the Cafe Roubaix in Bridgegate others will be ‘expedition rides’ with starting points some way away from Retford, in order to provide a variety of scenery and terrain. We are also hoping to find some suitable Audax Sunday rides that we can attend as a group.
September 14th will see us heading for the coast somewhere suitable south of Cleethorpes where we’ll stay the night, returning the next day via an alternative route. Group rides will finish c. the end of October, being very dependent on the weather after this.
GENERAL POINTS FOR BOTH ROAD AND OFF-ROAD RIDES
If you would like to join us please email (preferably) or telephone Vernon Davis - we’d really love to have you along!
Dates of Season’s Highlights
11th June Monsal Trail
9th June Fledborough to Lincoln and back
14th Sept Coast ride stayaway
11th May Expedition Ride
22nd June Expedition Ride
24th September Boston stayaway
We may well schedule other activities during the summer The possibility of nearby Audax rides will be investigated. Depending on ride leaders availability we may schedule more expedition rides. For off-road riders the possibility of other remote rides, such as a day in Dalby Forest where there are a multiplicity of graded rides (up to Black I believe for any foolhardy brave and adventurous riders) will be investigated.