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 three rides :- an 'Easy Ride' , or one of two 'Moderate' rides . 

Easy 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 Rides.  As the name implies these are not a challenge rides, but are paced at around 10-12 mph and may complete  longer mileages - perhaps up to 50 miles in the summer months. They are aimed at those with some experience of cycling. One of the Moderate rides is scheduled to the same lunch venue as the 'Easy' Ride - but via a different route; the second 'Moderate ride heads for a separate lunch venue ~ for details follow the "Tuesday rides" link in the panel on the left
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. 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 ~ for details follow "Friday rides" 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.    
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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

Essex 40+ "fun tour" 2018

a dozen 
E Herters braved the nearly 30 degree temperatures last week to complete an annual "Essex Fun Tour "intrepid East
 organised bt Essex Forty . Plus. The 61.5 mile route passed through tranquil villages  characteristic of this area of Essex , giving ample opportunity for refreshments stops. Another striking feature was the pot-hole free quiet roads , a marked contrast to our regular experience. Our thanks go to Essex Forty Plus for putting on the event , and to Chris and Anne for encouragement to take part

Hunstanton July 2018

There is a myth that Norfolk is flat, and perhaps it was this that encouraged a mixture of 21 East Herts and North Herts cyclists to sign up for three days riding around Hunstanton. Six non - cycling spouses also joined us and,those who could , spent time walking and exploring the local bird/ seal reserves .

The big surprise was the weather ; cool, cloudy and breezy - but much better for cycling than the very hot and humid weather “enjoyed” by the rest of the country.

Our thanks to Allan Hutton for masterminding the trip, and commiserations to Chris Ramsden who’s Birthday was celebrated by England being knocked out of the world cup.

A full blog and more photos can be found by going to the “news from the road” or East Herts News  links .

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