Saturday, 19 March 2016

Shaftesbury Century Friday 25th March 2016

As has become tradition these last few years, Good Friday will be the annual Shaftsbury Century ride. Two reasons for the Friday ride, one it gives riders doing the Easter Sunday two up an extra recovery day and secondly where we stop for lunch in Shaftsbury the road is a lot quieter on Good Friday so our bikes don’t cause so many problems when left outside the café.
I’ve made a couple of change to the route this year, firstly taking out the road through Hillstreet which is very rough at the moment and secondly taking out the main road stretch between Downton and Odsctock.
So the plan is:
Meet at the usual start point in the main car park, Brookley Road, Brockenhurst at 0820 for an 0830 depart. Note the earlier start. Ride out via Balmer Lawn, Hatchet Pond, Beaulieu, North Road, Ipley Cross, Colbury and then to Ashurst Station Car Park. There will be a second depart from the station car park at 0930 for anybody wishing to join there.
Then through Woodlands, Bartley, Newbridge, Furzey and then to the Lamb at Nomansland at approx. 1000.
Then up Pipers Wait, Roger Penney Way and Fordingbridge. If required, we will stop for coffee in Fordingbridge but if not delay the stop to the halfway point at 80K at the community shop in Broad Chalke that has been popular before.
From Fordingbridge we will head north towards Brookheath, then Rockbourne and towards Coombe Bissett and pick up the valley road we normally use.
Then its head west along the valley road, possibly stopping at Broad Chalke and onwards to Shaftsbury for lunch at the café. Remembers to bring a small lock for leaving the bike at the café. The café will refill water bottles and is very bike friendly.
Then after lunch there’s 65K to go and we’ll return via Zig Zag Hill, Tollard Royal and Sixpenny Handley where we’ll turn off the main road. Cross country to Alderholt and last chance to top up supplies at the supermarket there. From there back to Brock via familiar roads through Harbridge, Red Shoot, Bolderwood.
That should make a round hundred miles / 160K.
The ride will be slightly slower than usual club rides due to the extra distance. Please check weather forecast and be prepared for change in conditions, bring extra food, money for café stops and lock for the stop in Shaftsbury.


Friday, 18 March 2016

Club Ride - Saturday 19th March

This weeks club ride will be as follows:

Route, Brockenhurst, Bolderwood, Bramble Hill, West Wellow, Shfootash, Tunbridge, Lockerly, West Dean, Whiteparish, Redlynch, Downton, Woodgreen, Stockton, Poulner, Crow, Burley and back to Brock. 

60 miles at 17 MPH average will be the target.

Coffee / cake stop will be at my house where Julie will have baked cakes and instead of paying the cafe there will be a tin for optional donations to Sport Relief. 

Route at

Usual meet at 0850 for 0900 depart form main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst


Friday, 11 March 2016

Club Ride - Saturday 12th March

This weeks club ride is just short of 60 miles and aiming for an average pace of around 17MPH

Meet as usual at 0850 for 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.

Route out via Balmer Lawn and a familiar loop around Exbury, Lepe and Calshot. Then Dibden Purlieu, Applemore, Ipley Cross, Lyndhurst, Emery Down, Minstead, Bartley, Newbridge, Nomansland and back to Brock via Ocknells Plain and Bolderwood and hopefully time for some drills across the old airfield road.

No planned coffee stop on this route so probably stop in Brock at end of the ride.

For those that want there will be an optional ride after the coffee stop of 25-35 miles back over Bolderwood / Red Shoot and Frogham for those training for longer events.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Club Ride Saturday 5th March - CANCELLED

Update Saturday 0743

Hard frost and ice reported this morning from various areas. Temperatures not due to rise until much later so the sensible thing to do is cancel this weeks club ride. Should be OK to ride later on or get on the turbo for some mental torture! Barry

Now we're into March time to start stretching the rides a little so this week a 100K loop up to Dean.
Usual depart, meet at 0850 for 0900 departure from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Bolderwood and Red Shoot, then via Fordingbridge to Downton and then a loop around Dean.
Back via West Wellow and probable coffee stop at Carolo's after 70K and then back via Fritham, Bolderwood etc.
Check Facebook / Blog for any last minute changes in case of a temperature drop and a delayed start.
Pace around 17MPH so expect 3.5 hours of riding so ETA for return to Brock 1300.

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