April Social Ride – 21st at 14:00
We’re channelling the Cadbury Caramel Bunny with this months social ride – taking it easy with a shorter and slower route this Easter Sunday, ideal for the whole family to work off some of those hot cross buns and chocolate.
We will leave the Market Square at the later time of 2pm before heading out towards the A46 cycle path, then on to Childswickham and Willersey before using the farm tracks to cut across to Bretforton where we will stop for refreshments at The Fleece – where else on Easter Sunday? We will return via Blackminster, Badsey and Knowle Hill covering just over 16 miles.
NOTE – This route may not be suitable for road bikes as we will be using some farm tracks.
Our scenic social rides are the 3rd Sunday of every month and start from Evesham Market Square.
Date Time Route
21st Apr 2.00pm Childswickham, Willersey, Bretforton, Blackminster, Badsey
19th May 2.00pm Childswickham, Laverton, Stanton, Dumbleton, Ashton under Hill, Elmley Castle, Hampton
16th Jun 2.00pm TBC
21st Jun 7.00pm Longest day ride
21st Jul 2.00pm TBC
Important things to know
All cyclists must wear helmets and ideally have lights on the front and back of their bike if cycling during winter months.
Before setting off on your bike always check your brakes, gears, spokes, tyres etc. If possible always try to carry a spare inner tube, tyre levers & a pump but do not worry if you do not have these or are not
confident about changing a tyre as the group will stop and give you a hand – no one is ever left behind!
The weather can be variable and it’s a good idea to pack a lightweight waterproof just in case. Also a number of thin layers are more effective at keeping out the cold and more comfortable to ride in. Extra socks and full finger gloves are a must for most cyclists during the winter.
Remember to bring water and make sure you are not planning to ride on an empty stomach – have a light meal before setting out to ensure you have sufficient energy to enjoy the ride. If you are very new to cycling you might want to bring along a few snacks to eat when we stop for a breather just to ensure your energy levels are maintained.
Rides will normally be between 15 & 20 miles & we plan to be back in Evesham by 5 pm at the very latest. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Riding in a group
Many people worry about riding in a group but there is no need to. The CEV Social Ride will have a leader and a tail cyclist who will make sure everyone is ok and no one gets left behind.
There are a few things to remember however:-
- Do not cycle in the gutter – it contains hazards: potholes, rubbish etc which could damage your tyres.
- Watch out for what is ahead and look out for uneven surfaces, parked cars, walkers and start to make your move with time to spare.
- Let people know when a car is coming – ‘car up’ (behind you) or ‘cardown’ (coming towards you).
- Always have hands, preferably, on your brakes but certainly within a finger’s movement from them.
Rules of the Road
For information please go to http://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/changes-and-answers/highway-code-for-cyclists