Sunday Club Rides
Sunday Club Rides are typically 50miles / 3hrs riding + a coffee stop. They start at 09:00 from the Winchester Hotel car park. Club rides average 17mph and run at the pace of the slowest rider, no-one will be dropped. Rides follow the same format as Tuesday night rides. Each Sunday we’ll follow a route from a list of tested and suitable rides which will rotate. Just check the website to download the gpx.
We still need volunteers to lead on the day and, ideally, a second person to volunteer to act as ‘sweeper’ to ensure that no-one gets left behind. If the group is larger than 12 people then we’ll need a second set of volunteers to lead each additional group. It’s not difficult to act as leader but your life and everyone else’s will be a lot easier (and safer) if all riders are familiar with a few guidelines.
Got a favourite route you’d like everyone to enjoy? Just email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org. and we’ll add it to the list. Remember they’ll need to be roughly 50 miles long, suitable for a winter ride, and have a coffee stop close to halfway. Please also include a gpx and route description.
Club Rides - Routes
|Date||Date||GPX + Map||Notes|
|1||24 Dec, 25 Feb||South_East_to_Butser_86km.gpx|
|A 53 mile / 86km ride out to the less used (Clanfield) side of Butser Hill via some other lumps and bumps. We return via the Sustainability Centre for coffee (at 32 miles).|
|2||31 Dec, 4 Mar||SE_Wickham_84km v2.gpx|
|NEW & IMPROVED
A 52 mile / 84km ride to Wickham, with plenty of hills. We leave Winchester through St Cross, to Twyford, then up to the Milburys. Here we go down Salt lane, a short trip along Stake's lane then up the first climb of Beacon Hill, going up Sailors Lane. We then descend Beacon hill lane, carry on straight through Swanmore and across to Wickham, for coffee in the Square at 26 miles. Refreshed and, probably, caffeinated, we then head back via Hundred Acres, and along the undulating roads through Newtown to Soberton. A short stretch on the B2150 brings us to Brockbridge, where we head North a mile or so on the A32 to Exton, which gives us the second climb up Beacon Hill (this time via the White way) before coming home back via Cheriton, Tichborne and the Itchen Valley.
|3||7 Jan, 11 Mar||West_to_Downton_90km.gpx|
|A 56 mile / 90km ride to Downton. We head east to the Tytherleys and Dean via Sarum Road before heading south to Alderley and Downton. There’s coffee at the Borough Café in Downton at 23 miles before doubling back on ourselves then heading back east into the New Forest and Landford. It’s then up to the Wellows, Timsbury, Braishfield and Hursley and back onto the Sarum Road into Winchester.|
|4||14 Jan, 18 Mar||South_to_Portsdown_89km.gpx|
|A 55 mile / 89km route that's pan flat out to Bishops Waltham followed by a few minor undulations down to the ride's marquee climb of Portsdown Hill. We then proceed via Hambledon up to the Hyden Farm Lane wide of Old Winchester to (inevitably) the Sustainability Centre for coffee. After that it's along the ridge and down to Warnford, up Wheely Down and home via Kilmeston, Cheriton and the Itchen Valley.|
|5||21 Jan, 25 Mar||North_to_Overton_83km.gpx|
|An 85km / 52 mile ride heading north to Overton. We head out via Stoke Charity, Micheldever, and then past Overton before turning West to Cole Henley and then South down the Bourne Valley through Hurstbourne Priors. We’ll then follow the River Test through Middleton and Wherwell for a coffee stop (60km) at the John Lewis cafe in Leckford. After coffee it’s Stockbridge and then the back lane over Cow Drove Hill to King’s Somborne, down that valley to Crawley and back to Winchester via Littleton. Almost all of the climbing is in the first half.
