December Social Ride – 16th at 11:30am
We are delighted to invite you to join us for our 2018 Cycle Evesham Vale Christmas Social Ride starting at the Market Square, Evesham at the earlier time of 11.30am for one very special reason…. We will be having festive fayre at our stopover at The Courtyard Cafe in Beckford.
The route goes up to Hinton, through Aston Somerville, then towards Toddington and through Alderton before crossing the A46 to get to Beckford. Those who have refuelled well will ride back via Ashton under Hill and Elmley Castle. Those of you who have eaten too many mince pies will be offered a shorter route back!
Feel free to decorate your bike or dress up as Santa for this festive ride and remember to bring bicycle lights.
Danni at The Courtyard Cafe had kindly agreed to open especially for us so we would like to obtain numbers in advance.
You can now also sign up to our rides via the British Cycling Lets Ride website (no need to be a member of British Cycling) – take a look here.
Our scenic social rides are the 3rd Sunday of every month and start from Evesham Market Square.
Date Time Route
Dec. 16th 11.30am To Beckford via Aston Somerville and Alderton – Approx 23 miles
Jan 20th 1.00pm TBA
Feb 17th 1.00pm TBA
Mar 17th 1.00pm TBA
Apr 21st 2.00pm TBA
Important things to know
All cyclists must wear helmets and ideally have lights on the front and back of their bike if cycling during winter months.
Before setting off on your bike always check your brakes, gears, spokes, tyres etc. If possible always try to carry a spare inner tube, tyre levers & a pump but do not worry if you do not have these or are not
confident about changing a tyre as the group will stop and give you a hand – no one is ever left behind!
The weather can be variable and it’s a good idea to pack a lightweight waterproof just in case. Also a number of thin layers are more effective at keeping out the cold and more comfortable to ride in. Extra socks and full finger gloves are a must for most cyclists during the winter.
Remember to bring water and make sure you are not planning to ride on an empty stomach – have a light meal before setting out to ensure you have sufficient energy to enjoy the ride. If you are very new to cycling you might want to bring along a few snacks to eat when we stop for a breather just to ensure your energy levels are maintained.
Rides will normally be between 15 & 20 miles & we plan to be back in Evesham by 5 pm at the very latest. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Riding in a group
Many people worry about riding in a group but there is no need to. The CEV Social Ride will have a leader and a tail cyclist who will make sure everyone is ok and no one gets left behind.
There are a few things to remember however:-
- Do not cycle in the gutter – it contains hazards: potholes, rubbish etc which could damage your tyres.
- Watch out for what is ahead and look out for uneven surfaces, parked cars, walkers and start to make your move with time to spare.
- Let people know when a car is coming – ‘car up’ (behind you) or ‘cardown’ (coming towards you).
- Always have hands, preferably, on your brakes but certainly within afinger’s movement from them.
Rules of the Road
For information please go to http://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/changes-and-answers/highway-code-for-cyclists