Weekend rides are now operating at the old new normal level of groups of six riders again. You can book your place on a Saturday ride at 22, 24, 27 or 30 kmh and on the Sunday CATI and Steady Social Rides. Booking is via Love Admin.
Bookings will open for the Saturday rides at the start of the week and will close at lunchtime on Friday. You will receive an email with details of your ride and the other members of your group.
Unfortunately, the restrictions imposed under the terms of the latest government lockdown limit outdoor sporting activities to no more than two people not from the same household. Clearly this means that we can’t continue with the current groups of six or fewer that we’ve managed to reintroduce over the last few weeks. But we can keep riding in pairs and we plan to use the Love Admin system to facilitate this process.
This is how it will (hopefully) work…
I have created new ride groups at 22kmh, 24kmh, 27kmh and 30kmh on both Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to ride at this pace, but haven’t found a ride partner, then sign up to the group at the pace at which you would like to ride on the day that you would like to ride. If you want to ride both days then sign up for the ride groups on both days. I will close the rides on Friday lunchtime and allocate everyone a partner to ride with at the same pace as them. Clearly if there is an odd number of riders then it will be first come first served so I can’t guarantee to be able to match everyone up. I will email out a list of partners on Friday afternoon and it will then be up to you to get in touch with each other and arrange your starting point and your route – the ride schedule is still on the website so you could use those routes. The groups are all listed with a nominal start time of 8.30 but when you actually start is entirely up to you – ideally pick a time and place that you don’t think other pairs will pick. If you don’t like the partner you’re allocated then you will need to get in touch with them to tell them that you are swiping left. Similarly if you need to cancel for any other reason. As this system relies upon me sharing your contact details with other riders, you will need to have approved this in your personal settings.
It’s not ideal but it’s the best we can do under the current circumstances.
I hope everyone is bearing up OK, not where any of us would have chosen to be right now.
We have moved over to the new LoveAdmin platform on Monday. Current members should have their details automatically uploaded/ported over. If your renewal is due and/or your membership has expired, please wait until Monday to renew/rejoin on the new system. Renewals/rejoins/new members WILL still have to pay the £20 membership fee – but your renewal date will be January 2022, along with everyone else. This is a new system for all of us and migrating has been quite a complicated process, so please be patient during the transition process – everything will get sorted and ironed out, but it might not be instantly! I will be reviewing all memberships on both systems (RiderHQ and LoveAdmin), so no-one will fall between the cracks.
• Recreational rides (including HSBC UK Breeze, HSBC UK Guided Rides, HSBC UK Ride Social, Let’s Ride Pop-up)
• All educational courses or activities (eg coaching courses, Ride Leader courses, commissaire courses)
Based on the combination of British Cycling and Government advice the committee has decided to suspend ALL organised club rides and events until further notice.
We will keep you all updated about events due to take place after 30th April and if there are any changes to British Cycling advice.
It is an individual choice if you wish to continue riding solo or in small groups but we please ask that you refrain from wearing club kit as opinion will be divided as to whether we should still be riding and hostility on the road may well increase in the coming weeks.
The full British Cycling update can be found here;
A bit more info about our monument series of rides taking place
over the next few weeks.
Sadly, proper racing in Italy is not taking place at the
moment which has led to the cancellation of Milan-San Remo, but that doesn’t
need to stop us riding our own tribute to La Classicissima around the weekend
of 20th and 21st March.
The route (link below) we’ve chosen is generally pretty flat
(like the real thing) but does have a longish climb mid ride up the Passo del Bury
Hill Turchino and finishes with a sting in its tail on the short, sharp ascent
of the Bear Poggio. There is then the technical(ish)
descent of Wilson Avenue before the final dash to the sea front and the
traditional sprint along Via Madeiroma to the finish at the pier. At 149km long, it is exactly half the
distance of the Italian Milan San Remo.
For the monument series as a whole, there will be a
presentation on awards night for anyone who completes the full set of rides so
get this one in early to keep yourself in the game. I won’t be checking Strava feeds to check
everyone’s claims (life really is too short) so it’s just down to your honesty
to claim your prize. However, what I do
want to see is lots of photos on the Mitre Facebook page. To recreate something of the feel of the
Spring Classics, we need to see some muddy legs so full length tights are
forbidden for these rides and there will be a bonus prize for the best photo of
razor sharp post ride mud lines (Rule 7.1).
On monument weekends, there will still be the usual club
ride leaving from the café at 8.30 on Saturday but, to allow as much
flexibility as possible, you can ride the monument anytime in the week before
or after. Choose to ride it on your own
or in a group with your friends, and either take it easy or smash it up; the
choice is yours. The only thing we would
advocate is to keep group sizes small: ideally no more than 6 but 8 at a
maximum as per BC guidelines.
As ever, your safety and that of your fellow riders is your
own responsibility. As this is a
self-led ride, you need to make sure that you are equipped physically,
technically and mentally to complete the ride even if, by some quirk of fate,
you end up on your own. For this first
Milan-San Remo ride, you will need to take particular care on Bury Hill as it
is a very busy section of road on which the cars and lorries travel quickly.