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We are a very sociable cycle club with sixteen active sections in Bedfordshire, North Herts, Hertfordshire,  Essex,  Kent, East Northamptonshire, Surrey, and Sussex. Each section organises rides between one and three times a week - More on us and our sections...

All sections vary in their pace and distance covered.  Membership is open to cyclists aged 18 and above and you can come and try a few rides, before joining. For information contact one of the section secretaries, or the membership secretary.  More on joining...

Please remember to carry your ICE card (In Case of Emergency) with you while out on a ride. Another way is to have the information on your mobile phone. If you would like to know how Click Here All the emergency services know how to retrieve this information providing your phone is still working, so the old way could still be best.

STOP PRESS:  The option to convert your section website to the new Google Sites is now available, although not for this main website (too complicated). Converting a site allows you to keep the original URL If you publish to the original URL, traffic will be redirected to the new look site. Your original site will be moved to the 'Migrated sites' section in classic Sites and deleted after 30 days. I have converted the North Herts section web page without much problem, its work in progress. You just need to click the link at the top of your webpage..... Learn More

Did you know that Hippocrates in 400 BC said that exercise is man's best medicine, but the message it would seem was lost over time? On the 8th March, a research document reported cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system. A Professor at Birmingham University, a cyclist himself wanted to do research on older cyclists so with the collaboration of  King's College London they recruited some 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79, 84 of which were male and 41 were female. The men had to be able to cycle 100 km in under 6.5 hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60 km in 5.5 hours. It was known as the thymus, which makes immune cells called T cells, starts to shrink from the age of 20 and makes fewer T cells. In this study, however, the cyclists’ thymuses were making as many T cells as those of a young person. One other factor the cyclists didn't suffer the same rate of muscle atrophy so some good reasons to keep cycling and exercising.  To read the report  Click here

Why Not Volunteer:  There are many different types of volunteering activities to suit different amounts of time and skills. Discover the range of volunteering opportunities and current vacancies. Read more...

Some of the Benefits of Good Hydration

Increased fat metabolism, Healthier skin, joints, Improved digestion plus Reduced fatigue. 

Weight Loss: drinking cold water instead of fizzy drinks can help you save hundreds of calories each day and will keep your body hydrated and will also increase your metabolic rate.  This will aid in weight loss as it takes your body about 50 calories to process just 1 litre of cold water which is zero calories.

Healthy Skin: Keep hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres per day will aid in healthy cellular function, preventing the development of skin problems.

Muscle Efficiency: Water aids the transport of oxygen to your muscles, allowing them to stay strong and lubricated ready for that extra push up that hill.

Stop Mood Swings: Hydration aids the regulation of brain and body function, which can help quell mood swings. Being dehydrated can make you feel tired and unfocused.

Temperature Control: when your body gets hot during cycling it perspires to help regulate your core temperature which will allow you to cycle for longer.

How Much should you be drinking: The NHS Choices' page on Water and drinks says: Your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. That's why it's important to drink enough fluids. In climates such as the UK's, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated.

The darker your urine the more dehydrated you are. a pale straw color—almost clear, but not quite—is ideal. If your pee is crystal clear, you're probably drinking too much water, which can throw off your electrolyte balance in potentially harmful ways. ...

Lastly: Optimal hydration plays an important part of your ride. For every 1%, your dehydrated your performance will decrease by Approximately 15% 

Download the rides listings for Apr to June 2018 in PDF format

Download the rides listings for July to Sept 2018 in PDF format

Please see section pages on the left menu for any late changes.

Members receive your free quarterly magazine, Signpost.  

View the events calendar full screen.   

Events Calendar - click for details

Section secretaries can notify you of any last minute changes to rides if you give them your contact details.

map showing where sections meet is now shown on the About Us page.  This will show your nearest sections.

Club shirt Your Club kit can now be ordered from Ed Spurgeon. For more information click here 

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Featured site: Fill That Hole


Use this site to report any hazardous potholes you come across.  The site automatically reports them to the relevant council and you can add photos and descriptions. 

There is also an app for Android and iPhone to make it easier to report potholes and show exactly where they are located.

Fill That Hole is provided by Cycling UK, the national cycling charity.

General News

French cyclist Robert Marchand who was born on 26th November 1911 in Amiens, France set new distance world record at the age of 105 years he cycled for one hour covering 22.530 Km.

While his distance on Wednesday’s ride was not as far as previous attempts, the new over-105s category had been specially created for him to reflect the magnitude of his feat.

Robert Marchand said, “I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left, Otherwise, I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time."  He went on to add "My legs didn't hurt, my arms hurt but that's because of rheumatism."  Marchand is quoted as saying " If you don't move you get stiff so I do 4 to 6 km per day" what a character. With this in mind, some of the North Herts Section is now in training to smash his record.

In January 2018 It was reported Robert Marchand has now retired at 106 from competitive cycling.  Robert Marchand has been in the saddle for well over 90 years. 

See the events list for 2018. Click Here Has your section have one planned? Please let others know.   

2018 events:

North Herts Section spent six days cycling around the West Midlands on the borders of Herefordshire,  Worcestershire, and the Shropshire borders. Adrian Winterbone who organised the trip chose a converted Hop Kiln for our accommodation in the village of Bockleton.  The trip was marred on the second day when one of our party hit two potholes on a downhill section and had to be taken to the hospital to be checked over but was discharged some four hours later sore and bruised with a suspected cracked rib. 

The App, Fill that Hole, was used to report the incident. We arranged with a local householder to look after the bike and returned later to pick the bike up. For those concerned the riders Strava was stopped and uploaded.

2017 events:

Three days, Three Counties and Three Punctures.

On the 1st July, North Herts section started their Tour of East Anglia which consisted of 6 cyclists and one bagman/service team Brian, who came along for a Grand Tour of  Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire. The weather was mostly kind to us, but there was a westerly headwind on day two and the first half of day three.  We only suffered three punctures throughout the tour all within a couple of hours of each other at the start of the third day as we left Swaffham.  Altogether it was a very enjoyable three days of cycling - 200 miles. Participants were: Frank, Guy, Peter, Adrian, Geoff and the organiser Stuart Section secretary. The photo above was taken outside The Sea Princess hotel Great Yarmouth (Not Recommended). For more photos please see our Facebook Page 

25th June Norton Heath to Heybridge 5 members of 40 Plus joined with members of CTC totaling 19 riders took part in this event. For more information see the blog of this event

Tuesday 16th May St Albans section organised a Founders day ride starting from Shuttleworth Old Warden Aerodrome at 10:00Hrs. There were four groups to allow for different abilities. The 'A' ride was about 30miles while the 'B' was some 20miles. The weather was humid and warm and hit 20 deg. When we arrived back after the ride for lunch the caterers did well to provide lunch for about forty hungry cyclists. 

Nine from North Herts Section also attended the event. Believe it or not, there is a Spitfire being maintained in the hanger which is being blocked by cyclists. Including the ride, we did between 45 and 55 miles in total. 

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