Talk club

Rule number one: you don’t talk about Talk Club. Today’s meeting of Talk Club oddly coincided with the OGIL ride. Although eight of us gathered at the other place, nobody mentioned the true reason for being there, obviously mindful of rule number one. The suggestion of Porthtowan as a destination by our Illustrious Leader was accepted without protest or even discussion, despite the fact that the Sunday run had almost gone there just a few days before. Having already successfully […] Read More

Gusty winds and light rain showers

What’s not to like? With this being the most optimistic weather forecast for the week I was surprised that only seven OGIL were out today. WhatsApp had been eerily quiet. Ok, Kath had just returned from a weekend away with the Truro Hash House Harriers, so was probably knickerless, Ian doesn’t come out when it is likely to rain and Adrian is still “doing the kitchen”, but where were the others? Had they caught the night train to London to […] Read More

What’s in a Name?

We are the long ride. Or the fast ride, as some prefer to call us. But we’re not really that fast and sometimes slower than the slow ride. It’s confusing. One thing is for sure, we’re out for most of the day. And though not everyone joins in, the ride always ends in a pub! But there’s been a change. Just as Ian, like Pied Piper, drags the Ogle up hill and down dale, we have started exploring too. New […] Read More

I need to get back!

As Winnie the Pooh often said, “If you need to get back, you need to get going”. It was one minute past nine and although Victor had said he didn’t want to go more than 35 to 40 miles, as he “had to get back”, there seemed little sign that anyone was ready to start. I had secured a little support for a north coast ride, to Portreath, for the shorter ride, so, remembering Winnie the Pooh, I decided to […] Read More

Where’s Wally (Dean)?

Dean was certainly present on Whatsapp this morning, but not at Union Corner at ten to nine, so despite our concern we left to see who might be at the other place. To nobody’s surprise it was much the usual crowd, chatting away as normal about lots of interesting subjects other than a possible destination. This left things wide open for Ian to declare that we were going to Gweek come what may, do or die, and off he shot. […] Read More

Trafalgar Way Audax

I popped up at 5.45 this morning to Pendennis Castle to see around 40 riders getting ready to set off on their 500km ride to London.  I spoke to one chap who had cycled from Truro this morning, was aiming to arrive in London well before the cut off time of 3.30pm tomorrow and was then going to ride another 200 km to Coventry.  It was mostly men riding though there were a couple of women all of who were […] Read More

The 2019 Club Hill Climb

The annual hillclimb on Weir Hill was enjoyed by all who took part; not least because of Hilary’s excellent burgers, cake and nibbles.   Thanks again to Hilary and Paul for hosting the event at their house by the summit finish.  We all appreciate it. Numbers were down a bit on last year with no “sparkies” riding which was a pity.  The results were as follows;  Sylvia – 1st Woman  Kath – runner-up Woman  Martyn Allsebrook – 1st Man (new course […] Read More

Something’s not right

The scene: a table in Jenn’s Diner, just outside Redruth. We had just ridden there by the most direct route according to Ian, which involved taking turnings never before explored so that we could tackle as many long and steep hills as can be found in these parts short of starting with an abseil over a north coast cliff. A mere 40km to Redruth and we didn’t even get to see the sea. But sitting there getting stuck into our […] Read More

Pathfinder Up the Fal 22nd September 2019

Ten punctual bikes and riders set off from the Tresillian layby at 10am, with one more bike squeaking onto the tail end of the peloton just before the first junction. So then we were 12: Robin and Ian (our leaders/sweepers), Simon, Amanda, Fred, Phils 1 and 4, Dave F, Sonjia, Liz and ourselves. Robin and Ian had promised roads less ridden. The route started up the Probus bypass – then took a left turn towards Trelowthas, re-emerging on the bypass […] Read More


Many thanks to Paul and Hilary for hosting last nights Hill Climb. Unfortunately the weather was against us keeping the numbers lower than expected but there was still a crowd gathered in their kitchen afterwards tucking into delicious burgers followed by still warm apple cake, flapjacks and plenty of tea. A great fun event.