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  1. Skittles Evening

    A few highlights from the evening. The winners of the couples trophy. Hannah & Owen returning champions just after some silver ware.. ( blue-min kids hope they keep it clean ) And our Knockout Champion Di Bick. I'm sure the wine wont last long with Roger about. Note!! The handicap Alan had to suffer with his poorly finger. Apology to Moira I seemed to have cut her head of. Did anyone spot this new fashion trend red socks. I trust everyone enjoyed a fun evening..
  2. Skittles Evening

    A few pictures from the Skittles evening. Note!! Moira did get a little snap happy. She could take over as Club photographer but not sure whether we have enough in the kitty for a camera.
  3. Club Run 15th July 🐝🐝

    None of it's true. When I got there 12:15 the place was empty just Steve and his lady helpers. A Solihull rider came in later on his own. Must admit didn't get started until 10 oclock and had a puncture after the fire 5 miles. Still nice to out in the sun again.
  4. Tues-Defford-100718

    As our Tuesday run was going to join the Defford group thought i would take the camera. Another day of sunshine.
  5. Club Run 8th July 🐝🐝

    Got my timing right today after a fast ride out with the wind got to the cafe just after the Bs arrived. Nice to have John P out with us a rest day after racing on Saturday. Roger B has to put some thought into getting this butty into his mouth. The rest of the group taking morning break. A rare shot of Owen with his tongue in his mouth. Alan F arriving later looking a little worse for ware. Another great day in the sun could get used to this.
  6. What a great day for almost a 95 mile sportive based on Malvern. Starting at the three counties show ground it did enter all three counties. Going out via Callow End, across to Bransford, almost Bromyard, down to Bishops Froome then back to climb West Malvern before dropping down Colwall and on to Eastnor Castle. The last loop went out to Dymock then down to Glasshouse Hill before returning almost via Gloucester back to Chase End Street and onto finish back at the Show Ground. Made a great change having company from the club for the first time with Tess O and Mike H. A few shots across the Show Ground the Hills standing out into the blue sky. A few hundred cars parked in the distance. Preparing for the of. Out into the lanes through orchards and hop fields. Plus the first of many climbs. Mike was the one in the distance. The major climb of the day up Harcourt Road West Malvern possibly 20%. Tess took it in her stride. We decided not to stop at the first feed station at 25 miles but ride onto the one at 45 miles at Eastnor Castle. .Tess goes for the dolly mixture top up Mike mixes them with a slice of banana. Back on the road again. Familiar sit of Mike. a couple of trick shots without dropping the camera. Tess decides to give it a go and we manage to stay upright. Second big climb of the day at Glasshouse Hill longer and more difficult than West Malvern. Glad thats over. View from the top of the hill looking out towards Ross on Wye. After the last feed stop we had a good work out over the last 20 miles to the finish. We were going that fast of the Common we only had time to shout hello to Dave J at Welland who was cutting his front hedge. Tess take the glory to complete the day. Three happy Finishers with medals. Great team. great day out great weather. What more do you want. Probably the couple of pints that didn't touch the sides at The Swan Inn Hanley Swan. . . .
  7. A demonstration of cornering skills the hairpins descending Colwall. When the going gets tough 90 mile covered SARACEN in full flight. End of a great day out. The man behind the camera.
  8. Club Run 17th June. 🐝🐝

    At long last we have a member racing. Tess took part in the Beacon open 10 today. This was her first event for some time. It was a cool and windy ride the first time she's been round this route. She manage to go above 20 mph and under 30 mins. I started out late but got to Alcester turn in time to get a picture. Just making sure she knows the way back to the event HQ another rider helps with directions. As John said we managed to meet up with them at the cafe after leaving our cars at the event HQ and doing the extra trip to Blackminster. Well done to Tess on her first outing I'm sure she will go much faster as the year progress'es.
  9. 1st Sportive for 2018 Great to have Tess for company pity we can't get a group together. Rather a grey and gloomy start but still a good turn out. Tess ready for action. Both of to the start. A few having the last coffee. Lined up ready to go more there than you think. A rather poor feed stop at Church Lench, no hot tea or coffee only bottles of water and a few sandwiches. Having ridden most of the way either in drizzle or rain it was nice to have the sun out for the last 20 miles. Tess speeding of to finish at the Brewery. Bikes back on car ready to leave. Just one thing left to do. Have a couple of beers and a Burger to finish the day of. Tess couldn't resist taking a few home. A bit of a damp day to start but the mood change with the sun out to finish. Plus a few beers.
  10. Club Run 20th May. 🐝🐝

