Over the past few years, the number of U3A members wanting to ride with the group
has increased from less than 10 to over 30.
As a result, three sub-groups have evolved to meet the different preferences and
abilities: the A-group rides at a steady pace and usually includes a hilly section
in a ride of up to 40 miles; the B-group likewise rides at a steady pace on a less
hilly and shorter route but usually meets the A-group for a café stop; the C-group
rides at a gentler pace and displays a preference for alfresco coffee stops.
Rides take place every Tuesday, starting at 09.30 from Formby Station Car Park and
riders are normally home in time for lunch. From time to time all-day rides are
arranged. A weekly email is sent out giving information about the next day’s ride.
Safety is of the essence and it is the responsibility of individual riders to ensure
that their cycles are fully roadworthy and that they carry with them a small tool
kit, a pump and a spare innertube, plus a cycle-lock for security.
Whilst we try to avoid main roads, it is strongly recommended that riders wear cycling
helmets and hi-vis clothing; day-time lights also assist in making us visible to
those road users who would prefer not to see us.
C-group riders pause for a photo opportunity on the promenade near Crosby.
Four members of the A-group who took part in the fifty mile Ride of the Roses in
aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Charity; thanks to very generous sponsorship we raised