Friday, 22 June 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 23rd June

The forecast is looking great for Saturday, so the plan is for a slightly longer, and lumpier, ride to Swanage.
Usual meet-up at 0850 for 0900 depart from the car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang - 21st June

Running tonight, usual format, 1900 start from outside St Saviours Church, Burley Road, Brockenhurst.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang – 14th June

After the last few weeks of freak weather on Thursdays and a couple of inter club TT’s we have a clear night for a chain gang. So, for the remainder of June and through to end of July start time will be 1900. Usual meeting point outside St Saviours Church, Burley Road, Brockenhurst.
All welcome. For those that haven’t ridden the chain gang before it is for all abilities. Any riders that get dropped usually form up into 2-ups or smaller groups and continue at a lower pace and all meet up again at the finish. Any riders that are stronger than the group will end up doing more turns on the front towards the end.
Hope to see a good turnout tonight

Friday, 8 June 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 9th June

This weeks club ride as follows:
Meet at 0850 for a 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Rhinefield, Bolderwood, down to Emery Down and a lot of little roads around Minstead. Bartley, Bramshaw, across Ocknells Plain, Red Shoot, Poulner, Burley, Setthorns, Boldre. Then coffee stop at Mabel’s (in the garden centre that was popular a few weeks back). That will be at 77Km. Then those that want a shorter ride can peel off and those wanting a longer ride there will be an additional loop around East Boldre and that will make £108Km.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 2nd June

Looks like a decent forecast so this weeks club ride will be a longish trip out to the Chalke Valley. Meet at 0850 for an 0900 depart from the main car park un Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Rhinefield, Bolderwood, Red Shoot, Fordingbridge. Up through Whitsbury and hopefully the resurfaced road will have bedded down by now. Then along the Chalke Valley to Broad Chalke. Then a bit further along the Chalke Valley and return via Tollard Royal, Sixpenny Handley, Cranbourne (for coffee at the garden centre (and birthday cake for Phil H). Then back to the forest via Alderholt, Red Shoot, Bolderwood and Brock for a total of 130Km

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang - 31st May - CANCELLED

The weather forecast is giving us thunderstorms for tonight so unfortunately not safe for chain gang so tonights ride in cancelled.
Fingers crossed for next week and as it's June we'll move to a 1900 start for June and July.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 26th May

Forecast for this week is for a few showers so planning on keeping the plan a little bit flexible. Core ride will just be a 88Km loop around the forest with a coffee stop in Burley at 76Km. At that point we can make a plan for those wanting to ride long or decide to call it a day and go home to watch the Giro.
So meet at 0850 for an 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst. Out via Balmer Lawn to Hatchet Pond. Down for a loop around East Boldre and back to Beaulieu. Up to Lyndhurst, Emery Down, Minstead, Bolderwood, Red Shoot, Poulner, Crow, and onto the Cider Shop Café in Burley. Then either back to Brock or another loop for the mileage monsters.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang - 24th May - CANCELLED

Apologies but just seen the weather forecast for tonight has changed to thunderstorms and risk of lightning.
Not conducive to a chain gang so with regret tonights ride is cancelled.
Please note that from next week and through to end of July start time will move back to 1900.
Barry Wootten

Friday, 18 May 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 19thMay

This weeks club ride as follows:
Meet at 0850 for 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Burley Road, Setthorns, Pennington, Lymington, Beaaulieu, Exbury, Lepe, Blackfield,Exbury, Beulieu, Hatchet Pond, East Boldre and down to Boldre for coffee stop in the Shallowmeads Garden Centre at around 75Km.
Then option for anybody that wants a shorter ride to return to Brock. For those that are determined to stay out to miss the Royal Wedding / Cup Final and have the Giro recorded to watch on demand carry on and do another loop around Burley, Braggers, Crow, Red Shoot, Bolderwood for 127Km.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Club Ride – Saturday May 12th

