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Cycling

There are three cycling groups at the Chiltern Society, meeting every week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Rides start at either 10.00am or 10.30am, with morning only rides finishing at a pub during the winter months but normally extending into the afternoon when the daylight hours are longer. All three groups encourage safe cycling in the Chilterns and neighbouring areas.

All riders must be 14 years of age or older and ride at their own risk. Younger riders must be accompanied by an adult. We strongly recommended bringing something to drink, wearing a helmet and 'high-vis' clothing and carrying a mobile phone and first aid supplies on all rides.

Thursday Group

The Thursday group is open to all and is the ideal way to start cycling in the Chilterns regardless of experience level. It is open to members of the Chiltern Society as well as non-members; although regular attendees are encouraged to join the Society. Rides are of a laid back nature, taken at a fairly leisurely pace, and cater for a wide range of riders. They are usually about 20-25 miles although short cuts are available for those wanting to ride a bit less.

We aim to avoid main roads, finding quieter lanes with occasional off-road sections during the drier months. We can guarantee you will find areas that you have never explored before! An impression of the rides can be gained from our ride reports accessed from the links below. Details of each month's first ride are publicised in Chiltern magazine.

Thursday ride reports.

Tuesday group

The Tuesday group is made up of more experienced cyclists who prefer cross-country and bridleway cycling. A large part of most rides is off road and of a more demanding nature. Entry is through the Thursday group and then by invitation.

Tuesday ride reports.

Monday group

The Monday group is made up of more experienced cyclists who want to take part in slightly longer rides than those offered by the Thursday group. Entry is through the Thursday group and then by invitation.

More information
For fuller details about our groups, when and where to meet and what each ride will entail, please ring Ken on 01923 779140 or Roger on 01494 721142.

Some general notes for safer cycling on our rides
1. If you have a mobile phone with you, please switch it on!
2. Ride leader today is: WW and the ride leader's mobile number is: XX
3. The 'last rider' for our ride is: YY and the last rider's mobile number is: ZZ
4. Please switch on your mobile and have in it the numbers for the ride leader and the 'last rider'. Telephone 'last rider' if you're in trouble and you think no-one has noticed.
5. Please let the ride leader ride at the front. Please don't overtake him or her especially when he/she decides we need to stop to make sure the rest of the riders can see the way we're going at a junction.
6. Lets try to set an example of how considerate cyclists behave. We can do this by riding in groups of four or five with a distance of about 100 yards between each group. This allows motorists to overtake each group and safely pull back in before overtaking the next. If we don't give them this courtesy and a vehicle comes the other way unexpectedly, remember – the cyclist is the soft option and you may get hurt!
7. On the same subject, if a motorist approaches from behind a group on a very narrow lane, please use any opportunity to pull in and stop in a passing place or gateway to let them pass.
8. By adopting courteous behaviour, we hope to give motorists a better opinion of cyclists. It will take some time and we'll come across aggressive and abusive motorists. Remember, if you shout at them or gesticulate, they'll take it out on the next cyclist they come across!
9. Give parked vehicles a wide berth! Drivers sometimes don't look in their mirrors before they open the door and this could mean that you ride into the edge of a door or take avoiding action into the path of another vehicle!

Official guide

Chilterns CyclewayThe Chilterns Cycleway official guide book has all you need to know about the Chilterns Cycleway: 23 detailed maps (one for each section), a few suggested short breaks, plus additional route and accommodation information. Ring bound. To order please phone 01494 771250 or visit our online shop.

Re-cycle it!

Sustrans is the leading sustainable transport charity. It has developed more than 1,100 miles of cycle routes in the UK and organises ‘Active Travel’ to encourage people to make more journeys by bicycle.

They need used bicycles (in reasonable working order if possible). Ring Jeremy on 07836 208752 or Chris on 01582 732919.