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Meal at the Smokehouse in Porthleven
Oct 9, 2012, 5:48 pm

We are planning to have a meal at the Smokehouse in Porthleven on Friday the 19/10/12.  You will need to pre-book your menu choices prior to the 19/10/12. (Click here to view Menu)  Everybody needs to be there by 7-00pm.  I will look at transport options once I have some idea of numbers. 

To book wheelers must contact me with their menu choices:- stephen020@btinternet.com or ring me on 01326 319810. Steve


Kuggar T*m* Tr*al
Oct 8, 2012, 5:12 pm

The weather was kind on Sunday morning when 17 wheelers turned up at Goonhilly Downs Nature Reserve car park for the first  Falmouth Wheelers ' fun' time trial.  Some drove but many cycled from Falmouth to the start at 10 o'clock. Steve and I drove the 9.7 mile circuit at the start to check all was clear and a quick map was drawn to give directions to the cyclists.

First off was Caroline, Steve on stop watch and  I writing and logging names and leaving times. All riders left a minute apart, traffic and other cyclists allowing. One and All were out in force, we thought they must of heard about our 'fun' time trial but they just whizzed on past at speed. The two Don's turned up to see how we were doing, but we couldn't convince them to join in even though there were a few other pensioners taking part. The last rider away was Brian who arrived late but was keen to take part and he was away by 10.30. We estimated the quickest time and waited at the finish line for our first cyclist back, Steve with his binoculars checking the road for all incoming riders. Richard 1 and Jim were first back having a sprint finish with Richard nearly coming to grief on the final bend when he hit some gravel. Riders now coming back thick and fast charging over the finish line.  Every one who started the race finished without any problems.

Many thanks to Ian for acting as sweeper ensuring the last rider got back OK. We then adjourned to the cafe in the old BT earth station for coffee and cakes. There we were joined by Red Leader, Nick and the 10 o'clockers. The results were read out with the fastest time for a male being 28.22 minutes (Trevor 2) and the fastest lady being Amanda at 32.61 minutes. All times were very close, for many wheelers this was a first time trial they had competed in.  The general feed back from everyone was that it was an enjoyable morning's fun, something a bit different, perhaps an annual event? Gill


The Cycle Show & Tour Ride Sportive - 30th September, 2012
Oct 4, 2012, 12:29 pm

I took the train via an overnight stop in Oxford and a visit to one of Morse’s and Lewis’ favourite pubs – The Turf.  Then up early on Saturday for the train to Moreton in Marsh & then an easy ride to Stratford on Avon, where I would stay for 2 nights.  I dumped my things and rode to the Cycle Show at the NEC.  The route was via Henley in Arden – a very attractive little town: something of a contrast to Stratford, which I found rather disappointing.  I had some difficulty in finding my way into the NEC on the bike, but after several extra miles I reached the Cycle Show.  It was worth the visit & I spent a good while there: some pictures should be in our Picture Gallery.  There were many interesting exhibits to see & interesting people to talk to.  Getting from the show was equally difficult, before finding my way back via Henley to Stratford.  It would be an early start on Sunday, so an early night for me – although there was time for 2 pints of Bulmer’s!  

Although the forecast for Sunday was grim, at 6am it was clear & moonlit.  I headed again to the NEC.  By this time all the signs were in place for the sportive & there was a beautiful sunrise: started the day well!  I was at the start well in time & ‘chipped’ before we were off.  We headed via Meriden, Kenilworth Castle & Stoneleigh, before our first grub stop at Cubbington, near Leamington Spa.  I always spend too much time at feedstations – drinking coffee, eating cakes & bananas, and endless bike-talk with fellow riders.  ‘Oh, sod the timing - enjoy the day!’ 

We were soon on the Fosse Way & 14 miles of dead straight though undulating road.  Even on a Sunday the Fosse is busy & in many places rather narrow.  We left the Fosse & into nice quiet lanes & more obvious hills, before drifting into Shipston on Stour.  This reminded me a little of Moretonhampstead & the Classic, only because of the one serious climb after there.  We crossed the Fosse again before entering Chipping Campden & the next grub stop at the cricket club.  Somehow I missed it!  After leaving Campden a few of us took a wrong turn: it seems that some ‘oik’ had turned round a sign.  We retraced & got back en-route for Stratford: by now had I seen enough of the darned place?  Still no rain! 

Now it was a road familiar to me via Stratford to Henley & the third feedstation; then thru’ Dorridge and Knowle & to the finish at the NEC.  That was 151 for the day by the time I was back at Stratford.  The following day was just the 17 miles to Moreton in Marsh & the train home.  A great weekend’s cycling & very well organised & thank you to all involved.  You should be able to see a map & details on www.tourride.co.uk & follow links to the Cycle Show etc.   Richard 1


Fun Time Trial
Oct 2, 2012, 7:31 pm
The Kuggar Fun Time Trial is on Sunday the 07/10/12.  Starting from the nature reserve car park on Goonhilly Downs at 10-00pm.
 
Event is only open to club members and invited guests, including Wiggo?
 
Course is 9.70 miles over mainly flat roads.
After the time trial we plan to have a coffee and bun at the cafe in the old BT station on Goonhilly Downs.
 
All are welcome, we want to see a cross section of the club taking part in the event.  Steve

Spinning Update....
Sep 29, 2012, 11:49 am

STOP PRESS...

Thursday riding has now been switched to Wednesday @ 7.30.

Tremough contact me on Friday - they have had a cancellation on the studio and have offered us Wednesday instead. Email will be going out over the weekend to all people who expressed an interest - someone tell KK.

Starting  - 2nd & 3rd October. Please arrive early 7.00 - 7.15 for payment and registration.


Red leaders ride is back on...
Sep 28, 2012, 4:12 pm

Rescheduled from last Sunday -

the 10.00am ride will start from Grenna Lane car park adjoining the Bissoe Trail. The ride will be a leisurely loop to the Blue Bar for coffee. Any queries or if you need help with transport please ring 07799677504.

Support if you can it will be a chance to ride some new roads.


Getting hot and sweaty...........
Sep 22, 2012, 2:43 pm

The following info has been sent to all members who expressed an interest at the last meeting. If you weren't there but want to spin please email me via the website email facility.

Nights: Tuesday or Thursday NOW WEDNESDAY
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £45.00
Start: October 2nd & 4th


Those opting for a Thursday can either just pay for 7 sessions because of club meetings night or we can try to re-arrange for a Wed or Fri if there is free studio space.

No money required now you just pay Rob at registration.


It was all hill and no Dale.
Sep 20, 2012, 7:37 pm

As Dale and Mo savoured the post nuptial breakfast of cold pasty and the bottom of the Doom bar barrel Robin led “the few” intrepid 9 o’clockers as they left HQ to climb every hill between Falmouth and Marazion, and a few that weren’t. (see map) ...  Ignoring the easy cycle route from Hayle to Marizion it was on to Cripplease, and a magnificent view of St Michaels Mount before dropping down into Marazion and the Festival of Sport arena. Alas, too early for lunch.....Whilst Robin and Ian felt the need to partake at the Stone Masons, Phil (Eddy) resisted the urge, heading on to Mabe, and I satisfied my need to see Halvasso once more. Full report in newsletter.   Dean 


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