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  1. EMAIL RECEIVED FROM ORGANISER OF THIS EVENT - keep scrolling down for all the images and details. I am attaching information below about our Bard’s Bike Ride on September 11th 2021 and would be very grateful if you could please let your members know. We are running 100k (60 mile), 25 mile and 10 mile bike rides around the wonderful Warwickshire countryside. Our social media details are: Facebook @bardsride and Twitter @Bardsride Our website is at www.bardsride.co.uk Many thanks in anticipation of your help Best wishes Sarah Sarah Constable Administration and Communications Officer Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust Email: bardsride@gmail.co.uk View this email in your browser Bard's Ride or Walk is 3 weeks next Saturday! Register now for Saturday September 11th 2021 Dear Bard's Riders (and Walkers), We are delighted that many of you have already registered. If you would like to join us for a glorious ride or walk through the Warwickshire countryside, please Register here to secure your place. All Rides and the Walk start and end in the grounds of Honington Hall, Warwickshire CV36 5AA. There will be breakfast rolls and a barbecue lunch available at the start and finish for participants, family and friends. Our choice of 3 Cycle Rides are: 1. Challenge Ride: 60 miles/ 100km Map of the route on Garmin or ridewithgps 2. Classic Ride: 25 miles 3. Family Ride: 10 miles or join us for: Bard's Walk: 6-7 miles through Idlicote, Whatcote and back to Honington Hall via the Centenary Way. If you wish to take part in our Church Quiz you can visit 3 churches on the route with our Question Sheet. (If you bring your dog, it is allowed in Honington Hall grounds on a lead.) Register for the Rides and the Walk here For more information on prices and start times, see our website `All profits from Bard's Ride will enable the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust, who organise this event, to give grants to churches and chapels to repair and preserve their buildings for future generations. If you would like to set up a sponsorship page, or make a one-off donation, click here for Virgin Money Giving or go to our website page www.bards ride.co.uk for a sponsorship form. We are very grateful for your support. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday September 11th. With all good wishes The Bard’s Ride Team (Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust) Email: bardsride@gmail.com Covid 19 updates If there are any changes in Government Covid guidance, we will put this on our website. before our event. Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches is a registered charity in England and Wales. Charity number 508352. Copyright © 2021 Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you have signed up for information on our website or have been in contact with us through our events. Our charity registration address is: Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust 20 Cherry Lane Hampton Magna Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 8SL United Kingdom Add us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.
  2. Yes, and no - Dan Martin - a contentious matter - born in Birmingham - I also understand that he was part of the British Cycling development squad - however, he now holds an Irish racing licence, so he cannot go on the list, unfortunately. When his wins are shown under the Irish flag, I often think that he should be invited on a boat ride along the Thames to a well known infamous gate, from which there is no return. Then, we cannot have it both ways, can we? As is well known, a certain Chris Froome was brought up in Kenya, educated in South Africa, and rode for Kenya in his first World Championships. Going back to the 1960s we also had Michael Wright, of course. Born in the UK, brought up from early childhood in Belgium, he spoke very little English for most of his years as a professional, but rode for Great Britain in the World Championships, and picked up three stage wins in the Tour de France, and two in the Vuelta a Espana, all to be credited as British victories! There are probably other examples of dual or doubtful nationality out there, so have any members snippets of obscure information they can share ?
  3. WORLD TOUR TEAMS: (All ages as at 1st January 2021) Bahrain Victorious Scott Davies (25) Stephen Williams (24) Fred Wright (21) Bike Exchange Simon Yates (28) Bora-Hansgrohe Matthew Walls (22) Deceuninck-Quick Step Mark Cavendish (35) James Knox (25) DSM Mark Donovan (21) EF Education-Nippo Simon Carr (22) Hugh Carthy (26) Groupama-FDJ Jake Stewart (21) Ineos-Grenadiers Owain Doull (27) Tao Geoghegan Hart (25) Ethan Hayter (22) Tom Pidcock (21) Luke Rowe (30) Ben Swift (33) Geraint Thomas (34) Adam Yates (28) Israel Start-Up Nation Alex Dowsett (32) Chris Froome (35) Lotto Soudal Matthew Holmes (27) Movistar Gabriel Cullaigh (24) Qhubeka-Assos Harry Tanfield (26) Trek-Segafredo Charlie Quartermain (22) (Total: 25) PRO TEAMS: (All ages as at 1st January 2021) Alpecin-Fenix Alexander Richardson (30) Scott Thwaites (30) Ben Tulett (19) Arkéa-Samsic Daniel McClay (28) Connor Swift (25) Eola-Kometa John Archibald (30) Mark Christian (30) Novo Nordisk Sam Brand (30) Total Direct Energie Chris Lawless (25) Vinu Zabù-Brado-KTM Daniel Pearson (27) (Total 10)
