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Hell's Mouth for tea and cake - 5th July 2009
Jul 5, 2009, 5:40 pm

It was good to see a few new faces amongst the 24 departing cyclists at 9 o’clock today. Fred suggested Portreath and on to Hell’s Mouth for tea and cake, and so it was. En route Red Leader and Mrs Red Leader left to follow another shorter route on their tandem (they’re preparing for a French trip) and Steve, Amanda and Jonathan left for home in time for other duties.

At Portreath we bumped into a pair of end-to-enders ominously looking for a bike shop due to a jumping chain. Still, their spirits were high and it was only day one for them as they’d only left Penzance that morning.

After battling against some very blustery headwinds we finally made it to Hell’s Mouth café and some welcome sustenance. Upon leaving Lance appeared and stopped his car in the road to yell encouragement. The driver stuck behind Lance yelled something at Lance but I don’t think it was encouragement.

When we reached Carnell Green 5 of the group split off for a longer ride back (see profile below), taking in some lovely views and challenging hills along the way – as well as some splendid ice cream served by a fair maiden in Porthleven. At the end of the (long) ride new Falmouth Wheeler Tony informed us that this was his longest excursion on a bicycle, ever. Which means judging by the way he thundered up the hills Tony is certainly a strong rider!

62 miles in all. Total ascent 1486m. 1 puncture no mechanicals.


On the Road to Morocco
Jun 30, 2009, 3:34 pm

On July 1st 2009 local boy from Mabe and FW guest cyclist Joe Bosher-Kempton (excellent surname Joe) is undertaking a mammoth ride from Mabe to Morocco in support of the British Heart Foundation.

This is a cause close to his heart as Joe has lost two members of his family to heart disease. Joe has an excellent website www.pedallingtothebeat.co.uk where you can find out more about the trip and there is a link from there if you want to support him via an online payment. You can also pop into the British Heart Foundation shop in Falmouth where Joe’s mum Lucy can take donations on his behalf.

Good luck Joe from all the Falmouth Wheelers - we'll be looking forward to you telling us of your adventures upon your return...


Fun and suffering on Dartmoor 28/06/09
Jun 30, 2009, 2:51 pm

This year a grand total of 13 Falmouth Wheelers entered and completed the Dartmoor Classic Sportive with 8 wheelers doing the 100 mile course and 5 wheelers doing the 60 miles.

 Several medals were won by the FWs, with Parky nearly getting a silver and all the 60 miler FWs getting bronzes. It was noted that most of the other 2000+ cyclists seemed to be under 30 years old whilst the majority of the FWs were over 50! A couple of us were even over 65, so it has to be said we did pretty well - this sportive is judged to be one of the toughest in the UK.

Truro Cycling Club and the spirited Tri-logic boys were there too, as was Bikechain Ricci and his youngsters (they won gold medals - well done chaps). The weather was favourable, the scenery wonderful and the Falmouth Wheelers suffered no bonking, mechanicals or crashes. A great day out. The old legs were aching a bit right at the end though…


End of an era
Jun 26, 2009, 10:01 am

Please note: Sunday 10 o’clock short rides are cancelled indefinitely. Long and short Sunday rides will now both start at 9 o’clock from the Falmouth Packet car park. This is because less and less people were turning up for 10 o’clock and occasionally only one person. Which is lonely for them and not a good impression for first timers out for a ride with the club.


Pathfinder Ride 21st June
Jun 4, 2009, 10:03 am

Start 10am at Bamber Tiles car park, opposite Victoria Inn, Roche on the old A30.   Map ref. 989618 -OS map 200 (a good idea to bring one!).   Distance approx.   22 miles -St Breock Downs and Wadebridge area.   I cannot deny it, there will be one or two hills, but also some nice flat bits!   There will be a few questions on the way round, and the two   pictures below are part of it.

Dan Dare
 
 

9 o'clockers - Sunday 31st May
Jun 1, 2009, 8:48 am

Gweek boatyard in all it's splendour.It was good to see some new faces in the throng of 23 nine o'clockers - regular ten o'clockers Jill and Denise plus Dan Jenkins, and Mark, a nice young man from Falmouth with a smart Bianchi testing the Falmouth Wheelers waters. Red Leader and KK were up country supporting Everton at Wembeeleey in the FA cup final (hard luck chaps) and there were no Dons, but we soldiered on regardless.

 

It was off to Roskillys for lunch via Gweek and a good pace was kept up by all. The only incident was Jonathan endevouring to become acquainted with unfamiliar pedal clips and discovering the tarmac rather abruptly. Bike and rider were fine, save for a bloody knee.

 

When we invaded Roskillys enmasse the staff didn't quite know what'd hit them but they coped well and kept smiling. After lunch a breakway group struck out for a more direct route home citing shopping and DIY duties whilst the rest went on via Poldhu Cove and Carnkie to put in some extra miles and stretch the legs on a few hills. Let's hope today's warm sunny weather bodes well for the rest of summer. 51 miles. 1023m ascent.

Film Night
May 29, 2009, 1:01 pm

There will be a special private showing, just for the Falmouth Wheelers and their guests, of the film ‘Breaking Away' on Thursday 13th August at 9pm in the new Pheonix cinema in Falmouth. The cinema boasts leather chairs and sofas, plus a waitress drinks service to your seat - which is all very splendid.

 

To secure a seat please give Jono a £3 deposit at the next club meeting on the 25th of June. The final ticket price depends on how many attend and we'll need a minimum of 40 people (£5.65 per seat)and a maximum of 60 (£3.75 per seat). So far 29 people have signed up. Friends of members are welcome too.

 

For more information about the film, which is a comedy drama involving cycling, click here.


Youngest club member arrives
May 21, 2009, 11:38 am
Laura Drysdale produced a Falmouth Wheeler of 7lbs 6oz at 3 minutes past midnight last Saturday morning - he was actually due on Friday, so points are lost for being 3 minutes late. Everyone is doing well and by all accounts James Stephen Drysdale is looking forward to getting his first bike. (No doubt Grampa Bernie is already researching it.)
 
Congratualtions Laura, from all the Falmouth Wheelers!

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