How to join the West Wolds U3A cycling group
Come to the next meeting and make yourself known to one of the Greeters. He or she will explain what the U3A is about and introduce you to a member of the cycling group.
The cycling group is there for you to enjoy a leisurely ride locally and, on occasions, journey further for a day out.
All riders are expected to ride with safety in mind, wear a helmet and an appropriate “high vis” jacket, top garment or a reflective sash. We use lights when appropriate.
Cycle Group rides are currently coordinated by Gordon Jennings. Please call 01673 844222 / 07948881121 or click email@example.com to go on the regular mailing list.
Friday Rides are planned to be of 3 and 4 hours duration, with a comfort break at mid point. Rides are a mixture of distance v terrain, depending on weather and other factors. They normally start at 10am and are led by an identified member of the cycling group.
Wednesday Rides are local to Market Rasen meeting at 10am on the Jamerson Bridge in Market Rasen. They are easier (10 mph) local rides, lasting from 1 to 3 hours, with a comfort break and refreshments.
“Over the Hill” are local bike rides which offer a more energetic route for those who don’t mind a few hills. Rides are arranged ad-hoc without clashing with the regular Friday rides. To be put on the mailing list for these rides, click to tell Gary (Group Lead).
Storm Dennis ….. may give us a steady westerly this week and forecast changes could affect Friday’s shorter route plan.
Friday 21st February. Given the forecast of a steady but powerful westerly breeze tomorrow, may I suggest we meet at Middle Rasen PO at 10.00 am. We can then discuss our ride factoring the weather and prevailing wind.
We may need to limit our ride tomorrow to going south and north, rather than cycling against the westerly breeze.
I moved the previously published ride to the first week in March. (see below).
Please email Gordon to say you are riding asap.
Wednesday 26th February is a local rider with Angela. Please tell her you plan to join and any preferences you may have concerning route and distance to be cycled.
Friday 28th February is a trip led by Chris which starts at 10am from carpark off Skinners Lane, South Ferriby, DN18 6HW (18 miles return) or 10.30 am at the Ropewalk, Barton DN18 5JT for the shorter ride. Being largely off road, using cycle tracks along the north and south Humber Bank, the ride is not suitable for lighter bikes with narrow wheels.
Those starting at S. Ferriby will cycle on the foreshore following the Viking Way beside the Far Ings nature reserve. The pits and reedbeds are a legacy of the tile and cement industry which flourished between 1850 and 1959. The reserve is a popular with migrating birds on this major east-west flyway.
As a point of interest, the Ropewalk is nearly a quarter of a mile long. It operated as a rope making factory between 1767 until production ceased in 1989. It is now an exhibition centre for art and craft, holds creative workshops and has a popular public refreshment area should you need early refreshments. Otherwise, once across the bridge, the track from Hessel into North Feriby takes to a comfortable and popular cafe for our break.
Let Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org) know you plan to ride and where you intend starting from.
Wednesday 4th March is a local rider with Angela. Please tell her you plan to join and any preferences you may have concerning route and distance to be cycled.
Friday 6th March can I suggest we visit the Bottle and Glass at Normanby . We had planned this last month. Again we leave at Middle Rasen PO at 10.30 am should get us to the B&G at 12 noon when the pub opens.
From Middle Rasen we ride south and then west through Buslingthorpe to Faldingworth. If you plan to join at Faldingworth, please be there at 10.50. We cycle west on the Spridlington Road until we turn south into Cold Hanworth, and on toward Hackthorne. At the crossroads we turn north toward Spridlington, and Owmby by Spittal. We should arrive at the B&G in Normanby by Spittal around opening time.
After the break, we ride back on Highgate Lane through Toft, where those who joined at Faldingworth turn south to Newton and the Spridlington Road. Those who cyced out of Middle Rasen will separate at Toft to continue to West Rasen and the cycle path into Middle Rasen.
Starting and finishing in Faldingworth is a comfortable 15 miles, however the Middle Rasen group will cycle a little further.
Please email Gordon to say you are riding and where you plan to start.