This weeks club ride will be a 130Km ride up to Longstock and back. Meet at 0850 for an 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Rhinefield, Bolderwood, Red Shoot, Fordingbridge. Cross to Wood Green and up to Longstock where we’ll stop for coffee at the Waitrose garden centre just after 70Km.
Then our well used more direct route back via Stockbridge, Houghton, Mottisfont. Back into the forest and return via Bramble Hill, Ocknells Plain, Bolderwood and back to Brock.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang – 10th May

Chain gang running tonight. 1845 start from outside St Saviours Church, Burley Road, Brockenhurst.
Apologies I won’t be there tonight due to work 😢
Have a good ride.

Remember, no chain gang next week (17th) due to inter club TT


Friday, 4 May 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 5th May

This weeks club ride as follows:
Meet at 0850 for a 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Sway Road, Setthorns, Burley Lawn, Crow, Poulner, Ogdens, Hyde, Blissford, Wood Green, Lover, Nomansland, Red Shoot and coffee stop at Hockey’s Farm shop after around 70Km.
Then back via Red Shoot, option to cut back to Brockenhurst via Bolderwood for a 100Km ride and for those that wish for a longer ride continue to Emery Down, Minstead, Ashurst, Beulieu and that will make 127Km. For those wanting their usual Saturday century split at Beaulieu and the usual route around Lepe.



As we’re all aware road cycling has it’s dangers and also members of the public that do not share our passion and occasionally have a mis match between their opinion and the Highway Code. So, for our protection the committee have purchased a pair of cameras for use on club rides and chain gangs.
This will provide us with evidence if we ever have an accident with a vehicle and also if there are complaints about club rides evidence of how the group was riding.
I’ll ask one of you to take the rear camera each week.
As a welcome side benefit it will also provide us with evidence if we’re not riding in a good formation. So please keep the lines as straight as your cycle tan lines will be after this weekend or my next request to the committee will be to purchase a taser for anybody not keeping the line straight 😀

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang – 3rd May

Forecast looks good so chain gang is running tonight
Usual depart from outside St Saviours Church in Burley Road, Brockenhurst
Note, from tonight and all through May start time will be 1845
Also, please note that there will be no chain gang on the 17thdue to inter club TT with Sotonia


Friday, 27 April 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 28th April

Meet at 0850 for 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Rhinefield, Bolderwood, Red Shoot, North Gorley, Fordingbridge. Then out of the forest via Whitstsbury, Coombe Bissett, Broad Chalke, turn for home and stop at the community shop in Martin where they made us so welcome a few weeks back for coffee.
Return via Sandleheath, Alderholt, Harbridge.
Optional short cut back to Brock via Bolderwood or carry on around the Braggers loop for a total of 109Km. 


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang – 28thApril

Chain gang running as normal tonight
1830 depart from outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst
I might be late home from work so please leave on time if I’m not there
Keep up the standard from last week, nice tight lines with no wheel overlapping, single up when required quickly and decisively. If the group is too large (more than 12) consider splitting into two groups.
Note, from next week start will move to 1845

Friday, 20 April 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 21st April

At last summer weather so look forward to seeing everybody out on their summer bikes and short sleeves. This week will be a two lap ride so options for a 88Km lap one and an optional 50K lap two after the coffee stop.
Meet at 0850 for an 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst as usual. Out via Balmer Lawn, Hatchet Pond and a loop around Sowley and Bucklers Hard. Then another loop around Lepe and Calshot. From Beaulieu up to Lyndhurst, Emery Down, Bolderwood and back to Brock for coffee.
This week Julie is running a coffee morning for a charity that she supports so we’ve been invited to hoover up. There is no obligation to make a donation as most of you have been very generous supporting other coffee mornings for Sport Relief etc but for anybody that wishes to there will be a box for the local Red Box Project:
After coffee for those that wish another 50K loop back over Bolderwood and around Hyde.



Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang – 19th April

At last some proper spring weather for the chain gang. So, we’ll be departing at 1830 from outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst as usual.

