Category Archives: Rides

Winter Trees Ride


This coming Sunday, 8th January, is the first group ride of the year.trees ride poster
An easy paced look at the trees of Gosport and an attempt to identify them without any leaves on.

Our rides are for anyone that wants to come along and enjoy a bit of sociable cycling.
The pace of the ride depends on the riders, the distances are manageable and the routes follow quiet, low traffic roads and cycle ways and are designed to appeal to a wide range of people including families and less confident riders.
We will meet at the Gosport ferry at 11 and hope to be back by 2.
An excellent way to start the new year and reduce the impact of some of those little Christmas excesses!

New! Wednesday Coffee Morning Rides

Fountain in Victoria ParkGill and Pam are organising twice-monthly bike rides on Wednesday mornings starting on 7 December. The rides will be tailored to suit those taking part and will last approximately 2 hours. A coffee stop will be included! All ages and abilities are welcome. Rides are scheduled for the first and third Wednesdays and leave at 10.30 from the fountain in Victoria Park, Portsmouth City Centre.


Santa Ride – Sunday 18th December

Santa rRideOur annual Christmas bike ride starts at the Stacey Community Centre where we will be joined by Santa for a short trip around Milton Common. We are dressing the bike  trailer up as a sled for Santa to use and in it will be a small gift for all children who come along. There’s something for the adults who bring them too!

The Stacey Centre is in Walsall Road, Copnor (off Lichfield Road, off Langstone Road) PO3 6DN.

Fish ‘n’ chipper this Sunday

Fish n chip Cycle RideThis Sunday we’ll be getting the ferry for another of our popular fish and chip rides, you don’t even have to eat fish to enjoy it, several regular attendees don’t! This time we are going Gosportwards to enjoy our feast at Lee overlooking the Solent. The ride begins at the Hard at 11 on Sunday 25th September and the ferry costs around £4.

Once you’ve ridden to Lee you’ll have earned your chips.

September news update


Open meeting this Thursday – 8 September

Everyone is welcome to our open meeting this Thursday the 8th September at 7pm. We have two guest speakers from Portsmouth City Council who will be talking about the Local Transport Plan 3 implementation plan and the Eastern Road Congestion Relief scheme with a focus on the implications for cyclists and pedestrians. Chris will be giving us an update on the Community Cycle Centre. We’d like to hear about your experiences of cycling around Portsmouth too, if you’ve got any issues maybe we can help.

A Frames and Slaloms ride coming up – 11 September

On Sunday 11th September we are meeting at the Guildhall at 10 for a tour around some of the harder to pass features around the city. We have some fantastic barriers to cycling in Portsmouth and they aren’t all psychological. We’ll show you the ones we have found and we’d love to hear about any more that you have discovered around the area.  This ride was inspired by a tour around similar lovely features in Manchester

Fish and Chip ride – 25 September

We are also planning another of our popular fish and chip rides, you don’t even have to eat fish to enjoy it, Fishy Friday Cycle Rideseveral regular attendees don’t! This time we are going Gosportwards to enjoy our feast at Lee overlooking the Solent. The ride begins at the Hard at 11 on Sunday 25th September and the ferry costs around £4.

longer lorries

CTC ‘longer lorries campaign’

If you want to oppose the plans to allow even longer lorries onto our roads then use the link on the CTC website to register your disapproval.


roller racingRoller racing at the Dog

On the last Thursday of every month Solent Bike Hub run a roller racing session at the Dog in Elm grove. Go along and test your cycling speed.

Community Cycle Centre

Don’t forget on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10-12 we are at the Stacey Centre repairing and recycling bikes.

cycle chic on Sunday

Dress up in your finery and show off your beautiful bike.  Get out the bike you love and join us for a bicycle promenade around Southsea. Dressing up is optional, but for some cycle chic inspiration check out London cycle chic, Cycle Chic Sundays, Copenhagen cycle chic, cycle chic on flickr or just google it and take a look.

