A quick glance at the Rides Calendar shows that there are now more Touring rides then ever being run, mainly due to the introduction of Touring Plus and Easy Touring rides.
Originally, Touring rides (Level 3 on the Grading system) were for those road cyclists who could maintain a moving average speed of 12-13 mph over moderate terrain. Over the years, as more members joined these rides, it became clear that some would like to go at a slightly faster pace and others a tad slower. Eventually, the Touring Plus and Easy Touring rides were introduced to cater for the wider speed range; the former have proved popular but the latter less so. This may be because there hasn’t been a clear distinction between Easy Touring and Touring as between Touring and Touring Plus.
Therefore the moving averages are being adjusted slightly, wef next Tuesday 6th October, as follows:
- Touring will be increased slightly to 12½-13½ mph
- Touring Plus: 13½-14½ mph
- Easy Touring: 11½-12½ mph.
These moving averages should be treated as a guide to the pace of a ride. In practice, rides may be a slightly faster or slower depending on various factors such as terrain and wind strength.
Hopefully, members will find the clear distinction between these three types of ride helpful in deciding which they prefer to cycle. This topic will be kept under review and feedback sought from cyclists at the end of rides.
A key feature of our rides is that they always include at least one café stop. However, café stops are a bit different these days with the Covid-19 restrictions but just as enjoyable. Clearly, we have to social distance but this isn’t a problem as we always stay outdoors as you can see from the above picture.
If you haven’t been on one of our rides then why not give them a try. We’ll be pleased to see you.