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Club runs calendar

Below is a list of the Thursday and Sunday rides. Although the destination is predetermined, it may be changed on the morning if the weather conditions or other circumstances dictate. I suggest riders carry a bike lock (and a key - ED!) on the Thursday rides as it cannot be guaranteed that coffee/lunch will be spent with the bikes in sight. Check the club Facebook page for any updates.

Clicking on the link button will take you to the most recent route on the Garmin Conect website. The Info button will show you where we plan to stop for cake and any other vital information on the route!

Date Destination Miles Route Info
Sun Apr 1South Somerset cycle route73Long
Sun Apr 1Stourhead47Med
Sun Apr 1Cole Manor34Short
Thu Apr 5Broadwindsor46Med
Sun Apr 8West Bay51Med
Sun Apr 8Beaminster38Short
Sun Apr 15Quantocks61Med
Sun Apr 15North Curry43Short
Thu Apr 19Westhay56Med
Sun Apr 22No runs; John Andrews Memorial Road Race
Sun Apr 29Dorchester53Med
Sun Apr 29Cerne Abbas36Short
Thu May 3Brent Knoll72Long
Sun May 6Shaftesbury52Med
Sun May 6Wincanton39Short
Sun May 13Burnham on Sea66Long
Sun May 13Westhay56Med
Sun May 13Godney47Short
Thu May 17West Holme78Long
Sun May 20Maunsel Lock54Med
Sun May 20Maunsel Lock46Short
Sun May 27Shillingstone Station54Med
Sun May 27Stalbridge39Short
Thu May 31Compton Abbas Airfield68Med
Sun Jun 3Wellington Monument & Cothlestone Hill80Long
Sun Jun 3Chard51Med
Sun Jun 3Chard43Short
Sun Jun 10No runs: Ham Hill Road Race
Thu Jun 14Portland86Long
Sun Jun 17Shearwater61Med
Sun Jun 17Henstridge42Short
Sun Jun 24Red Post Challenge63Long
Sun Jun 24Broadwindsor46Med
Sun Jun 24Broadwindsor39Short
Thu Jun 28Chew Stoke80Long
Sun Jul 1East Horrington53Med
Sun Jul 1Glastonbury40Short
Thu Jul 12Ottery & SidmouthRoute TBCMed
Thu Jul 26Lytchett Matravers79Long
Thu Aug 9BeerRoute TBCMed
Thu Aug 23Bath Two TunnelsRoute TBCLong

Sunday club runs

We meet every Sunday at Yeovil Recreation Ground, Mudford Road Entrance (at the end of Chilton Grove) for a Club run.

There are two or three runs, we all meet at 9 o'clock, and the rides depart at about 9.10. The groups try to meet for a coffee stop around 10:45 and then return to Yeovil between 12:30 and 1pm.

  • The long ride will cover approx 60 miles at a pace to suit those present, but around 18-20mph average. It is intended for the fitter and more experienced rider who may be competing in road races or time trials, but it is not competitive! This usually stops for coffee.
  • The medium ride is a social run and will cover approx 50 miles, at a pace to suit the majority of the group. This group definitely stops for refreshments at the midpoint.
  • The short ride is a intended for new riders, or those wanting a leisurely ride. Run at a slower pace, it will cover about 35 to 40 miles.
  • Once a month there is a longer ride in addition to those above. This will return to Yeovil at a later time than the other runs.

The rides vary each week, they use the quieter A roads and the wealth of country lanes – if they are in a suitable condition – that abound in Somerset and Dorset. The list of destinations for the next few weeks can be seen below.

Saturday Morning club runs

We now have a bike ride every Saturday, run by Tory. Starting at 8:00am and finishing by 10am. The rides will start and end at Southwest Bicycle Works (The Old Twine Works, 42 East Street, West Coker, BA22 9BG). There is car parking for those that want to drive out to join the ride. The rides will be on the country lanes around West Coker and Yeovil, will be approximately 20 to 25 miles long and at an easy to moderate pace. Whilst the rides are aimed at beginners experienced riders are welcome too. For further information call Tory on 01935 862906.

