An informal cycling group, established in 2007 by novice cyclists, all of whom had all taken part in a charity ride for Jersey Hospice, in Vietnam. Since that time, the group has completed a whole hosts of charity rides and has raised over £200,000 for a number of charities, principally Hospice and Macmillan Jersey. They have also completed social rides in a number of different countries including trips across Europe and Land’s End to John O’Groats. Ten of the group took part in the Macmillan Jersey Geneva to Nice ride in June 2018. Whilst there is no compunction for our riders to undertake charity rides, there is now a history of such rides and the training programmes and actual challenges have added hugely to the interest, ethos and companionship, within the group.
The group rides Tuesdays and Fridays, meeting at the bus stop, just East of the Trinity Arms, at 9.30. There are usually 8-15 riders, all with road bikes. The route changes every trip and is mainly on the lanes. We stop for coffee and cakes, usually at Corbiere Phare around the 22/25 mile mark and then make our way home with riders dropping off, where convenient. Some riders add mileage at the beginning of the ride, some at the end, so overall daily mileage can vary from around 32 miles to 45 miles. We always put in a decent number of hills and the running pace averages around 13mph.
BVCC is not incorporated or registered. It is completely informal, with no constitution, no rules and no fees (we take turns in buying coffee and cakes).
We welcome new riders and age and sex is immaterial (one of our members is over 80, three in their 70s and many in their 60s). If a new member is unable to meet the averages or distances shown above, we can always organise the odd ride outside the usual, to get that person up to scratch. No one gets left behind on the rides.
We have just created a Facebook page (Big Vern’s Cycle Club) and will create a webpage shortly to assist with communication although we communicate largely via WhatsApp on a day to day basis. We will also update and add to this page, all with the aim of sharing our love of cycling, love of Jersey lanes and making new cycling friends.
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