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  1. 2017-Boozers-run

    Another festive gathering. A rather low turnout this year but quality rather than quantity. Weather grey and wet getting wetter whiles't cooking breakfast. Only six push of from Lidyate Ash at 10:15 John S, Mick H, John E, Andy S Phil C and myself. When we arrived for the fry up Pete C and Mick Muc had already got the fire started assisted by Ivor who had turned up in his car. Unfortunately he had to wait for his son Duncan to arrive with their supplies before he could start cooking. With things well underway Sean arrived but as he's a non meat eater didn't join us in our fatty delights. We arrived at the Swan Inn a little early but the door were soon opened and the ale started flowing. Pleased to say we were joined by more club members who had taken the softer option travelling by car. Pat & Ken H, Leigh F, Chris K Di & Malcom S, Gary E Andy Seabourne fresh from the trawlers. Dave Hughes changing into he's slippers likes a little home comfort. Shortly to be our new recruits Tess & Claire John S making up the numbers. Nice to have Steve Tonry with us a regular guest at our dinner. A couple of pictures to show the years champions Dave & Ann Hughes. They do sometimes go out together. Another great but wet end to the year.
  2. Club Run Christmas Eve 🎄🎄

    As John said a good turn out and not quite the 10 deg's plus forecast. A better ride home with the wind mainly behind us. BATMAN and ROBIN return. Mick H thinks he's going to get his dinner cooked for him tomorrow, hope someone can workout how to use the cooker. A freezing set toughing it out in the tent waiting for hot drinks and fooood. Nice to have Eddie and Mavis with us, didn't spot their bikes outside. A rare picture of the good looking chap from the other side of the camera. An unexpected guest but a pleasure to have Sam and family out. We tried to keep our distance as she has a bad cold. Three wise men on route to the holy land putting the world to right. Just the empties left. Climbing the rise that is Priests Bridge. It's as if they have never left needed a push on the way back. Good job she's only little. Kids she didn't know how good a piece of news paper up the jumper can be. Still good to have them both out again. I'm pleased to report that Sean having locked his bike to the Hitching Rail and forgetting to take the key out with him was released and found his way home. I can also report seeing on the return journey Richard K and Olly speeding in the opposite near Chessgrove. Another interesting day in the saddle only one more Sunday before 2018. Where to go to finish the year of ?
  3. It's that time of year again doesn't it come round quick. Dig out the old frying pan and give it the wire wool treatment or emery cloth for stubborn stains. Order the sausage, egg and bacon, don't forget the bread. Connoisseurs can bring brown or red sauce. 10 o'clock meeting in Lydiate Ash Road of the A38 just round the corner from the island as usual. The barbecue will be lit in the regular coppice followed by a gathering of friends for a small libation at the Swan Inn. What ever the WEATHER all are welcome and bring your pocket money.
  4. Club Run 10th December 🐝🐝

    It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS. Bike oiled all weather gear on. Cleared the drive, but it is falling faster than I can remove it. Is this the Lickey's did I make IT ?? Not quite that mad. Did manage a walk to Sainsbury;s for a paper. Do they ever close. .
  5. Club Run 26th November 🐝🐝

    On the way to meet the Bs at Bewdley decided to poke my nose into Shropshire. A few picture to remember the days we used to ride the river bank from Bewdley to Arley before spending a few hours in the Harbour pub. Arley hasn't changed pity the old ferry is no longer there, who remembers that? No sign of cyclists. Pub still looks welcoming. A little early for Santa. Missed the train for Bewdley. Didn't arrive till after 11:35 but the early birds didn't want to venture out into the cold around 4 degs at most. Managed to find a seat. Oh well all good things must come to an end. Back out into the cold but still a nice day.
  6. Annual Club Dinner

    Yes I did lose my footing just trying to show how to do it with dignity. Will try to incorporate it next year. A great night yesterday good food, interesting surroundings and good company. Hope everyone enjoyed it. These are the pictures.
  7. Club Run 5th November 🐝🐝

    Managed to make it to the Airfield before the others arrived and did do a little reminiscing with two acquaintances. Just a couple of pictures today should have been 4 but appears Dave must have pushed the wrong button. Three wise men ??? Moira looking after John and getting his mug refilled. We all agreed what a lovely pair of mugs she has. Another fun packed day even though it was 4 degs in places. Passed Andy Wrightson and a party of Beacon resting at the top of Clent Hills.
  8. TOUR OF WORCESTER 2017

    Well done Kev nice to see the club top touring Worcestershire again. I see they found a few hills to climb trust you had your climbing legs on. Maybe there's a Christmas special you can ride. Keep up the good work.
  9. Club Run 29th October 🐝🐝

    After the extra hour sleep met up with Tess for company to join the Bs at the Forrest. Must apologise to all except Mick Muc for the extra miles to a very nice but closed cafe. Having looked on the web I discover its open everyday except Sunday & Mondays. But well worth a visit if your're near there any other day. Lower Clopton Farm Shop on the B4632 between Long Marston and Mickleton. Retracing our ride we turned onto The Stratford Greenway and headed for The Carriage. This pathway runs from Long Marston to Stratford with The Railway Carriage Cafe at about half way point not far from Welford on Avon. Kevin Y bringing up the rear. All settled in for refreshments. Suitably fed and watered of home we go. Not quite as cold a day threatened in the forecasts plus some sunshine on the way back. Another good Saracen turnout.
  10. Club Run 15th October 🐝🐝