Thursday all-day runs

We now have a long Thursday ride (it used to run under the auspices of the now defunct Blackmore Vale and Yeo Valley CTC group). The rides are long, but not very fast by Sunday morning standards. The rides all start from Palmers Garden Centre at 9.30am. There is normally a designated leader arranged beforehand. Some riders may be there from 9am for pre-ride coffee. In the summer the rides last all day (9.30 – 5.00pm) and cover 60 miles and above. In the winter it's generally a morning ride of around 40 miles.

There is usually a coffee stop after 20 miles a lunch stop at half way and sometimes a tea stop as well, although this is not usual.

The destinations are not chosen by Martin WIlls, although some of the longer club runs do get incorporated. Regular participants submit a route to the calendar, which is circulated to the group on Garmin. These rides generally attract around 8 to 12 riders but 16 is not unknown. The norm is for those attending to ride together throughout, although occasionally it may be decided en route that a ride will separate into two groups taking different route options, each with a designated leader, re-joining at agreed locations.

Guidance

You should have the following with you when you are out and about, whether alone or on a club ride. A good pump and a couple of spare tubes, plus some decent tyre levers. Don't forget you need the right tubes (valves) if you are riding deep section rims. A mobile phone is a good idea. More essential is some identity and emergency contact details. You can get professional ID tags quite cheaply or simply print out the information and carry it in a plastic bag with your tubes, don't forget to include any relevant medical information. If you have the misfortune to come off then this really could be the most important thing in your pocket. Your YCC membership card now carries your Emergency contact details

Further information on club runs

Below is a reasonably complete list of club runs. The buttons are links to the most recent version of the route on the Garmin Connect site.

Destination Long Medium Short
100 mile routeL
Sandra’s 100L
Barrington Court
BathL
Beer/SeatonL
BroadwindsorMS
BrutonS
BurnhamL
Burrow FarmL
Burton Bradstock
Cerne AbbasS
ChardMS
CharmouthM
Cheddar GorgeL
Cole ManorM
Corfe Castle
Coxley
DorchesterMS
Drayton
East HorringtonM
East StourM
Fenny CastleM
GlastonburyS
GodneyS
Hardys CottageM
Hazelbury BryanM
HestercombeLM
Higher BeckhamptonM
Horton Cross, IlminsterL
LangportMS
Lulworth Cove
Lytchette MatraversL
MartinstownM
Milborne Port
MoretonM
North CurryS
North NewtonMS
Portland BillL
Portland Bill 2L
Pylle
Quantock HillsM
Red Post ChallengeL
SeatonL
ShaftesburyM
SharphamS
ShearwaterLM
Shepton MalletM
Sherborne
ShillingstoneM
Somerton
SparkfordS
StalbridgeMS
Stourhead
StreetS
TauntonM
Wellington Monument
WellsM
West BayMS
WesthayM
WeymouthL
Wincanton
Location Cafe Feedback Rating
BroadwindsorCraft Centre****
BurcottPaper mill***
Cole ManorCafe****
Cerne AbbasAbbots****
Chard (west on A30)Barley Mow Farm Shop****
Chard (Cuttiford Door)Garden Centre****
CoxleyBrownes Garden Centre****
CranmoreEast Somerset Railway***
Crockerton (Wilts)Shearwater Lake Cafe***
DorchesterPoundbury Garden Centre***
GillinghamOrchard Park Garden Centre***
GlastonburyAbbey Tea Room or Heaphy's Cafe****
LangportThe Potting Shed****
LangportThe Old Wharf Cafe****
Lower GodneyTwo Gates Tea Room*****
MartockParrett Works, and Cafe*****
MortonOld School Rooms****
North CurryCommunity Cafe****
PawlettCafe***
StreetOpposite Crispin Hall***
ShillingstoneHeritage Railway****
TauntonMorrisons Supermarket***
WellsThe Beckyngton Tea Room***
West LyngCanal Centre***
Wincanton (North)Otter Nurseries Garden Centre Cafe****
WincantonHooga Coffee*****
WincantonMorrisons Supermarket****
Wookey HoleCafe at caves car park*
YeovilKona coffee house at TriUK****
YeovilBrymsmore Garden Centre***