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Rough Stuff on The Lizard - Sunday 9 o'clockers 25/03/12
Mar 27, 2012, 11:37 am

A good turn out at 9 o'clock, despite the the clocks going forward, must have been down to the good prospects for another bright sunny day on the first Sunday of spring.  We headed off for the Most Southerly Point with Don's peloton saying they would take the more direct route. (Did they say they would have the teas lined up for us?) The remaining nine of us arrived at the Porthmeor café via Trelowarren (conditions dry as a bone, Richard) and a lung-bursting blast across the heath from Traboe Cross. Can I just say this was instigated by a certain rider on a silver bullet of a Bianchi, which had been unpacked and assembled only hours before, after the certain rider had popped over to New Zealand to pick it up.

What a spectacular place the Point is on a spring morning.  The twitchers were out looking for choughs. (Would that be a bunch of chuffers?) There was no sign of Don and his group so after some serious breakfasting we rode off with the peloton gradually getting smaller as people peeled off for more direct routes home.  Six of us then detoured to Mullion and a further detour from Poldhu Cove over the headland to the beach at Church Cove. 
Yes, there is no road and yes, we did enjoy the bit of roughstuff.  And it beats that main rad back to Helston. But then for some unclear reason we stopped outside the Halzephron Inn ("the cliffs of hell") and one thing led to another. Was this too far out from home for a pint maybe? By the time the remaining four of us reached Longdowns we needed another but with a bumper dose of salty crisps this time.  A wonderful day's riding of 60 miles.  Simon (See some more pictures of the ride in the Photo Gallery. Ed)

March meeting Thursday 29th - be there....!
Mar 24, 2012, 3:36 pm

Our new headmaster has set the following agenda for Thursday. Absenteeism will not be tolerated.....

Item 1:- Re-view of club activities over the last month (Equinox ride, Sunday rides & Quiz night )
Item 2:- Preparation for club events in April (Club Audax on 15/04/12 & French trip)
Item 3:- Report on planned events for 2012 by the rides working group.
Item 4:- Report on plans for the 2013 dinner & dance and the summer hog roast  by the social working group.
Item 5:- Ride leader insurance issue raised at the February meeting
Item 6:- Discussion on the future of the club trailer in light of new towing regulations
Item 7:- Any other club business

Old Gits' Ride - Wednesday 21st March
Mar 21, 2012, 7:00 pm

It was as my body screamed in pain going up the third steep hill within a gasp from the start that I thought that maybe the two Dons were doing this on purpose in order to put me off riding with them...
I’ve been enthusiastically carbo loading all winter and as spring was sprung it was time to get back on the bike, cash in my ‘carbo chips’ and give the lycra a stretch. I naively thought a nice gentle excursion on a Wednesday morning, joining the affectionately named ‘old gits’ ride’, would be the gentlest way to ease myself back into the saddle. What a fool I was. All I need to say about the 30 mile ride is look at the route profile here.
Putting pain and suffering to one side it was a most convivial ride on a beautiful day. And we found the Best Flapjack in the Universe residing in the Hall for Cornwall café. Thanks for the ride Dons - you didn't put me off. Jono

Equinox Ride - 18th March 2012
Mar 21, 2012, 6:20 pm

The sun shone as a small band of FWs joined other local riders at Devoran for Martyn’s 51 mile Equinox ride raising money for Shelterbox. Other FWs started the 25 mile ride a bit later. There were long hills to start with and then lots of shorter, sharper ones. The legs felt the hills getting tougher. But the sun kept us going all the way till we were lounging on the deck of the King Harry ferry. Thanks to Martyn for a well organised ride and a faultless route sheet. How much did we raise? More in the Newsletter.  Pulla Cross Simon 

10 o'clockers Sunday 11th March
Mar 20, 2012, 11:51 am

Twenty riders set off from HQ heading for Trevarno. The usual route was taken, through Halvasso and Carnkie where we lost Theresa and Adrian as they made their way to Stithians.
This was my first time at Trevarno and I must say I was very impressed, nice food at a good price and beautiful peacocks on the lawn. We then set off for home led by Trevarno Dave, “I know a short cut through a bridle path” says Dave, “It’ll be fine, we haven’t had much rain”.
Off we go, within a few metres we were pushing our bikes axle deep in mud, never mind there was a lake to cross that would get the mud off. After much swearing and cursing we were through and back on the road. Thank you Trevarno “Swampy” Dave. Straight forward route home after that via Carnkie nip 32 miles, 400 metres  of paddling. Pics by Dave Moerel Swallow
(This and two other pictures of the 'Swamp Ride' in more gory detail are in the photo gallery. Ed.)

Mountain Biking Event - April Fools' Day
Mar 12, 2012, 5:13 pm

Members may be interested - to spectate if not to participate - in a mountain bike event on 1st April at United Downs and Wheal Maid.
There are race categories for everyone from fun/novice riders to the elite on a 5km lap course. Races last between 75 minutes and 2 hours. There are prizes!  And there are special events all day for the under 14s.
Details available at www.fullysussed.co.uk

Club Quiz Night Thursday, 22nd March
Mar 9, 2012, 6:51 pm

It's Spring Quiz Night for club members!
Humiliation, jubilation and intoxication will be the order of the day plus some lovely pasties. Last quiz winners, Morecombe and Wise and Rob (and Dale? I can't remember), will be setting the questions so odds on it will be an entertaining evening with just a bit of heckling.

Get your thinking/dunce caps on 7pm (for 7.30pm) Thursday 22nd March at Woodlane Social Club. There may also be a KK raffle..?

Sunday 4th March...9 o'clock ride
Mar 8, 2012, 7:45 pm

Perranporth on a sunnier day...It was cold and windy, so not a great turn out today. Our new leader arrived and suggested we go to St. Keverne, but this was soon changed to Perranporth. The faster boys sped off to leave the two Dons to follow at a slower pace. On Commercial Road we were overtaken by three cyclists, but caught up with them on Treluswell Hill. One of them was 82 – so hope for us yet! At the turn off we found Phil waiting for us. He thought he would like a slower ride.

On now to Norway Inn and along suicide alley to Bissoe, then Chacewater, Blackwater and Mithian where we turned right to pick up the Perranporth road. We turned right to Bolingey before reaching Perranporth where we found the “fast boys” tucking in to big breakfasts. We needed some food and a warm drink, so let Fred and gang head for home.

The route we took home was through Perranzabuloe, Callestick and Allet where we turned left to Shortlanes End. At New Mill Phil had a puncture and was duly told off by Mr. G for not having any kit! At Truro viaduct we took the Newham road and then went on the cycle track to Playing Place. From there we went through Point and Devoran, and once again past the Norway Inn towards home. It was a scenic and leisurely ride of 45 miles. Don 2

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