Forty Plus Cycling Club: St Albans Section
Section Secretary: Roger Hodgson   Tel. 07989 649526

Roger with bike
Welcome to the St Albans section of the Forty Plus Cycling Club. This section hosts published rides on both Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Tuesday is our main cycling day where every week we offer no fewer than 5 different rides each of a different level of ambition.  These rides start variously from St Albans, Hatfield, Welwyn or Harpenden, so there's something to suit everyone here

Thursdays are more sociable than strenuous, and as such provide a useful opportunity for newcomers to meet us and find out what we have to offer. We meet from 11.00 a.m. at "The Green Man" in Sandridge for coffee, after which we then cycle no more than 10 miles to a local hostelry for lunch.

Reports from some of our rides:
  • 2017-2-21 A, B and Inter Riders meet at Simmonds Hatfield It wasn't planned, but many of today's cyclists turned up at Simmonds Cafe on the way back from rides to Hertford, Old Knebworth and Watton at Stone. The chat was deafening which all goes to confirm our status as a seriously social cycling club.    
    Posted 21 Feb 2017, 10:30 by Steve Rogers
  • 2017-2-16 The Hertfordshire Way walk - first leg - we don't only cycle! Late in 2016 Derek and Audrey Pawsey invited Club members to join them in walking 'The Hertfordshire Way'. This is a 194 mile circular Long Distance Footpath and it would be done in bite size chucks. On the third Wednesday in February nineteen people (members, spouses, friends, and the extended Pawsey Family) set off to cover the first leg from St Albans to Redbourn. A great morning's walk was had by all, followed by lunch in the Cricketers on Redbourn Common. Muddy boots but no punctures !!Thank you Derek and Audrey - Looking forward to next month's walk from Redbourn to Markyate !! (Tony O'Byrne)
    Posted 16 Feb 2017, 02:37 by Steve Rogers
  • 2017-2-14 Puncture practice on the Inter Ride Roger Blassberg mends a puncture "advised" by Colin Burns and Steve Brazier on Carol Brazier's lovely Inter Ride to St Pauls Walden.  Hertfordshire's flints and regular hedge cutting means we need special puncture resistant tyres for our rides.  It is always a lively debate as to which tyres are the best.  Personally I ride on Durano Plus have tried Gatorskins which many riders like.  In any case whatever comes with a new bike is unlikely to suit Hertfordshire road conditions.  Kevan Harrop swears by Marathon Plus tyres and I have yet to see him puncture on them but others say they are heavy and have indifferent grip.  A good subject for Signpost I think Tony Green  
    Posted 15 Feb 2017, 05:00 by Steve Rogers
  • 2017-2-14 Standing Room only Well it was half term and there were a few non members in our usual seats at Morrisons for the start of the A, Inter and B rides.  There were even more members in the queue for coffee.  It was basically standing room only until the A and Inter Riders departed at 10.30.  I hope everyone had as good a ride as we did in the A group - lots of ups and downs and we went across the A5 twice more than usual (zero is usual) but a great days riding in sunshine.  Spring is on its way.  (Thanks to Tony O'Byrne for the photo).   
    Posted 14 Feb 2017, 09:03 by Steve Rogers
  • 2017-02-07 A Ride to Tonwell, Robin Hood and Little John Tony Green, our Signpost Editor, led the A ride to the Robin Hood and Little John, Tonwell. Going out east and north via Symonshyde and Water End Tony's ride led us through quiet lanes up to Bramfield and across high ground to Chapmore End and our destination.  A very enjoyable ride to a popular pub, followed by a pleasant ride back via Gobions and Tewin.  For the first time in several weeks the weather was (relatively) warm and the sun shone.  Several off us stopped for a coffee on the way back at Simmons in Hatfield taking advantage of the longer days and shorter nights. 
    Posted 8 Feb 2017, 02:16 by Steve Rogers
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