Club Runs


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 medium ride is a social run and will cover approx 50 miles, at a pace to suit the majority of the group. This group definitely stops for refreshments at the midpoint.
  • The short ride is a intended for new riders, or those wanting a leisurely ride. Run at a slower pace, it will cover about 35 to 40 miles.
  • Once a month there is a longer ride in addition to those above. This will return to Yeovil at a later time than the other runs.

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.

Thursday club 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.

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. Note that the information on the next rides is mirrored on the home page for ease of access.

Remember, 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
Date Destination Miles Climb(ft) Pain Points Route More Info
19 Jan Merriott 38 1916 50 Route
19 Jan Broadwindsor 46 2657 58 Route
23 Jan Bradford-on-Tone 63 1100 17 Route
26 Jan Sparkford 39 1736 45 Route
26 Jan Shepton Mallett 49 1621 33 Route
2 Feb Langport 53 2185 41 Route
2 Feb Langport (short) 43 892 21 Route
6 Feb Broadwindsor 43 3240 75 Route
9 Feb Horton Cross 48 2831 59 Route
9 Feb Horton Cross (short) 40 1713 43 Route
16 Feb Langport 39 1512 39 Route
16 Feb Westhay (long) 64 2510 39 Route
16 Feb Westhay 56 1188 21 Route
20 Feb Hatch Beauchamp 45 1600 36 Route
23 Feb Dorchester 53 2152 41 Route
23 Feb Cerne Abbas 42 2618 62 Route
1 Mar North Newton 54 1447 27 Route
1 Mar Maunsel Lock (shorter) 46 1752 38 Route
5 Mar Away day 50 1000 20 Route
8 Mar Bridport 49 3524 72 Route
8 Mar Mapperton House 39 2608 67 Route
15 Mar Chard 51 2300 45 Route
15 Mar Cuttifords Door 43 1578 37 Route
19 Mar Portesham 64 4045 63 Route
22 Mar Gillingham 53 2818 53 Route
22 Mar Wincanton 39 1283 33 Route
29 Mar South Somerset Cycle Route 73 4101 56 Route
29 Mar Stourhead 49 2218 45 Route
29 Mar Horton Cross 40 1713 43 Route