Star Wars Day! More seasonal temperatures are due on a dry Saturday whilst our local star may also put in an appearance. As usual, 3 routes, all initially heading for the Piddle Valley. The Whites (assuming they aren’t going rougue yet again!) will turn back at Piddletrenthide and return through Hazelbury and Sturminster. The Blue and Pink routes continue towards Puddletown with the Blue’s turning for Dewlish and the Bingham Melcombes (or was that the Melcombe Binghams?) joining the White route in Hazelbury. The Pink route goes to Tincleton and Affpuddle and back over Bulbarrow on the way to Sturminster.

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

Meet at 9.00 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: 96.3 kms, 1,001 m elevation – est speed 28 kmh+ / 17.5 mph +

Blue Route: 84.6 kms, 827 m elevation – est speed 24 kmh / 15 mph

White Route: 69.7 kms, 726 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.