Social Rides

We have a series of training/social rides in the run up to the halow250 #9 starting early 2020. 250 miles over 3 days is going to be tough – particularly if the weather is a challenge (like it was in 2019).

The secret to making the weekend more enjoyable is to GET THE MILES IN – one was of doing that is to join us on as many of our social rides as possible. We have also included a very basic rtaining plan which will help you build time in the saddle. Little and often is the ticket – but when you do ride your bike do put as much effort in as you can..the harder it is in training the easier the real thing will be.

As with last year we will again be running the NineLives Tester (Saturday 7th March 2020). Essential for ALL riders who have not been on the trip before as it will give you an idea of how your training is progressing and enable us to suggest what you need to do to get to the required standard.

The rides will all be ‘no-drop’ groups and we will adjust the routes to suit the riders who turn up on the day. We plan to run sessions mainly from Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate Café) and the other from the National Trust car-park at the top of Box Hill, Surrey.  All details will be notified beforehand with the actual start location and route maps. We will travel further afield – and if there are a number of people in a particular area – get in touch and suggest we meet near you.

These are great opportunities to meet some of the team and the other riders. Routes will be posted on the website and can be sent out to those who have expressed an interest in joining us. Make sure you join our Strava Halow250 club as all dates will be posted there. 

General Training Tip

For useful hints and tips we recommend that you look at Global Cycling Network which have a series of short videos on training for long rides, fueling, maintenance etc.

15th March

Its a Sunday – so we must be in cycling out of Richmond Park – heading West and 25-30 miles would appear to be about right.

Lets hope its not coming in nasty form the West.

19th April

A bit of gap in the rides due to holidays etc. With only 3 weekends left by this point a trip up to Box Hill will be a doddle. Remember that every mile you do in practise will make the weekend so much easier.

Meet at Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate Café for an 0900hrs departure. Slightly hilly route planned over to Ranmore Common or Box Hill. Garmin Route below or go for thje Strava info. Climbing gears advised. Contact  George 07795 667474

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Garmin Connect Routes below

2020 NEXT Training and Social ride Date

the Isle Of Wight!

Saturday 7th March. 

0900 Ferry from Portsmouth Wightlink to Fishbourne

Woo Hoo. It doesn’t get better than a trip to the Island.

It’s got everything – hills, views, a couple of pubs and its is like going foreign but without euros, passports and the rest.

Route will be chosen by following the blue and white signs  – but remembering to avoid the bit near Yarmouth where it gets all gravelly.

We will take the 0900 Ferry from Portsmouth Wightlink Terminal (the one near Gunwharf) to Fishbourne/Wooton Creek. You will need to be in Portsmouth by 0830 to have time to park up and sort tickets.

Back on the same ferry – aiming for 1700.

Contact Mark and George for details.