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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 June - Bath Tunnels - Chris B: This is a level 2 ride of 25 miles and quite a lot of climb –  about 4-5 hours. Must be confident on a bike as canal is rather wet if you make a mistake.  20 places on ride.  Priority to those who have not done this ride before. Meeting at Bathampton at 10am – cycle into Bath and do tunnels circuit first and then out to Bradford on Avon and return to Bathampton. Bike lights recommended for tunnels. Coffee and cake stop en route but no meal stop otherwise – so if you think you will fade away bring something to eat. Email Chris B to reserve a place.

Monday 24th June - Chettle - Linda/Robin: This is the “home option” alongside Chris with his BT option.  The ride is a similar route to last year but with some variations.  A few hills but not too many, on and off road, pleasant scenery. Coffee stop on the way round. Lunch available if wanted back at the start. Contact Linda/Robin

Monday 1st July - Wareham/Moreton - Richard P: Mainly on road but several forest tracks etc so hybrid or mountain bike required. From Wareham through Wool with a coffee stop after 9 miles in Moreton. Then a longer stage with several hilly sections through forest to Briantspuddle & back roads to Hyde, then return towards Wareham.  We will need to keep up a reasonable pace to get back to the pub in time for a late lunch. Email Richard P  to register.

Monday 15th July - Isle of Wight - Trevor/Colin P: Two separate rides, a 34 mile blue ride (Trevor) and a 25 mile red ride (Colin P). Both rides start an finish at the same place. Further details to follow.

Monday 22nd July - New Forest - Brian M: New Forest road cycle of 30 miles assessed as ‘red’; as will average 15+mph.  Number of participants will be limited, but will repeat if sufficient interest. For further details and registration contact Brian M, please.

2019 - You can register for the ride two weeks leading up to the preceding Friday.
24 Jun - Bath Tunnels - Chris B - Blue - 25 miles
24 Jun - Chettle - Blue - Linda - 21 miles
01 Jul - Wareham/Wool/Moreton - Richard P - Blue - 23 miles
07 Jul - MacMillan charity ride
08 Jul -
15 Jul - Isle of Wight - Blue/Red - Trevor/Colin P - 34/25 miles
22 Jul - New Forest (road) - Brian M - Red - 30 miles
29 Jul - 
05 Aug - Mottisfont - Red - Annette - ? miles
12 Aug -
19 Aug - Ferndown - Green - Anita - 18 miles
26 Aug - Bank Holiday
02 Sept -
09 Sept -
10-12 Sept - Normandy - Colin L - 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