Cycling: The 12 rides of Christmas in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and beyond!

PUBLISHED: 16:07 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 05 December 2017

Are you ready for the 12 rides of Christmas!

Are you ready for the 12 rides of Christmas!


Cycle into Christmas with 12 fantastic rides this month. Read CometSport for more.

On Sunday dozens of members of the Cycling UK group in Stevenage will leave Costello’s Café at 10am. to cycle to their Christmas lunch and Blazing Saddles presentations in Baldock.

That will set the scene for their twelve rides of Christmas and you will be very welcome on any – or all of them.

The twelve include Santa’s Cycles, Cold Christmas, three Saturday Starters – morning rides ideal for newcomers and the Resolution Ride.

Saturday, December 16. Saturday Starter.

Morning ride to Watton-at-Stone. Coffee, tea and cakes in Crumbs.

Meet at Costello’s Café in Fairlands Valley Park at 10.30am.

Sociable pace with a radio link between leader and sweeper so no-one gets left behind. Back by about 1pm.

Sunday, December 17. The Cold Christmas Ride.

This one is a bit longer. Keeping in theme it will take you to the small village of Cold Christmas and the meridian line.

Meet by the Christmas tree on the green outside Springfield House Community Centre in Old Stevenage at 9.30a.m.

Expect to cycle about 38 miles at a moderate pace.

See the Christmas lights with Santa’s Cycles on Wednesday, December 20.

This is great fun. Why not decorate your bike – lots of extra festive lights can be very effective – and get your fancy dress on for a tour of the town.

Meet by the old Stevenage Christmas tree at 7.15pm.

The Saturday Starters will be out again for a morning ride to the Letchworth fountains on Saturday, December 23.

Meet Jim at Costello’s Café in Fairlands Way for a 10.30am start. There will be a refreshment break. Expect to be back in Stevenage about 1pm.

Anxious about your Christmas dinner? No worries. Nicola will take you on a spin to Hertford and back on Christmas Eve.

Meet her by the old town Christmas tree at 10am.

Expect to cycle about 30 miles with a break in the Rose Café. Then you can pedal off the pudding on Boxing Day when you can meet Robert in the old town at 10am for a 20 mile ride to Radwell and back.

Seven rides for seven days.

On Wednesday, December 27 there will be a Wednesday Wander.

Meet by the old town Christmas tree at 7.15pm. Don’t forget your lights and warm layers. Wednesday Wanders aren’t just for Christmas – there are Wednesday Wanders every Wednesday of the year.

On Thursday, December 28 there’s a day ride to Norton and Ickleford.

Leave Costello’s Café at 9.30am and enjoy a coffee stop at Bickersdyke and lunch in the Old George.

Ride Nine is a morning ride to Hitchin and back on Friday, December 29. Meet by the old town Christmas tree at 9.30am.

The third starter in the Christmas series is on Saturday, December 30.

To enjoy this free morning ride to Codicote get along to Costello’s Café in Fairlands Valley Park in time for a 10.30am start.

Your last chance in 2017 leaves the old town Christmas tree at 10am. on Sunday, December 31. Don’t miss out.

Then the Resolution Ride is a great way to see in the New Year. Meet by the old town Christmas tree at 10.30am to ride to Vanstone Park and back.

For more rides visit

Saturdays Go Mornings

Don’t forget that in winter Cycling UK Stevenage’s popular Saturday Starter half day rides start at 10.30am.

The weekly rides are ideal for newcomers. Get along to Costello’s Café which is by the Sailing Centre in Fairlands Valley Park in time 10.30am.

Expect to ride about 15 miles at a sociable pace with a leader and sweeper who will be linked by radio. No-one gets left behind.

This Saturday’s ride goes to Tewin and back.

The Wednesday evening rides continue through the winter. Bring good lights and meet near Springfield House Community Centre in the old town at 7.15pm every week. And there are lots of Sunday rides – see

Remember Cycling UK ride with each other not against each other.

Stevenage Cycling UK group rides have experienced ride makers, a leader and sweeper with a radio link, on the front and back – no-one gets left behind.

You can get more details by contacting Penny (07787 816434); Jim (0793 968 7509); Nicola (0791 643 8610) or Tina (01438 235881), by visiting or by emailing

Cycling with your local Cycling UK group is a great way to get fit and enjoy the local countryside in good company. Cycling is fun, it’s good for the environment, sociable and it’s also good for you. Cycling UK Stevenage is the local group of Cycling UK – formerly known as CTC, the National Cycling Charity.

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