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Sunday B Ride: C66 Pershore Petit Fondo (96.75km) 9
May 13 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Pushing the mileage for spring on what we hope will be a nice day. A run to Pershore along mainly country lanes and byways without any appreciable climbs, so it’s a good way of getting some distance in your legs. It’s a lovely route and you can zip along for miles between the cows and horses and Paul Darby’s ‘special’ tax deductible shed.
*note that the start point for this ride is Kidderminster SVR station and not the location on the Strava route. (I’m yet to amend it)
Club B rides are labelled to provide you with extra information
The prefix A,B etc refers to the overall length of the ride. A = up to 40km, B = up to 69km, C = up to 99km, D = up to 160km etc. This is mainly to help me sort them in some kind of order along with the ID number.
The ride name usually refers to the main destination of the route and the full distance of the route if ridden from start to finish.
The number at the end, 9, 15, 13 for instance refers to the relative climbing. This is the distance divided by the vertical metres climbed on the route. A 9 is relatively flat without many hills, a 15 can have some challenging climbs. The higher the number the hillier it is.
Most of our Sunday rides have cafe stops, it’s the law. Occasionally we have to amend our choice of cafes due to road closures or to avoid other events.
Although we don’t have ‘rules’ as such we do have guidance regarding social club runs.
- The Sunday B ride is primarily a social event for club members and guests to enjoy a group ride and chat to like minded cyclists. Guide pace is between 20-25kph (12.5-15.5mph). It is suitable for riders who can achieve this pace for 2-3 hours riding. Sometimes we are faster, sometimes slower (such as in difficult weather conditions).
- As the group has grown over the last couple of years I have provided a Strava route for riders to download onto their gps device. This isn’t for show, it’s to help you navigate home or to guide others in the event of an emergency. We aim to look after everyone equally but youth or less experienced riders take priority. Confident adult riders will be expected to have the GPS file or a prior knowledge of the route and have a plan to get themselves home in an emergency.(we will assist with mechanicals but please bring tube, levers and a pump) We will give verbal route guidance en route so be attentive at all times. A few of us use an app called Life360 and are in the WFCRC group. It allows the user to be tracked by friends and family. It’s very useful if you are meeting the group part way through a route.
- The ride is not a race or a training session. There will often be opportunities to ‘have a go’ at some segments on certain routes but you must be prepared to to wait for slower riders afterwards. We often have ‘extension’ tasks on each route for faster riders to stretch their legs. The group covers a large range of abilities and some will inevitably be faster and more confident than others. Every rider who has joined has shown an increase in speed and confidence and we pride ourselves on the ride providing that challenge to progress further. All of us enjoy the chat and a laugh and a cafe stop.
- With that in mind we ride as a group as far as the cafe where the group will split. There will be one group who press on, following the route, but not waiting for the others at junctions etc. The second group will follow on behind on the same route but waiting at junctions for slower riders. Nobody will be forced into either group, both will be lead by someone with route knowledge or sat nav.
- We are using public roads for the majority of these rides and, as such, we want to portray the club as a well run and polite group. We ride no more than 2 abreast and obey the rules of the road, no littering, no aggressive riding to antagonise others, and don’t scare horses. Be polite to other road users even if it’s not reciprocated. A smile and a wave goes a long way in building good links with the community.
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