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Pedal and Puff
May 7, 2013, 9:05 pm
A large number of wheelers turned up for this  years Pedal & Puff which started from the Falmouth  Club.
 In fact there were more wheelers than runners so some of  the wheelers had to share runners.
Conditions were ideal for cycling and runners so some  fast times were logged.
Taking the honours for the wheelers were Ian &  Raymond,
We all enjoyed a bacon roll and a coffee with the  runners in the Falmouth Club after the event.
Many thanks to Keith & Terri for organizing a very  enjoyable event.
 
Regards................Steve 

Bike week 2013 -Cycling Event at Truro
May 7, 2013, 11:37 am


You are invited to take part in Truro Cycling Randonnee as part of Bike Week!

Date:

16th June 2013

Start:

09:00

Finish:

18:00

Location:

Truro City Football Club

Treyew Road

Truro

TR1 2TH

Description:

Discover the picturesque lanes of Cornwall with a choice of 42 mile,62 mile or 100 mile routes. This is an open event with a warm welcome for all cyclists. Refreshment stops and food at the finish are included in the entry fee.

Contact Name:

Jane Rickard

Contact Number:

01872 279789

Event Details:

www.bikeweek.org.uk/trurocycling_randonnee

 

To find out more information about Bike Week, the UK’s largest cycling event, please visit www.bikeweek.org.uk/.


French trip
Apr 29, 2013, 8:04 pm

Another successful French trip was enjoyed by all, we even had somebody try to join us on the ferry but we told him no he hadn't signed up early enough ( see picture ).  On Friday we went to Plouscat for our cafe stop and Mogueriec for lunch, after lunch Theresa and I went back to St Pol whilst Nick took the others to the Tropical gardens in Roscoff.

On Saturday we were joined Paul and Hilary and Paul's sister Carole and husband Paul, we all headed for Morlaix but I found a back road where we were safe from Hilary's driving.  Heading back we tried out another new road which was very pleasant but the hill up from the Morlaix river was steeper than I had hoped, it was then back to the Corkscrew and the traditional pint or three in the sunshine.  The boys went up to Super U to get presents for their better halves at home, I hope Nick let Chris drink her Champange on her own.  When she got back Hilary said she had enjoyed the driving once she got used to it, so we were safer on the road than we thought.  As KK said the BEST EVER.  Adrian


Gear Up for the Tour d'Eden - Bank Holiday May 6th
Apr 26, 2013, 2:49 pm

The Eden Project is inviting cyclists on bikes of all shapes and sizes to pedal through the iconic site for the first time, this Bank Holiday Monday (May 6) with a suggested arrival time of 11am.
As well as a complimentary snack and drink on the day you will get unlimited free entry to Eden for a year – all for just £7.50!!
It usually costs £23.50 per visit so you could be saving a fortune. All you need do is bring along photo id and a utility bill proving that you live in Devon or Cornwall.

At midday all cyclists will then be invited to take a guided cycle tour through the various outdoor habitats of Eden – otherwise known as the Tour d’Eden - culminating in a snaking climb up the challenging land train route. This route is being opened to bikes especially for this day.

 


DUSTMAN DAVE’S DODDLE
Apr 23, 2013, 10:14 pm

This promised to be a pleasant ride through undulating Somerset countryside, although as the week progressed, the weather promised to be anything but pleasant! On the day however it was nearly wall-to-wall sunshine. Things looked good as I left my son’s house for the short ride to the start at Bishop’s Lydeard near Taunton.

Some 80 riders assembled for this 108km ride, and the shorter Diddy Doddle. After the usual tea, cakes & bike chat, we set off at 9 on the dot, through quiet but muddy lanes via Upper Cheddon and crossing the A38 then the Bridgwater Canal at Creech St Michael. Progress was easy with gentle ups & downs. I was soon in the leading group of 5 or so as we rode through Ham & North Curry to Stoke St Gregory - great Somerset names! With 18 miles passed we neared the first control at Langport & refreshments.

Now I was using my imagination with the two in front being Wiggo & Froome, I thought – could I be Cav? Just before entering Langport they sped up, so I prepared for a sprint when a Camper Van overtook then braked seeing the 30: I was blocked. The road straightened & I was able to overtake him, but ‘twas too late to catch the other two! We arrived at the Potting Shed Café to sign in; soon it was full of cyclists. Another group arrived. The cafe had difficulty coping so coffee & cake took  40   minutes!

