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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 21st October - Wimborne - Pat: 23 mile ride (3 miles off road - gravel track) taking in the countryside north of Wimborne. There will be a banana break on route but no coffee stop as no suitable venue on route. (Bring your own flask!) Lunch, at the departure venue, around 1.15 pm. Please register with Pat for further information and booking your place.
"This ride is now full."
Monday 28th October - Ferndown/Ringwood - Anita: Starting at Ferndown cycling through Hurn forest out through Ripley and down towards Ringwood where we will have a coffee stop ,cake wonderful pork pies even cooked breakfast whatever you fancy ( approximately 10 miles into the ride ).We then cycle back to Ashley heath  before we head back to Ferndown. Lunch will be available but does not need to be pre ordered. If interested please contact Anita.

Monday 4th November - Gussages - Ian & Angela: An approx 20 mile ride over droves, bridleways and country lanes around the Gussages, via Sixpenny and Chettle (coffee). A reddish blue run which may involve muddy tracks but will be ridden at a blue pace – suggest MTB only. Please register with Ian and Angela

2019 - You can register for the ride two weeks leading up to the preceding Friday.
21 Oct - North of Wimborne - Pat - Blue - 23 miles
28 Oct - Ferndown/Ringwood - Anita - Blue - 18-20 miles
04 Nov - Gussages - Ian & Angela - Blue + - 20 miles
11 Nov - Broomhill - Mike G - Blue+ - 26 miles
18 Nov -
25 Nov -

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