Welcome to the St Albans Section of the Forty Plus Cycling Club


We are one of the larger sections in the club with over 100 members in St Albans and the surrounding area, including Harpenden, Hatfield, Welwyn, and parts of N London. We have an active programme of formal Tuesday rises, informal rides, trips away and social events. We are a social cycling club and most rides incorporate one or more cafe or pub stops providing a chance to catch-up with old friends and make new ones.

Prospective members and guests are welcome to join us for a few rides - please contact Martin or one of the ride organisers (click on the Tuesday rides to see their contact details)


Our Rides

On a typical Tuesday, we have five different rides allowing members to choose a ride to suit their ability and inclination. The start point for these rides rotates between St Albans, Hatfield, and Harpenden with occasional car-assist rides to explore further afield. Tuesday rides normally start with coffee, followed by a ride to lunch (less than 10 to over 20 miles depending on the group), and then a ride back home – typically we leave the lunch spot in groups according to home destination.


St Albans riders at The Musette Café in Aldbury

In addition to the scheduled Tuesday rides, many of our members get together to ride on other days. Many of these informal rides are organised at short notice via social media – speak to your ride organiser if you would like to be added to one of these groups.

2020 March - St Albans riders gather on a damp Tuesday


Some of our keener riders routinely post to Strava and although we are a social cycling club, competition around the leader board has at times been stiff with even the odd whiff of underhand tactics being used to catch the competition napping on a Sunday evening.

We also enjoy cycling abroad and in 2019 there were two different trips to Majorca and one to France.

May 2019 - Majorca Trip - Cycling in the Sun



GPS Routes Library

Routes linking common start points and destinations


GPS Routes Library
 Start Point
 Now available for Poppins - Hatfield
 reference or reuse.  Inn on the Park - St Albans
 Click on the start point to Rothamsted
 see what is available. Morrisons -St Albans




News



After 15 years as Section Secretary, Roger Hodgson has stood down as Section Secretary. We owe him a tremendous debt for his work in helping to create the vibrant section that we all enjoy today.

Roger continues as membership secretary for the Forty Plus Cycling Club and can be contacted on 40plusjoin@gmail.com.








Following an open appointment process, Martin Phillips has been appointed Section Secretary. He is an experienced cyclist living in St Albans who regularly cycles with the Inter group.

Martin can be contacted on 40plusstalbans@gmail.com.

Many thanks to Tony O'Byrne for chairing the Futures Group and running the succession process.



COVID

Cycling is a great way to keep fit and sane during these difficult days and the section intends to run a full programme of rides this winter – but always operating within Government regulations and the guidance from Cycling UK.

As of 14 September, this means that our rides and associated activities need to operate within the ‘rule of six’. So, if you plan on joining one of our rides, please ensure that you inform the ride organiser in advance so that they can make appropriate arrangements.

On the day, please support your ride leader in maintaining social distancing and the rule of six at the start, on the road and at stops. On the road, if you need or offer assistance please don masks and sanitise before and after sharing equipment such as pumps.


Cycling in sixes can be fun and we've lunched in many beautiful churchyards during the COVID restrictions.

This is one of two groups doing the Bedford round in September 2020.






Cancellation of Christmas Lunch

Unfortunately, the new COVID restrictions meant that our planned Christmas lunch at Harpenden Golf Club had to be cancelled. We'll look to see what we can do once restrictions ease.


Consultation on Highway Code Changes

In July, the Department for Transport published a consultation document on a Review of the Highway Code as part of their Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. There are some important changes here in terms of

  • The hierarchy of road users
  • When to ride single file or two abreast
  • Road positioning
You can respond to the consulation survey here until 27 October.

Thanks to Alan Punter for noticing this.