Ultimately Cycle chic is about riding in everyday clothes rather than helmets or specialist clothes it  is especially prominent in cities, with many bicycle-commuters such as Amsterdam (Netherlands), Basel (Switzerland), Berlin (Germany), Paris (France), Berne (Switzerland), Bristol (England) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

The route for this Sunday’s ride will follow mostly quiet residential streets and cycle ways.We start at the Kings Theatre at 11 and will take a leisurely ride around Southsea. On this ride style is all speed is nothing!





Download a copy of our current ride programme.

‘nip around the back’ ride

Jothe george inn portsdownin us on Wednesday evening for a ‘nip around the back’.

A lovely evening ride with spectacular views over the city and countryside behind.

The ride takes us up and over the hill and along country lanes to Purbrook and up the back of the hill again to The George, then home.

We did this ride earlier in the year, its so good we’re doing it again.

The weather looks set to be fine so the views will be even better from the top.

We start at 6 pm in the Guildhall Square and aim to finish by 8.30.

Download a copy of our current ride programme.



Pompey Alley Cat Ride – 6 August

Pompey Alley Cat poster 6 August 2011Southsea Cycle Club its holding its first public Alley Cat event on Saturday 6 August.

An alley cat is a time trial/scavenger hunt style ride popular in bicycle messenger and fixed gear circles. Participants cycle to several checkpoints using whichever they think is best.

Riders of all abilities, styles and ages are encouraged to join in the fun.

There are prizes for the winner and runners up but anyone is welcome to do it at their own pace. The club is asking for a minimum donation of £2 which will be given to the RNLI.

The event takes place on the Saturday 6 August at 6pm starting at the Bridge Tavern in Old Portsmouth.

if you need more information see Southsea Cycle Club’s Facebook page at

There’s a description of Alleycat at

Round Portsea Island Bike Ride Sunday 31 July

Round Portsea Island Ride montageJoin Portsmouth Cycle Forum for a leisurely  ride around Portsea Island on Sunday morning 31 July.  We’ll be leaving the Guildhall Square at 10.30am and we’ll follow the Round the Island route described in the Portsmouth City Council leaflet available at

The route is on quiet roads, cycle tracks and some unmetalled paths through Hilsea Lines and we should be back by 1.30pm.  All welcome.

Evening Cycle Ride Wednesday 13 July

Join us for an evening ride following the shores of Langstone Harbour to Farlington Marshes, home of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s oldest nature reserve.  We’ll start at the swimminig pool at Eastney at 6pm and we’ll follow quiet roads and cycle tracks throughout.  Total distance (there and back) approx 10 miles.

That was the Bike Week that was …

Hayling Billy Ride
Is it a train? Yes, but it's a bike too!

Well, Bike Week in Portsmouth has drawn to a close and what a great week it has been! The rides have been excellent and varied although the weather could have been worse!

Urban Gardens

Last Sunday a good crowd visited several food growing projects across the city. The Charter Academy had a beautiful and flourishing garden. The Landport community garden demonstrated that if you are a flat dweller you don’t have to have an enormous allotment in order to grow your own fruit and veg – they have a number of small plots in raised beds. The Porter’s Garden at the Historic Dockyard provided an oasis of calm and beauty. The ride was organised by Portsmouth Friends of the Earth who had produced a leaflet especially for the ride.

Ice Cream

Monday evening was wet and windy so it was rightly decided not to cycle down to the seafront for ice cream. Steaming hot tea was the order of the day.

Uni-Cycle Ride

On the dot of 8.30am on Bike2Work day (Tuesday) 18 cyclists from the University of Portsmouth set off from Eastney swimming pool battled against a headwind along Southsea Promenade cycle route to the Denis Sciama building in central Portsmouth. It wasn’t all bad, however, as the sun was shining and there was coffee and Danish pastries waiting everyone who took part in the now annual Uni-Cycle Ride.

Bike2Work Day

The Guildhall Square was the location for the Bike2Work Day event organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Road Safety and Sustainable Transport team. Dr Bike from Cycleworld was there checking bikes and giving advice (although they need more practice in the folding and unfolding a Brompton bicycle!). Hampshire Police were security marking bicycles whilst PCC provided lots of information with the range of nine and growing self-guided bike ride leaflets available. They also ran a bike obstacle course for people to test their skills. Portsmouth Cycle Forum were on hand to talk about bike routes, campaigning and their bicycle recycling centre at the Stacey centre. Cemex brought a hi-tech HGV into the square to give people the chance to see how difficult it is to see cyclists from the cab or a lorry. It had many safety features – auto detection of obstructions and CCTV cameras to assist the driver.

