Cycling Group

 

The Cycling Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at around 10.00am depending on the location.  The routes are usually circular and about 20 miles in length. We usually stop at a suitable pub or restaurant for lunch. The starting point is announced in advance to group members. Members share the travel arrangements to get to and from the start point where convenient.

 

Cycling holidays are also arranged from time to time.

 

Costs 

Riders pay for their own lunch at the pub.

 

Next Events 

Route from Quainton 27 Nov 2018 10.00 hrs to order food Meet at The George and Dragon, The Green, Quainton HP22 4AR
Local Ride 28 Dec 2018 10.00 hrs Meet at Haddenham Post Office
Cycling Holiday in Prague and Beyond 6 - 13  Jul 2019   see below

 

 

 Group Notices

Tuesday 27 November 2018

The next ride will start from The George and Dragon, The Green, Quainton HP22 4AR.
The intention is to cycle to Waddesdon Manor and join the new Greenways route to Aylesbury Parkway Station. The cycle track was opened earlier this year and some of us made a donation to the cost. After the station , we will go through the new Berryfields estate and join the old road back to Quainton.
The route crosses some busy roads but otherwise is relatively quiet and flat.  Berryfields is vast  and I got lost twice but hopefully I have now found the way!
Meet at the pub at 10.00 am to order food and perhaps have coffee. 
It is a short ride of around 10 miles , appropriate for the time of year.
Best wishes,
Malcolm

Friday 28 December 2018

It is unlikely many people would wish to cycle on Christmas day so it is suggested we meet at the post office on Friday 28th December at 10.00 am for a  local ride.
Best wishes,
Malcolm

Cycling Holiday in Prague and Beyond - 6 to 13 July 2019

The cycling group have arranged a river boat with bike hire from Prague next year, and as this is a larger boat than usual (Florentina) we are able to open this tour to all members of the U3A.

The cycling should be relatively easy along the rivers with distances as set out below. It is NOT limited to cyclists and one doesn’t have to cycle at all, just stay on the boat.

The Tour.

Day 1 – Arrival in Prague, embark at 4pm 

Day 2 – Prague to Kalrupy (27km 

Day 3 – Kalrupy to Melnik (29km) then continue by boat to Litomerice/Leitmeritz.

Day 4 – Litomerice for sightseeing on foot, or optional cycle to to Usti and back (53 km).

Day 5 – Litomerice to Roudnice, then cycle Roudnice to Micechvosty (40 km).

Day 6 – Micechvosty to Prague, either by bike (40 km) or by boat.

Day 7 – Explore Prague on foot, or cycle to Zbraslav and back.

Twin cabins are £805 pp on the main deck and

Twin cabins on the upper deck with French balcony, are £1,010 pp.

There is just one single cabin available on the upper deck £1,255

Bike hire for the week is £75 and E-bike hire is £176.

The price includes 7 breakfasts and 3 course dinners, plus 6 packed lunches or snack lunches for those who choose to stay on the boat. There is also tea/coffee on 6 afternoons after cycling. There is an on board tour guide who will give daily briefings on the cycle routes.

Transport is NOT included but we will probably fly to Prague and arrange flights at a later date.

Some may wish to arrange an extra day or two in Prague, before or after the tour, but if so, that would be self arranged.

This tour tends to get filled early so if you are interested don’t hesitate.

For more information contact Eileen Monks 01844 216033.    E mail   emonks@tiscali.co.uk

Risk Assessments

For insurance purposes we are now required to complete a risk assessment before each ride to make sure everyone is aware of the route, terrain, emergency procedures etc, and we attach a copy of the check list for your information.

As a fairly informal, sociable group this is something we have usually done in a less prescribed way, but as the group has grown and abilities vary it is worth reminding ourselves of a few general safety points:

It is really important to keep together as much as possible so as not to lose anyone. Obviously people ride at different speeds but please do take note of the meeting points the leader asks that you stop at, and wait for the back marker to arrive. This is also important in case changes need to be made to the route because of timing, weather conditions, punctures or mishaps. Sometimes if numbers are large we may split into two sections with two leaders, but the same principal will apply for each section.

Do please be aware of the need to ride in twos or threes when on busy roads, leaving a reasonable gap so that traffic can get past.

Please please make sure you always have your mobile phone switched on and charged up!

Lastly, we should be most grateful for more help in planning routes. We have plenty of maps and books for inspiration so please don’t be shy in volunteering to give us a hand occasionally!

Happy cycling.

Marie. Malcolm and Peter

Prospective New Members

At present the Cycling Group does not think it safe to accept any new members to join their rides.

If you would like to go on their waiting list, please contact Marie Woodrow 01844 292012 or woodrow333@btinternet.com

Please remember to notify the organiser in advance if you will be joining us.  

 

Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Marie Woodrow on 01844 292012 or woodrow333@btinternet.com

or

Malcolm White on 01844 291677 or mwhiterudds@gmail.com