It looks like the weather might have remembered it is February and not late March, so we have a cold morning, but with virtually no wind. Marnhull, Sturminster, Hazelbury and Kings Stag are all on the Pink and Blue routes. The Pinks add a small loop before both routes head to Piddletrethide and across to Cheselbourne, returning over Bulbarrow but avoiding Hamoon which might require a snorkel.

The White route also heads to Hazelbury, Ansty and over Bulbarrow and then following the other routes back to Gillingham.

The rides all end at the Old Brewery Cafe and Kitchen for coffee, cake, or brunch.

Meet at 9.30 am at the Wheels car park, Station Road, Gillingham. Please ensure you download your chosen route to your GPS device, and remember to bring your ride essentials, particularly sufficient liquid refreshement.

There is nothing to stop a group splitting into a ‘light’ and a ‘dark’ group, and a slower group can take on a longer route or a faster group ride a shorter route. All rides are no drop rides but please select a group suited to your ability!

Also, a reminder that if you haven’t paid your membership fees they are due now!

Pink Route: 89.4 kms, 1,038 m elevation – est speed 28 kmh+ / 17.5 mph +

Blue Route: 80.9 kms, 933 m elevation – est speed 24 kmh / 15 mph

White Route: 61.9 kms, 717 m elevation – est speed 20 kmh / 12 mph

For those who have issues downloading their routes, here’s the guide for a Garmin device and here’s the guide for a Wahoo device.