welcome to the new blog for the amos road club. we hope that all things bike and amos-related can find their home on the site.

all posts and other nonsense will also be shared on twitter and facebook:

there’s an email address too: amosroadclub@btinternet.com

if you click on about and gallery you can see that i’ve attempted a summary and any relevant pictures from the various amos rides over the years . there are gaps – please help me fill them!

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tour de wight 2016 – 1 week later

Recollections from Chris, Director of Amos

‘It’s hard to believe that this time last week we are on the ferry across the Solent to the Isle of White.

I’d like to say a huge thank you and well done to everyone who took part- it was great to have each and everyone of you with us, as everybody contributed to making it so much fun.
There is no doubt that it was a hard weekend of cycling and from an organisational and safety side it was great that everyone took responsibility for how much they were able to do.
There are a load of great pictures for the ride on the roadclub blog https://amosroadclub.org/gallery/tdw-photos-2016/  including, rather surprisingly, quite a large number of pictures of horses (better than cats I suppose), and not enough of bikes on the beach at sunset.
Thank you also for all the really kind emails I have received.   For those who are new it’s our tradition to make a few observations from the ride. So in no particular order
Jack, for cycling with his mum and for going up each hill cycling back to her and giving her a report on what to expect before going up again.
Millie, for desperately trying to abandon her mum and crack on without her
Sarah R, for convincing her childen to leave her so she could just enjoy the ride.
Catherine, for the unmendable puncture which required a full surgical team to track down the intrusion.
Chris P, for fantastic route planning back to Winchester and leading the lost out of Portsmouth.
Susie and Azey, such a shame you weren’t able to cycle more, I hope you are both fully recovered and Azey thanks for your passion about our partners work with girls on the streets.
Ali, it was great to have you join us and to see you and Jacs charging off onto the distance.
Lucas, for sharing in my impeccable time keeping, Suzi for believing that we would have enough sense to give a false time for the Van’s departure and then frantically packing and throwing her bag in as it left for the ferry and  Richie – what a super star – aged 10 completing the 1st and 3rd days ride which were serious cycle rides.
George Mac, welcome back it was great to have you join us again after Paris.
Iain Mac, and Peter W, for a glorious afternoon ride round the southern half of the Island.
Neil, who was feeling so ill after day 1 and yet knew that his brothers in law would never let him off the ride, so he slashed his own tyre to get our of day 2 and to nurse an awful cold.
Liz , Jill and Nat, it was fantastic to have you all over – even if cycling (or revision) wasn’t high up on this years agenda,
Lee, it was fantastic to have someone along who actually knew what he was doing
Mike S, who decided to sabotage his own rear derailleur to see if Lee really did know his stuff
Alice and Liam, such fantastic encouragement all of the time and very sensibly this year without a fixie
John  W,  wonderful to have you back and for doing such a great job gently organising the Cambridge crew and making sure no one got left behind people
Bryan, there is no better sight than seeing the vintage bike ahead of you, sunlight reflecting off wing mirrors and hipflasks
Alisdair, for making sure the whiskey flowed and that Chris P and I savoured every moment of day 1 by arriving just as the ferry was about to leave.
Jenny,  who not only did the park run before heading off on the Saturday but then also decided to swim back across the Solent, hopefully Jonny will be back with us next year.
Talking of swimming it was great to be joined by the East London Massive CaitlinGabeJoel and Stephen, swimming, camp fires, marshmallows and tearing round the island
John P, our other newcomer, so glad you joined us and look forward to cycling with you to Paris next year
Ben, who finally convinced Dean that it really was worth having a bike weighting less than his bodyweight
Pete B, who battled on even when he was feeling dreadful.
George L, great to have you back and huge well done for covering so much of the island despite your bike screaming in protest
Sarah F, who raided her hospital departments first supplies and for once didn’t need any of them ( lovely to meet your parents)
Iain C, who left his usual bike behind to give Jack a chance on the hills
Joan, lovely to have you back again and next year we will make sure we use a few more of the hand gestures used in your club
Richard, who just gets better every year and was in such strong form that Tony spent a lot of the time struggling to stay on your when wheel (Tony hope to see you at St Pauls one Sunday)
Steve, who gave us all a scare earlier in the year but was in rude cycling form despite 2 sleepless nights.
Mark, great journey down and back in the van, looking forward to seeing the series of paintings inspired by the Tour de White
Nive, for among so many things for cracking the whip and getting us moving on the Monday morning – arriving a whole hour early for the ferry.
Isobel, the most wonderful and encouraging Van driver we could ever want to have
Mike, thanks so much for all the hard work – creating the routes – checking them out and doing so much more – there will be less hills next year.
I hope to see all of your fairly soon, we have a number of partners coming over in the next few months and we will be touring the country with them.  If you don’t already get email updates form Amos please let us know and we will add you to the list.
If anyone would like to join in planning next years ride we would love to have you join us in this.  We are thinking of doing London to Paris over 4 days, as it is so good cycling and traveling through France and this way we can have long leisurely lunches in French market towns.   We are looking at the possibility of starting in South West London, cycling down to Portsmouth, catching the overnight ferry to Caen (or somewhere similar) and then coming in to Paris over 3 days from there.
See you soon
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TdW Day 3

