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  1. A good collection of Saracen riders. Plenty of tea, cakes and chat. Steve say's a few word as he announces he's retirement from chairman of the charity. Saracen group photo. One with Steve even though he's a member of the Solihull but a good supporter of our club dinners for years. Now for a steady group ride home. A quick look over the shoulder. Camera dropped on handle bars. Moira in full flight but counting the hills all the way back. Moira keeps telling us she can't climb hills but this picture shows her shooting of up one of the climbs with the polka dot jersey holder struggling to stay with her. Polka Dot holder not happy with some of the tactics used on the lower slopes. John seems to have lost his friends. Then finds a few wheels to follow. Just a proper social club gathering.
  2. Yes a great day in the sun today. Actually got to the watering hole today before the hill climbers turned up. This meant Tess and I got served rather quickly and didn't have to wait while the others ordered large plate fulls as you will see. Moira gives John some stick for taking her up to many hills. As you can see Chris K is sticking to his diet. Almost lost the camera again. But an artistic shot of the clouds. Returning back we let this Beacon rider past us seemed to be in a hurry. We then sent Kevin Y up the road to show him how it should be done. Looking across to Abberly. A nice steady ride home in the sun shine.
  3. As John said I caught up with four of them at the top of the hill just before Chipping Camden waiting for Moira who was doing her own thing taking it easy up the climb. We then rolled onto the cafe which was something of a let down compared with other occasions that we've been there. Although service was very slow we did manage tea and toast. The return ride was mostly wind assisted.and with the warm weather made for a good end to the day. Lets hope the sun shines for a few weeks.
  4. Good to see someone else manages to get a few pictures. Sorry to see Mr Shelley is loosing control in his latter years.
  5. Set of for Malvern 7:15 Tess, Lottie our new member plus me. Sky grey and heavy looking. I would be riding the 100 mile Epic route. Lottie had decided as this would be her 1st sportive and 1st ever ride and upon a new bike. Would try the 100K standard route for a challenge. This turned out to be rather difficult especially with the Malvern climb in the middle plus the other ups and downs before and after. With Tess's support and company I'm please to report that she completed the route even surviving the down pour in the middle. Didn't get so many picture this week, rather difficult getting the camera out of pocket from under the Gilet plus the heavy rain down pour. Our new girl Lottie preparing herself for the ride. Lining up for the start Tess in the White top. I think this guy was a little slimmer by the time he got back. Lottie having thoughts about what she's getting into. The three of us ready to go. The point on the road where I left the ladies to complete the 100 mile route. A few pic's of the approach to the West Malvern climb with the rain about to start. Feed stop after 50 Miles not far from Eastnor Castle by this time it was raining rather heavily. Managed to latch on to a fast moving group of riders from Drotwich to cover the last 25 miles in one hour. They went under the name of TTNCC. Or the Tuesday and Thursday Night Cycling Club. Pleased to say the weather cleared up and got warmer for the last couple of hours of the ride. Court up with the girls back at the Malvern Show Ground to have a well deserved bacon bap before popping into the local for a couple of pints. WOULD ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO JOIN US ON THE NEXT ADVENTURE ?
  6. The Velo started on Saturday morning with All riders who had entered registering on the morning to collect numbers, timing chips and goody bags prior to Sundays erly morning start. As you can see it was quiet to start but must have been busy later to get all the riders registered for Sunday. Ribbles new electric bike.
  7. Managed to catch up with the gang at the cafe. Always nice to sit out there over looking the lake. A few pics of the crew feeding. The view over the lake. Now for the ride back around The Bredon, Great now the weather's warmed a bit, Good day good company. Hope Jack's recovered from his efforts and his bum isn't to sore tomorrow,
  8. Up early to meet Tess at 7 o'clock and ride into Birmingham for an 8 o'clock start. It was true 17 thousand riders on the road. Having popped to the Loo came out to find two other Saracen members ready for the days trip. Richard Keyte and Olly. Tess waiting patiently for the of. With so many riders an accident causes a big hold up. Unfortunately as been reported this was where one of our fellow Cyclists lost his life. Hold up cleared and we moved on heading for Coventry. We manage to latch onto a group of fast moving riders from Droitwich and stormed into Coventry centre. Had trouble getting the camera out and only managed to take a few pics before chasing to get back on. We decided to miss out most of the stops as they were so crowded. But went into the food stop at Packwood House after 65 miles for a bite to eat and a rest in the sunshine. As you can see it was very busy. A few shots on route with group shouting us on. Climbing upto the Lickeys on the right hand side of the road before turning down Leach Green Lane. For those in need a Loo stop on the left. Now on our way back to town. The finishing line in sight. Queuing up for Medal and a well earned drink. A great day out on closed roads in good company. A well earned pint in the nearest pub to end the day.
  9. The Velo started on Saturday morning with All riders who had entered registering on the morning to collect numbers, timing chips and goody bags prior to Sundays erly morning start. As you can see it was quiet to start but must have been busy later to get all the riders registered for Sunday. Ribbles new electric bike. For any one keen a ride up north.
  10. A few more pic's from Sunday. Official timing we all crossed the finish line between 4 hour 47 min and 4 hour 48 min.
  11. After a cold, windy and wet day Saturday relief to get up on Sunday to a dry but grey start to the day. The ride over to Marie Curie Hospice with Tess O and Roger B was cold with rain threatening. After registering and signing on, numbers fixed in place and timing chip on helmet we joined the other 1000 for the of. We were all prepared in long sleeve tops and tights as the temp was down to 6 deg's when we set of into the lanes. In the lanes not long after the start around Barston the other side of Knowle. Oophs!!! nearly dropped the camera again. Climbing up The Ridgeway to the Nevill Arms turn. Feed stop at Feckenham village hall. Ready for a cup of tea and a cake. Note! what is eaten the most Sugary cakes and thing or savoury tarts. Mick H giving the ladies advice on nutrition. Re fuelled we set of for the return leg. Climbing back up the Ridgeway to Astwood Bank Moire oppens up a gap hoping to reach the top first. Kevin R leads the pursuit. Back into the lanes passing Studley Castle and the start of some climbing to be done. The final push of the day Forde Hall lane Just to show I was there. Our support team to cheer us in at the finish. A few pic' of the team. EddieS, MavisS, MoiraB, TessO, BevA, MickH, KevinR, JohnS, RogerB, and AlanT who came up from Dorset to ride with us plus myself. Post ride in the Hospice for more tea and cakes. It was decided the cheese or ham buns after the event were so dry they sucked the last drop of moisture left in your mouth after 4 hours in the saddle. Possibly stored in the freezer from when the event was cancelled last year. A Chinese Take Away at John & Ann's our usual finish to a great day out. Alan takes on a red flush, probably to many glasses of red wine. Kay Godwin informed us that the Saracen RC must turn up again next year is it will be a special event. It would have been Toms !00th Birthday and the're hopping to raise an even bigger amount for The Hospice where he spent his last days.
  12. A great day for riding bikes we could have gone on forever. party over all been to the LOO lets go home. Down hill for Moira. Blue sky's quiet road and down hill what more can one ask for. Happy days.
  13. Got the timing right today arrived at Upton Marina before they'ed started eating. After passing through Callow End and over the Common couldn't resist taking a couple of pic's of the Malvern in the distance. Almost forgot I had the camera in the cafe but got a few shots of the crew about to set of for home. I think Alan is just tidying John up. John looking after the ladies. As John mentioned the wind was rather strong. Back in Winter gear maybe it will be warmer next weekend.
  14. a few pic's when catching the group at Priest Bridge.
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