Club runs calendar
Below is a list of the Thursday and Sunday rides. Although the destination is predetermined, it may be changed on the morning if the weather conditions or other circumstances dictate. I suggest riders carry a bike lock (and a key - ED!) on the Thursday rides as it cannot be guaranteed that coffee/lunch will be spent with the bikes in sight. Check the club Facebook page for any updates.
Clicking on the link button will take you to the most recent route on the Garmin Conect website. The Info button will show you where we plan to stop for cake and any other vital information on the route!
|Date||Destination||Miles||Climb (ft)||Pain (ft/mile)||Route||Info|
|Sun Aug 18th||Maunsel Lock ||54||1447||27||Med|
|Sun Aug 18th||Maunsel Lock||46||1083||24||Short|
|Thu Aug 22nd||Yatton (from Yeovil)||100||3094||31||Long|
|Thu Aug 22nd||Yatton (from Godney)||46||1732||38||Med|
|Sun Aug 25th||Shearwater||63||2493||40||Long|
|Sun Aug 25th||Stourhead||49||2218||45||Med|
|Sun Aug 25th||Castle Cary||37||1053||28||Short|
|Sun Sep 1st||Langport||53||2185||41||Med|
|Sun Sep 1st||Langport||43||892||21||Short|
|Thu Sep 5th||Hillier Arboretum||72||2910||40||Long|
|Thu Sep 5th||Hillier Arboretum||47||2343||50||Short|
|Sun Sep 8th||Red Post Challenge||62||3543||57||Long|
|Sun Sep 8th||Chard||51||2300||45||Med|
|Sun Sep 8th||Chard||43||1578||37||Short|
|Sun Sep 15th||Weymouth||64||4551||71||Long|
|Sun Sep 15th||Dorchester||53||2152||41||Med|
|Sun Sep 15th||Cerne Abbas||38||3100||82||Short|
|Thu Sep 19th||Arne||0||Long|
|Sun Sep 22nd||Shepton Mallet||49||1621||33||Med|
|Sun Sep 22nd||Sparkford||42||1037||25||Short|
|Sun Sep 29th||Mere||52||1923||37||Med|
|Sun Sep 29th||Stalbridge||39||1617||41||Short|
Sunday club runs
We meet every Sunday at Yeovil Recreation Ground, Mudford Road Entrance (at the end of Chilton Grove) for a Club run.
There are two or three runs, we all meet at 9 o'clock, and the rides depart at about 9.10. The groups try to meet for a coffee stop around 10:45 and then return to Yeovil between 12:30 and 1pm.
The rides vary each week, they use the quieter A roads and the wealth of country lanes – if they are in a suitable condition – that abound in Somerset and Dorset. The list of destinations for the next few weeks can be seen below.
Saturday Morning club runs
We now have a bike ride every Saturday, run by Tory. Starting at 8:00am and finishing by 10am. The rides will start and end at Southwest Bicycle Works (The Old Twine Works, 42 East Street, West Coker, BA22 9BG). There is car parking for those that want to drive out to join the ride. The rides will be on the country lanes around West Coker and Yeovil, will be approximately 20 to 25 miles long and at an easy to moderate pace. Whilst the rides are aimed at beginners experienced riders are welcome too. For further information call Tory on 01935 862906.
Thursday all-day runs
We now have a long Thursday ride (it used to run under the auspices of the now defunct Blackmore Vale and Yeo Valley CTC group). The rides are long, but not very fast by Sunday morning standards. The rides all start from Palmers Garden Centre at 9.30am. There is normally a designated leader arranged beforehand. Some riders may be there from 9am for pre-ride coffee. In the summer the rides last all day (9.30 – 5.00pm) and cover 60 miles and above. In the winter it's generally a morning ride of around 40 miles.
There is usually a coffee stop after 20 miles a lunch stop at half way and sometimes a tea stop as well, although this is not usual.
The destinations are not chosen by Martin WIlls, although some of the longer club runs do get incorporated. Regular participants submit a route to the calendar, which is circulated to the group on Garmin. These rides generally attract around 8 to 12 riders but 16 is not unknown. The norm is for those attending to ride together throughout, although occasionally it may be decided en route that a ride will separate into two groups taking different route options, each with a designated leader, re-joining at agreed locations.
You should have the following with you when you are out and about, whether alone or on a club ride. A good pump and a couple of spare tubes, plus some decent tyre levers. Don't forget you need the right tubes (valves) if you are riding deep section rims. A mobile phone is a good idea. More essential is some identity and emergency contact details. You can get professional ID tags quite cheaply or simply print out the information and carry it in a plastic bag with your tubes, don't forget to include any relevant medical information. If you have the misfortune to come off then this really could be the most important thing in your pocket. Your YCC membership card now carries your Emergency contact details
Further information on club runs
Below is a reasonably complete list of club runs. The buttons are links to the most recent version of the route on the Garmin Connect site.
|100 mile route||L|
|Horton Cross, Ilminster||L|
|Portland Bill 2||L|
|Red Post Challenge||L|
|Chard (west on A30)||Barley Mow Farm Shop||****|
|Chard (Cuttiford Door)||Garden Centre||****|
|Coxley||Brownes Garden Centre||****|
|Cranmore||East Somerset Railway||***|
|Crockerton (Wilts)||Shearwater Lake Cafe||***|
|Dorchester||Poundbury Garden Centre||***|
|Gillingham||Orchard Park Garden Centre||***|
|Glastonbury||Abbey Tea Room or Heaphy's Cafe||****|
|Langport||The Potting Shed||****|
|Langport||The Old Wharf Cafe||****|
|Lower Godney||Two Gates Tea Room||*****|
|Martock||Parrett Works, and Cafe||*****|
|Morton||Old School Rooms||****|
|North Curry||Community Cafe||****|
|Street||Opposite Crispin Hall||***|
|Wells||The Beckyngton Tea Room||***|
|West Lyng||Canal Centre||***|
|Wincanton (North)||Otter Nurseries Garden Centre Cafe||****|
|Wookey Hole||Cafe at caves car park||*|
|Yeovil||Kona coffee house at TriUK||****|
|Yeovil||Brymsmore Garden Centre||***|