Routes Saturday 16th June
Meet 0830, main carpark Ashbourne Leisure Centre. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the routes beforehand and know how to navigate them on the day. Check the weather forecast and equip yourself and your bike accordingly.
Many thanks for this week’s route suggestions – enjoy the ride 🙂
A Route, 53.7 miles long, 4,100 ft elevation, average speed 17-19 mph, heading to Longcliffe, A6, Bargate, Duffield – tea stop at Meynell Langley, Long Lane, Denstone.
B Group – Average Speeds for this group can vary depending upon who is there on the day. It is strongly recommended that you are able to navigate the route yourself in case the group splits so please come prepared. Historically the average speed on routes heading south (flatter) have been 12/13mph (B- group) and 14/15 mph (B+group). They are a bit lower when the route heads north (hillier). Please communicate with others at the start and decide if the group is going to split straight away to a higher and a lower paced B ride. Even if you stay as one group or divide up it is a good idea to reassemble after the first few miles and check that everyone is happy with the pace. Please can whoever is on the front of the group check behind and liaise with the rear riders that the group is ‘altogether’. Rear rider call up ahead if the group seems to be splitting.
Communication is key to a successful ride for everyone – this tip applies to all groups 😉
B Route, 44 miles long (option to reduce elevation & mileage by approx 10 miles), 4,331 ft elevation, heading out towards Mappleton, Blore, Calton, Waterfall, Onecote, Butterton, Hulme End – cafe stop at T Junction, then if you want to take a short cut to reduce mileage by 10 miles head straight towards Hartington/Heathcote, otherwise turn left off B5054 to Sheen, Crowdicote, Earl Sterndale, Long Dale, Heathcote, A515, stop off at Eroica if you wish to, Newhaven, Pikehall, Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne
C Route, 23 miles long, 1647 ft elevation, 10 – 11 mph avg speed, heading out via Watery Lane, Clifton, Norbury, Roston, Rochester, Croxden Abbey to Denstone Farm Tea shop for cafe stop, return via Sides Mill Lane, Clifton, Ashbourne.