All Club Rides Cancelled

In light of the current situation and guidance in relation to Covid-19, VC Venta regrets to announce that all Club rides have been cancelled until further notice. The decision has been taken with the health and safety of our members and the wider community as our priority.

NO CLUB RIDES YET – WHY NOT BUDDY UP? 

We encourage members to resume social rides in groups of up to six people. After giving it a lot of consideration, we’ve taken the decision not to resume our regular Sunday and Tuesday rides just yet.

At present we cannot see a way to run club rides while following British Cycling’s current Covid 19 guidance. With no control over the number of people who may turn up for a club ride, and groups limited to six under the guidance, we cannot guarantee leaders for all groups.

With this in mind we recommend anyone who would like to lead a ride posts the details on the Venta Members Facebook group and invites other members to join their ride with the following in mind.

  • A maximum of 6 people should ride together
  • Don’t join a group ride if you’re a vulnerable person, live with a vulnerable person or have reason to believe you may have come into contact with the virus in the last 2 weeks
  • Meet somewhere that allows 6 people to assemble observing social distancing
  • Stay at least 2 metres apart, or “1 metre plus” if everyone is wearing PPE
  • Only ride two abreast on wide roads or quiet country lanes to maintain social distancing
  • Stick to your buddy groups. Moving between different riding groups increases the risk of infection to other groups of riders

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and resume organised club rides as soon as it’s  safe to do so.

Once Things Return to Normal…

Weekly Sunday Club Rides

Our Sunday Club Rides are social and strictly non-drop: we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider. We arrange alternative rides during the week for those seeking a harder effort.

We meet at the Winchester Hotel & Spa car park and follow a set route on a rotation basis, see below. Rides start at 8:30 am in summer and 9:00 am in winter, please check the rides calendar for a particular date.

RIDES CALENDAR

Ride Pace & Distance

  • Club 14 – Ride average 14-15 mph, around 30-35 miles with a coffee stop either en route or at the end (2.5 hours).
  • Club 16 – Ride average 16-17 mph, around 50-55 miles with a stop for coffee en route (3.5 hours).
  • Club 18 – Ride average 18-20+ mph, around 55-60 miles with a coffee stop at the end (3 hours).

When meeting at the start location, please group together for correct ride with Club 14 riders to the left, Club 16 riders in the middle and Club 18 riders to the right (outside the car park toilets!).

If any of the rides take the same route out of the city, please allow faster riders to go first to ease the congestion on the roads.

Rides Discipline

Ride routes follow a rotation programme with a ride leader and sweeper elected on the day, ensuring good riding discipline and that no one is dropped. If the group is larger than 12 people we will need to split and ask for volunteers to lead and sweep each additional group. Please upload the ride route to your GPS in anticipation.

All Club members share responsibility with the ride leader to maintain the agreed pace and coherence of the group, as well as a friendly tone. While it isn’t difficult to act as leader, your life and everyone else’s will be a lot easier (and safer) if all riders are familiar with a few guidelines.

If you are new to the Club, please make yourself known to the leader so that we can ensure you are in the right paced ride and are well looked after.

DatesRoute NoRide with GPS LinkRoute Overview
29 March 2020
24 May 2020
19 July 2020
13 September 2020
1. Old Winchester Hill & Beacon HillW1-OldWinchBeacon
W1-OldWinchBeacon
5 April 2020
31 May 2020
26 July 2020
20 September 2020
2. Braishfield & EgyptW2-BraishfieldEgyptW2-BraishfieldEgypt
12 April 2020
7 June 2020
2 August 2020
27 September 2020
3. South HartingW3-SouthHarting
W3-SouthHarting
19 April 2020
14 June 2020
9 July 2020
4 October 2020
4. Hannington & WhitchurchW4-HanningtonWhitchurchW4-HanningtonWhitchurch
26 April 2020
21 June 2020
16 August 2020
11 October 2020
5. Hawk Conservancy & MottisfontW5-HawkMottisfont
W5-HawkMottisfont
3 May 2020
28 June 2020
23 August 2020
18 October 2020
6. SelbourneW6-Selbourne
W6-Selbourne
10 May 2020
5 July 2020
30 August 2020
7. DowntonW7-Downton
W7-Downton
17 May 2020
12 July 2020
6 September 2020
8. Steventon & LashamW8-SteventonLashamW8-SteventonLasham
Severe Weather RoutePetersfield & Bishop's WalthamSevere Weather RouteSevere Winter Route