Thomas Ellis Owen Ride

Thomas Ellis Owen was an architect and property developer who purchased boggy land in the early 19th century and created the garden suburb known as Southsea. His aim was to create the countryside in the town and this is all explained in a newly published guided cycle ride leaflet from PCC. John and Sue Pike led an excellent and informative ride around the leafy lanes. We learned that St Jude’s Church was built as an afterthought in order to attract people to buy Owen’s houses.

Beautiful Trees

Thursday saw the launch of another new self-guided ride leaflet with the subject being Portsmouth’s trees. Just a few metres from the starting point in the Guildhall Square is Victoria Park which has more than 20 different species of trees, the tallest being the Black Poplar at 33 metres. The route included many tree-lined residential streets, including Curson-Howe Road, Frensham Road and Essex Road. The ride ended at Milton Park although we took the opportunity to see the listed walled garden off Gisors Road.

Fish on Friday

Fishy Friday evening was dull and damp but a dozen or so intrepid cyclists set off on the Portsmouth Cycle Forum ride following NCN22 (The Pilgrims’ Way) and NCN2 to Portchester Castle, the finest and best preserved Saxon shore fort which was built by the Romans in 3rd Century. After cycling around the castle and admiring the extensive views across Portsmouth Harbour to the Isle of Wight we tucked into fish and chips at Mother Kelly’s restaurant on Southampton Road.

Summer Fair & Picnic

We were back in Victoria Park on Saturday enjoying the green-themed stalls and entertainment at the Summer Fair & Picnic. Portsmouth Cycle Forum was there offering bike checks, information kiddie’s bikes from the recycling project. Electric bikes were available for inspection (and sales!) and the music stage was powered entirely by solar and bicycle power. There was an excellent turn-out and PCF members counted no fewer than 8 City councillors, all of whom stopped by for a chat. It has to be said that none were of the blue persuasion (Mr Cameron take note).

Hayling Billy Express

The grand finale was on Sunday when 31 cyclists departed from Platform 9 and 3 quarters at Canoe Lake Station for the Hayling Billy ride. For those reading from afar, the Hayling Billy was the train which ran from Havant to Hayling Island and its route is now a popular leisure trail. The train from Pompey, led by an appropriately decorated “8-Freight”, steamed through the mist along the seafront to Eastney Point where we caught the ferry to Hayling Island. There were too many of us for one ferry but the kind ferryman ran an extra sailing so that we all crossed the mouth of Langstone Harbour. The ride then set off along the leafy lanes of Hayling to join the Billly Trail and our sunny picnic spot on the sea shore.

It was a superb week and thanks go to Amanda, Nicola and Jayne at PCC as well as all the others who put so much work into making Team Great Britain Bike Week 2011 such a great success. Roll on 2012.

Hayling Billy Ride!

Hayling Billy RideThe cycle train standing at platform 9 3/4 at Canoe Lake, Southsea will be the 10 o’clock Billy Special service to Hayling Island, calling at Eastney Beach Huts, Eastney Swimming Pool, Ferry Road Junction, Eastney Point, Hayling Ferry Boat Inn, Sinah Common, Hayling North and Hayling Central.  A service of light refreshments may be available providing you have remembered to bring them.  Please note this cycle train may float en-route – discounted ferry tickets are available – please see the train manager.  Bicycles are welcome on this service – the more the merrier!

The final Bike Week ride is a family event with 8 miles of gentle, flat cycling plus a return ferry crossing.  Cycle lanes and quiet roads will be followed, including part of the Hayling Billy trail. The ride leaves Canoe Lake at 10am in time for the 11am ferry.

Bike Week 2011 : Fishy Friday Bike Ride

Fishy Friday Cycle RidePortsmouth Cycle Forum will lead this early evening bike ride to Portchester Castle and stopping for fish and chips on the way on Friday 24 Jun.  Other food options may be available.   The ride will leave the Guildhall Square at 5.30pm and will last approximately 2 hours.

