This will be the last weekly rides update of 2011 with the return to our normal schedule week commencing 2nd January. Of course we will post some holiday period rides including an MTB ride for all, in the hope we can encourage a good few of the ex MTBing roadies back on to their MTB’s for a change. We also encourage the use the ‘Additional Rides’ option to post or see who else is riding over the festive period.
So another great year for YOGi Cycling draws to a close and with that on behalf of the committee I wish you all an enjoyable and Happy Christmas and New Year and hope your Christmas stockings are filled with all the new shiny bits your heart desires and we see them put to use over the holiday rides.
To any non members reading this, you are very welcome on any of our rides, ideally you ‘like’ and you soon decide to ‘join’. You are welcome to try two of our rides and then formally join. Fair enough eh! If you are visiting the area let us make you welcome and show you some great riding. All we ask is that you read our ‘Rides Ethos‘ below before turning up.
MTB Cross Country Ride – Tuesday 21st December
Meet at 5:50 pm @ B&Q Coypool leaving at 6.00 pm prompt, though if you can’t make the start point in time but would like to meet up with this ride en route you will be very welcome and by phoning Marcus on 07772 314925. He will agree a suitable rendezvous point (typically The Dartmoor Diner!) though some flexibility available on this. Best phone him on the day (before 4:30 ideally!) just to help route planning.
Be aware this is a pretty quick ride but not for those who only ride with their race head attached.
If unsure of your fitness/ability please try a Saturday ‘Fun MTB Ride’ first.
Road Ride – Tuesday 21st December
Meet 6.30 pm @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton for ride of around 35 miles.
If numbers make it a more sensible option two ride’s take place, both doing the same route. If so, the faster group will leave first – Av Speed will be around 18 mph, the second group to leave will ride at an Av Speed of around 16 mph. If you turn up specifically wanting to ride at the slightly slower pace by all means let us know.
Neither rides are always led so a route choice generally mutually agreed and briefed before setting off.
If you are unsure of your ability to ride at either of these levels we recommend choosing either the Wednesday or the Saturday ‘12’ ride first in order to gauge your level.
Wednesday Road Rides 22nd December
Both meet 6.30 pm @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton.
This ride will be of around 20 -25 miles with an average speed of 10 mph. Absolutely ideal for newcomers.
This ride of 25 – 30 miles is for those who want to build a basic level of fitness. Average speed will be around 12 mph.
We have a pool of volunteer ride leaders for both of these rides so generally you just turn up. However there may be the odd occasion when it will be necessary to agree a route amongst yourselves, so by all means come prepared to add your ideas.
We expect all to show self discipline and ensure both of these rides maintain the stated average speed.
If you want to up your pace one of our other evening rides is definitely for you.
MTB Adventure Ride – Thursday 23rd December
Meet Yelverton Coop car park @ 7:15 pm.
Not a beginner level ride but nor is this for racer’s, it can be quite technical but pace will suit most moderately fit riders. Expect to be back at the ride starting point between 9:30 and 10:00 pm having ridden approx 10 miles.
Full on MTB lights essential all year round.
If you are new to this ride just keep your eye on our web site in case there is a change of meeting point, very occasionally we will do so.
There is an optional post ride social pint so best bring a change of clothes.
Road Ride – Thursday 23rd December
Meet 6.30 pm @ B&Q, Coypool.
30 -35 miles generally ridden at around 16 mph average speed, usually with lower numbers than Tues eve.
Another ride where you turn up and a democratically chosen route will be conjured up by all, so by all means come with a plan and be prepared to brief it to the group!
MTB Fun – Next one will be Saturday 7th January
Meet at 10:00 am Venue TBC
Ever wondered what it’s like to join a like minded group on a real ‘Off Road’ ride and at the same time have the chance to receive some ‘Real Time’ riding techniques advice? Well these rides are just the ticket!
This monthly part of our rides schedule aims to encourage anyone to try this great leisure activity/sport and experience the benefits and camaraderie that comes when riding with like minded people.
Pace is set for the slowest rider. Spread the word and invite friends and family. Expect to be out for approx 3hrs but actual ride time will be much less than that.
All we ask is that your bike is in a safe condition and if you are a junior you bring along a parent/legal guardian. 10 year olds are prob’ the youngest we advise coming along.
Christmas Eve Wayne’s World MTB Cross Country Ride– Saturday 24th December
Meet 9.30 am @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton.
Technical MTB ride, not for beginners (please try one of our monthly MTB Fun Rides if unsure). Expect to be out for approx 3 hours.
Maybe worth checking with Wayne (07895 850757) to ensure the ride is actually on, it invariably will be!
Christmas Eve Road Rides – 24th December
Meet 09:00 am @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton, all our Saturday road rides depart from here.
This week we have planned that all the rides will meet up at the Burrator Inn at 12pm so the rides will be shorter than usual. If there is a small turn up we will likely combine the ’14’ and ’16’ but be prepared for some impromptu changes just in case more of you have completed your pre Christmas duties than we expect!
For this week only we will brief the route on the morning rather than post it and Ian and myself will lead the ride(s) either jointly or individually if we split the ride.
Saturday ’12’ (Ski will lead this week)
This ride will be be run at an average speed of around 12 mph so ideal for the reasonably fit and newcomers to group cycling.
Those who join this ride will be expected to show self discipline ensuring the pace remains at this level and if you find the pace too slow stick with it but the following week try one of our faster rides.
Early Bee MTB Ride – Not running this week !
Meet 8 am @ B&Q, Coypool, Plympton.
Technical reasonably fast cross country mountain bike ride. Numbers totally unpredictable sometimes only one or two other times up to 10 turn up.
Often un led so turn up and take yer chance or better still post your intentions under comments on this post.
At a loss and fancy an impromptu ride? Post your plans (or look for others) under this article
- We welcome all newcomers.
- Our bikes are in a safe to ride condition.
- We wear helmets on all road and MTB rides.
- For safety reasons any type of music ear phones will not be worn, this ensures you can hear messages about cars/obstructions/directions as passed down the line.
- We ride with front and rear lights in poor visibility and within normal lighting up hrs.
- We remain aware that we are riding under the YOGi Cycling Banner and do not behave in a manner that can harm the clubs reputation. This means following all traffic rules, riding in single file when cars are behind, and refusing to get involved in any kind of abuse with other road users, no matter what the provocation
- Caring passionately about the trails we ride
- Everyone shares our ethos and ensures YOGi Cycling is seen as an exemplary cycling club
- Everyone brings spare inner tubes and basic tools
- We do not leave anyone stranded so shout loudly if you have a mechanical/puncture we will stop and assist