All posts by Steffan James

Ladies’ Cake Burner Ride

Ladies, our first ride of 2018 is a classic XC route. It will be novice friendly due to its lack of technical features. The distance is slightly longer than our usual Novice rides, but no-one will be left behind. We may experience any weather in January so please dress suitably for wind / ice / snow / rain /mud …am I selling this to you ?!

We will be heading up to the Ridgeway on hardpack trails and making our way to Totterdown Woods, and then onto the access road through the Manton Estate where the views are wonderful. From here we head into Marlborough and a lovely quiet road descent.

We plan to stop at a café at around the halfway point. From here we will make our way to the old railway line and back to Chiseldon (where there is the opportunity to stop again around 3 miles from the finish to get hot drinks if necessary!) and then Coate Water.

Join us and blow away those Christmas cobwebs .


Please bring water and extra food because of the distance and time of year: keep fuelled = keep warm

Meet by the diving board at Coate Water at 9.45, ready for a 10.00am start.

Please note there is a £2 car park charge at Coate Water for all day parking .

The Battle of West Ridge Woods

Gary Palmer is leading what he says is going to be a proper muck-about among the trees, although he’ll try not to get you too lost in the woods!

The riding will be a mix of off-camber rooty single track, a bit of muddy double track, a bit of downhill switchbacks, a bit of road and… a lot of fun!

Although it is not particularly long, this won’t be a novice ride due to the technical nature of the terrain along with a fair amount of climbing (700-800m).
Meet at The scout hut, Old London Road, Wooton under Edge, GL12 7PS. (This post code is the closest available to the Scout hut, but park on the Old London Road.)  Arrive at 9.45 for 10 o’clock start. There will be no cafe stops so bring food you can have on the ride

Urban Round 22nd November

Andy Cook will lead this week’s Urban Round. Meet by the shops in Covingham (next to the Messenger pub) ready for a 7.00pm start.

The ride will be approximately 20 miles and will be on cycle paths and minor roads. You’ll need lights, and bring the usual spare tube or repair kit and a drink. As always, the Urban Round is novice friendly and all are welcome to come along.

Trail Maintenance Day

On Sunday 19th November we will be gathering at the Croft Trail to do a few odd jobs. The aim of the day will be to carry out some general maintenance work to see the Trail through the winter, such as filling potholes, clearing leaves & litter and replacing any broken signage.

If you’re able to spare some time to come along and help, meet in the car park at 10.00am. If that’s too early, come and join in when you can. Even if you’re just there for an hour, you’ll be playing your part in helping maintain something that is both central to the Club’s existence and a valuable community resource.

Urban Round 8th November

The Urban Round continues this week with a ride led by Tom Scott.

Meet by the shops in Covingham (next to the Messenger pub) ready for a 7.00pm start. The ride will be approximately 20 miles, and expect to be out for around two hours.

The ride will be on cycle paths and minor roads. As always, this is a novice-friendly ride where no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights (commuter lights will do) along with a drink and a spare tube or repair kit, and don’t forget to wrap up warm!

Urban Round 1st November

Now that the clocks have changed to mark the start of Winter, the ‘Midweek Ride’ becomes the ‘Urban Round’.

The aim of the Urban Round is to help members maintain their fitness over the winter when most of us do a bit less riding. Riders of all abilities are welcome to come along and no one gets left behind.

The ride usually follows a loop of about 20 miles around the outskirts of Swindon. We usually ride on tarmac or gravel so that bikes don’t need a wash afterwards (although a few muddy splashes are sometimes unavoidable!)

You’ll need lights,  but a set of commuter lights should be OK. As always, bring a drink and spare tube or repair kit.

Wailun Chung leads the ride this week. Meet in the John Lewis car park, ready for a 7.00pm start. Rides usually take around 2 hours.

Wantage Cafe Ride

Tom Scott will be running his ever-popular Wantage cafe ride on 22nd October.

The ride follows the Ridgeway from Swindon, past the White Horse at Uffington, and on to the outskirts of Wantage, where the group will stop for a cup of tea and a slice of cake to fuel up for the return leg.

There are two distance options for this ride:

40 Mile Option
Meet at Covingham shops at 9.00am.

25 Mile Option
Meet at Foxhill at 10.00am.

There are a couple of climbs en-route, but no technically difficult sections. The 25 mile option would make a good next-step ride for those looking to go beyond the average novice friendly ride.

As always, bring a drink and snack, and any spares you might need.

Midweek Ride 11th October

This week’s Wednesday night ride will be led by Micky Duller. Meet at the Patriots Arms in Chiseldon ready for a 7.00pm start.

You’ll need lights, a drink and the usual spare tube or repair kit. This is a novice-friendly ride and all are welcome.

Micky has decided to step down as a ride leader, so if you’ve enjoyed on of his many rides over the last couple of years, why not come along for one last ride, and maybe a quick drink in the pub afterwards?