We run a monthly, Second Sunday Faster Paced Ride, paced to average 12+ mph, with groups often hitting between 12-14 mph over our Challenging hilly routes. Paced to average 11-12 mph, this is a 'step-up' ride; it'll be slightly faster than our Fourth Sunday 10-11 mph group, but not as quick as our typical Second Sunday riders.
This route has just under 820 metres of climbing / 2686 ft and takes in a climb up to the Ashridge Estate and a descent down the Ivinghoe Beacon. We’ll pass the Pitstone Windmill and climb up and over into Aldbury, before the ascent up to Wigginton. From Wigginton there’s a fast, gradual descent through the country lanes, followed by a weave through Ashley Green, Whelpley Hill and Bovingdon Green before heading back through Flaunden and Sarratt to Watford Cycle Hub.
This is a great mini-epic and a good stepping stone for preparing for longer, more challenging sportives.
It’s still a leisure ride and we don’t draft, but we will ride in close formation for group safety and there will be a designated sweeper on the ride. As it’s important that the group can ride together for safety, if you find you are majorly off-pace, we may ask you to take the train back at Tring, if 25 miles or so a this pace is challenge enough for you, for now…Please respect the decisions of the Ride Leader Team, whose first responsibility is to run a safe ride.
We are also offering another ride, also starting at 9:30am from Watford Cycle Hub, paced to average 13+ mph over the same route. Please join this group if this pace bracket is better for you:https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/watford-cycle-hub-ivinghoe-beacon-aldbury-pace-average-13-mph-second-sunday-faster-paced-ride
We hope you have a great ride and enjoy the challenge of the route.
Please bring two spare inner tubes and a debit card / money - for refreshments - as we will have a cafe or pub stop about half way round. Carrying a debit card / money is also good practice in case you need to catch a train / get a cab back home.
Bikes must be in full working order for this ride.
We are Not-For-Profit, do free bike assessments and should your bike need a tune up or a full service, we'll give you an honest price.