When and where is the meet point?
There are two AVC group rides which take place on Sunday mornings. Both groups meet at 8:30am in the market square (town centre) in Ampthill.
- The AVC-100 group ride is usually around 100km (62 miles) at a pace of around 28-32km/h (17-20mph) with a stop for coffee en route.
- The AVC-60 group ride is usually around 60km (37 miles) at a pace of around 25-29km/h (16-18mph) also with a stop for coffee en route.
There is no need to book ahead, the club is currently run on an informal basis, so if you'd like to ride (or it is your first time riding with AVC) be at the meeting point on time (rides leave fairly punctually). The rides are created as events in our club on Strava and riders usually indicate their intention to ride by joining the ride event for the relevant ride that week (AVC Strava Club).
There are also many members who ride regularly throughout the week and organise fairly spontaneous rides out. There is a Whatsapp chat group set up to cater for this. If you're interested email James Buchanan or send a request using the web contact form.
For any of the rides, you do of course have the option to 'tail off' early and do your own thing as people often do. This is perfectly OK if you don't feel you can manage a full ride.
AVC Meeting Place
Our routes are generally tried and tested and take in scenic roads and villages whilst generally avoiding areas of heavy traffic. Typical routes go out to the north of Bedford, to the west of Leighton Buzzard and the south of Hitchin and Redbourn. Popular café stop destinations include Emily's Teashop in Whitwell, The Hub at Redbourn, Harold-Odell Country Park, Costa in Leighton Buzzard, Costa in Hitchin to name a few.
If you've not ridden in a group before, it can be a strange experience at first but you soon get used to it. The club often ride two abreast where roads allow, often with cyclists in front and behind. However, there are some simple guidelines and etiquette to follow that will ensure both enjoyment and safety.
There may seem a lot to think about when you first ride in a group but you'll be addicted before you know it.