|6||26 Nov, 28 Jan||South_East_to_Stoner_Hill_82km.gpx|
|A 51 mile / 82km ride towards Petersfield taking in the twists, turns and gradient of Stoner Hill. We head out via Easton to Gander Down, along the ridge and down Beacon Hill Lane to Corhampton, then to the back (Hyden Farm Lane) side of Winchester Hill and then onwards to Stoner Hill. We return via Ropley for coffee in Alresford at 42 miles and then flat and fast down the Itchen Valley back into Winchester.|
|7||3 Dec, 4 Feb||South_East_to_the_Meons_82km.gpx|
|A hilly ride 51 mile / 82 km ride, heading east towards the Meons with an early coffee stop at the Sustainability Café after 20 miles, before heading north to Alresford, Northington and then home. There will be opportunities for blasting up the 3 main climbs of Old Winchester, Beacon Hill and Northington, regrouping at the top.|
|8||10 Dec, 11 Feb||West_to_Winterslow_80km.gpx|
|A 50 mile / 80 km ride west to Winterslow. We visit Braishfield, Lockerly, East and West Dean, Pitton, Winterslow and Houghton before stopping for coffee in Stockbridge at 37 miles. We then return via Leckford, Crawley and Littleton.|
|9||17 Dec, 18 Feb||North_East_to_Lasham_80km.gpx|
|A 50 mile / 80 km ride to Lasham Airfield. Our route takes us to Micheldever, East Stratton, Cliddesden then Lasham Airfield for coffee just over half way. We then return via Bighton and Alresford and the very familiar Itchen Valley.|
Please note that the route files are zipped so need to be unzipped before loading on to a GPS device. Windows and MacOS unzip compressed files by double-clicking them.
The Club welcomes youth riders participating on our Club and training rides as long as membership and parental consent is in place beforehand. U16s will need to be in the company of a parent or guardian unless specific permission has been sought ahead of riding from the Club Secretary. Youth riders should bear in mind the required average pace and duration of the ride and be comfortable in achieving these before participating.
A Selection of Sunday Rides
- Kilmeston.gpx (30 miles)
- Lasham.gpx (40 miles)
- Medstead.gpx (33 miles)
- NWaltham.gpx (34 miles)
- TestValley35.gpx (35 miles)
- Landford.gpx (43 miles, coffee at Landford Garden Centre)
- Whitchurch35.gpx (35 miles)
- Stockbridge36.gpx (36 miles) [Stoke Charity, Wherwell, Stockbridge, Farley]
- Herriard.gpx (43 miles)
- Stockbridge30.gpx (30 miles) [Crawley, Wherwell, Stockbridge, King’s Somborne, Farley]
- KingsSomborne30.gpx (30 miles) [Crawley, Stockbridge, King’s Somborne, Hursley]
- WinchHill.gpx (51 miles) [Itchen Valley, Cheriton, Warnford, Sust Centre (coffee), Droxford, Bishops Waltham, Owslebury, Twyford]
- TestValley45.gpx (45 miles) [Sparsholt, Braishfield, Awbridge, Broughton, Houghton, Stockbridge (coffee), Wherwell, Crawley, Littleton]
- Winterslow.gpx (52 miles) [Braishfield, Lockerly, E&W Dean, Pitton, Winterslow, Houghton, Stockbridge (coffee), Crawley, Littleton]
- Sustainability Centre.gpx (44 miles) [Itchen Valley, Cheriton, Kilmeston, West Meon, Sust Centre (coffee), Exton, Owslebury, Twyford]
- QEIICountryPark.gpx (46 miles) [Itchen Valley, Cheriton, Meon Valley, QEII CP (coffee), Warnford, Owslebury, Twyford]
- Whitchurch51.gpx (51 miles) [Itchen Abbas, East Stratton, Micheldever, Overton, Whitchurch (coffee), Wherwell, Stockbridge, King’s Somborne, Crawley]
- EastWestLoop.gpx (50 miles) [Alresford, Micheldever, Kingsworthy (coffee), King’s Somborne, Stockbridge, Crawley]
- Lasham50.gpx (50 miles) [Micheldever, East Stratton, Cliddesden, Lasham Airfield (coffee), Bighton, Alresford]
Longer circular rides of 60+ miles
- GreatBedwyn.gpx (75 miles, coffee at Crofton Beam Engine)
- Wilton.gpx (70 miles)
- Kintbury.gpx (68 miles)
- NewForest.gpx (78 miles)
- WinchBigLoop.gpx (92 miles)
Destination rides: Winchester to…