Merton Sport and Social Club Upcoming Cycling Events
We have enjoyed some great rides so far this year in varying types of weather! Now that spring is in the air and the hours of daylight are extending, we are looking ahead and hoping to plan some all day rides plus some gentle evening excursions and even a weekend cycling trip, to make the most of the lighter, longer days.
WEEKEND RIDE IN JULY
How do you fancy a weekend of tandem cycling, largely through beautiful English countryside, leaving the Guardian Centre early on Saturday 6th July, stopping overnight at an AirBnB, then cycling back to Colliers Wood on Sunday 7th? The precise route and destination will depend on numbers and where we can find suitable accommodation for us and the bikes, so it is vital we gauge interest as quickly as possible. Please let us know ASAP if this appeals to you.
WEEKDAY EVENING RIDES
As soon as we are into May, We are looking to run a weekly evening ride, probably on Wednesdays, starting around 6.30 from the Guardian Centre and returning between 9.00 and 9.30pm. However, we can only run these rides if we have enough willing pilots and ride leaders, who know of well-located pubs and the best route there and back!
Please get in touch if you would like to cycle on any Wednesday evening in May, June or July, especially if you can lead a ride.
NATIONAL BIKE WEEK
Bike Week is an annual event initiated by Cycling UK. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling. This year, Bike Week is between 8th and 16th June. If you have any ideas as to how MSSC can celebrate this special event, please get in touch.
PROGRAMME OF RIDES
Below are ride dates for the next few months of 2019 (S stands for short, L for long and E for evening). The all day rides will be at least 50 miles in length, with several refreshment stops, and will return early evening.
Wednesday 15th (E)
Saturday 18th (S)
Wednesday 22nd (E)
Wednesday 29th (E)
Sunday 2nd (all day ride)
Wednesday 5th (E)
Wednesday 12th (E)
Saturday 15th (S)
Wednesday 26th (E)
Wednesday 3rd (E)
Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th (weekend ride)
Wednesday 17th (E)
Saturday 20th (S)
Wednesday 31st (E)
Sunday 4th (L)
Saturday 17th (S)
Sunday 1st (L)
Saturday 21st (S)
Sunday 6th (L)
Saturday 19th (S)
if you are willing to lead a ride or recommend a particular destination, please let us know, as we are keen to broaden our base of ride leaders and expand our repertoire of routes.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Richard and Terry James
MSSC Tandem Section
We endeavour to keep our bikes well maintained and in good condition, in order to have enough suitable tandems available for each ride. Inevitably, however, some of our bikes incur mechanical difficulties every so often, which we aim to rectify in time for the next ride. This can be demanding in terms of time, energy and money, so we would be hugely grateful for any help from anyone with bike maintenance know-how and a bit of time to spare. Happily, a couple of our regular pilots have kindly offered to put some Tuesday afternoons by to inspect and clean the bikes and carry out minor repairs. Please let us know if you are free to join them to help keep our cherished tandems in good order. If you have no maintenance skills, but are happy to help clean the bikes, you would be very welcome.
PEDAL POWER WORKSHOPS
Are you keen to improve your cycling technique? Are you a back rider who would like to learn more about gear changing and how a bike actually works? Would you like to see what it’s like
on the front of a tandem? If there is sufficient interest, we would be happy to schedule some “pedal power” workshops, either on a Saturday morning or on a Tuesday evening before the drop-in social.
Let us know if this is of interest.
MONTHLY SHORT AND LONG RIDES
Essentially, all you need to remember is that, as a general rule, the long ride is around 30 to 40 miles and is on the first Sunday, while the short ride is around 15 to 25 miles on the third Saturday.
Unless otherwise stated, all rides start at 8.30am from the Guardian Centre and include a refreshment stop. Please endeavour to arrive promptly, so that the bikes can be prepared in good time for a 9.00 departure. We TRY TO make it a priority to see that the long ride returns by 3.00pm and the short ride by 1.00pm, so waiting for latecomers to arrive can mean the ride has to be cut short.
If you are a stoker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book on to a ride as soon as possible, preferably with at least a fortnight’s notice. Securing sufficient pilots tends to be a demanding task, and places on a ride will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are a pilot, letting us know your availability well in advance is hugely helpful. The ride organiser will confirm whether or not sufficient pilots are available by the Thursday before the ride; if you have not heard by then, please contact us to check your name is definitely on the list.