Archive for June, 2016

Group ride this Sunday

Posted June 21st, 2016 by Admin

Where are the weeks and months going?! It was great to see such a big turnout for our last training run and the next one is almost upon us already.
:-)

We’ve set the ride for an earlier start of 8.00am from Hursley Clubhouse. Since everyone who did the 50 mile route last time found it a breeze we have just one route of 68miles.
;)

Head out from Hursley Park initially towards Winchester, then take the first left up the little nasty slope past the site of Merdon Castle and on to Braishfield and Michelmersh before entering the New Forest near West Wellow. Then on to Ornamental Drive, Brockenhurst (32miles – Tesco or cafe available), Beaulieu and then to Lepe Cafe (44 miles) for coffee on the beach where the sun always shines on our rides!

Return from Lepe up the A326. After a few miles we join a small road running parallel to the A326, once we do that keep going “straight” on small roads and cycle paths including the section beside the A326. We then return via Marchwood, Eling Tide Mill, North Baddesley and Chandlers Ford.

Although this is a fairly standard New Forest route for those that know it, there is one tricky bit of navigation on the return. If you don’t know the route it’s worth committing to memory: A FEW HUNDRED METRES PAST THE ELING TOLL BRIDGE (free for cycles) AND THE ANCHOR PUB, JUST BEFORE PASSING UNDER THE A35 DUAL CARRIAGE WAY, TURN RIGHT ONTO A PATH AND CLIMB A SHORT CYCLE PATH UP TO THE A35. STAY ON THE PATH HEADING TOWARDS THE TRAFFIC FOR A MILE OR SO. HAVING CROSSED THE CAUSEWAY BRIDGE OVER THE WATER LOOK OUT FOR A GAP IN THE BLUE RAILINGS. AT THE GAP TURN RIGHT ONTO ANOTHER SHORT PATH AND DESCEND. AT THE END OF THE PATH TURN RIGHT TO PASS UNDER THE A35 AND PROCEED ON THE ROUTE.

Have a great ride! Mike

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A great turn out last Sunday :)

Posted June 10th, 2016 by Admin
Ready for the off

Ready for the off

Guy Rafferty has a little tale to tell…….

Meandering around the South Downs on some new roads and familiar hills……

A great start with a sweet espresso at Chez Wadley (thank you Lyn!) after the warm up ride from home. Cloudy skies soon gave way to blue as the temperatures rose (up to 25C). It didn’t take long before we found the www.bikehike.co.uk routing tried to send us along an off-road section (prompting memories of various ‘special off-road sections’ on continental rides, so good training!). We set off again having found an alternative route, but a few miles down the road on a gravel-strewn downhill near Lower Upham, Chris Gordon (a welcome ‘honorary IL rider’ for the day) and I punctured, and in the shelter of the hedgerows we realised how warm it was getting! We caught up with the main group at The Beech Café on top of the South Downs at HMS Mercury. There was a much-needed re-fuel with their infamous hummus sandwich and a flat white. Time was marching on, so Mike left before our food arrived, leading the first long-ride group and leaving our “lantern rouge” group to bring up the rear. Despite Lionel’s turn to puncture, we caught up with Mike’s group at the next café stop, the Compton Village Shop & Tea Rooms, just after the climb over South Harting Hill.

All smiles at the cafe stop

They had an excellent selection of quality cakes, including a very refreshing lemon sponge sandwich, with a thick layer of zesty butter icing.

Lovely cake!

With the bottle topped up with ice cold Coke, onwards we went! It was relaxed riding, with great company and lovely views on the homeward leg. A welcome shower and much-appreciated barbecue awaited back at Chez Wadley base camp where a good time was had by all.

Updates for Home to Rome

Posted June 9th, 2016 by Admin

Important information from the organising team

The Rider Information Pack (RIP) has now been loaded on to the Continental Ride page of the website. It is a condition of taking part in the ride that you download and read this before departure and you will be asked to sign a waiver statement confirming that you have also read the Risk Assessment into which the RIP is incorporated. (Details to follow.)

We wish to draw your attention to the following specific points, although this does not detract from the importance of all other points raised in the above mentioned documents.

• You must have your own travel and bike insurance sufficient for your needs.
• Please make sure that your bike is fully prepared for the journey ahead. If necessary, seek advice.
• As previously mentioned, all riders must have their own satellite navigation device.
• You need to have your own spare rear derailleur hanger for your bike. These are bike specific. If you cannot find the correct replacement hanger there is an alternative on Wiggle’s website:

LifeLine Emergency Rear Derailleur Hanger – http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-emergency-rear-derailleur-hanger/
It’s also on the their ebay store – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LifeLine-Emergency-Rear-Derailleur-Hanger-/111850663805
Cost £5.

It fixes on using the nut provided to replace the standard nut on the end of the skewer. It’s a road-side fix that should take only 5 minutes and only needs the allen keys on the multi-tool that everyone should be carrying. There are other emergency rear derailleur hangers out there, but many still require a degree of compatibility with the frame. This one fits on top of the broken one and so should be compatible with any frame.

• Guy Rafferty will be offering some ‘top tips’ about the little extras you might like to take with you to make your ride experience a little smoother. Watch this space!

Reminders

• Training rides scheduled for 26 June and 24 July
• 3 days of riding from Friday 8 July

Fundraising for Cancer Research UK

Just over 10 weeks to go and counting and many of you have yet to set up your Just Giving page. Here are the instructions for you to set it up.

1. Create your own CRUK JG page and close
2. Go to IL Team page 2016
3. Click on ‘Join the team’ next to the title ‘Team members’ and log in again.
4. Select the 2016 page you have just created (if you have more than one page) and then click the blue button ‘Join team’.
5. Send Barbara an email asking for the page to be accepted. (This should happen automatically but currently it isn’t for some reason.)
6. Either share your page’s web address or that of the IL team page where your own page can be selected for a donation to be placed.

If anyone wishes to donate to the team as a whole, a separate page for that purpose is already on the team page.

Further updates

Further logistical information will become available as the departure date draws closer. Please keep an eye out for postings.