Ride with pride, cycling is part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The Forty Plus Cycling Club is a very sociable cycle club with sixteen active sections in Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, 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...


Some of the Benefits of Hydration

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 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 exercise it perspires to help regulate your core temperature which will allow you to cycle for longer.

Part Information on a poster from Jordan PT  North Herts Leisure Centre


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...

Download the rides listings for April to June 2017 in PDF format (see section pages in left menu for any 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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A possible home for real cycle tourists, following withdrawal of specific touring benefits and information previously provided by CTC.  Take a look and consider contributing to the forum.




In November 2016 Louise Wright (on the right) from North Herts Section took part in an amazing journey of 450km ride through two of South East Asia's most fascinating countries. The ride started in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and finished at the world heritage site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Louise said she will never forget the incredible bike ride and the other cyclists she meet and got to know on the way.

The funds raised by Women V Cancer was divided equally between three important charities: Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action and used to support their valuable work.

Well done Louise and the other 100 fellow cyclists.




Essex B members at Matching Tye

Essex B said a big 'thank you' to David Forster on 31 March after over 13 years as section secretary and 25,000 miles of leading:
(He's the one surrounded by women in the front row)




Three members featured in a four page article in Cycling Active magazine.  Read the article here.



French cyclist Robert Marchand who was born 26th November 1911 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 the North Herts Section are now in training to smash his record.



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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.
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