Distance 62.68 mi | Time 5:30:49 | Speed 11.4 mph | Elev Gain 1,253 m

Source: TdW Day 3

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TdW Day 2

Distance 68.57 mi | Time 6:04:34 | Speed 11.3 mph | Elev Gain 1,579 m

Source: TdW Day 2

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TdW Day 1

Distance 53.32 mi | Time 4:10:05 | Speed 12.8 mph | Elev Gain 956 m

Source: TdW Day 1

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tour de wight-kit list

Kit List
Spares to carry on your bike

A small saddle bag


2 bottle cages & 2 water bottles

Inner tube

Pump to fit tube

Puncture repair kit & tyre levers

Bike multi tool

Cycling Clothes & Important Bits


Cycling /Sun glasses (stops flies in the eyes)

Padded cycling shorts

Fingerless gloves

Mid layer – or bib tights

Waterproof (light to carry)

Lip salve

Sun cream



Money for meals & bank card

Snacks (we will provide water, fruit & nuts plus daily picnic lunches)

Overnight bag contents

Wash kit & Shower gel


Comfy change of clothes & shoes & dry socks


Bike Maintenance – get a professional service now – to check

Brakes – Make sure blocks are not rubbing on the tyre when you apply your brakes, also check that the blocks hit the rim squarely and do not slide under the rim. Check that the blocks are not worn and that they connect with the rim cleanly.

Gears – ensure they change up and down freely.

Cables – Check that neither the gear or brake cables are frayed. If they are replace them.

Tyres – inflated correctly to manufacturers spec and check the amount of tread left, if in doubt replace them.

Lubrication – Apply lubrication to front and rear mechs, brake holder pivots, all entry and exit points on cable outers, chain, brake lever pivot points and reapply lubrication at the end of each day.

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tour de wight – update 15th may

hope that the training is going well. this post gives you a detailed look at the routes and step by step instructions you can download. laminated copies will be available on the ride.

the route for day 1 can be seen by clicking on this link:


and you can download the instructions for day 1 here:T de W Day 1 pdf

similarly for day 2:


and the instructions: T de W Day 2 pdf

day 3:


and instructions: T de W Day 3 pdf

i hope it all makes sense!

thanks to chris pye for this link to an article with a whole host of cycling-related apps.

looking forward to seeing everyone soon.




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tour de wight update

the routes for days 1 and 2 are more or less sorted. chris and I are heading to southampton next saturday, may 7th, to check out day 3.

if you’d like a gpx file of days 1 and 2 let me know and I can email them to you. The links to the routes are given here:

TdW Day 1

TdW Day 2



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tour de wight test event

tdw testassuming brother chris can walk next week, let alone sit on his bike, we are planning a test ride on friday 8th april (weather permitting).

drop me an email if you fancy joining us.



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cycling the tour de wight

click here to read an article telling us just how good this year’s ride is going to be!

thanks to chris pye for the link

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tour de wight update

sorry about recent inactivity – all work (and hockey)  and not enough play!

spring is here and we start to brush cobwebs off bikes and squeeze back into the lycra (a lovely mental image) how can a person’s mind not turn to the tour de wight from the 28th – 30th may
so far we have 29 booked in for the ride.  we also have an driver par excellence isobel making a glorious return to the fold.
so if you haven’t booked in yet then please visit booking as we need to let the youth hostel have a rough idea of numbers.
If you need more details of the ride and would like to invite others then please go to this page as we are always keen to have new people join in.
for any who are concerned about how long/hard the cycling will be, every day will have easier and harder routes and there will be short cuts, pubs and lots of cafes to stop at.
lucas has emailed through asking if any people are up for doing a little route mapping ride before the event – possibly over two days – if you are keen can you drop me an email even if you can’t make the full ride.
finally a few of our number have landed in palestine and are running the bethlehem marathon on april 1st. jenny, following her own cancer treatment, is raising money for breast cancer screening in gaza, where the incidence of cancer is growing steadily and there is very limited treatment http://www.justgiving.com/palestine-half.  jack is running to raise money to bring a group of young people from a refugee camp in bethlehem over to the uk to  life without military occupation  https://www.justgiving.com/Jack-Rose2/
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