Thanks for the riders who have supported the first two chain gangs this year. Standard of riding has been good for the first rides. Two coaching points to raise from those rides:
·     Week 1, number of riders in the fast line were in too much of a hurry to get to the front and accelerated in the faster line. This caused the line to fragment. Aim is to keep the two lines moving at slightly different paces and keep the group as tight as possible. Happy to say that in week 2 this was a lot better.
·     Week 2, we had several occurrences of riders moving across into the slower line not taking enough pace off. The caused the rider on the inside to have to take far too long a time on the front. So, if you’re the leader of the slower line and riders are not coming through try and control your pace to let the faster lane catch and pass.

Pace of rides will pick up over the next few weeks and if the group size gets any larger we may have to consider splitting into two groups.
As well as a good workout the chain gang is skill training. So think about your riding and its effect on the group, we are trying to move as efficiently as possible around the circuit. Keep the group tight, if there are an even number of riders you should see the front and back riders changing simultaneously and two even lines.
Aim tonight will be to keep the group together until the top of Wilverley and then if there are stronger riders to create two or more smaller groups for the fast finish into Brock. But please respect the pinch points where it is not our priority, try and predict where the oncoming cars are and plan passing through the pinch points with the minimum of disruption to the group.

Enjoy the ride


Friday, 13 April 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 14thApril

This weeks club ride will take us out of the forest and up to the John Lewis café at Leckford. There’s a Wiggle ride on so normally best to keep out of the way of that.

Usual meet at 0850 for an 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.

Out via Balmer Lawn, Beaulieu, Ipley Cross, Ashurst, Bartley, Newbridge then head out of the forest towards West Wellow. Loop around Lockerley, Dean, Tytherley, Broughton and onto the coffee stop in Leckford after just over 80Km.

Return via our well sued route through Stockbridge, Houghton, Mottisfont, Awbridge and back to Brock via Ocknells Plain and Bolderwood for a total of 133Km.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang 12th April

Chain gang is on tonight, 1830 start from outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst. All welcome. Barry

Friday, 6 April 2018

Club Ride – Saturday 7th April

Looks like we’ll be dealing with a few showers again this week so make sure you’ve got some lights and a light jacket for the ride. Usual meet at 0850 for 0900 depart from the main car park in Brookley Road, Brockenhurst.
Out via Rhinefield Road, Bolderwood, across Ocknells Plan, Nomansland, New Road, across the A36 towards Plaitford. A loop around Dean Hill and back into the forest via Redlynch. Then onto Godshill, Fordingbridge and out of the forest via Sandleheath and onto Martin. There is a new community shop in Martin and they’ve opened up a coffee shop in the hall there on Saturday mornings so we’ll aim to stop there after just under 80Km.
Then back down to Fordingbridge and return to Brock via North Gorley, Red Shoot, Bolderwood.
Total distance 117Km. Couple of options to cut short for anybody looking for a shorter ride.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Thursday Night Chain Gang - Re-starts 5th April

For those that know the form 1830 from Brockenhurst. For those that don't the long version below:

