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Sunday Cycle Rides

The Sunday Cycle Rides are the heart of Cyclesolihull. They take place most Sundays during the spring and summer (except where there is the 5th Sunday in the month where there may be a special ride), starting at 2 pm from different places around the borough. In autumn and winter they are less frequent and start at 1.30 pm.

There are rides of varying length depending on which Sunday in each month it is.

The spring and summer (March-October) pattern is:

First Sunday - Medium (M) ride of about 15 miles (finish about 4.45 pm)

Second Sunday - Taster (T) ride of about 5 miles (finish about 3.30 pm)

Third Sunday - Long (L) ride of about 20 miles (finish about 5.15 pm

Fourth Sunday - Short (S) ride of about 10 miles (finish about 4 pm)

Fifth Sunday - no ride but check website for any 'special' rides.

All Taster rides and selected Short 'S' rides that are especially suitable for families with younger children are designated Family rides.

All the rides take place on quiet roads (mainly country lanes) and some cycle paths so they are suitable for relatively new cyclists and children getting used to riding on quiet roads with their parents.

Someone at the front ('the leader') will lead the way and a 'backmarker' will be appointed so no one gets left behind. Every so often the ride will stop to regroup so that the overall pace is of the slowest rider.

If the group is large, it may be split into two to make the ride more manageable. This is usually done after a mile or so to enable riders of a similar speed to be grouped together.

There is always a refreshment stop of about 30 minutes, either at a tea room or a pub. All the pubs have gardens and are child friendly. As you are part of a group it doesn't really matter if you prefer to bring you own drink - it can sometimes be nice to have a completely free afternoon out!

To help you know what to expect, the rides follow one of over 30 fixed Cyclesolihull Routes. Leaflets for most of the routes are available for download here.

Although many people cycle to the start point, they all have free parking nearby for if you need to bring your bike by car (more information on start points).

All rides return to the start point.

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Cyclesolihull rides go ahead unless there is persistent heavy rain (not just showers), very strong winds, snow or ice. Rides are rarely cancelled (5 in 2010 due to snow and ice) but if we feel this is necessary because forecast bad weather we will try and put information about this on the website before the start of the ride.

 

Sunday Cycle Rides

March & April 2014

Sun 2 Mar at 2 pm from Bentley Heath park car park B93 9BQ. A 17 mile ride along Route M13.

Sun 9 Mar at 2 pm from Cheswick Green shops B90 4JA. A 6 mile Taster ride.

Sun 16 Mar at 2 pm from Knowle church B93 0LN. A 21 mile ride along Route L2.

Sun 23 Mar at 2 pm from Dorridge Station B93 8JA. A 9 mile Family ride along Route S1.

Sun 6 April at 2 pm from Meriden green CV7 7LN. A 16 mile ride along Route M5.

Sun 13 April at 2 pm from Monkspath shops B90 4EH. A 6 mile Taster ride.

Sun 20 April at 2 pm from Balsall Common library CV7 7EL. A 19 mile ride along Route L8.

Sun 27 April at 2 pm from Cheswick Green shops B90 4JA. A 9 mile ride along Route S9


(more information on start points).

 

Try Cyclesolihull's other rides:

Evening Explorer rides alternate between Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid-May to early August. They start at 7 pm from various locations and are about 10 miles long, following the shorter 'S' routes. There is a pub refreshment stop of about 30 minutes and the ride finish before 9 pm.

Taster Rides are short rides of about 5 miles long which normally take place on the second Sunday of the month. They start at 2 pm and there is a refreshment stop. These rides are an ideal introduction to Cyclesolihull rides for new cyclists and families with children. They are just like the other rides but much shorter!

Saturday Stretcher rides are the longest Cyclesolihull rides at between 20 and 35 miles. There is no fixed route and they may use sections of busier roads. They are not suitable for small children.