    I took Tess to meet the Bs at Bidford and what a great sight to see so many Saracen jerseys In a group come round the island heading for the bridge. A few pics of today's expedition. Destination Broadway Tower. Perfect view over the Wolds. The major climb out of Chipping Camden. But where's Kay. There she is. So we made it. Very busy at the cafe today as the sun was shining. Time for tea pity the service was slow but the refreshments were necessary. Moira's art work with the camera not quite sure about the shoes. Good to have Speedy out with us again. Could have stayed there all day but all good things come to an end. Now for the return trip. I think we all agree what a great day for biking.
  11. Club Run May 13th

    Managed to make it to Raphaels before they left, probably due to the size of the bread pudding. I have a few pictures to high-lite today's issues. The patio overlooking the River Avon. A well user cyclist watering hole. I tried but was eventually defeated by the famous Bread Pudding I was helped by the rest of the group but it was left to Chris K to finish it of. The rest of the party in relaxed mode. Mr Shelley, Moira's trainer should be very impressed with the effort she put in today. Blood, sweat but no tears almost blew her brains out. Got to catch them back now. Made it. Another interesting day in the saddle.
  12. Club Run 6th May 🐝🐝

    Set out to meet the Bs at Wickhamford. Caught sight of them just after crossing the bridge at Bidford. Had already decided to approach Wickhamford via Broadway. So watched them turn Right heading via the Littletons. Think they might have jumped into the back of the white van. Found Broadway full of day trippers along with the Ferrari club. Another camera malfunction. Sun out get your Ferrari out. Usual scene upon reaching Wickhamford lots of tea and food except taken outside in the sun. The climb of Fladbury Hill John S looking after Chris T Just to finish the day of Roger B has puncture at Blackwell before the Lickey climb. You can see by the state of his hands either his bike is very clean or he had lots of assistance replacing the inner tube. Did I mention that the sun was out all day. Could this be the start of a long hot summer?
  13. Club Run 22nd April 🐝🐝

    A good turnout today nice to join both groups taking refreshment. As always tucking into breakfast before the return. Great to have Ken and Tony back with us again also young Dave C who helps to bring the average age down. As always having a little trouble holding the camera straight. Ken seems be finding his legs again we'd better watch out. Having said goodbye to all though's living the other side of the Lickey's Roger B and Tess O kept me company for the rest of the way home. We were all clocking up our longest rides for the year of 80 miles.
  14. Saracen Spring Audax 2018

