Winchester CTC supports Cycle Winchester, a local community action group, campaigning to make Winchester  better by bike.

Cycle Winchester

About our rides

We offer supportive and social rides, each led by a designated leader, at a range of speeds and distances to suit most interests and levels (excluding racing). Rides are held on weekdays and at weekends, with some evening rides in the summer season.

Please check the Club Calendar for the format, start time and location of individual rides.

Thinking about joining us?

You may ride as our guest on three rides to see whether the club suits you before joining Cycling UK.

If you plan to join a ride for the first time, or have any questions about our rides contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or one of our Rides Co-ordinators (see below for contact information). Please read our Notes for Riders for guidance on what to bring, rider safety and group etiquette. E-bikes are welcome on our rides.

Ride booking

Some rides must be booked due to limited space at stops and to manage numbers on the road. Other rides have the option to just notify the Ride Leader. This is made clear in the ride details.  Rides can be booked when the leader has posted details of the ride on the Club Calendar (usually a week in advance).

Start Points

Our most usual start points are:

  • Winchester Hotel Coach and Car Park, Worthy Lane, SO23 7AB;
  • King Alfred Statue in The Broadway, Winchester; and
  • Eversley Park, Loader Close, Kings Worthy SO23 7TF.

Types of ride

Most of our rides operate as half-day (one-stop) rides with a café stop mid-way, although we also offer some full-day (two-stop) rides during the year, and evening rides in the summer season.

Rides are categorised by average pace and distance, although this can vary depending on the nature of the route and weather/road conditions: 

Ride Category         Pace (mph)      Approx. mileage
(one stop rides)     
Approx. mileage
(two stop rides)     
Contacts for further information:    
Easy 9-11 15-30 35-45 Easy and Easy+ Rides co-ordinator
Easy afternoon 9-11 15-25 n/a
Easy+ 10-12 30-40 40-55
Medium 11-13 40-50 50-65 Medium Rides co-ordinator
Medium+ 13-15 45-55 55-70 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Faster (Sundays) 15-17 40-65 n/a Faster Rides co-ordinator

Other rides

  • Wednesday evening rides (summer season only): distance varies depending on daylight hours. There is a pub stop either during or after the ride. Medium, Medium+ and Faster pace categories.
  • Free format rides: The pace is within the Easy/Easy+ pace range (9-12mph) and the start location may be outside Winchester. The pace, distance, start location and stops are published in the Club Calendar. For more information contact the Easy and Easy+ Rides co-ordinator.
  • Introductory rides: We run occasional introductory rides that are around 20 miles long and ridden at a gentle pace, with a break in the middle. If you are a novice cyclist, haven’t ridden for a while, or are unsure about riding with a group, these are an ideal way to give group riding a try. In addition, our Easy afternoon rides in the summer months are a gentle introduction to the group and are a maximum of 25 miles in length.
  • Off-road rides: We are currently trialling occasional off-road rides suitable for mountain bikes or gravel bikes. For more information contact the Winchester CTC Secretary.

Children on rides

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Ride Leader in advance if you wish to bring a child on a ride. Children are welcome subject to the following Cycling UK policy: Riders 12 years and under must provide a signed parental consent form and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The guardian may also be a grandparent or any nominated responsible adult. Riders who are between 13 and 18 must provide a signed parental consent form as above and on their first two rides must be accompanied by a responsible adult acting in loco parentis.