Over the Hill Gang runs take place on Tuesdays 9.45 and 10.00 and Thursdays 10.00 starting from Betchworth just off the A25. The rides are ridden at a steady pace, they are not intended to be a substitute for training, and are primarily for riders aged over 50 but younger riders prepared to ride at the speed of the group are always welcome, riders from many of the local clubs take part. Total distance out and back to Betchworth is normally between 50 and 60 miles with a tea stop, winter rides are usually slightly shorter. The Tuesday 10.00 rides are at a faster pace than the other ride.
One of the Clarencourt Cycling club’s founding fathers. Micky Ayliffe (Mick’s Dad) pictured after having finished 1950 Catford 24 hour time trial. He then rode home to Streatham.
Ev and Mick riding the Redmon Gents 2up on the 19th October 1980. We finished with 44:08.
Anything for the win. One of the club members getting cheered on in a unusual Way
The Over the Hill Over the Hill Gang!
OHGOHG is a group who find the OHGs too fast (who doesn’t?). They leave from Betchworth Church Car Park Saturdays and Tuesdays usually about 0900 and go to Cranleigh most Tuesdays and somewhere else on Saturdays. Norman Luhr and Kay Weeden ride with them mostly. Norman’s is the contact number and people should check with him because they sometimes change their start times and venues.
History of the Over the Hill Gang
The Over the Hill Gang originally started as an informal group of retired racing men looking for a sociable ride on a Saturday morning. Over the years it has evolved into a bigger loose formation providing mid-week rides. Runs take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting from Betchworth Gospel Hall just south of Knights Garden Centre in Betchworth just off the A25 between 0945 and 10.00. There are usually two or three rides depending on how many turn up and, although there is a planned programme currently organized by Steve Clinch, routes may be chosen on the day to suit the riders and weather conditions. They should be ridden at a steady pace but with increasing numbers and varying ambition and ability within the groups this is variable! Minor splinter groups have evolved over the years catering for particular types of rider. They are not intended to be a substitute for training and are primarily for riders aged over 50 but younger riders prepared to ride at the speed of the group are always welcome. Riders from many of the local clubs take part. Total distance out and back to Betchworth is normally between 50 and 60 miles with a tea stop, winter rides are usually slightly shorter. The Tuesday 10.00 rides are at a faster pace than the other ride. If you are a new-comer just turn up at Betchworth at quarter to ten on a Tuesday or Thursday, introduce yourself and give it a go.