Club Runs

2020

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
All YCC club rides cancelled until further notice

The committee has decide to cancel all organised YCC activities in light of the Covid-19 epidemic. We have left the programmed list of rides up so that members can do them if and when they want to. A full archive of club rides is planned for the near future.

Date Destination Miles Climb(ft) Pain Points Route More Info
2 Apr Fyne Court 65 3584 55 Route
5 Apr Milton Abbas 54 3902 72 Route
5 Apr Langport 40 1535 38 Route
12 Apr Burnham on Sea 66 2385 36 Route
12 Apr Westhay 56 1188 21 Route
12 Apr Godney 47 1027 22 Route
19 Apr Cranmore 49 2920 60 Route
19 Apr Castle Cary 37 1053 28 Route
26 Apr Hestercombe 58 1319 23 Route
26 Apr North Curry 43 2254 52 Route
3 May Mere 52 1923 37 Route
3 May Wincanton 39 1283 33 Route
10 May Lulworth Cove 74 3996 54 Route
10 May Moreton 63 3091 49 Route
10 May Cerne Abbas 38 2470 65 Route
17 May Westhay 56 1188 21 Route
17 May Baltonsborough 41 1588 39 Route
24 May Cheddar, back via Rocky Mountain 72 3307 46 Route
24 May Cheddar, back via Priddy 69 2579 37 Route
24 May East Horrington 56 2169 39 Route
24 May Sparkford 39 1736 45 Route
31 May Shaftesbury 52 3074 59 Route
31 May Stalbridge 41 2037 50 Route
7 Jun Weymouth 65 3783 58 Route
7 Jun Dorchester 53 2152 41 Route
7 Jun Merriott 38 1916 50 Route
14 Jun Colyford 67 4426 66 Route
14 Jun Chard 51 2300 45 Route
14 Jun Chard 43 1578 37 Route
21 Jun Chew Valley Lake 75 4065 54 Route
21 Jun Wells 58 1562 27 Route
21 Jun Glastonbury 41 1637 40 Route
28 Jun North Newton 54 1447 27 Route
28 Jun North Newton (alternate) 52 2247 43 Route
28 Jun North Newton (short) 46 1755 38 Route