About us

The Forty Plus Cycling Club is a sociable cycle club for cyclists over the age of 18 in Bedfordshire, North Herts, Hertfordshire,  Essex,  Kent, Northamptonshire, London, Surrey and Sussex. Bicycle rides in the Home Counties around London. The club offers leisurely cycle rides near Letchworth Garden City,  Bedford, St Albans, Hatfield, Chelmsford, Northampton, Stevenage, Harlow, Southend, Welwyn, Horsham, Dorking, East Grinstead, Crawley, Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Colchester. Each section organises rides between one and three times a week.  We welcome all those in London and the South-East seeking a friendly club to ride with, whether experienced cyclist, returnee or the relative newcomer.


Most of our rides are mid-week but some sections offer Sunday rides.


You can come out and try our rides a few times, before joining.  You are welcome to join us for all or part of the ride or meet us at lunch.


We are affiliated to Cycling UK and British Cycling.   
We have our own Group Riding guidelines and follow the Cycling UK best practices 'Cycling UK Ride Leader Guidelines' recommended reading and worth printing out. 

Who are we?
Our members are aged from 40 (or under) to their late 90s.  The majority are retired or semi-retired, but some are part-time or shift workers, unemployed, self-employed, full-time “mums” or teachers on holiday. The bikes they ride range from expensive lightweight carbon, titanium machines, through conventional tourers and hybrids, to “shoppers” and electric assisted bikes.  Some are former competitive cyclists or experienced cycle tourists but some have only taken up cycling in retirement.  Sections vary in their speed and the distance they cover, so ask around if the section you try does not suit you.

What are our rides like?
The countryside and terrain we ride in varies, but all areas have a network of quiet lanes that are perfect for exploration by bike. You can ride to the start or get there by car or train.

Most sections meet at a café or pub and then ride together to a location for lunch, some sections continue to an afternoon tea stop, others ride home after lunch.  Some sections just meet at lunch.  The larger sections can have 25 on the ride and 40 at lunch.


Members sometimes get together for cycling holidays in the UK and abroad.  There are also special events, which are also open to non-members.


Where are the sections and when do they ride?
The sections and the days they ride are listed below and indicated on this map:
Map showing meeting places

Sections (links to Section websites)

Day of ride (links to ride lists)

Beds and Northants sections


Bedfordshire
rides in small groups from local centres and meet at lunch.


     Tuesdays

East Northants
meet at 12.00 for lunch.


     Wednesdays

Essex sections


Essex A cover central Essex and meet at 10:00 (10:30 departure) at cafés, mostly within 10 miles of Chelmsford, and ride to lunch and tea.


     Thursdays

Essex B is based in western Essex and meets at 10:30 (11:00 departure) at Harlow Garden Centre or Stapleford Aerodrome (SW Essex) and ride to lunch.


     Thursdays
     Informal ride Tuesdays


Essex Easy Riders ride in the north-east Essex area. They meet at a café and ride to lunch.


     Tuesdays

Essex Sunday are based in the West Essex/Harlow area and meet for lunch at 13:15


     Sundays

Mid Essex meets at Writtle or Sandon near Chelmsford and ride to elevenses and lunch.


     Tuesdays

North East Essex meet at a café at 10:00 (10:30 departure) in the summer and at 10:30 (11:00 departure) in the winter. They ride to lunch and, in the summer, tea.


     Tuesdays

Southend starts in Rayleigh at 09:30 and ride to elevenses and lunch. 

     Tuesdays
     Thursdays

Hertfordshire sections


St Albans meet at 10:00  at a café in Hatfield or St Albans.
 A faster/longer ride leaves the cafe at 10.30; a slower/shorter ride at 10:45.  A very short slow ride leaves from Welwyn at 11:30. 

On Thursdays, they meet at the Green Man in Sandridge for coffee at 11:00 and ride to lunch or meet at the lunch venue.



     Tuesdays



     Thursdays


North Herts meet at 10:00 for a 10:30 departure at The Three Magnets PH (Wetherspoons) and rides to lunch at a country pub or Garden Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Thursday lunch destinations are listed on the section website. We also offer a short easy ride every 3rd Thursday of each month on behalf of the LALG.  All rides depend on weather conditions. Please note the Tuesday rides go out each Sunday evening so contact the section secretary to be put on the weekly email list.


       Tuesdays


       Thursdays

East Herts section meets at 10:00 (10:30 departure) at Hertford for coffee, and ride to lunch and back home.


         Tuesdays and Fridays

South East (Kent)


South East section meet at a café at 10:30 (11:00 departure) and ride to lunch.

See also Surrey, Kent, Sussex borders section below.


         Wednesdays

Surrey and Sussex


Surrey and Sussex meet at a café at 10:45 (11:15 departure) and ride to lunch.



Tuesdays; Summer Wednesdays (car or train assisted once a month);Fridays (standard rides every Friday, additional slower paced rides twice a month).


SW Sussex (sub-section of Surrey & Sussex).


     Thursdays

Surrey, Kent, Sussex borders
meet at a café at 10:45 (11:15 departure) and ride to lunch


     Wednesdays (twice a month).

Surrey and Sussex Sunday Section meet at a café from 10:30 to noon


     Sundays


New Riders
Come out on a ride and try us before you join.  Please see our New Riders page for details of how we welcome and advise potential members. Want to know more?  Use our Contact Us form and we’ll answer any questions you may have.