- Cotswolds #Jennride 06/01/2019 – 50 miles of filth.
Welcome to the Cotswolds edition of the winter 2018/19 #Jennride.
The ride is set for 09:30, Sunday 6th of January 2019, what better way to welcome in the New Year & blow away the festive seasons bloated cobwebs!
The ride will start & finish in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The route will be 50ish miles of the Cotswolds, a mix of on & off road, CX suited, with… a heavy focus on mud, slop, gloop, puddles & winter weather!!! I’m not sure on the % in distance of on/off road mix, but at a guess, with the right foul weather conditions under tyre, I’m hoping riders will spend as much time off road as on, taking in a mix of byways, bridleways, tracks, back lanes, showcasing some of the fantastic South Cotswolds scenery.
The concept is that there will be a ride meeting at 09:00 for pre-ride meet & greet & chin wag, the possibility of caffeine. The route will be a shared GPX file, not made available until a day or two before the ride. For those who use Strava, it will include several Strava segments, that upon completion of the ride will give a leader board of times. The first rider back gets the honour of buying a beer for the next rider back, and so, this system continues for each finishing rider. It’ll be a DIY improvised start from 09:30am, setting off as solos, or small groups, not a mass start as we need to spread out along the route, particularly the first few miles as its narrow-shared use paths.
The ride is free to participate in. However, your welcome to make a donation on the day, that along with any proceeds raised will go to St Gemma’s Hospice.
Charlies rules apply.
Is this ride for me:
Fancy throwing yourself into winters worst weather.
You love mud.
If you are willing to enter into the spirit of an ad-hoc improvised group ride.
Can ride through arduous conditions whilst remaining self-sufficient.
You want to ride solo or in small groups, giving way & being courteous to other trail users.
You can cope without support or sag wagon.
You can follow a GPX route.
If you don’t mind slip sliding, maybe falling off & having your 7kg pride & joy race bike weigh in at 45lb covered in mech destroying mud whilst you drag, carry, run with it through 8” deep hoof impregnated slop.
If you want to race the whole thing.
If you like litigation and or indemnity cover.
If you want support.
If you need guiding.
If you want a mass start.
Run what you brung. I’ll be on a CX bike with mud tyres, a 29er HT, SS, fat bike, gravel bike will all get you round fine, hopefully frame clearance will be the most needed frame characteristic. Hell, turn up on an enduro bike, it’s all riding.
Please register any interest on this thread.
I’ll keep this thread updated as things progress, a Strava club will be created for the ride & a GPX will be available from GPSies.
Martin / Qwerty.Posted 7 months ago
Many thanks for the comments & interest ❤
The Strava Club is now live & will be updated with the route nearer the time, JOIN HERE.
I’m a bit of a social media recluse, so please feel free to promote the ride & ethos via your own social media platforms.
Robbo1234biking – tricky one, for mere mortals, maybe 5/6hrs. i’ll be packing some be seen lights just in case 👍Posted 7 months ago
The planned route for #Jennride, Cotswolds, 6th January 2019 will be 50ish miles, just shy of 5000’ of ascent.
Janette at the Upper Lock Cafe, Wallbridge, Stroud, has kindly agreed to open an hour early, at 09:00 in order to serve coffee & cake, ready for our staggered start around 09:30. She’ll also stay open to offer warmth, food & drinks (she sells 🍻) post ride.
The route will be “challenging”, building its gained ascent into the latter sections of the ride. The route suits itself to those who have the fitness & speed for the “full loop”, AND, to those who wish to complete a part of it, it offers options of cutting short a few sections, missing bits out, or bailing (National Cycle Network, Route 45 offering a flat escape route). The Strava segments are spread out in all sections, so to achieve all segments, the whole course must be ridden. It’s an opportunity to get out into the countryside, enjoy nature, be challenged & hopefully raise some funds for two very worthwhile charities, regardless of ability.
Expect to be overwhelmed in parts on a CX bike & underwhelmed on others on your full suspension.
The ride is free to participate in. However, your welcome to make a donation on the day, that along with any proceeds raised will go to: St Gemma’s Hospice & Macmillan Cancer Suppport.
Remember: on January 6th 2019 the day light will fail fast. I’d advise as a minimum that you carry a set of be seen lights. It’s winter, please don’t turn up in just a skin suit, dress to the weather forecast & carry a bit more. Your riding on public roads, my local trails & sharing paths, don’t be a dick, maybe fit a bell, expect every blind bend to have a free-range child on a balance bike behind it, anticipate other users.
This is a fully self-sufficient ride, please ensure you’ve read the first post of the Singletrack forum thread to realise the extent of your own personal responsibilities & ensure you’ve read my forum post on 01/01/2019.
The route & segments (that you’ll need to add to your Strava starred segments) will go public on 01/01/2019.
I’m looking forwards to meeting some new faces,
Many thanks for your interest,
Martin.Posted 7 months ago
robbo1234biking – Tyres is a tricky one, i’m not even sure myself! I currently have two sets (Clement PDX & WTB Nano). The PDX is great in mud but slips on rock, roots & greasy roads. The Nano has more vomume / comfort, rolls well, holds mud on the sides, offers less clearance. The route has only a couple of sections that could be potential mud fests, the rest may be a bit messy, there is road, track, limestone, roots. I don’t think any one tyre will be best. I’d say go with what you know……….. sorry to be vague! It’ll depend on conditions on the day, if its minus 5 it’ll not be an issue, if its warming up after weeks of rain – it’ll be gloopy, if its rained heavily for weeks it’ll be loose like silt.Posted 7 months ago
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