    Caught up with the Bs at Raphael's sitting outside enjoining the autumn sun. A view from the new patio looking out over the river. Struggled with the bread & butter pudding so thought better about the carvery. One for Chris Kent I think. Got passed by V-sprint riders at Priest's Bridge on the way back but Mick H and I decided not to take them on didn't want to get to sweaty. A nice steady wind assisted ride home.
  11. Malvern Mad Hatter Sportive

    Decided to do a last 100 mile run for this year. A tour of the Malvern area in The Malvern Mad Hatter Sportive. The route took us south out from Eastnor Castle to Newent back up to Upton upon Seven then Little Malven before swinging round to Powick then round the other side of the Malvern to Knightwick. The last leg went west the other side of Bromyard to Bishope's Frome before turning back to Malvern with the final climb up Harcourt Road to West Malvern. The last few miles were down hill to Colwall then back to Eastnor to finish. The weather was better than expected cloudy some sun cool and to finish some rain. With three different distance routes a few hundred riders take to the roads. A few views looking across to the Malvern fromm the south. First feed stop 35 mile in. They were preparing for a Line Dance evening But didn't stay for that. Passing the end Of Dave & Judy Jones road but no time to stop for tea. Second stop 55 mile near Knightwick. Onward into hop Country. Third stop around 80 Miles it now starts raining. onward and upward the Malvern in the distance. A glimpse of whats to come. Now the climb of Harcourt road begins. Start to get steeper. A quick look back. There's the top. Look out from the top. Finish at last. All the early starter and shorter distance rider have left for home. Will have to give the bike a good clean again. A good day out inspite of the weather. A rider on the road tells me I'm not the only rider in Saracen kit. Well done to Speedy Kev. Please post your days story.
  12. Club Run 8th October 🐝🐝

    Met up with what's left of the Bs in this country at Cob House Fisheries. As John said a lovely autumn day for a trip around Great Whitley and Martley. Only four of them at the cafe Chris T had already turned or home.
  13. Club Run 24th September ??

    More pics from The Tommy Godwin Sportive 2017. A few cakes on offer at the finish. Great Alne stop. Plus a couple from previous years. .
  14. Malvern Mad Hatter Sportive

    Note! Speedy Kev has put a report in Audax Cyclesportive etc. page.
  15. Club Run 24th September ??

    A few pictures of Sundays team.
  16. Club Run 24th September ??

    After a great day out on the bike It was decided as usual when Alan comes up to join us, to have a Chinese evening at Ann & John's. Having consumed too much food and the odd glass of wine we settled down to watch some 1960's films of us racing taken by Alan's dad when we road together as juniors. The cine 8 projector was set up cleared of cobwebs, spiders given a spray with WD40 film loaded and ready for action. First race on the Baginton curcuit climbing Stoneleigh hill then the sprint finish past the airfield. Followed by a race starting from Halesowen track and over a number of laps round the Romsley curcuit.. Difficult at first to recognise these fresh faced young men, full head of hair either blond or brown. Feeling inspired by these young and fit individuals we move on to the next reel. Alan's in charge film loaded Ann dims the lights. Switch is thrown motor whirls into life but 1960's bulb has no spark left. John completes house search thinking he must have an old bulb in a box somewhere but to no avail. Would be grateful if anyone can come up with a suitable bulb for a 1960's cine 8 projector. The only entertainment left was watching two grown men after a few glasses of wine trying to get the screen back into it's case. Similar to repairing the blowout this morning THIS is how you do it !!!! Hopefully we will be able to continue our trip down memory lane when Alan comes next time for the November dinner. Story to be continued if bulb can be found.
  17. Club Run 24th September ??

    A few pictures from today's Tommy Godwin Challenge. As John said good route, good weather, plenty of cake at Great Alne stop and the finish. Good company and we managed to stay together all the way around. This is how you do it. No this is how you do it. Over the shoulder photography. Small problem holding camera riding bike and watching where one's going. A good club turnout. Moira doing the highland jig. Moira isn't the only one not liking hills Chris Poole trying not to look up. Girl power. Three wise men. . Thanks to all for a great day out.
  18. Club Run 17th September ??

