Tuesday Evening Winter Rides

As it’ll be dark by 4 pm there’s no pressure to get out early, so during the winter the rides start slightly later at 7 pm. The routes chosen for winter rides are generally better lit and use larger roads so it’s much safer than riding the country lanes at this time of the year.

Ride Options

There are two options for Tuesday evening winter rides.

  1. 7:00 pm hill-training ride. This ride follows a designated City Lights Route taking in most of Winchester’s hills at least once (22 miles, 500+ metres of climbing) at a steady (14-16mph) pace.  No one gets dropped on this ride as riders re-group after every hill.
  2. 7:00 pm chain-gang. This ride follows a designated Winter Route (29 miles) and includes riding through and off, should conditions permit. Depending on numbers there will be one or two groups. Load the route into your Garmin as it’s possible you’ll get dropped and have to make your way back home alone!
    Remember the route files are zipped so will need to be unzipped before loading on to a GPS device. Windows and MacOS unzip compressed files by double-clicking them.

Both rides leave from The Winchester Hotel & Spa. LIGHTS REQUIRED

RouteLinkOverview
City LightsCity Lights Route
Winter ChainWinter Chain


Young Riders 

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.

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