Welcome to the East Herts Section of the Forty Plus Cycling Club
Section Secretary:  Anne Ramsden     Email: 40pluseherts at gmail.com

The East Herts Section meets at the Six Templars (Wetherspoons) in the centre of Hertford from 10.00 a.m. on Tuesdays and FridaysWe leave soon after 10.30 and ride to a pub or sometimes a cafe for lunch, and afterwards we ride back together to Hertford.

On Tuesdays there is a choice of two rides, each generally going to the same lunch destination:-
Relaxed Ride.  This is led at a pace of about 8-9 mph, and is aimed at those who prefer a relaxed pace. The distance covered very much depends on the time of year / weather / terrain etc. but is generally between 20 and 30 miles.
Moderate Ride  As the name implies this is not a challenge ride, but is paced at around 10-11 mph and completes a longer mileage - perhaps up to 50 miles in the summer months. It is aimed at those with some experience of cycling.
On Fridays there are two moderate rides each going to different lunch venues, and occasionally these are extended beyond the 50 mile limit suggested for the Tuesday moderate ride. As from April 2018 , for a 6 month trial period, one of these two moderate rides may be led at a slightly higher pace . The actual pace will be set by the ride leader, and will be influenced by the participants. Higher paced rides and longer rides will be indicated on the runs list ~ link in the panel on the left. 

All our routes are planned so as to use quiet country lanes as far as possible , and busy roads are generally avoided.

Although our club is called the 40plus, the current section membership ranges in age from early 50's to mid 80's. We are a sociable club with a good mix of male and female members. Cyclists turn up on racing bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, folding bikes and recumbents. Each ride goes only as fast as the slowest person, and help is always on hand from the group to deal with mechanical problems.

There can be anything up to 20 cyclists on a ride , but the usual numbers are around 8-12. Section rides are open to all members of the FortyPlus Cycling Club and we often have cyclists from other sections turn up as guests. Some of us ride with other sections on other days.When more than 12 turn up for any ride, we split into 2 groups and set off with a gap between us for safety reasons, and to make it easier for cars to overtake. 

All riders are responsible for road safety, and should be familiar with riding etiquette and safety suggestions made by the club.
The following links leads to those suggestions:-
                                                                                Club guidelines for riding etiquette and riding safety suggestions
        In addition, the East Herts section encourages riders to be aware of the following
                                                                               guidelines when riding with East Herts group.    
News Updates

 News from the road- click this link for East Herts section Blogs.

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  Suffolk  2016                                                                                         

   Majorca 2018                                                                                     
Posted 21 Apr 2018, 18:11 by Steve Rogers of St Albans 40 plus


Hertford Community Festival June 2018

East Herts District Council has a commitment to promoting health and fitness in the community , and to this end they support "Active East Herts" - a network of local organisations who deliver sports and physical activities.
We accepted an invitation to participate in the " Hertford Cycling Festival" put on by Active East Herts, on Hartham Common and had one of a dozen or so stands at the fare.It was largely aimed at youngsters and young families, the central attraction being a really impressive BMX show put on by three potential Olympic 2020 freestyle riders -- right next to our pitch.
We had 15 inquiries , but these were mainly from  people of working age seeking social rides in the evenings or weekends. 

The organisers considered the Festival to be a success and hope to repeat it next year , but to include activities other  than cycling.

My thanks to Tim and Allan for their encouragement and support.

Holland 2018

Five East Herts regulars and one St Albans regular have just returned from 8 days touring part of the LF1 section of the North Sea route . This section  we completed was from Dunkirk to Den Helder in the North of Holland . There is a blog of our ride on the News from the road page ( link above )

On the Ijmuiden Ferry

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