    Picked up a nice pair of ladies outside the Bournville Police Station named Tess & Claire and set of to meet up with the Bs at Bidford. Got the timing right and arrived there just before them. We all pushed on via Long Marsden and up the final climb to Hidcott Gardens. As John mentioned a little chilly sitting outside but the tea & cakes went down well, Forgot i had the camera in my pocket until we came to leave. Still got a few shot leaving and on the return ride home. Mick H seems to have swallowed something, Hopefully two new recruits. Claire on the left, Tess on the right. A bit of catch to do down the drive away from the gardens. L A well behaved group waiting to head down the lane opposite for the Littletons after coming up from Pebworth. John Shelley trying hard to catch the others. Girl power after turning up Moira's shortcut to Tardebigge. . Almost dropped the camera again but a good underarm shot of someones drive. Another good day on the bike a bit cool to start but nice when the sun broke through on the way back. Tess, Claire and myself covered 75 miles for the trip. A well done to Claire her first ride for a couple of months. Well done also to Tess having not ridden for two week after fallen of her bike damaging her shoulder.
  19. As John Shelley has already posted, its time to enter this sportive. Tommy was a president of the club one time and the money raised goes to the Hospice where he spent his final days. Only 100 K's starting from Solihull it would be great to have a good turnout with everyone in club tops. So put your name down. Entries close midday Wednesday 20th September..
  20. Not the best day for 100 mile tour of the Cotswold. With the early start and the sky fairly bright thought I might get half way round before the rain would catch me up. Unfortunately by the first feed stop at Cropthorne village hall near Evesham after 35 miles it was time to cape up and keep it on the rest of the ride.Surprisingly there were places where the roads were dry. At Broadway the route split to take the longer challenge up Snowshill and on a loop round and down Stanway before returning to Broadway then tackling Saintbury Hill, Dovers Hill and Camden Lane out of Ilmington to complete the climbing for the day. It was nice to see Susan ( Eddie & Mavis's daughter) at the start ready to tackle the 100K route which also went up Dovers Hill. The start from Umberslade Farm Tamworth in Arden. The forecast didn't put many off. Queuing for release in smaller groups. !st feed stop Cropthorne village hall. The approach and climb of Snowshill. Back round to Stanton and the view across to Bredon. Then up Saintbury Hill just as bad as I remember. . A check point at the top of each climb to record who'd been up. 2nd feed stop at Willersey village hall. This is what happens when you try to descend the side of Saintbury climb to fast. Then National hill climb territory Dovers Hill gets the heart thumping. A look back to see who's coming. A glimpse of the top another checkpoint. One of the helpers pleased to see me. The crew send us on our way. Finally Camden Lane rather a sting in the tale after the previous climbs. A quick look back at the road dropping away. Then on upwards to another checkpoint. Last feed stop Meon Vale village hall this is the site built on the old Long Marsden RAF station. This leaves about a 20 mile last leg back to the finish. Caught up with Susan again at the finish she'd successfully completed her ride. Still plenty of riders still out on the roads as I left. If the weather had been like Saturday it would have been a special ride, but once used to the soggy shorts and squelching socks it was still an interesting and enjoyable day out.
  21. Club Run 27th August ??

    Started with the intention of joining the same route as the Bs from Bidford through Offenham to meet them at Evesham cafe. But after crossing the river at Bidford and with warm sun and blue sky's couldn't resist going straight on to Broadway before dropping down to Evesham. A sunny day in Broadway. Still managed to catch up with the Bs looking very relaxed and refreshed. Heading for home again somewhere near Bishampton. Nice picture of a hedge. Was trying to get the view across to the Malvern from the rise up to Flyford Flavel. This is what I meant. With instructions from John S. Moira can go up hills. Why can't all Sundays be like this makes you want to keep going all day.
  22. A few pictures from today's ride. Spot the place. A test of local knowledge not competitive no prizes. Have you been looking where you are when out for a ride. Clue started by heading out to Evesham. 1) This is where i'm heading what's the area called? 2) One for the steam train spotters. Where's this? 3) Bike awaits a little climbing to be done. Whats this hill called? 4) After the top road keeps rolling up and down. A National Trust House not far away. Whats that called? Thought Mr Shelley was taking the Bs to find lavender. Not a B insight. 5) A stopping place for refreshments hidden behind the trees. Where are we now? This might help we usually approach the other way. 6) Name the landmark? 7) Whats the village in the distance? Another clue. 8) Just turning for home. Whats this village called and what treats are available at this hotel? What a great day for getting a few miles in. Did catch up with Chris T by the cemetery at the top of Primrose Hill fortunately he'd only punctured. . . . . . . . . . . .
  23. SARACEN OPEN 10mile TT.

    A big well done to Mike H & Julie for the success of Saturdays event plus Hannah computer expertise. A good turnout from club members helping with marshalling etc. Plus the ladies with plenty of cakes and refreshments. A few pic's from the day. A very young but rather fast lady. NOTE THE SHINY NEW FIESTA. Kevin R on his new TT machine. . Speedy repairing for a great return on his fixed machine, Speedy shoots of into the distance. Back at the HQ for post race chat.
  24. Club Run 6th August ??

    Managed to make Blackminster before the early arrivals departed. With Moira's help got a few pictures before we left. Chris Poole's grandson 13 don't know what they've been feeding him on. Reminds me of Chris Kent's Jack when he used to come out. A surprised Mr Shelley. A very cheeky Moira. This looks like a nice couple. Makes a change being the other side of the camers. . Of we go on the return via Honeybourne, Welford etc. As John said no rain good turn out and another great ride.
  25. Skittles evening

    A few pictures from last nights skittles and fish & chips evening. ....
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