It’s the first day of Spring, meteorologically speaking, and the tourers are on a roll. We’ve already clocked up 660 miles with 22 rides over the past two months, our best ever start to a new year! Also, the number of members participating in our rides is steadily increasing with last Tuesday’s ride to the Old Loom Mill Cafe (see picture) attracting 11 cyclists, a record for a Tuesday touring ride. For comparison, we did the same ride at the end of February last year and it attracted 7 cyclists. These may seem small numbers when compared to the mountain bike rides but the tourers form a very small section within Cycle Seahaven.
Our plans for rides during Spring are well advanced. We have a two-day Viking Trail ride planned for 11/12th April, a Romney Marsh ride which, this year, will be on a Sunday. Also nine tourers will be Channel hopping to Dieppe in May (a Phoenix-CTC ride) for some cycling in Normandy and there will be ride to Littlehampton which is a round trip of 70 miles. Our Thursday rides will be returning to 50 milers (they’ve been shorter over Winter) and our Tuesday rides will continue as 25 milers.
Our Sunday rides will now return to 8.30am starts and the weekday rides will remain at 9.30am starts.
There’s a lot happening in the touring section during the Spring so why not try some of our rides. They all include café stops and we cycle at a fairly easy-going pace, ie an average cycling speed of about 12½ mph. There are full details of our rides on the Rides Calendar which includes a link to the plotted route that you can view on Streetview; do a virtual tour if you like!