Jávea U3A
 

E-Bikes
Cycling

Group Leader Philip Gauron
Email Addr e.bikes.cycling@u3ajavea.org
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Meeting Venue As arranged
Meeting Day and Time As arranged.

The Electric Bike Cycling Group.

Rides will be predominantly on roads, with lanes and hills mixed in.  The duration of rides will be approx 3 to 4 hours, including stops for drinks and lunch.

The number of riders should be between six and ten.

If you are interested please let Philip know by email to the address above.

The E-Bike group's first ride

The new E-Bike group held its first ride on Tuesday 2nd October in traditional late summer conditions of sunshine and light breezes. Perfect cycling weather. 

 

The group has already attracted a total of 18 members of whom 7  were able to join our first outing. Group leader Philip welcomed Bob, Su, Doug, Bill, Harry and Terry and as the team set off from The Arenal promptly at 10:30 en route to Granadella and our first port of call. One of our objectives is to ride on minor roads and cycle tracks wherever possible, but some destinations make that difficult to achieve, so it was the Cabo de Nao road for the steady climb up to the Granadella crossing. The benefits of electric bikes were very apparent as the group passed smoothly by a couple of unfortunates who were doing it the hard way and finding the gradient a challenge. We all arrived at the junction without a hair out of place and then began the picturesque descent through the pines into arguably the area’s finest cove.

 

Our earlier research for the trip had overlooked one important point, namely that the restaurant and coffee shop at the beach had closed on the previous weekend, so the anticipated refreshments were not to be had. But its a lovely location for a break and a natter with new friends.

 

So back up the long climb out of the valley, - no problem for the assisted bikes, and on to Portichol. The access road down is steep and with a poor surface and at this point one of the group took a tumble. Fortunately no serious injury apart from a skinned elbow, but a pity for him as it must have taken some of the fun from the ride. However, as became apparent a little later, there was something amiss with his bike as well and it was not functioning properly which may have contributed to his fall. 

 

We spent a pleasant break in the cafe overlooking the beach and sea before heading back towards the Arenal, more problems with the faulty bike emerged but we all arrived back at the top without too many problems and then it was pretty much all downhill back to the start point and lunch for those who wanted it. 

 

An excellent first ride of about 30km with a few hills to climb. Leader Philip has promised something flatter for the next ride.