Rides

Mass Ride, 15 Dec 2018
Mass Ride, 15 Dec 2018, photo by Mike Caldwell

Cycle Winchester has so far organised four Mass Rides (12 May 2018, 15 Dec 2018, 27 Apr 2019, and 12 Oct 2019). Despite some poor weather conditions turnout has been excellent and the largest gathering was approximately 300. The Mass Rides have helped to create a growing community of cyclists in Winchester. They have raised awareness of Cycle Winchester and given it a body of supporters. The Mass Rides continue to demonstrate the large numbers of cyclists in the city and show that people who ride bikes are a significant and ‘mobilised’ demographic. The rides also encourage new, young or wary cyclists to get on their bike and find fun and safety in numbers.

Due to COVID -19 restrictions a fifth Mass Ride was converted into a Not the Mass Ride (NtMR) wherein individual cyclists posted selfies of themselves beside a logo decorated bike at King Alfred’s Statue during Bike Week. In the end around 100 riders posted selfies and more took part.

Occasionally, we publish quiet routes which everyday cyclists and families can enjoy without encountering heavy traffic.

More about our rides

Not The Mass Ride, video collage.

Not The Mass Ride, video collage.

When we launched Not The Mass Ride, as a socially-distanced alternative to our hugely popular mass rides, we had no idea whether anyone would feel motivated to join in. We said we would create a combined visual record to show the breadth of cycling activity in our City and to ...
‘Not The Mass Ride’ video

‘Not The Mass Ride’ video

Today Cycle Winchester launches ‘Not The Mass Ride’. Ride to King Alfred’s Statue > Take a selfie > Post on social media #cyclewinchester #BikeWeekUK. Until June 14th. Lots of little rides, one big message: Make Winchester’s streets safe for cyclists. Huge thanks to Shortcuts Video for this production. ...
Lockdown Ride: Avington and beyond

Lockdown Ride: Avington and beyond

The Itchen Valley between Alresford and Winchester is a beautiful peaceful countryside route along quiet lanes. This ride uses the little-known cycle route through subways and paths over Junction 9 of the M3 – not as scary as it sounds, but there’s one bit where Highways England ask you to ...
Not The Mass Ride, 6-14 June

Not The Mass Ride, 6-14 June

Winchester Mass Ride 5 was already planned when our country was plunged into the current crisis. Along with almost every other part of normal life, those plans have been shelved. Amidst all the suffering there have been a few positive strands and the renewed popularity of cycling is one of ...
Mass Ride Route A: Kings Worthy

Mass Ride Route A: Kings Worthy

Start: Tesco Express, Springvale Road. Pause/joining point: Top of Bedfield Lane Printable map here. ...