Note that everyone joining a National Bike Week ride will be entered into a draw to win a £20 M&S voucher!

More info at the Bike Week web site.

Trees ride Thursday at 5 in the Guildhall

As part of Bike Week some of us will be taking part in the Trees ride tomorrow. Loop round Gosport and look

Tree in Stanley Park Gosport

at some of the lovely trees en-route then finish off with some of our own fabulous Portsmouth trees. As the Thomas Ellis Owen ride today was so well received and everyone was so interested in John and Sue Pike’s commentary we didn’t make it as far as Gosport. So it was decided that the trees ride would start with the ferry ride instead. The garden at Alverstoke Crescent is one of the first stops for the trees ride and would have been the last stop for today’s TEO ride.

We’ll be meeting in the Guildhall Square at 5, hope to see you there. Why not take a look at the trees ride leaflet here

Bike Week 18th – 26th June 2011

Bike weekbike week logo

We will be in Guildhall Square on bike to work day Tuesday 21st June where we will be happy to talk about cycling 11am. There will also be Dr Bike and a Cemex truck in the square so you can try seeing cyclists from a truck drivers perspective.

The rides during the week include those listed below and of course our own Fishy Friday Ride – back by popular demand. This time we are visiting a different chippy and taking a different route. It was really good fun last year although if we keep it up we may have to go outside the boundary of Portsmouth to find a chippy, probably not for about 20 years though.

We will meet in the Guildhall Square at 5.30 on Friday and head off north along the pilgrims way route.

Check out for more details of all the rides and Bike to Work day


urban gardens ride 

Sunday 19 June, 11 am

Art Cafe, Victoria Park

ice cream ride 

Monday 20 June , 5 pm

Guildhall Square


Thomas Ellis Owen ride

Wednesday 22 June, 5 pm

Guildhall Square


Trees tour – new leaflet LAUNCH

Thursday 23 June, 5 pm

Guildhall Square              


Fishy Friday ride

Friday 24 June, 5.30 pm

Guildhall Square


Hayling Billy ride

Sunday 26 June, 10 am at Canoe Lake (for 11 am Hayling ferry)


Cycle Treasure Hunt – Thursday 9 June

Treasure chestWe’re off on a treasure hunt on Thursday evening at 5.30. Follow the clues, collect the answers and, if youy’re lucky, you may win a prize!  Suitable for all the family, this ride will follow cycle routes and quiet streets.  Meet at Queen Victoria’s statue in the Guildhall Square.

Alver Valley Picnic Ride Sunday 29 May

Alver Valley Country ParkJoin us on Bank Holiday Sunday for a family ride to the  Alver Valley Country Park in Gosport.  Much of the  park was originally a landfill site but it is now being transformed into a woodland area by Groundwork Solent. Part of the existing wooded river valley is designated SSSI and with extensive reed beds, is rich in birds, insects and mammals.

We’ll meet at The Hard Interchange at 11am to take the ferry to Gosport where we’ll follow mainly designated cycle routes.  Bring some food for a picnic and money for the ferry.  We’ll return via Stokes Bay to see Gosport’s new seafront cycle route and to catch a glimpse of the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush which will be moored in Stokes Bay.  We plan to be back in Portsmouth by 3pm.

This ride is organised by Portsmouth Cycle Forum in conjunction with Healthy Pompey.

Military History Ride

On Sunday 8 May stafort cumberlandrting at the Square Tower at 11am we will be exploring some of delights of the Military History of Portsmouth. This new and exciting ride will take in historical sights such as Mulberry Harbour, Hilsea Lines, Garrison Church, Southsea Castle and Lumps Fort, Royal Marines Museum, Fort Cumberland and many more.

This ride will visit Portsdown Hill but feel free to walk up or take the Southampton Road and Western Road route to meet us at the other end. Other than a trip up to the Forts on the hill the route is flat and mostly follows cycle routes and quiet roads. We will offer a little talk at each of the stops and aim to finish at 3pm.