3 Counties Loop via Ickleton, the Pelhams & Arkesden
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Join us on this 35 mile / 57km circular ride through south Cambridgeshire, the Pelhams of north Hertfordshire & the picturesque villages of north Essex. Riding along gently rolling quiet lanes with low hedges, you're regularly presented with sweeping panoramic views across the arable landscape as a reward for your (relatively modest) efforts. The many quaint villages with their thatched cottages & well kept churches coupled with the occasional forest and predominantly traffic free lanes make this route attractive for all levels of rider.
Although this is a road event, this ride will be at a relaxed pace mostly along quiet country lanes and so is aimed at riders with all levels of experience and any roadworthy bike. We'll have plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and let people catch up where required.
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike or road hybrid
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch with you to give us flexibility as to where we stop. There are very few shops along the route as we're out on country lanes so please buy before catching the train. We'll stop at a pub near the end of the ride subject to train times and conditions on the day.
Please ensure you have plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up along the way.