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    “It's by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them”
       Ernest Hemingway

Extended Rides:    Warning: these rides are not "Activate sponsored Health Rides" although they are healthy!

I don't ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.

Ride Leaders have agreed to plan a route and guide others round but each rider is responsible for their own and others’ safety at all times.

Please observe these safety guidelines

Anyone intending to join a MCG ride must notify the Ride Leader by the cut-off date indicated in the ride details. If last minute circumstances dictate that you cannot attend, please inform the Ride Leader. Lunches: are normally ordered through the 'leader'. If, for any reason, you are unable to ride that morning then it is your responsibility to contact the 'lunch stop' directly to cancel your lunch otherwise you may be liable for the bill.

Most rides start at 10:00 a.m. and are designed to last around 2 hours perhaps covering 15 to 20 miles. Rides are using mixed terrain: some road, some off road (bridleways) and with a mixture of small climbs but nothing a competent cyclist couldn't manage. As for any cycling, helmets are strongly recommended as is the provision of plenty of water to drink.

Level Terrain
1 Flat road/tracks, very few short hills, distance variable (escape routes back to base)
more demanding tracks and roads with a few more hills
3 level of fitness (distance) and competence required for off road trails
Straightforward ride. Gentle gradients. Relaxed pace. Manageable distance. Suitable for all MCG members
Occasional hazards, eg ruts or potholes. May have some significant gradients. Steady pace. Distance not a problem for most but confident bike handling required.
Contains challenges or difficulties which make the ride unsuitable for many. Somewhat demanding and with a brisk pace.
Demanding. Madness helps but a level of fitness (distance) and competence required for off road trails

Next Ride: 

Monday 24th February - Poole - Chris O: For further details and registration please contact Chris O

Monday 2nd March - Purbecks - John S:  This is a road ride - all tarmac with hills 30+ miles from Sandbanks chain ferry. Red+ grade - paced on my mountain bike, but road/e-bikes welcome. For further details and registration please contact John

Monday 2nd March – River Piddle and River Frome Valleys - Trevor: This ride is 15 miles on really quiet country roads and will be mainly on tarmac. We will start at Athelhampton House and coffee will be taken at Moreton Tea Rooms. For further details and to register please contact Trevor.
"This ride is now full, a waiting list is in place"

2020 - You can register for the ride two weeks leading up to the preceding Friday.
24 Feb - Poole - Chris O - Blue - ?miles
02 Mar - Purbecks - John S - Red+ - 30 miles
02 Mar - Piddle/Frome valleys - Trevor - Green - 15 miles
09 Mar - NF - Brian M - Red/Blue - 24 miles

16 Mar - Stockbridge - Clive - Red/Blue - 25 miles
06 Apr - N Dorset & SW Wilts incl Wardour Castle & Tisbury - Trevor - Blue - 17 miles
13 Apr - Easter Monday
20 Apr - Verwood - Anita - Blue - ? miles

13 May - Belgium Cycle Trip – Wednesday 13.5.2020 – Monday 18.5.2020
"This ride is now full."
29 Jun - Stockbridge - Trevor - Blue - 30 miles
27 Jul - Hardy's Monument - Trevor - Blue - 15 miles
09 Nov - Mick Moore Memorial Ride (Blandford) - Blue

I never want to abandon my bike. I see my grandfather, now in his seventies and riding around everywhere. To me that is beautiful. And the bike must always remain a part of my life.”

Stephen Roche, Irish winner of the 1987 Tour de France and Giro d'Italia