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We run a social ride on the second Saturday of every month. The rides generally use segregated cycle paths or quiet roads around our area and are suitable for teenagers and adults.

We also run family rides to particular events that we think might interest people. These will be fairly short and should be suitable for children of all ages. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Start time and starting point vary depending on the ride, so do check the events listings below. Rides are free and open to all, but when you arrive you will have to sign in.

Destinations that we visit may have an entry fee, this will be noted in the ride details.

If you'd like more information on any ride, or if you would like to suggest a ride, please email us. Details on the Contacts page.

Click here for a list of proposed future events. Note: details and dates may change so please check nearer the time.

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Forthcoming Events for 2015

June 2015

WGC HEALTH FEST AND LOOPS

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE 2015

Instead of our normal Second Saturday Social Ride we will be at the Welwyn Garden City Festival of Wellbeing and Health. We will have our stall with info and advice and we will lead short bike rides around the area.

We will be there on Saturday 13th June from 11am to 3pm. Bring a bike if you would like to join one of our rides, or just turn up at the stall if you would like to chat about anything bike.

Past Events from 2015

APRIL 2015

APRIL SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

Our ride to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the start of the National Cycle Network, drew an unusually high number of riders, most of whom completed the full 24 mile circular tour and some a lot more, to and from home. Advertising the event as a Sustrans Go Explore event, meant we were obliged to recruit a Sustrans trained ride leader team from Luton & Dunstable Cycling Forum. With them came another two riders from the Luton & Dunstable group; Sustrans advertising brought in two new riders from Hertford; Five people including Freddy on the back of our Adam's tandem joined us in Hatfield and two people from STACC joined us in St Albans. A fantastic total of 17 people. In spite of a rather doubtful forecast, the weather stayed dry and even the sun came out just when we needed it, to keep us warm for an open air lunch.

It was interesting to watch the Sustrans ride team in action. Adam (not our one) led the ride with David as lanterne rouge at the back. At every road crossing, Adam stopped the ride to let crossing marshal Robin come to the front and take up a position in the road (much the same as the lollipop man at a school crossing might do), to shepherd everyone across. Obviously crossing marshals are not allowed to stop the traffic as lollipop people can, so when traffic approached, Robin would stop riders crossing and allow traffic to pass. This did slow our progress a little, but I felt very comfortable with the procedure and would like to adopt it for our rides, especially if we have young children with us.

However, the Sustrans procedure is a bit controversial, because the crossing marshal must take up a blocking position in the road. This could be regarded as stopping the traffic, which he is not legally allowed to do. It also takes away the rider's responsibility to check for herself whether it is safe to cross. However, teachers do it when they take their classes across roads, when they go out of school, so why not us? If you were on the ride, let us know what you think and whether we should adopt this procedure.

The tour route can be found on: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7440830

A10 AWARENESS CAMPAIGN RIDE

It was a pleasant change, at least for the regulars to catch a train to somewhere different and meet a different crowd of cyclists. We travelled to Royston to join a ride organised by the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign which is working to get a safe cycle route along the A10 between Royston and Cambridge. Although the route is officially cycle path all the way there are some difficult major road crossings and generally the path is narrow and the surface is very poor.

We stopped for lunch at a Cambridge Cycling Festival event in Melbourn and continued on to Cambridge by various routes. Cambridge railway station is reached by riding along a wide beautifully surfaced cycle path alongside the Guided Busway, quite a treat after the difficulties of the rest of the route.

We wish the Campaign the best of luck with the route.

February 2015

FEBRUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

WELWYN GARDEN CITY ORBITAL

A small select group of two ventured out on a dry, but chilly morning for this month's ride. This was probably as well since we were doing a bit of mass lawbreaking by riding along one or two footpaths (that ought to be cycle paths) to link up the circuit.

The ride took us past Moneyhole Lane Park, Panshanger Airfield, a bridle path heavily disguised as a private no through road, Tewin, Digswell and via the footway (for safety reasons, of course) alongside Hertford Road to Welwyn Village. Here we were lucky enough to have the privilege of riding a closed road (for works that hadn't happened) to Ayot Green. The effort of climbing to Ayot Green was rewarded by a long freewheel down to Lemsford, then on past Stanborough School.

By this time, we were feeling distinctly peckish. The Gosling Cafe was the intended lunch stop, but since we were both very close to home, we decided to abandon the rest of the ride via Stanborough Park, Mill Green and Gypsy Lane and return home.

The full ride is shown here.

January 2015

JANUARY SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE

TOUR DE HATFIELD

Well I will be honest. Half an hour before the ride the rain was falling heavily and the wind loud. I'd just had a call from one person to say not coming due to the weather and my son had decided not to come along. I headed for the starting point in Hatfield Market Place expecting no one to show. I'm pleased to report I was very wrong. When three riders turn up who have come from Luton (actually riding from Welwyn) something must be going right with our publicity! So there were ten of us who set out. The sun came out and although it was cold, as the Tour de Hatfield was a ride round town, we were nicely sheltered from the wind.

Riding around Hatfield
Exploring Hatfield cycle routes

The aim of the ride was to remind people just how many cycle paths Hatfield now has, so we did a loop round Ellenbrook and de Havilland Village using the cycle lanes in the business park, followed by the Alban Way, now back to full width with cleared edges and then the quiet streets of Old Hatfield. Through Streamwoods one rider had a close encounter with a falling branch, not something that's happened before. Our grand finale was to ride the new Woods Avenue cycle path ending with a well-earned coffee at Hatfield Coffee House.

Sitting in Hatfield Coffee House
Good coffee!

Past Events from 2014

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Past Events from 2013

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Past Events from 2012

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Past Events from 2010

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Past Events from 2009

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