Intermediate and Long Social Rides

Details of future rides can be found in two places.

Click here (new window) for the Rides Calendar showing all rides including Easyriders

Click here (new window) for just the Intermediate and Long Rides in spreadsheet form

We also send out a reminder email midweek before the Sunday ride with the details and usually a link to the route.  If you would like to receive the email or have any other queries about the social rides please email longrides@leedscyclingcampaign.co.uk   The rides are also advertised on our Facebook page.

We are always glad for people to try us out and you will be welcome if you just turn up at the start point and introduce yourself.  You are only required to join LCC as a member when you have been on two rides.

Intermediate Rides

(Starting in April 2017) These rides are on the 3rd Sunday of the month and are 35 miles long a step up from EasyRiders Plus at 25 miles but still slower and gentler and with less hills than the Long Rides.  There is always a café stop around the middle of the ride.

 

Long Rides

These rides are on every Sunday except the 3rd Sunday of the month (Starting in April 2017), generally between 40 and 80 miles with the longer rides in summer. They are all-day rides and usually include an elevenses and a lunch café stop.  In winter we aim to get back before dark although that is not always possible. 

These rides are not for beginners as you have to have a certain level of fitness but we are definitely not racers and we never leave anybody behind having a system of back stops to bring up the rear.  If you have done the Intermediate Rides OK then you would soon get acclimatised to the Long Rides.  Generally rides in an easterly direction are flattish and rides in a westerly direction are hilly.  How hilly the ride is should be flagged up in the details each week. Of course the best views are out west in the Pennines and Dales where it is hilly.

Start times.  In winter we start at 9.30am to avoid the early morning ice. In spring and autumn it is 9am and in summer it is 8.30am so we can go further. 

Start points.   To give members from all parts of the city a chance of a start near where they live we vary each week’s start point between Moortown, Oakwood, City Square and Pudsey. The start point then determines the direction that the ride is going so we are soon out into the countryside.

Suitable bikes.  Most bikes are suitable but a full suspension mountain bike will be hard work as nearly all our riding is on tarmac.  However sometimes we do venture down muddy Sustrans tracks.

 

 

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Intermediate Ride to Castleford

An easy paced (about 12mph on the flat) mainly flat ride using a variety of traffic free cycle routes which are nearly all well surfaced.   First south to Methley for an early elevenses stop at Rivers Meet cafe (12 miles), then to Castleford where we cross the River Aire by the 'wavy' bridge before heading home via Allerton Bywater, Garforth, Barwick, Thorner (possibility of pub stop) and Shadwell.  Not suitable for ultra thin tyred bikes.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25956997

Intermediate Ride to Knaresborough

Ride to Knaresborough 35 miles with one stop planned in Knaresborough, not sure where so recommendations welcome.
 
Meet Old Tram Terminus, Princes Avenue, Roundhay 9:30 am
Route will go out via Eccup, so lazy riders in North Leeds could meet us at Slaid Hill or Eccup.
Return route via Wetherby and over Linton Bridge which is scheduled to re-open 2 September.  The climb out of Collingham may defeat me, so be ready to wait whilst I walk up this.
 

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