Cycle Ride Saturday 14th May, Stirchley – Alvechurch
May 10, 2011
This is the first in what we hope will be a series of cycle rides starting in Stirchley, and on this occasion travelling to Alvechurch. The ride will be 8 or 16 miles, depending on where you decide stop, taking us outside of Birmingham along towpaths and into the countryside at a quite leisurely pace.We’ll be meeting at Stirchley Community Church at 1030, or just afterwards at 1045 in the car park of Stirchley Community Centre, for a 11am start, and we should get to the Weighbridge pub sometime around 12, where you can buy bar food, tea, coffee etc. (click here to have a look at their website).We will cycle back after perhaps an hour at the pub, although you don’t have to do the second/return leg: the train station is right next door and trains run every half hour and cost £3 back to Bournville station. There is a beer festival this weekend in the pub garden, so if you decide you want to stay there for a while then the train would probably be the best option!
You can find the ride as an event on Facebook here.
The RouteThe first (and last, when returning) 2.5 miles are on cycle paths/towpaths, and the rest is on country roads, the majority of which are quiet b-roads or lanes. A couple of the roads into Alvchurch are larger and busier, but we will only be on them for a small distance.
As the ride is not a supervised or ‘led’ ride, then it’s advised that all participants can vouch for their own competancy in riding on the road. It’s also highly recommended that all participants wear a helmet, and bring a spare inner tube for their bike, in case of punctures (or, failing that, a puncture repair kit), and appropriate clothing.