Routes Saturday 8th September
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, approx average speed 17 – 19 mph, 60.6 miles, 4,500 ft of climbing. Out via Ramshorn – Oakamoor – Cheadle & Blythe Bridge to tea stop at Oak Tree Farm; back via Milwich – Bramshall – Marchington – Tutbury – Yeavley – Ashbourne
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, 37 miles, 3567 ft climbing 👿 , Heading out via Sides Mill Lane – Ellastone – Past Alton Towers – Cotton – Ipstones – Onecote – Warslow – Hulme End Cafe Stop at The Tea Junction – Alstonfield – up The Pinch 👿 – Parwich – Fenny Bentley – slow run into the Bourne 😆 😉
C Route, 29 miles, 1,466 ft climbing, approx avg speed 10 mph, heading out via Watery Lane – Sidesmill Lane – Roston – to Doveridge – Cafe stop at Sudbury/Sweet Little Cafe – Return to Ashbourne via Scropton – Yeaveley – Dobbinhorse Lane – A515.