We were off again via Somerton, Charlton Adam & Babcary. Once more riding was easy with few hills of note, although there was one short grunt – accentuated by a severe climb over a railway bridge. It wasn’t long before we were at the 2nd control at Sparkford. This was the Haynes Motoring Museum and to be honest pretty scruffy so not somewhere to hang about. I signed in & set off on my own. I passed through the wonderfully named Weston Bampfylde & Queen Camel. Again it was flat & easy: soon I passed through RNAS Yeovilton, which is near Ilchester. I was now riding towards Somerton, when I missed a left for Langport & our second visit there, ending up again in Somerton via some extra hills! I managed to find my way back for a quick drink at the Potting Shed, then off again on the final 18 miles back to the start. I headed for Curry Rivel and the severest hill of the day, a winding 1 in 5 but downhill. Glad it was not up! It was now that I went wrong again & ended up in Burrowbridge when I should have been in North Curry, so I had to find my way back there!

Now I was retracing the outward route via Creech St Michael – by now I rejoined the riders I was with earlier & we made rapid progress back to the start. I had added a dozen miles or so to my total! The promised rain didn’t appear, apart from the odd spot. It was an enjoyable day out on many new roads, and thanks to Dustman Dave & Wellington Wheelers for their organisation & welcome. Just over 80 miles. Richard 1   

Picture caption "I know I lost my way a couple of times, but I wasn't this far off course!) 


Pedal and Puffing with the Falmouth Road Runners....
Apr 17, 2013, 12:07 pm

Following the success of last year the next "Pedal and Puff" is scheduled for Sunday 5th May, 9.30am at the Falmouth Sports Club. Come and join the road runners for an hour or two's ride followed by Bacon & Egg Banjos and a drink in the club afterwards.
Keith will bring a supply of maps and instructions to the Thursday meeting on the 25th April.


Check your Brake Blocks
Apr 10, 2013, 11:19 am

If you have fitted brake shoes with removable/replaceable blocks or pads, please do remember to check whether they are attached correctly.  These must be fitted with gap to the REAR, with the little screw that holds the block in place at the REAR.  If the gap is at the front, the block could possibly pop out, with possibly disastrously consequences!  Yes, the little grub screw is there, but this may not hold the block in place during heavy braking.  If you have the all-in-one moulded brake shoes and blocks, these should also be fitted the correct way round as the 'tread' pattern is designed to work one way only. In any case, there should be an arrow showing the direction all of these should be fitted. There is an illustration of a typical brake shoe with removable/replaceable block.  I know this may be a case of 'teaching your grandmother etc', but please do CHECK YOUR BRAKES and BE SAFE!         R1


Sunday long ride Marazion 24th March
Apr 9, 2013, 3:23 pm

Spinning Rob joined me for an early ride through Falmouth and around Pendennis Point, the climb up from Swanpool providing the perfect warm up! There were more wheelers at HQ than you might expect given the drop in temperature - 15 by the time we were ready for the “depart”!
Amanda (never one for going all the way) chose to leave us immediately and Charlie and Adrian must have done there own thing as, by the time we had a head count in Mawnan village, we were down to 12. Carried away by the breaking with tradition (by avoiding No Man's Land) Richard 2 suggested a short cut via Loe Bar to avoid Helston. Suspecting that things might go awry Jim made for home and when the road started resembling more a dried up river bed, so did Graham. And, had we impressed our trainer Rob? Probably not. He picked up his cherished Willier and muttered that he had a more suitable (mountain) bike at home!
It was a pleasant march across the beach and Robs feet started to warm up. And we saw marathon runners so it wasn't all bad.

From then on, thankfully, the day improved. We followed the 'regular' route to Marazion via Porthleven, Ashton and Goldsithney and with a following wind blasted the last mile to the cafe along the seafront. “Wow! That's more like it” Rob cried - amazing what a bit of tarmac under your wheels can do!
Dave, Martin and Shane, who were there to meet us, emerged from the shelter of the cafe, and helped in the search for a suitably larger and warmer cafe where we could all shelter and which we eventually found in Penzance. After wonderful coffee and cake ( and a few full fat fry ups) and a warm up we split into two groups, most making their way back home.
( 15 – 3 = 12 – 2 = 10 + 3 = 13 – 7 = 6 - the maths of cycling!)
We carried on for Gulval then the long, gentle, climb to the north coast via Newmill and so enthralled was Ian by the the scenery that it became difficult to drag him away. As we turned east we were met by a bracing wind that made our return to Hayle just a little more challenging Thankfully, when as we turned towards Towednack, we were given some shelter and later enjoyed an exhilarating ride down to Lelant, during which Rob lost his chain but slip streamed Simon the remainder of the way. “Wow!” Rob cried again. I think he had forgiven us the off piste section.
At Gwithian Rob headed on alone and, after taking sustenance we headed home too, four by way of The Golden Lion and Martin by way of Lizard (as you do). Only three stopped to sup a well earned pint as Dale was needed at home. 80 very enjoyable miles for me. Robin


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