The South Herts CTC Group has been going for over 80 years and now offers rides to suit a range of interests and abilities. With their superb knowledge of quiet and scenic routes in The Chilterns and elsewhere, you can’t do better than join a Sunday cycle ride led by experienced ride leaders.
Riding with a group can be much easier and more fun than riding on your own and is a great way of exploring an area. The South Herts cycle rides usually start in Hertfordshire in St Albans, Hatfield or Hertford. All starting points are near to train stations and parking facilities, this means they have a mix of local residents and people from north London. They are part of the CTC – the national organisation for cyclists – and one of four groups cycling in Hertfordshire.
Sunday rides normally have a morning coffee break, lunch stop and a tea break in the afternoon (summertime only). Some people cycle back from coffee or lunch, others stay out all day. As their weekend ride reports show, a Sunday ride to coffee and back could be 30 miles. In the summer months a full Sunday ride could be over 60 miles. In the winter, rides are shorter (about 40 miles) as they have their lunch stop nearer to the start so they can usually get back before it gets dark.
Saturday Saunter rides are no more than 20 miles and go at a speed that suits everyone. This ride is perfect for those who are trying to find a gentle group to ride with.
The popular South Herts midweek rides start from St Albans on Wednesday evenings and aim for an energetic 90 minute ride to a local pub. They also run 5 Miles to Fabulous rides especially for women and have occasional car-assisted rides, weekends away and longer tours.
The Chilterns are hilly, so you need to be reasonably fit to enjoy them, but the club also does rides in less hilly areas, easy Saturday rides and Wednesday evening rides.