Unless specified in the ride details below, all rides will start from outside the front of St Mary’s Flower Park on Bury New Road [ MAP! ] . Rides will end back in Prestwich where we usually have an optional post ride “refuel” at a pub/cafe.
We run two “categories” of rides but we don’t do the usual “A,B or C” stuff. They are our ‘Standard Ride’ (“Stn” in the Category section on the rides list) (around 30-40 miles with hills | pretty hard) and our ‘Big Ride’ (“Big” in the Category section on the rides list) (approx 50-60miles plus, loads of hills & hard). The big rides will be slightly smaller in the winter months of December, January and February – more akin to the Standard rides. If you’re unsure on your fitness or worried about the bigger distances, then come down and join us for one of our ‘Standard’ rides first and see what you think.
‘Standard’ rides don’t usually have a cafe stop halfway round (unless the mood really takes us) but we always stop for lunch/snack on the ‘Big’ rides.
We also create events for each of our rides over on Facebook. You can find the events on our Facebook page.
Please check here, our Facebook or Twitter channels periodically, and especially the day of the ride, to ensure nothing has changed. We sometimes have to make weather enforced changes to start times or in extremes may even have to cancel rides.
N.B. All our routes are free for anyone to use but if you are a club or group and use one of our routes exactly as is then please give a nod that we actually devised the route. We take a lot of time and put a lot of effort to create all our routes from scratch and take a lot of pride in doing so.
Full details of the next one or two rides. Checkout the full Ride Calendar
2019 oct Big – Down by The Rible – oct 20 8am
Strava Event: https://strava.app.link/wP7lymgKM0
Distance: 67 miles
Elevation: 4,800-5,000 ft approx.
Moving time: Approx 5.25 hours – 5.75 hours // Total Time approx 6.5 – 7 Hours.(very approximate dependent on rider pace and general stops – allows for brief stops/traffic and a 45 min lunch.)
Start: 08:00 at St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich
Lunch: to be confirmed on the day. Suggestions please.
Post Ride: Drinks back in Prestwich, to decide on day for those on ride.
PLEASE NOTE 8am START!
I’ll start out with the customary big ride disclaimer, as it’s important for these big rides. : our big rides are not for the fainthearted and they are really hilly, tough but ultimately enjoyable rides. We have a lunch stop but they are longer, hillier and slightly faster than our standard rides. If you’re unsure then please speak to us and come to a standard ride first. We’re not ones to be too specific about speed but ideally shouldn’t be much slower than around 12mph average around this sort of course, as otherwise they just take way too long and it’ll be a real tough day in the saddle.
Words from Mark Leigh
A fine re-imagining of the Reg Harris classis. Whilst the leitmotif from the original is retained; expansions and improvements to the melody are applied to achieve the much sought ‘AP Long’ accreditation.
Familiar pretty paths are trodden out to Hoddlesden, but then the new fun begins. A great loop north keeping the Hoghton and Darwen Towers in sight on the left; skirting Blackburn, up to Salmesbury via Feniscowles, Pleasington and Osbaldeston over narrow yet pleasingly traffic light lanes. We turn south then; back via Roach Bridge, Hoghton and a spot of lunch perhaps at The Royal Arms on the 43 mile mark, with all the substantial climbing complete.
We return over familiar lanes for the mostly downhill run to home.
Special thanks to former Blackburn resident John Merrill for the detail and the advance party of Pete and Fliss for the scouting mission.
If you have a GPS device, please download the route so that you can follow it.
Polite request to not ride off of the front if you either do not have the route or you have not studied it.
## SAFETY & RIDE UPDATES ##
Here’s a link to some important information/safety stuff about our rides, please have a read before attending our rides. https://allezprestwich.co.uk/ride-information-safety-tips/
Also, please visit the website, Facebook or Twitter channels periodically, and especially the day of the ride, to ensure nothing has changed. We sometimes have to make weather enforced changes to start times or in extremes may even have to cancel rides.
2019 Ride Calendar
These are the upcoming rides for 2019. We’ve introduced a difficulty rating to help you gauge the rides severity. Not all standard rides are created equally for example.
|Date||Time||Ride(Click for Route Link)||Category||Dist./Elev.||Difficulty|
|Sunday 13 January 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||40-45 miles|
|Saturday 26 January 2019||9am||Boothwood Bowler 2019||Winter||41 miles / 2,900ft|
|Sunday 10 February 2019||9am||Rivi on a Prayer||Winter||41 miles / 2,7000ft|
|Saturday 23 February 2019||9am||Rob’s Panop Pere II||Winter||44 miles / 2,800ft|
|Sunday 10 March 2019||9am||Rides of March||Winter||40 miles / 3,200ft|
|Saturday 23 March 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||40-45 miles|
|Sunday 07 April 2019||9am||Darwenian||Standard||42 miles / 2,700ft|
|Saturday 20 April 2019||9am||Rippond n Start Again||Standard||44 miles / 3,200ft|
|Sunday 12 May 2019||8am||Holme is where the hills are||Big||60 miles / 5,400ft|
|Saturday 18 May 2019||9am||TBC||Standard||35-45 miles|
|Sunday 02 June 2019||8am||Confessions on Cassettes II||Big||71 Miles / 4,700ft||hilly|
|Saturday 15 June 2019||9am||Bury New & Old Roads Reverse||Standard||42 miles / 3,200ft|
|Sunday 30 June 2019||8am||Gathers No Moss||Big||61 miles / 5,300ft||hilly|
|Saturday 13 July 2019||9am||Tour That Looks Like France II||Standard||35-45 miles|
|Sunday 28 July 2019||8am||R. H. Harris||Big||68 miles / 6,000ft||very hilly|
|Saturday 10 August 2019||9am||Welcome t’north||Standard||47 miles / 3,300ft|
|Sunday 25 August 2019||8am||Giddy-up to Widdop||Big||64 miles / 5,200ft||hilly|
|Saturday 07 September 2019||9am||TBC||Standard||35-45 miles|
|Sunday 22 September 2019||8am||Down by the ribble||Big||67 miles / 5,000ft|
|Saturday 05 October 2019||9am||TBC||Standard||35-45 miles|
|Sunday 20 October 2019||9am||TBC||Standard||35-45 miles|
|Saturday 02 November 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||30-45 miles|
|Sunday 17 November 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||30-45 miles|
|Saturday 30 November 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||30-45 miles|
|Sunday 15 December 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||30-45 miles|
|Saturday 28 December 2019||9am||TBC||Winter||30-45 miles|
You can find a list of our rides from previous years on this page. They include links to previous courses, so please feel free to use this.