Thursday Night Rides
Start Time: 09:00am
From: Windmill Pub, Charlton
Sunday rides are anywhere between 15 & 30 miles, depending on the level of fitness of riders who turn up. Sometimes we stop along the way for refreshments. We're normally back at Hitchin Town Square by midday, for post-ride frothy coffees and cake.
If you thought Mountain Biking in Hertfordshire can't be that tough... come and join us and find out it's anything but flat out there! Pretty much all rides out of Hitchin start with an uphill struggle, but it gets the blood flowing and the heart pounding and once you're 'up there'... things get a bit easier.
We're not an official 'club' and as such, we don't carry any public liability insurance. If you choose to ride with us, you do so happy in the knowledge that mountain biking can be a dangerous sport. We'll never push you to do anything beyond your ability. Our more experienced riders are always happy to share their expertise to help you improve your technique.
It can seem like hard work at first, because it is! If you haven't ridden for a while then it will take 6-8 weeks before things start to 'click' and where, at first, you may have walked your bike up that hill, you'll soon find an enormous sense of achievement as you get to the top through pedal power alone. See you on a WindmillCC ride soon.
WindmillCC – RIDE INFO
Start Time: 7:30pm
From: Windmill Pub, Charlton
Thursday Night Rides are excellent fun. We keep the distance to about 15 miles, mainly using off-road trails and local bridleways.
A decent front & rear light and helmet are 'must-haves' for the Thursday night rides.
Rides finish at various locations (Pubs!) in Hitchin, but we'll always make sure 'newbies' are returned the Windmill if you've left a car there and are unfamiliar with the local area.
Welcome to the Windmill Cycling Club, based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire...
Essential Equipment – for every rider
A good quality cycle helmet is a 'must-have' on any WCC ride. Not just for the occasional 'off' a good helmet will protect your bonce from low hanging branches as we whiz through wooded areas.
Whether you're running tubed or tubeless tyres you'll need a good pair of tyre leavers when the worst happens. Cheap as chips, they may save your day - carry them!
WCC Events and weekend adventures tend to result in longer rides than those tackled locally. A great way to keep hydrated throughout the ride is to wear a Hydration Backpack.
With the myriad of wheel sizes now available it's no longer acceptable to assume someone else is carrying a spare tube that fits your bike. Carry a spare tube suitable for your wheel size.
Feeling deflated? Then you'll need a mini-pump to get you back on the trail. Normally universal for both Presta & Shrader valves - it's worth checking compatibility before you chuck one in your bag.
A spare tube is preferable, but as a minimum, please carry an inner tube repair kit or self adhesive patch kit. You may get more than one puncture on a long ride, so these can come in very handy.
There's no better way to ensure your day isn't spoiled by a minor mechanical than to carry a multi-tool. No need to buy an expensive one, just make sure there's enough bits for the essentials.
The derailleur drop hanger is unique to your bike frame, so it's a must-have on a long distance ride. Made to break in the event of a heavy 'off' they protect the frame and they do break – get one.
See our suggestions for a stress free ride - why not take a look at the
Non-Essential Equipment selection here, you never know, it could save your day!
WindmillCC Special Events...
Throughout the year we try and organise something a bit different, on and off the bikes. These have included:
Weekend trips to Afan, Wales, one of the best dedicated mountain biking centres in the UK
Special Sunday Rides to Swinley Forest and other brilliant one-day ride locations within easy reach of Hitchin
BBQ Events with and without a bike ride
Please see our 'Special Events' page and also make sure you keep an eye on the WCC Facebook page to ensure you don't miss a thing.
The Windmill Pub
Set in the Hamlet of Charlton,
the Windmill Pub is currently closed, pending planning permission to turn it into a private residence. We still use the location for the majority of our ride starts though, as it affords access to some excellent local trails and bridleways.
The Windmill Website Hosting Costs have been secured until May 2018 through the generous donations of club members. A big Thank You to all who contributed.
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