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 also arrange alternative rides during the week for those seeking a harder effort.

We meet at the Winchester Hotel & Spa car park on Worthy Lane and follow a set route on a rotation basis.

Please see the updated details below for 2021.

Club Rides 2021

Following the government’s recent announcement on easing lockdown, from 29th March cycling in groups of up to 6 people will be permitted again. For the time being, we will continue to follow the guidance related to COVID-19 track and trace with the following processes in place.

Registration

• To conform to the guidance set out by British Cycling, we need to track who is in each group
• For Sunday Club Rides we are using the VC Venta Sunday Rides Booking Form, please ensure you register before 9 pm on the Saturday prior to the ride
• If you have the NHS COVID-19 app, you will be able to check-in on the day using a QR code. This is not necessary if you have already registered using the form above

RIDES BOOKING FORM

Sunday Club Rides

• We will be organising all three Sunday Club ride speeds 14, 16 and 18
• For each speed, there will be one or more groups of up to 6 people depending on how many people turn up
• All rides will depart at 08:30 am from the Winchester Hotel & Spa car park on Worthy Lane; however, the meeting point for each ride will be separated
• The Club 18 ride (18 to 20+ mph) will meet on the exit side of the car park
• The Club 16 ride (16 to 17 mph) will meet in the car park on the opposite side from the Hotel
• The Club 14 ride (14 to 15mph) will meet at the normal meeting location

Tuesday Evening Rides

• Depending on the number of participants, there will be one or more groups of up to 6 people
• Again depending on participants, there will be either a Chain Gang, an A Ride or a B Ride. Please see Tuesday Evening Summer Rides for details
• Pre-registration is not required for the Tuesday Evening rides but a participating member will be required to confirm attendance

General Guidance

• Please arrive at the club ride meeting points no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time and maintain social distancing of 2 metres between you and any other rider whilst waiting
• At present we are unable to accommodate guest riders so the rides will only open to VC Venta Club members, including 2nd claim members
• Please do not consider joining the rides if you have COVID-19, have symptoms, or are isolating as a contact, or if someone you live with is shielding, or you are shielding
• Make sure you come equipped with spare tubes, tool, pump etc. to minimise contact with others as these should not be shared
• Once a ride departs we will be unable to pick up additional riders, this ensures that each group is no larger than 6 people
• Please ensure you are at the meeting point before the ride start time, even if you have registered, the ride will not wait for you to start

Further information about safe riding can be found on the British Cycling website and we recommend that anyone coming along to the VC Venta club rides are familiar with this advice. British Cycling COVID Guidance

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.

Club Ride Routes

 

Route NoRide with GPS LinkRoute Overview
1. Old Winchester Hill & Beacon HillW1-OldWinchBeacon
W1-OldWinchBeacon
2. Braishfield & EgyptW2-BraishfieldEgyptW2-BraishfieldEgypt
3. South HartingW3-SouthHarting
W3-SouthHarting
4. Hannington & WhitchurchW4-HanningtonWhitchurchW4-HanningtonWhitchurch
5. Hawk Conservancy & MottisfontW5-HawkMottisfont
W5-HawkMottisfont
6. SelbourneW6-Selbourne
W6-Selbourne
7. DowntonW7-Downton
W7-Downton
8. Steventon & LashamW8-SteventonLashamW8-SteventonLasham
Petersfield & Bishop's WalthamSevere Weather RouteSevere Winter Route