9 Jun 2015

Bike Week 2015

A list compiled by the St Albans Cycle Campaign of events we know about!  For a full list of Bike Week rides and events visit www.bikeweek.org.ukSt Albans City and District – Bike Week 2015

Saturday 13 June – STACC information stall at St Albans market.  In spite of rain, plenty of interested visitors.  Thanks to STACC volunteers for their time and expertise and enthusiasm.

Saturday 13 June 0930h – Five Miles to Fabulous
Seven ladies went on a women-only easy pace morning ride with coffee stop using traffic free routes and quieter roads.  It rained, they got as far as Old Hatfield and they mended a puncture.    South Herts CTC.

Sunday 14th June 1000h – SKY Ride Local - Wildlife and wilderness - 7 miler
Starting Point: L'olivo Restaurant, 135 Marford Road Wheatampstead AL4 8HN.  Two hour ride, Ayots and Ayot Greenway at Steady pace.  SKY ride

Tuesday 16 June 1000h - Lunch ride with the Forty Plus
Meet for coffee at the Inn on The Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans.  The ‘A’ ride leaves at 10.30 and rides to The Red Lion, Great Offley.  The ‘B’ ride departs at 10.45 and rides to the Green Dragon, Flaunden. Forty Plus.

Wednesday 17 June 1930h – CTC ride to the pub
A fast ride starting from St Albans War Memorial, 20 miles or so to the Waggon and Horses in Elstree, eta 2100h.  It is essential that you have front and rear lights (preferably 2 sets), puncture outfit, tyre levers, pump and spare tube.  South Herts CTC.

Thursday 18 June 0930h – Breeze to Welwyn Garden City for coffee
Women only steady pace longer morning ride taking in the Ayot Greenway, the Great North Way and the Alban Way.  Starts from Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre – gather by the cycle stands.  Breeze.

Thursday 18 June 1100h – Coffee and lunch with the Forty Plus
Meet from 11.00am at The Green Man in Sandridge and after coffee cycle no more than 10 miles to a local hostelry for lunch. FortyPlus.

Saturday 20 June 1000h - Saturday Saunter to Cyclists’ Cafe in Redbourn
Meet from 09:30 in Morrisons Cafe for this easy ride leaving from outside Morrisons Supermarket (Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4SU) at 10:00. We lead you along quiet lanes to a break at a cyclists’ cafe in Redbourn then return to St Albans in time for lunch. Total distance will be up to 20 miles at an easy pace to suit everyone.  South Herts CTC.

Sunday 21 June 0900h - CTC Sunday ride
An all day ride starting from the War Memorial, St Albans.  Elevenses at Poppins, Chesham; lunch at Red Lion, Whiteleaf; afternoonses at St Michael's Church, Chenies.  Brisk pace of 12 – 15mph, expect to cover around 60 miles.  South Herts CTC.

Sunday 21 June, 1000h - SKY Ride Local - Eat, drink, ride - 29 miler
Meet in Sports Centre Car Park Rothamsted Park, Amenbury Lane Harpenden,AL2 5HU.  A challenging 4 hour ride on a hilly route – but with two cafĂ© stops to keep you going.  SKY Ride
More information:
South Herts CTC http://www.southhertsctc.org.uk
SKY rides  www.goskyride.com
Forty Plus      http://www.fortypluscc.co.uk/
Breeze rides    www.goskyride.com/breeze/index or, from main skyride page, tick the guided ride and women only boxes.

31 May 2015

Tour of Hertfordshire in St Albans City and District (just)

On Sunday 7 June the first of the Tour of Hertfordshire series of cycle circuit racing festivals takes place in the grounds of BRE Garston aka Bricket Wood.  This is a late change of venue.  More information at http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/transtreets/hertscounttravsurv/travelwise/webcycle/tourhertfordshire2015

There will be a Breeze ride going there in the afternoon, this is a women only bike ride.  Sign up at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=60939

If you want to get there in your own time, the Cycle Streets suggested route (from Westminster Lodge) is http://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/44651348/

19 May 2015

Sandridgebury Lane drainage works - completed

All done.  There seems to be quite a bit of road closures of local lanes for drainage works at present, Coleman Green Lane has also been having ditches cleaned out.

