Saturday, 5 May 2018

Saturday 5 May 2018 - Bluebells

The sunshine made this a really super ride, and we had a record turnout, twelve of us enjoyed good company and blue skies.  And bluebells.
We all set off for Sandridge via Jersey Lane.  Then we took the bridleway across Heartwood Forest and up to Ayers End Lane.

At Ayers End Lane three split off for a Further Faster ride via Leasey Bridge and NCN57 to Southdown via a bit of exploration in Harpenden - here is their account:

We peeled off down to Pipers Lane and on to Wheathampstead Lane and Leasey Bridge Lane. We went along the old railway track to Harpenden, missed the turning for Crabtree Lane and ended up in an estate of houses. We worked our way up to Station Road and Dalkeith Road, then back on Crabtree Lane to Southdown, where we sat in the sunshine for a coffee stop. We came back via Cross Lane and East Common, then along the Harpenden Road cycle path to St Albans. A beautiful day for a ride, which was about 15 miles.

The other nine riders turned left and headed along to the Harpenden Road, and then into Childwickbury and another bridleway down to Batchwood Drive. From there a quick flip along the Green Ring to Verluamium Park for our coffee stop at the end of our ride. We had covered just shy of nine miles.

2018 Fabulous Cycling news update

Waahay!  Blue sky!

Rona is now off for two weeks in May joining Hertfordshire Breeze Co-ordinator Bev Graham on part of her Cycle Around the Coast.  Edinburgh to Glasgow via John O'Groats!

One of our regular riders, Dali,  is riding Women v Cancer Ride the Night, a fundraising women only 100km ride from Windsor into London and back again, during the night of 5 May 2018.  To sponsor her, click here:
To check on her progress, click here:

The rest of the 5MTF summer programme has rides on 8 June (Bike Week) and 7 July (Women's Festival of Cycling).

South Herts Cyclists were involved in Sustainable St Albans Week, for the 21 April 5MTF ride see report in blog.  Saturday Fun rides with Neil and company started on 28 April, the ride to Stanborough Lakes was also a #SustWeek18 ride.
On Sunday 29 April the South Herts Cyclists and the St Albans Cycle Campaign had a great if somewhat cold time in the cycling expertise zone at the Know How Festival at Fleetville Junior School. It was super to meet up with other groups promoting cycling, including Herts Cycling Bikeability trainers, Botox Bikes and Sustrans mechanics and several other cycling friends who came alon gin support.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Saturday 21 April 2018 - Sustainable St Albans Week

Ten riders set off, eight who had been before and two who joined us having seen the ride in the Sustainable St Albans Week brochure.  Another beautiful spring day.  Teresa and two others departed on a Further Faster expedition, see their report below.  Angela and Rona led the rest of the group on a delightful wend around Highfield Park.  Lovely blossom, the oaks still bare but with a shimmer of green buds, and verdant pathways.

From Highfield we crossed London Road and then used the bridleway from Heronsway through to Napsbury Lane, admiring the bluebells.
We had selected Ayletts for our coffee stop, as they are also participating in Sustainable St Albans Week.  So after our 4 mile jaunt we enjoyed refreshing drinks, wittles and chat, and met the Further Faster trio coming in as we were heading out.  Back to Morrisons  through Highfield again then the Camp cycle route, bringing our total ride distance to 7 miles.

A Further Fabulous Three had split off from the 5 Miles to Fabulous group to do a slightly longer, faster ride: we went along the Alban Way to the Galleria, cut through the University of Herts campus, under the underpass to go to Roestock. Having cycled around the triangle, we retraced our steps back to the Alban Way, then along Wilkins Green Lane, and over to Sleapshyde. We were briefly on the A414 (on the shared foot/cycleway), then off along Colney Heath Lane and Barley Mow Lane to Tyttenhanger Green. Stones were thrown at us on this part of the route, but we cycled on. We took a detour through Highfield Park then onto London Road, Herons Way and Ayletts, where we met the 5MTF group just leaving. We returned via Drakes Drive to the Alban Way and Morrisons. A total of about 20 miles on a gorgeous day for cycling!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Thursday 28 March 2018 - Further Faster and very wet

Three of us set out along the Alban Way planning to go to Stanborough Lakes. The light drizzle turned into torrential rain. We got as far as Wrestlers Bridge, and decided to cut our losses and head to Hatfield for a hot drink. Our gloves and socks could be wrung out, and we discovered that over trousers and waterproof jackets are not necessarily waterproof! We cycled back as fast as possible to try to get warm. Looking forward to some sunny days for further cycling.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018 - Further Faster Fabulous - Redbourn Hub via Hemel

At last some reasonable weather, and Teresa reports:
Six of us started the ride from Morrisons on a still, overcast day. We went along the Alban Way, up through the Cottonmill estate to Chiswell Green, along Ragged Hall Lane to The Holly Bush, then along  Appspond Lane to the Hemel Hempstead Road. There one of our number decided to go back home via a cycle shop as her mudguard was rubbing on the front wheel. The rest of us continued along this fast road to Westwick Row, past the industrial area around Hemel via Buncefield Lane. We joined the Nickey Line just before Redbourn Road, and went along to the Redbourn Hub for coffee and cake. 
We then went home via Redbournbury Mill, where I fell off on the gravel having not unclipped in time! The ford was not too deep, and the potholes and mud in the road were being cleared and repaired. 
We all managed Beesonend Lane, and started along the Harpenden Road cycle path. There one of our riders had a puncture, which we couldn’t repair, so I called my husband to come in the car to pick her up with her bike and take her home. An eventful ride of about 20 miles.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Saturday 10 March 2018 - International Women's Day season opener

Ten riders, including a new recruit, set off in rather inclement spring weather.  Along the Alban Way, plenty of families with youngsters in box-bikes or on their own two wheels.  Up through the houses on NCN6 to the Watford Road, and across to Ragged Hall Lane.  The ride split at this point, with Angela leading the gentler option back to the Alban Way.  Our new rider had a very heavy electric bike, which was not coping well with the hilly terrain.  Leader Angela peeled off with a flatter run along the Alban Way to the Galleria and back, giving the opportunity to practice operating the machine on an easier route
The Further Faster bunch carried on through flooded lanes via Potters Crouch to Beechtree Lane and the Gorhambury Estate.  Snowdrops, and impressive low-flying kite and atmospheric ruins enjoyed, then the downhill run to the Inn on the Park for refreshment.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Saturday 24 February 2018 - Further Faster Southdown via Mackerye End

Teresa reports on the 75th Fabulous ride (we started in 2007).

Four of us met on a cold, crisp, sunny Saturday. We had one new rider, training for the London to Brighton ride, who we had met last Saturday while she was loading her bike with shopping!

Our route took us to Valley Road, Sandridgebury Lane, Sandridge, Beech Hyde Lane, Dyke Lane, Butterfield Rd, Leasey Bridge Lane, Marshalls Heath Lane to The Slype. We saw a number of other cyclists and horse riders. The lanes were quiet and peaceful, and we saw snowdrops and other Spring flowers. We came back via Mackerye End (pictured), Batford Ford, and up Crabtree Lane, then down to Southdown and the coffee stop, where we met another lady cyclist about to start a Breeze ride – there were 14 of them! We came back to St Albans along Cross Lane, East Common, Ayres End Lane and Harpenden Road. A total of 19.5 miles.

More pictures and ride details are on Dali's blog.