Now that the evenings are getting brighter and we’re turning up the intensity of our training the Chain Gang training ride will re-start on Thursday evenings. Thursday has been chosen as to best fit between Tuesday night TT’s and weekend racing / long rides. The rides will involve a 45 minute loop around Brockenhurst and Burley riding at speed and effecting smooth and safe changes of riders on the front. The rules of the chain gang are harsh but fair. If you’re dropped or have a simple puncture it is up to you to find your own way home, if you crash, are ill or have a serious mechanical the group will stop.
For those of you not familiar with the Chain Gang it can best be described as a road version of a team pursuit or a team time trial. Each rider takes a short turn riding on the front and then moves to the back and takes shelter from the wind. Riding this way enables the group to travel faster than individuals and also practices skills needed for road / circuit racing. Newbies welcome, guidance will be given for those new to the discipline. Those that rode previous years have certainly improved their skills and fitness over the summer.
There are, however ways in which different abilities are catered for in a chain gang, the stronger riders will take longer turns at the front. Depending on the groups we have I would think that the initial training rides will be running at around 20MPH and in a month or so towards 22-23MPH. If numbers are high we will split into smaller groups so that we are not a hazard to other road users. In such cases we will try and match the fitness of riders as best as possible.
We have practiced this drill a number of times on the Saturday endurance rides and previous years. Those that ride on the track are well experienced in this discipline and those of you that rode the 2-up also. I propose to run the first couple of rides as training rides at a slightly slower pace so everybody can practice the drill and become familiar with the course. I would also appreciate riders who are experienced at riding in pace lines to join in and improve the quality of the group with their experience. On those early rides we will practice the drills for riding in single and double pace lines so that we can ride hard but safely through the summer.
These rides will require a high level of discipline so please read below what is expected of you:

What to bring:
Road bike, riding on tri bars is not allowed and being late on the brakes will not be appreciated by other riders. Remember you are responsible for your safety and those around you.
Tubes / pump / multi tool. If you puncture, hard luck. You are responsible for your own repairs.
Mobile phone. If you have a serious problem please call ride leader. If you drop off please text ride leader so we don’t have to turn back fearing the worst.
Lights / reflective clothing. We will be out near dusk on the early rides.
Drink / energy food.

Do’s and Dont’s
Be aware that everything you do has a knock-on effect on everyone behind and beside you. If you brake out of turn this will have a concertina effect and disrupt the whole group.
Never half wheel. When you hit the front, keep the pace consistent, if climbing keep the effort consistent.
When you come through for your turn and move over to the recovering line, do so smoothly and close to the rider you are taking over from. Don’t leave them with a massive gap.
Don’t leave gaps. If you are struggling to close a gap, wave the rider behind you through.
Don’t nail yourself trying to do super-hard turns if the pace is above what you are capable of or you know you are tiring. If you start to get dropped, the group will have to slow down to look after you, or in some cases you will be dropped. Or you may be able to follow the group whilst you recover.
Show your respect for other cyclists and the drivers with whom we share the road. Remember we represent cycling in the New Forest and want to enhance the reputation of cyclists not hinder it.
If you need to spit, makes sure you’re at the back of the line!
We learned last year that having one course that we all knew well worked best. So the meeting point will be outside St Saviours Church in Brockenhurst each week. The ride will start promptly without a warm up so please do your own warm up routine before the prescribed start time.
The course will run anti-clockwise, up Rhinefield Road to the A35, then ride easy and single file to the Burley turning, re-start at the top of the first rise and continue to the Queens Head, re-group at the top of the hill by Burley Cricket Club and then continue to Brockenhurst or maybe a little beyond up the Rhinefield Road if we want a longer turn.
We will have to navigate the pinch points between Hincheslea and Brock but hopefully at the time of day we're riding they will be quiet. If you're on the front try and anticipate well in advance whether we should go or ease off.
The first rides will start at 1830 during April, 1845 in May, 1900 in June and July, 1845 in August and 1830 in September. Details each week will be posted at and the club Facebook page as will any cancellations for bad weather.
Look forward to seeing you out on Thursday evenings.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Club Ride – Change to Saturday 31st March

Note, changed to Saturday due to weather forecast

May also add stop at Broad Chalke as the community Shop will be open

As has become our norm in recent years, Good Friday will be a century ride to Shaftsbury. Riding Friday gives those that are riding the TT on Sunday time to recover or time for another long ride over the weekend.

Provisional plan will be an 0830 depart from Brockenhurst. Approx 100Km to Cranbourne via Shaftsbury and a lunch stop at the garden centre. Then a further 65Km back to the start with a couple of optional short cuts or routes home for those that had a long ride to the start.

If anybody plans to meet en route please feel free to do so. Pace will be a little slower than a normal Saturday ride to reflect the extra distance and suit the needs of the majority of riders.