Sunday rides: Unless indicated below, there is a WHAM ride every Sunday from our Worcester start point and most Sundays from our Hereford start point (please contact Alex Hoyle to find out if there is a ride from Hereford). All full members are very welcome to join us, just show up half an hour before the planned departure time (9 am in summer time, 9:30 am winter time) and we’ll make sure you are allocated to a suitable riding group (we try to match pace and there is no pressure to ‘keep up’). Our ride-outs are a chance to get together with other club members and move your riding on to the next level, there are always experienced Observers on hand to give advice. We understand the problems that can arise from large groups and therefore limit groups to an average of 4 riders and use a system that enables everyone to ride at their own pace without being left behind. Just fancy a Sunday ride out on your own but don’t know where to go? Why not meet us at the cafe stop, approximate arrival times (and postcodes for your satnav) are posted below.
Note: Associate members please get your observer’s authority for Sunday rides other than the “First-Sunday-of-the-month”. Associate members and prospective members should make themselves known to a committee member if they wish to have an observed ride. Please see WHAM’s full ride-out policy here.
Please arrive at the start point with a full tank of fuel.
You are deemed to be in control of your machine at all times. Anyone taking part in our group rides is expected to comply with road traffic regulations.
|Sunday 26 May||09:00||NOTE: Changed route, day trip to Gaydon is cancelled until later in the year. Sunday ride toHarry Tuffins, Craven Arms (SY7 9PY) Via Ironbridge. Arrives at the cafe around 10:45. Download route R04:|
|Weds 29 May||18:45||WHAM Evening ride and Natter Night. Join us for a ride to the Falcon in Bromyard. Leaves the start points (Hereford or Worcester) at 19:00, arrives at the Falcon at around 20:15. Please arrive in time to organise riding groups. All members very welcome. Cant make the ride-out? Then please join us for a chat and drink at the Falcon. Download evening route 1:|
|Sunday 2nd June||09:00||Sunday ride to Old Mill Cafe, Chipping Norton (OX7 5LH) Arrives at the cafe around 10:45. Download route R05:|
|Sunday 9th June||All Day||WHAM Day out - Valleys Run - All day ride.Route planning, Itinery and organisation by Steve Edwards..
The South Wales Valleys may conjure up images of rows and rows of terraced houses all huddled together, but valleys mean hills, and that means corners to go up and down – and if you know your way over the hills to the next valley, great roads can be found that you will want to return to time and time again.
The route consists of a variety of roads that most of the time you will have to yourself, almost all of these roads are “where the old road used to go” – everyone else uses the new roads that have been built down in the valley, so apart from some short urban stretches to get to the next hill, it will be you and the view, of which there are plenty. Keep one eye on the road mind, these are real riders roads!
Meet at McDonalds, Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7HB at 9am for a 9.30am start.
Leg 1 to the Tea / coffee / petrol stop at Asda, Merthyr Tydfil, should take around 1hr 20mins.
Leg 2 is relatively short, and really mixes it up for road variety to Lunch at Brynffynon Hotel www.brynffynonhotel.com . Lunch is booked for 12.30 don’t be late !
Leg 3, just enjoy, and welcome to the valleys!!! At the top of the hill above Treorchy is always an ice cream van, so don’t have too much lunch, it’s a great place to stop for your pud. There’s an optional 11 mile add on at this point if the weather / time / inclination is there to a tea stop at the café at Bryngarw House over a magic stretch of road, but beware it’s also 11 miles back! ( 20 mins each way, plus tea stop time).
Leg 3A (Optional) If you don’t fancy this extra loop to Bryngarw, then head back down the hill from the ice cream van back to Carpanini’s Cardiff Arms Café in Treorchy for afternoon tea.
Leg 4, more brilliant stuff over the hill tops, if you’ve time, inclination and a taste for it, stop off at the Welsh Whisky distillery in Penderyn (no caff but they have a shop and toilets) ending at the Honey Café in Bronllys or Mc Donalds Hereford for a finish, depending on which way you need to be going to get home.
There’s a request in to Brian for the weather, and I’m sure either Tony or Ian Barnard will help with any Welsh pronunciations required.
Hope to see you there, any queries, give Steve Edwards a call 07 813 845 735 (no he won’t buy you your lunch!)
Note: Due to the complexity of this route we cant provide turn by turn directions. Make sure you team up with someone with a Sat-Nav (easily spotted, they usually wear anoraks..).
|Saturday June 15th||All Day||
WHAM Slow Riding Day Our most popular training day of the year – held once again at Throckmorton Airfield near Pershore and organised by Dennis Osborne. A must for Associates and recommended for full members, especially those who have recently passed their test. Slow riding is an important skill and our Slow Riding day gives Members a chance to practice in a safe environment and have fun at the same time.
There will be a slalom course, figure-of-eights and Den’s famous obstacle course. The afternoon session will up the pace with a chance to practice emergency braking on the runway.
This is an all day event, please arrive at 9am prompt for the safety briefing. Coffee, tea, cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes will be provided for a small contribution.
|Saturday 20 July||All Day||WHAM Off Road Day – Rescheduled from March. Held at Mick Extance’s Off Road School near Welshpool.Contact Den Osborne for further details and to book your place (1st come 1st served and very limited paces).|
|Sunday 21 July||All Day||WHAM! North Wales Run- Following on from the off road day, Den is organising a Day’s ride in North Wales. Note that its a 10 am start from the New Inn at Llangynog. Arrive at 09:30 if you want breakfast or, even better, ride up the day before and stay the night (contact Den for hotel details).Download Routes:|