It was a small but sociable friendly group that set off yesterday afternoon (Sunday) from the Gill Nethercott Centre on what is hoped to be the first of several SkyRide Social Cycle Rides in the area.
The warmer weather helped the ride but thoughts of damp weather deterred some. However rain held off and at times the sun shone through as the ride went out to Binley for the annual charity Daffodil Day. The Bourne Valley and its bubbling streams were enjoyed before reaching the two gardens open to the public and a walk around the daffodils that had bloomed.
Jane was out on her road hybrid, while Dave was easing in on his mountain bike. John rode his touring bike, while Ken and Moira brought out their tandem for its first outing of the year. Several others rode out independently.
Tea, Cakes and an impressive ride
As is tradition with cycling, tea and cakes were enjoyed, and it was good to meet and chat to our MP Sir George Young who had cycled out to the gardens with his wife using folding Bromptons. Given the hill up to Binley that was impressive for such small wheel commuter bikes!
More Social Rides planned
More of these gentle and informal Social Rides are planned. There is no obligation to join any ‘club’, and they are open to all who just want to enjoy cycling in a relaxed sociable atmosphere without need for expensive equipment, special clothes or the need for speed.
The next of these Social Rides from Whitchurch are:
Monday 6th May
Gentle Ride to the May Day Fair at Hurstbourne
Sunday 11th May
Tea Cake and Aeroplanes
From a Tunnel to a Charity Ride
Meanwhile there are lots of other cycling activities in the area. Last week Whitchurch riders took part in the opening of the longest cycle tunnel in Bath – there is a good write up of the event and a video of the ‘Whitchurch’ visit at Joy of Cycling.
Others went for cycle rides in our local countryside, some testing their legs to take part in the forthcoming Naomi House Challenge rides – one rider who is aiming to raise sponsorship being Rob Ronan – See his page HERE. The local North Hants Bikes will also be participating. Full Details of the rides are at Naomi House Cycle Challenge.
Looking further ahead plans are progressing for a Whitchurch Cycle Week (June 15-23) and already planned are cycle road skills sessions, security post coding, a film evening, and gentle cycle rides.
It is hoped to have a few surprises too.
Further details will be made available here nearer the time and on WHITCHURCH CYCLING