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.

20 Mar 2015

Jennings Road bridge link works - and Sutton Road closure

Works on the Green Ring are happening at various locations, most of which don't particularly affect you (traffic controls / walk past).  But the Jennings Road link bridge to Lemsford Road is due to be worked on for five days from Monday 23 March, so you may need to divert via York Road (steps) or Sandpit Lane (busy road with splitter islands) . 

Update 25 March: Road works for the Woodstock Sth to Sutton Road progressing, note Sutton Rd adjacent to the Rats Castle is closed approx 9.30 - 16.00 at present.  If you want to join the Albans Way in Fleetville use Morrison’s gate; take great care going through the car park!

The Green Ring is shown on the new fully revised St Albans District Cycle Map. The new map is now live on the St Albans District Council cycling webpages. STACC member households got a copy with their 2015 membership cards.    You can pick up a copy of the map at local libraries, cycle shops, Tourist Information Centre and at the Council offices. You can also ask to be sent a copy by emailing cycling@stalbans.gov.uk.

21 Jan 2015

Film Night - Tuesday 10 February - SUCCESS!

The STACC Winter Public Meeting this year is in a different format - a film night!  We will be showing the documentary 'Bicycle', issued last year and very well received.  The film tells the story of cycling in Britain, weaving in bicycle design, sport and transport.  The film is 86 minutes long
The screening is in the Council Chamber, St Albans District Council Offices, St Peters Street, St Albans.  Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.  Admission is free, donations towards the cost of the screening can be made. 
UPDATE: we were a bit nervous, as putting on a film show does incur significant outlay.  But when there were already ten people in the room at ten past seven, and all seats were taken by seven thirty, we were very glad we had given it a go.  We had some very positive feedback.  The film packs a lot in, with Chris Boardman in particular spanning from athletic effort (the Barcelona Olympic Gold Medal on the Lotus superbike, designed by Mike Burrows, also featured in the film) to everyday cycling.

16 Nov 2014

ABBEY LINE Temporary Closures for upgrade work

This is important news for all passengers, especially those who make multi-mode journeys, bike-on-train, on the Abbey Line between St Albans & Watford.

Though a bus replacement service will operate in the periods of closure, I have
 confirmed that there is no facility for carrying bikes on the buses.

First closure period is  
       from 19:40 on Saturday 29 November 2014
       to      05:54 on Monday  29 December  2014
There are additional weekend closures during November (dates/times not  specified on the leaflet which I have used for reference).

Further weekend closures cited for 2015 are
      from Saturday  14 February to Monday 16 February
      from Saturday  21 February to Monday 23 February
      from Saturday    3 April        to Monday   6  April

Useful information sites

Customer Relations 0121 634 2040

Please add comments to this post to make your experiences known to others.

27 Oct 2014

Green Ring - work on Alban Way between Morrisons and Sutton Road

The pinch point is now just a little squeeze.  Thanks to CycleHerts for the picture, taken on 2 November 2014.  Thanks to SADC for carrying out the work, this is part of the Green Ring route.

Improvements are also being varied out at the Hatfield end of the Alban Way - pruning aplenty.