  4. My best wishes to you, Chris. I had not realised that you had been off the bike for so long.
  5. If there is a ride to Defford tomorrow, some of you (possibly) might want to keep an eye open for a Spitfire aircraft that is promoting the NHS. It is painted blue with NHS lettering on the underside, and is a photo-reconnaissence version of this iconic aircraft. Its serial number is PL983. It is on one of a number of tours of NHS hospitals, and will be taking off from Duxford aerodrome near Cambridge and flying over Coventry, Birmingham, Telford, Hereford, Worcester and Cheltenham before landing at Kemble in Gloucestershire. The scheduled times are Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 10.40am, Worcester Hospital at 11.17, and Cheltenham at 11.25. With regard to the Defford ride, if it flies in a direct, straight line from Worcester to Cheltenham it should go over Abbotswood, Croome Park and Woodmancote (Defford cafe). By the way, enjoy your ride, wherever it might be going. Dave Jones (President, Saracen Railway and Aviation Club)
  6. Thank you, Chris. Good to see images of my local riding roads - very local at the moment, but hope to get a little further out as my legs, hopefully, get better. The photograph of the allotments approaching Worcester on the A38 is '300-yards-to-go' to the intermediate sprint, that is, the '30' sign at Perdiswell, on the Tuesday and Thursday evening training bashes of the 1950s and 60s from Northfield to Worcester and back, straight down the A38 through Bromsgrove and Droitwich. At Perdiswell Park, which used to be an airfield, air displays were held in the 1920s and 1930s, and it was used by the RAF during the Second World War. Post-war, the local Air Training Corps (ATC) had their headquarters there, and I am sure that many of our members will remember the Supermarine Spitfire on display by the entrance, which was replaced, I think in the early 1970s, by a Gloster Javelin delta wing jet fighter - sadly removed a very long time ago. The turn of the bash was at the '30' and it was then flat-out, bit-and-bit, all the way back, up Spring Pools (no M5 then, or dual carriageway), with the finish being at the bottom of Rubery village - again, no Rubery bypass in those days. Photograph No. 7, is of The Rhydd, just off the main road halfway between Callow End and Upton, the left hand road leading to Hanley Swan and Welland, and the other road leading westward to Guarlford and Barnards Green, Malvern. Coming in the opposite direction from Malvern was part of the circuit for the Worcester St. John's CC road races in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, with the finish being on the short climb to Old Hills (Callow End) common. The circuit carried on to Powick, then along the main A449 to just before Malvern Link, where it turned off to Madresfield to join the road from Malvern through Guarlford. The church at Hanley Swan is the The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St. Alphonsus. I hope, Chris, that you didn't have too many problems with the recent laying of tar and chippings going into Upton from Hanley Castle, and on the road from Lower Strensham to the Defford cafe. In the last 10 days, Judy and I have been able to get out to do food shopping on a couple of occasions, and fortunately, it was very quiet both times. We have done more gardening so far this year than we have done for a very long time. Finally, what is the Carrick Wheelers CC top all about? Are you defecting to Ireland in a Dan Martin move? Keep the ride reports coming! Dave Jones
  7. Thank you, Chris, for a very enjoyable 'virtual' ride. What superb photography! Item 'D' - can I have a point for still being able to read the Packwood House sign? The Fleur de Lys pub - it must be almost 60 years since I last rode past here - both up and down the hill. Of course, I never stopped to sample the fare as I was too intent on getting in as many non-stop hard miles as possible - a misguided compulsion that I eventually overcame, and which is now very much under control. Dave Jones
  9. The details of this Sportive (see attachment) were sent to me today through the Saracen 'Club Profile' on the British Cycling website. Is there anyone out there who might like to take on this challenge, with the prospect of new roads and plenty of sheep, despite the headquarters being in Leominster ????? To make it absolutely clear, I do not include myself in the category of "anyone out there". DROVER CYCLES HEREFORDSHIRE DEVIL SPORTIVE - SUNDAY 12th MAY 2019.msg
