Bath Ladies Cycling Club Annual Weekend Away May 2018 Hereford, Wales.
The Bath Ladies Cycling Club Annual Weekend Away in May has gathered momentum in 2018 with a trip to Hereford, Wales. This was an ideal opportunity over the course of 3 days to cycle through new territory or revisit some memorable rides and do so in the company of like minded ladies. I’ve been lucky enough to have been on two of the outings and I have to say it’s the highlight of the cycling Year with the Bath Cycling Club for me.
Planning starts at the beginning of each New Year with a venue and a route with terrain to stretch all our abilities and leave us wanting to keep our fitness up for the next challenge. With a large house booked that is big enough to accommodate approx 10 -15 people, with bikes, and all the accoutrements we set off by car (lift sharing) hoping the weather will be kind to us.
The plan is to arrive on a Friday afternoon around lunchtime and fit a short ride on arrival of approx 20-30km. Saturday morning is a longer and more challenging ride of approximately 80k and Sunday morning is approx 30k ride before heading back home by lunch time.
The highlight of the Saturday Ride was the Gospel Pass which winds its way up a long climb ascending some 450 metres. The road is often very narrow with high hedges so care is needed, especially to allow vehicles to pass. Eventually the road comes out onto the open moorland of the foothills of Hay Bluff and Lord Herefords Knob (!) with spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons, Llangors Lake and, of course the very heart of the Black Mountains.
Many members come away from the weekend, realising their fitness has somewhat improved, and they have gained confidence in riding with a group. Others learn by just listening to other peoples’ experiences of cycling and why they like it so much.
Bath Cycling Club is where we can all learn from each other e.g. how to trouble shoot that Garmin and how to be independent with your bike. We bring enough kit for bike maintenance to fill a shop!
So why not consider getting some local rides and hills (sorry the hills are unavoidable) under your belt and come with us. It’s recommended that you are capable of riding up to 25 miles and are happy to cycle on roads. If you aren’t up to this then do feel free to contact the club to discuss further – we don’t want to turn women away. Don’t feel expensive kit is necessary, use what will make you a safe rider and be seen by others on the road.
The aim of the club is to promote ladies cycling in a friendly, helpful, encouraging environment, in some of the most beautiful countryside Bath and the West Country has to offer.
We encourage ladies of all abilities to build up confidence and feel empowered to get on their bike. There is usually the opportunity after a discussion over breakfast on the Saturday morning to have a steady group and then for those who are really ready to tackle the hills to go in a moderate group. The first ones back need to make the tea and get the cakes out!!
A big thank you to Alex and Fiona this year who researched for accommodation and made the booking. The route planners Julia, Amanda and Claire (Captain Phillips) planned some spectacular scenic routes and your knowledge is invaluable.
Thank you to everyone who cooked the evening meals, breakfasts and brought so much delicious food we could have stayed for another week! I wish we could. It was a weekend of excellent company, competitive banter and a get together of ladies who love to cycle.
Where will 2019 take us? To be decided in January 2019. Please stay tuned for further details on the BCC website.