Saturday Morning Rides
As a bit of an experiment, we held two Saturday morning rides on successive Saturdays in Bike Week.  These two rides were very successful and illustrated the potential demand for easy Saturday rides maybe once a month.

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Cyclists at a table outside cafe in park
On this particular morning (23 June) we had chosen to meet at the Inn on the Park coffee shop in Verulamium Park and at 10am there were six people waiting to be taken on a wander around the countryside.  One of that number was a returnee from last week (success, even if it is only one person) and one was a regular on our Five Miles to Fabulous rides, trying to get even more fab!  The previous Saturday there had been seven people out with us.

Richard, our leader, took us on a very pleasant route through Gorhambury, the little hamlet of Childwickbury and then we made our way to Sandridge.  From there we skirted Wheathampstead and meandered through to the Ayots, going past George Bernard Shaw’s house and back into Sandridge.   Richard showed us a nice short cut up to Marshalswick and then said his goodbyes.  Graham then took over the reins of leadership and navigated the streets of St Albans to get us back to the start.

As only one chain come off, throughout the ride, and no punctures, our bike maintenance skills were hardly challenged and this made for a very pleasant morning.  The group were all happy and calm cyclists of varying experience; both Graham and Ray had led rides in France (both CTC members) so it wasn’t just newcomers to cycle touring.  Both Graham and Ray were interested in the Wednesday evening rides (I think the interest started as I mentioned the word PUB).

Thoughts: - with a good turnout for both of the Saturday mornings, I am more than happy to try and organise this as a once a month ride, I think Richard may be interested as well. 

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Neil 23/06/2012