  10. Mavis and Eddie Smith's eldest daughter, Susan, who is 62, will be taking on an End-to-End ride in June for Diabetes UK, and the following is taken from the flyer that Susan has had printed to publicise her ride. "Suzy's LeJog - Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats for Diabetes UK because members of my family have Diabetes. Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I am cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats starting on June 11th 2019 for 15 days and finishing on June 25th. This will be totally self-supported, carrying all our own luggage. Myself and four friends have decided on this personal challenge, probably the biggest challenge I, for one, will ever undertake, especially after I had two knee replacements 3 years ago. We are all fundraising for different Charities, those of which are personal to us, which is why I am raising money for Diabetes UK. As a few of you may know my daughter Fae was diagnosed with this horrible disease when she was 26 and since then has relied on insulin 4 times a day; more recently my Mum has been diagnosed and in the last few weeks so has my husband. It is one of those diseases that perhaps you don't really think about and I for one didn't realise how greatly it may change one's life. I'd like to thank you in advance for your donations to such a necessary charity. I will keep updates as to how we are getting on during the ride via Facebook or on Strava (providing technology permits), so lots of encouragement please; I can assure you it will be greatly appreciated. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money to the charity. So, it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. To donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Suzy-Palmer " The schedule for Susan's ride is : Tuesday, June 11th - start at Lands End - finish at Fowey. Wednesday 12th - finish at Exeter. Thursday 13th - finish at Bridgwater. Friday 14th - finish at Monmouth. Saturday 15th - finish at Church Stretton. Sunday 16th - finish at Chester. Monday 17th - finish at Garstang. Tuesday 18th - finish at Patterdale (Lake District). Wednesday 19th - finish at Moffat. Thursday 20th - finish at Dumbarton. Friday 21st - finish at Glencoe. Saturday 22nd - finish at Foyers (Loch Ness). Sunday 23rd - finish at Invershin. Monday 24th - finish at Bettyhill. Tuesday 25th - finish at John O'Groats.
  11. Club members Hannah Smith and Owen Hazlewood have recently opened a new cycle repair business in Bromsgrove - Academy Bikeworks Ltd. They offer a variety of servicing for all types of cycles, based on three levels of standard checks and servicing, as well as bespoke repairs to meet customers' individual requirements. Academy Bikeworks' business hours are 9.00 am to 5.30 pm from Tuesdays to Fridays and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Saturdays. Full details of the range of work that can be undertaken can be found on the 'Workshop' page of their website - www.academybikeworks.co.uk - in addition to which there are extremely useful links for news on cycling matters in general, such as what to look out for and check when buying a second-hand cycle. The full address of the business is : Academy Bikeworks Ltd., Unit 73, Basepoint Business Centre, Isidore Road, Bromsgrove B60 3ET. Telephone Number : 01527 903677. Email : academybikeworks@gmail.com Anyone unsure of Academy Bikeworks' location can visit the 'Contact Us' page of their website, or can use Google's Directions feature.
  12. Our best wishes on your birthday, Pat. We hope that you have many happy miles on the bike ahead of you. Dave and Judy
  13. Congratulations to all three of you - Chris, Tessa and MIke - 6 hours 23 minutes - Gold for Tessa, and Silver for Chris and Mike. I was only cutting the front hedge as an excuse to watch some of the riders go by and give the Saracen a cheer = it was far too hot to do any proper gardening ! Dave Jones
  14. The Annual Saracen RC Open 10-Miles Time Trial will be on the usual course (K33/10D) that starts south of Dunnington on the old Alcester (Arrow) to Evesham road (now the B4088 from Dunnington crossroads southwards). First rider away will be at 2.01 pm. The course will be the same as in previous years: B4088 south - Norton island - left (direction Bidford) - Salford Priors - left - A46 north - finishing on A435 just after leaving A46. Event Headquarters this year will be at Crawford Memorial Hall, Bidford, just off the A46 on the B439 west of the town. Unfortunately, we cannot use Broom Village Hall any more as the car parking site at the end of the main street is being redeveloped and is no longer available. The event organiser is Mike Hazlewood.
  15. I have had the sad, and unexpected news through Chris Pardoe that Mike Florence passed away last weekend. Although Mike was not a member of the Saracen, he regularly met up with our members at the Defford Farm Shop Cafe on Tuesdays for a chat, having ridden there by various routes from his home in Worcester. Those of us who raced in the 1950s and 1960s remember him as a member of the Edgbaston Road Club. He was a particularly strong rider, both in road races and time trials, and he competed at the highest level in the UK as an amateur, participating in such events as the Manx International on the Isle of Man. Mike rode regularly with his wife, Elaine, and I would unexpectedly meet up with them both quite frequently during my rides south of Worcester. He always had a friendly word to say, and I will certainly miss him being around.
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