Salt and Sham is informal, friendly and only as competitive as each individual wants to be. Members range from experienced sportive riders, triathletes and iron men through to relatively inexperienced cyclists and outright novices. Regardless of age or ability, we are one group and no-one gets left behind.
Club activities are centred on a regular 40km lap of Chew Valley Lake on Saturday mornings, starting and finishing in Keynsham. We are biased, but this gently undulating route (with a couple of short, sharp, testing hills) is about the best possible way to kick off your weekend. The route starts at Ashton Way car park at 7am.
Pre-arranged stops at Chew Valley Lake and the Chelwood Roundabout ensure that no-one gets lost or left behind, and there’s plenty of time for banter before the action gets a bit more serious on the final stretch from Chelwood back to Keynsham. There’s no pressure to compete but, if your legs are strong, you’re guaranteed a good workout. An alternative, shorter route is also offered to those looking to gain experience and build confidence.
After the ride, all riders head to HQ, Keynsham Cricket Club pavilion, for bacon rolls, tea cakes and hot drinks. Salt and Sham is a sociable club, and we encourage all riders to join in the post-ride analysis and chat back at the cricket club. Given that the route takes in some of the most picturesque spots in the South West of England, there’s always something to discuss.