Rides For All, launched in August 2021, commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the formation of SPOKES and has been created and is being maintained by its members. It includes rides from SPOKES’ previous publications, the Blue and Yellow Books, as well as new rides. Its objective is to offer rides that are family friendly, suitable for new cyclists as they build up confidence on longer rides and for experienced cyclists new to the area, to show off the lovely countryside available to them.
SPOKES is the local cycle club for South West Hertfordshire, formed to encourage cycling by organizing rides and campaigning for better and safer cycling routes.
SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling. You are welcome to join our rides or help us out with campaigning.
If you are a SPOKES Member and want to join us on a ride then just turn up at the stated start point. Our three month programme of rides is published on this website, in the SPOKES quarterly newsletter, on Let’s Ride and on Facebook (one week ahead).
Non-Members are welcome to join our rides but please book on Let’s Ride and, after 2 or 3 rides with us, we would encourage you to join SPOKES. We have weekday and weekend rides starting from various South West Hertfordshire locations.
Joining the SPOKES Facebook Group enables you to see updates on rides, reviews of our rides and contribute to the SPOKES cycling discussion but it does not make you a Member of SPOKES. If you wish to join SPOKES, we would love to have you – it is only £12 a year and benefits include a newsletter four times a year and discounts at local cycle shops.
Do keep checking this site as new rides do get added.
Let’s Ride Categories of Rides.
Rides advertised on this web site have a link to Let’s Ride for booking. On Let’s Ride we use the following categories to assist in choosing a ride but be aware they are subjective definitions so one rider’s “Steady” will seem “Challenging” to another.
Easy Going. SPOKES Slow Pace rides, up to 15 miles, flat and no busy roads.
Steady. SPOKES Slow Pace rides over 15 miles with some easy climbing and SPOKES Medium Pace rides which are 30 miles or less with some easy climbing.
Challenging. Any ride with challenging climbs, any SPOKES Fast Pace ride and Medium Pace rides over 30 miles.
Mountain Bike. Off Road rides on unsurfaced trails.
Approximate Ride Duration
On Let’s Ride we indicate an approximate overall time for the ride. The nature of group cycling means these can only be guide times not guarantees.
Covid 19 and SPOKES Rides
Please follow Covid 19 government guidance on SPOKES Rides and if you have Covid 19 symptoms do not join the ride. Aim to be self-sufficient on the ride, carrying all that you need for puncture and bike repair, first aid and refreshment.
Non Members are welcome on most of our rides but we ask that you join after 3 rides, if you wish to continue riding with us.
On rare occasions an event has to be cancelled. If you plan to attend an event, please check on this web site immediately before the event that there have been no changes to the arrangements.
Meet at Watford Cycle Hub, the Pavilion, Chaffinch Lane
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A leisurely, social ride.
Meet at The Harvester (outside), Baldwins Lane, Croxley
Hopefully Autumnal beauty
Meet at The Cafe in the Park, Aquadrome, Rickmansworth
Canal towpath and roads
A Chilterns 20 mile ride.
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SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling.