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Lizard Long Ride 27th January
Jan 29, 2013, 11:58 am

As the pleasant weather looked set to deteriorate Jim, keen to avoid any delay, had the brilliant idea of tackling The Lizard anti clockwise. Richard 1 also had a brilliant idea and had come sporting a snazzy pair of longs, he also treated us to some low gear spinning and looks likely to be purchasing his first triple shortly if only he could stop dreaming about Martins' REALLY BIG CHAINSET. 

Just beyond Wendron Dean had a puncture. Dean, puncture, where have I heard that before? The puncture was duly repaired but the tyre, worn through from a rubbing brake block, couldn't take the pressure and allowed the tube to rupture. Every resourceful, Martin produced a piece of cloth which eventually saved the day and allowed Dean to make his way home using his last spare tube. By this stage we'd sent the others on ahead to the Poldhu cafe but Amanda had got too cold and peeled off for home.

Once revived after cake, bacon baps, coffee etc we set off under clearing skies with a plan to ride around Gillan Creek. At Goonhilly Richard 1, Shane and Simon all left us for home but we continued on, finally reaching Carne where we enjoyed the novelty of Jims “back to front” ride as Gillan Creek opened up in front us with views some of us had never seen before. Still with an appetite for steep hills Trevor and I led the ride through Helford village and up the steepest climb of the day, a concrete lane that led to Kestle and the road adjacent to Frenchmans Creek. After a few more hefty climbs we were in Mawgan and discussing the possibilities of refreshment in Gweek.

Jim heads for home but the rest of us sit outside The Black Swan and enjoy the warm sun that is, unexpectedly, still shining. A very pleasant end to an enjoyable day. Well not quite, we still have the long climb up to Edgcumbe but once there we are treated to a glorious tail wind and we speed back downhill and home in double quick time. Robin

Club Membership
Jan 24, 2013, 3:07 pm

Reminder from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Club membership of £10 is due at this months meeting, remember this is family membership so yes, Her indoors is a member as well!  A bargain.

Brass Monkey run - Sunday 9.00 am ride
Jan 21, 2013, 9:42 pm

Riders met up on a cold morning already complaining of cold feet and hands, yours truly included. The usual split took place with Adrian, Bernie and Steve disappearing to do their rides whilst Don G's group left to head for Perranporth, leaving 12 riders heading for Newquay.  As the roads were quiet we headed up the by-pass to Boswin, Greek church onto Barncoose nursery and then to Pulla Cross where we dropped down to the valley to Cusgarne and on to Bissoe.

As we were all feeling the cold, in spite of travelling the hilly route, we decided to pop into Riccis for a quick coffee, however where was Simon? (he called in to home) -  texts & calls all drawing a blank. After warming up we set off to Twelve heads leaving Richard to enjoy another coffee. So up the steep hill from Twelveheads to top road and onwards to Truro international airport. Simon finally surfaces calling us from Perranporth, as we are heading for Goonhavern and Rose where upon discussions took place! Is it right for Newquay or left to Perranporth where Simon awaits. 

I'm hungry.....!  I'm thirsty........!   I'm cold.......! so having decided to drop into Perranporth, we meet Simon on his way up  however Camelot was calling.  After a warming, late breakfast. discussions took place resulting in Simon, Robin, Martin and Dale heading for Newquay leaving the remaining 7 of us to head for home.  A most enjoyable ride even if very cold.  Fred       

TdF 2014
Jan 20, 2013, 9:35 pm

Route of the opening three stages of the 2014 Tour de France

Stage one - Saturday, 5 July

Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate

Stage two - Sunday, 6 July

York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield

Stage three - Monday, 7 July

Cambridge - Epping Forest - the Olympic Park - the Mall

As it being held over a weekend should the club should organise a long weekend away and catch 2/3 of the stages - Richard any ideas on the best climbs to watch it from? Ed

Devon Pussycat ride
Jan 15, 2013, 6:44 pm

Here's a ride in the depth's of winter you might not be aware of. Organised by Barnes Cycling Club, here is a quick resume -

The all new Pussy, (New Course, slightly Later date) will take place on Sunday February 24th 2013. Slightly later than previous years, in the hope of avoiding ice patches in the lanes of Devon.
All the usual suspects are invited and new entries are very welcome. Usual strategy, reasonably testing for the time of year but to be enjoyed. About 48 miles with Pub stop to re-hydrate........and a smaller loop of around 23 miles, for those slightly less than prepared or generally unwilling.

Full details and entry form can be found here>

Bike maintenance
Jan 7, 2013, 8:47 pm

Phil from Bike Works Falmouth is running cycle maintenance courses this year, he has offered us 5 free places on the first one, 9th Feb from 9.30am.  Anyone interested contact Adrian, if there are to many interested we will draw 5 names out at the next meeting.  Please only put your name forward if you can make the 9th and think some basic cycle maintenance will help you.

10 o'clock ride Sunday 30th December (the best ever last ride of 2012)
Jan 7, 2013, 6:03 pm

7 riders set out for the 10 o'clock ride, on a route devised by Don, heading for Tehidy (once we established the cafe would definitely be open). We headed off for the usual Halvasso route out of Falmouth, via Budock Water, with nothing more to report than one slightly skittish horse and me being a scaredy cat! With the wind in our faces we climbed on towards Penmarth (no, Don, that is a snowman in the phonebox, not a real person) and Carmanellis.
We then had a lovely spell of downhill through Bolenowe, following a tiny lane that brought us out on the road to Brea. We went through the tunnel, whooping as we went (we couldn't resist it), and wound our way through the back roads of Camborne, ending up by the war memorial before heading up to the cafe at Tehidy.

We were all impressed by the speed of service and enjoyed a variety of home made, freshly prepared offerings at a very reasonable price. We then headed back out of the park, on what Don assured us was the best way home. As we arrived at the Victoria Inn at Four Lanes after what seemed like an endless climb from Pool, Don was heard to say "I forgot about that last little climb!". At this point Lance headed off home and left 6 of us to continue on our way to Stithians. I needed a little sustenance in the form of a fig roll ( just like Chris Hoy apparently) and some encouragement from Trevor to make it to Crane Garage as this was the longest ride I had done for a while.

We arrived back at Union Corner, having said goodbye to Phil at the Mawnan crossroads, without any mishaps and more importantly staying dry. Jo headed down the hill and Paula accompanied me the rest of the way home. A very tiring but enjoyable 35 miles with good company. Clare

New Year blues? - Hooray! Spinning resumes...
Jan 6, 2013, 12:49 pm

Just a reminder that Spinning Classes resume this Tuesday & Wednesday (8th & 9th Jan).

Same place, same time - 7.30pm, same cost - £45.00 and same slave master (we love him really...) Rob.

Want to join us? There are now 3 more bikes for each class taking us up to 15 places and whilst we already have some reservations, there are still places available. To join/enquire just email the club by clicking here

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