Welcome to the East Herts Section of the Forty Plus Cycling Club
Section Secretary: Kathy McNamee    Tel. 01992 551799   Email: 40plusEHerts{@}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:-
Easy Ride.  This is led at a pace of about 8-9 mph, and is aimed at those who prefer a relaxed ride. 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 is only the moderate ride, but occasionally this is extended beyond the 50 mile limit suggested for the Tuesday moderate ride.

All our routes are planned so as to use quiet country lanes as far as possible , and busy roads are mostly 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:-
                                                                                guideline of riding etiquette and riding safety suggestions
                                                                                 http://www.fortypluscc.co.uk/joining/group-riding
    In addition, the East Herts section encourages riders to be aware of the following guidelines when riding in a group.                                                                                 
  • A Rear Guard (sweeper) is essential either as one or two groups
  • If there are 2 groups they must be in visual contact all or most of the time
  • Riders “jumping” from one group to another is not on
  • On hills or long drags there is no problem with each rider riding to their ability, in other words, passing the Leader but regrouping at or near the summit or a break in the road i.e. T Junctions, road forks etc.is a must
  •  If riding two abreast and oncoming traffic appears its sensible for the insider rider to move forward and leave a gap for the outside rider to move in
  •  Pointing or shouting if obstacles are in the road; also shouting “Oil” when traffic appears in front or behind
  • The Leader should indicate if they are slowing or stopping by shouting
  •  Regrouping is a must when both groups or individuals are being distanced for any reason
  •  Riding 2 abreast or near the middle or the road when it is dangerous or obstructive ,is a “No No"
  •  If riding on a busy road riders must consider opening gaps a car length to facilitate drivers overtaking in 2 or more steps.
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