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The Rosie Ride Sunday 23rd 2011
Oct 24, 2011, 1:10 pm

(A 100km ride organised by Truro CC, starting in Devoran.) I am afraid that this is a solo effort as I spent most of the ride on my own, but I hope that it will represent the ride as experienced by fellow Wheelers?

Steve, Jim and I left Devoran at nine and headed to Perranwell – soon to be left behind by six or so Truro riders. The route was via Frogpool and Burncoose, where I realised I was on my own. It was onwards and upwards to Penhalvean where I was passed by two more Truro riders, then again on my own heading for Four Lanes. After this was a fast downhill before turning off to into the back lanes to Treskillard and Beacon before finally ending up at Barripper. Still no other riders - was I still on course?

Now it was the undulating route through Carnhell Green and Reawla to Fraddam, before turning right and heading down to St Erth. From here it was along the popular cycle route towards Marazion before a right turn at Truthwall and an information control: how many bars on the farm gates? Crossing the surprisingly quiet A30 it was steeply up into the hills and eventually emerging at Nancledra. Left and it seemed forever before Chris Fearnley’s very welcome refreshment control and a bun!

Signed in and out and then the long descent around the back of St Ives to Lelant. This would have been nicer if it wasn’t for the increasing headwind, and being passed again by the Truro CC pair! We drifted through Hayle and round the nice estuary circuit, then through Gwithian and up that punishing hill to Hells Mouth. Crossing North Cliffs was against the still-increasing headwind and then the drop into Portreath – nice to be going down that hill for a change! A brief stop in Portreath to study a bus shelter (exciting?) then onwards to Cambrose and Mawla.

Heading towards St Agnes via Mingoose I caught up with a few 60k riders and then another super refreshment control. An opportunity to spend time here for a chat and a cuppa: thanks again to the Fearnley family for their splendid efforts. Going on around Beacon Drive and then St Agnes avoiding the very steep hill of the one-way system, we went into the mother and father of headwinds! Several chose to walk here, sensibly. Along here the headwind was relentless until thankfully turning right to descend into Blackwater.

After an interesting and hilly detour around Chacewater it was down into Twelveheads, and then through Bissoe to the finish at Devoran and a VERY WELCOME cuppa, cakes and pasty! Soon back were Jim, Steve, Trevor 2 and co. - time to have a good natter and to ‘compare notes’. Many thanks to Team Truro for a really excellent and well-organised event, and a thoroughly enjoyable day’s cycling. It has been said before, but you never etc! Dan Dare


Farewell HTC...
Oct 18, 2011, 11:28 am

Click here to read a wonderfully written tribute to the HTC cycling team.


A cardinal sin at Sithney! Sunday 16/10/11
Oct 17, 2011, 2:21 pm

 Today the Wheelers headed off to see Auntie Gill and Trevor to support her Cornish Cream Tea day in aid of the Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary. It was a nice day and a selection of the ‘usual suspects’ were ready for the off at the Packet Offices.

A familiar route took us through Lamanva and, amazingly, we by-passed Halvasso – all the more so because Red Leader was with us! We headed on through Brill and one of the long descents into Gweek and a regroup. It was then up the long hill to the Culdrose viewing area where others were waiting for us: Red Leader joining Karen on the tandem. Adrian and Theresa were there as well. With the good intention of not descending upon Auntie Gill en-masse, it was decided to split in two groups and I would lead the first half. Well, it didn’t quite work like that when I found that it was just Trevor 2 and me - great when a plan comes together! Along by Culdrose we passed Robin who was head-down in the middle of the Sportive.

We passed down the Helston by-pass and the long main road drag up to Sithney Green – soon we were at the Handy Shop and the usual warm welcome from Gill, Trevor and team. Just in time it seemed as soon to arrive were several Truro CC riders, followed by what seemed to be all of Penzance Wheelers and quite a few from Cyclelogic – and of course the Wheelers drifted in a few at a time. Somehow Nick managed to lose the others when he drifted into Helston on the way! Could this be a record for the number of cyclists having cream tea all at once?

Anyway, Trevor, Dean and I ordered our cream teas and settled down – only for Dean to do the unthinkable: he put the cream on his scones BEFORE the jam. Several eyebrows were raised together with murmurs of disapproval echoing around the tearoom; and would I be exaggerating to say that poor Trevor 2 was incandescent with rage? The picture tells the story – the hand of Trevor points accusingly at the culprit! That of course did not prevent Dean from enjoying his cream tea. Then, did fate take a hand, when Dean found that his bottom bracket had worked loose?
The return journeys were taken variously; three of us heading back via Coverack Bridges, Wendron and and Porkellis. I parted company then to go via White Alice and Penmarth – others choosing the long drag up Carnkie and so on. At Bissoe I bumped into Pops Gunner on a ‘tractor’.

Many, many thanks to Gill, Trevor and team for a super cream tea and we hope that the event was a great success – a great occasion and for a good cause! Dan Dare


Gwithian Hill Climb - sunday 02/10/11
Oct 7, 2011, 2:34 pm

Three completely mad members rashly turned up to enter this short event run each year by the Penzance Wheelers - Robin, ‘Spinning’ Rob and Simon. The sun was hot. The hill was quite technical. 19 riders competed, including a mystery lad on a BMX. The FWs gritted their teeth and performed very creditably. Find out how they did and whether they beat that BMX rider in a fuller report in the next Newsletter.

Simon


Cream teas at Auntie Jill's for charity
Sep 30, 2011, 10:06 am

Auntie Jill is holding a sponsored cream-tea day in aid of her chosen animal charity (sorry, can't remember the name of it) on the weekend of 15th, 16th October. Let's all support Jill and Trevor at our favourite tea & cake stop if we can!


Old bicycles needed!
Sep 30, 2011, 9:40 am

Take your old bicycles along to Sainsburys at Helston between 10am -4pm on Saturday, 1st October and they will be re-cycled for use in poorer parts of Africa.

This is an ongoing initiative so don't worry if you miss this date. Click here for more info.


Spinning time is here.
Sep 30, 2011, 9:26 am

JB has organised Wednesday spinning classes for club members starting 5th October at the Tremough gym. There are two classes every Wednesday 7-8pm and 8-9pm. The cost is £37 for 10 sessions. If you would like to spin, email JB at jonathanbarnicoat@googlemail.com


Dan Dare muses...
Sep 26, 2011, 3:10 pm

Whilst drifting along the back lanes intending to call in at the Waymarker for the first time, I passed through quiet little Brill thinking just how busy it must have been in its heyday!


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