    Having followed the weather forecast all week with rain expected for most of Sunday, It was a pleasure to ride all day but colder than predicted with only the occasional drizzle and very little winds. Also a relief to find that where some of the roads that had been closed to flooding were now passable. Rose early to get Hilary to Julies in time to register riders. Found Ed was already there to help the early arrivals. Chris K takes on much needed early breakfast to face the challenge ahead. Which way did you say we go? I'm not sure if John & Moira are warming up or if Moira has helped John to dismount from his bike. Ready for the off. Arrival at Evesham. Our office clerks checking everyone in. Thank you to Brian B and Ivor M. .After spending the morning looking for Dave Hanbury I assumed he must be in front of me on the road. Checking with our officials find that he hasn't checked in at Evesham. After calling Sean to see if Dave had started out from Droitwich managed to catch up with him via modern technology ie mobile phone and found he was near Feckenham as his Garmin was sending him round the route in reverse. After giving him a few directions managed to meet up with him at Bidford on Avon and re join the route heading to Charlcote. Dave explaining to Roger B what went wrong, comparing ailments and reminiscing about how they kept the car trade going. A big thank you to Dave & Judy Jones for sitting it out at Charlcote Garden Centre and logging us all in. Apologies for Dave H was just relieved to have found some friends. Time for some light refreshments. Nice to have Speedy out with us again. Not so sure about the bad knee though. Hope it's back to normal soon. Good to have Owen out also. Along with Speedy brings the average age back into the 60's I think. Looks like Chris K giving Leigh a lecture about his riding style. . Leigh looking for a quick exit. Having not heard or seen John Cartwright for almost a year great to have him join us today. He assures me he will be out again on the bike from May onwards. Chris K advising Dave H which is the best route back to Julies. Not sure what bribe Owen was offering Moire for the lift home when they got back to Droitwich. A few pics on the return ride. Only 30 miles to go. Looks like a nice trendy beard. Ohpps nearly nearly dropped the camera. Last major climb Cookhill up to Astwood Bank. Alan's legs starting to hurt just this one last effort. Chris K's big breakfast lying rather heavy. We can do it if we keep pushing. Speak Leigh, It wasn't quit so bad what do you think. Wait for me. Chris K explains to Hilary how well he was going and by the time he's ridden back home will have done over 100miles. Time to swap the days stories and have more food. I think we would all like to give Julie and her helper for a BIG THANK YOU for her excellent food and service. . A great ride and company must do it again. A well done to those who haven't ridden so far and for so long for some time. Leigh F Moira B Alan T Chris K This is how to finish the day of. A good Chinese meal and a few drinks with old friends. Then to finish the evening Alan T had brought some old cine y 8 films along from the 60's of some very young men playing racers. Our projectionist and lightning engineers setting up the screen. Maybe we'll manage it again next year.
  15. Birthday Greetings

    A very happy birthday to Hilary. Almost caught me up. Lots of Love Chris
  16. Club Run 1st April 🐝🐝

    A couple of pics from last week to show that I did make Warwick just to late to join the Bs due to the clocks moving forward. A nice sunny day as you can see. Got the timing better today, even with the queues of traffic around Croome Park area had time to join the others for tea and cakes. As you can see Owen still has trouble keeping his tongue in. Moira's back couldn't resist a selfie. Don't go to Croome Park on Easter Sunday a very popular place for Easter Egg hunting. Car parks full to bursting with queues on the lanes in all directions. Another rather cold day but not much wind about. Good company as always.
  17. Club Run 11th March 🐝🐝

    I think he'd just come out after twenty mins.
  18. Club Run 11th March 🐝🐝

    Caught up with the rather small party in the Pershore cafe. Nice to see Richard K out and Brian C who generally rides in the week. Hope the weather improves and bring a few more out. Made a change to ride above zero degrees, just a little windy on the return trip. Managed to catch one of the dreaded pot holes near Mike H's pinching the rear tyre be careful there's a lot of them about.
  19. Well done Kev looks like another great day out. Seems you've managed to pick some good early season rides. Lots of nice bikes but where are the mudguards? Hope that's not your leg. Keep up the good work. Look forward to riding together when things warm up. Where are the cakes?
  20. Club Run 18th February 🐝🐝

    Cold almost gone 1st ride for three weeks. Got my timing right met the other as they arrived at the cafe. Kevin takes forty winks ready for the ride hoe. Chris K and Mike H stoke up the engine room. . Good to be back on the bike. Quite a calm day but still rather cold.
  21. Club Run 4th February 🐝🐝

    Who punched Tim?
  22. Well done Speedy keep flying the flag. Looks a bit quiet at the start hope there was more company on the way round. Trust cake and tea was available somewhere?
  23. WSJCC Reliability 2018

    Good to see your'e back out doing a bit should have started slower and past everyone on the way to the finish. I can see there was a hero in the signing on queue in shorts didn't anyone tell him it's still winter?
  24. 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.
  25. 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 ?