Tour de Needwood and the Chase
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Join us on this road ride in Needwood Forest, a little known part of the National Forest deep in the Heart of England. We start from the cathedral city of Lichfield, riding past the Cathedral, before climbing into Cannock Chase. From there we ride into the quiet, undiscovered roads of Needwood itself, which until Victorian times was a vast wild wood replete with tales of highwaymen and beasts. Today, Needwood's high elevation ensures long views, with fun rolling straight roads lined by veteran oaks. We'll stop at Barton Under Needwood or Fradley Junction for a quick bite before returning to Lichfield.
Pace and Terrain
All on road, with a fair amount of climbing, but less than most of our rides. In case of poor weather or failing light, we will ride a shorter route.
The event pace and route is designed for road bikes rather than hybrids and is aimed at those who are reasonably bike fit, however the day is intended to be an outing rather than an endurance test. We will stop for slower riders to catch up whilst going faster in between stops to allow them to develop their technique and fitness. Broadly, anyone who has recently cycled over 50 miles and who has tackled hilly rides without too much difficulty will be able to complete this ride.
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IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
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COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. Read the NHS self-isolation guidance.
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What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Bike: a road bike
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 plenty to drink and appropriate snacks.