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    ChrisP got a reaction from Speedy Kev in Malvern Madhatter Sportive 23/06/18   
    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.
     
     
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Mrs DAVIES in 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.
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Moira in Purity Brewery Sportive 260518   
    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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Speedy Kev in 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.
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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?
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sean Barker in 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.

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    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. 
     
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    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.
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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. 
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
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    Good to be back on the bike.
    Quite a calm day but still rather cold.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sean Barker in 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.

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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sean Barker in 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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
     
     
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sean Barker in 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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from ChrisKENT in 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.
     
     
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sherpa in Club Run 24th September ??   
    A few pictures of Sundays team.

     
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sherpa in Club Run 24th September ??   
    A few pictures of Sundays team.

     
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Leigh in 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.
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     Thanks to all for a great day out.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sherpa in Club Run 24th September ??   
    A few pictures of Sundays team.

     
     
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Sherpa in 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.    
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Leigh in 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.
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    ChrisP got a reaction from Leigh in 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.
  25. Like
    ChrisP got a reaction from Leigh in 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.
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