11 May 2015

NCN 20th anniversary celebration

On Saturday 9 May three STACC members participated in the NCN 20th Anniversary celebration tour organised by WelHatCycling.  The tour started in Welwyn Garden City mid-morning and collected a STACC member and several others at the Galleria en route to lunch at the Inn on the Park.  Two more STACC members joined the ride here, while the first one peeled off for home as we headed towards Harpenden.
It was great to meet up with neighbouring campaigners - as well as friends from WelHatCycling we got to know people from Luton & Dunstable Cycling Forum

NCN routes ridden were (assuming start from WGC)
NCN12 (WGC to Hatfield);
NCN 61 (Alban Way);
St Albans Green Ring (Alban Way to Batchwood Drive);
NCN 6 (St Albans to Harpenden)
lanes and bridleways across south east Harpenden
NCN 57 (Marquis Lane to Leasey Bridge)
the Lower Luton Road to Wheatampstead - yes, we would prefer a cycle-friendly alternative!
NCN57 again (Ayot Greenway)
NCN 12 (Ayot Green to WGC)

Well done and thank you to WelHatCycling and the Sustrans active travel champions for a super day out.

16 Apr 2015

50 Mile Ride 3 May 2015 Hertford (Not STACC organised)

I have been asked to publicise this event - in aid of a foundation in memory of Ellis Clark a victim of Bone Cancer in childhood you can read more about it at www.ellisharrietclark.com.

(As I have had to extract the text from a PDF document sent to me the presentation of this post is a bit ragged.)


On 3rd May 2015
Start 7.30am-9.30am set off - HERTFORD
Don’t miss your last chance to enter our cycling event through Hertfordshire’s finest countryside,
and tackle that one timed hill. From first timers, to passionate peddlers, everyone is welcome!
For more information visit; www.ellisharrietclark.com
or call Billie 07944 684 411                       @EHCFoundation

• The best looking, most passionate crew of marshals you’ll ever come across
• 3 x free fuel stops along the route for all entrants
• BBQ, Beers, Live Band, Bouncy Castle and brilliant atmosphere at the finish line. A great way to enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend
• Travelling mechanic on call for any bike issues on the day; Sponsored by the mighty team at www.highwaycycles.co.uk
• A fully timed course with a confirmation of your completion time TEXT to you on completion! (if you
provide your mobile number on entering)

• Full Retul Bike Fit worth £125 at FIT-ME-UP for the Most Passionate Peddler on The 1 Timed Hill (week
day appointment only)
• A meal for 2 at the picturesque Millstream Pub for the Best Dressed Rider
• A nights bed and breakfast at the legendary Hertford House Hotel for the Highest Fundraiser
• £100 Voucher at Britains Best Bike Shop wwwhighwaycycles.co.uk for the rider with the best
passion, pace and panache

ENTER NOW! Go To ellisharrietclark.com and click on ENTER.  (Entry on the day subject to availability)


Can I ask anyone who enters the event to  add a comment to this blog entry for info.
Enjoy ,

15 Apr 2015

Tour of Hertfordshire Series

If the wording on the poster is a bit tiny, go to www.hertscycling.com to get the details.  Four days of circuit racing and fun.  STACC members - please note Sunday 5 July is Fete du Velo in Redbourn - do come along and help staff a STACC stall and have a great day out.

26 Mar 2015

Alban Way interest

You have until 6th April to visit the excellent exhibition in the community room at the Museum of St Albans on Hatfield Road.  The exhibition is called Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life.  Fascinating stuff, with pictures of the Alban Way down the years from the 1860s.
No vegetation whatsoever in railway days, all open views, which puts a perspective on the current adverse reactions to selective clearing of trees and scrub along the Alban Way to create and maintain a more diverse set of habitats for flora, fauna and people.