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Blue ride into the unknown

Mixed reports heralded the weather this Sunday morning - Half thought fair to middling all day whereas the realists knew it was going to be rain all day. As a result most TVC members stayed in bed although not Gareth who rounded up his morning run (not ride) by nipping in to say hello.

Blue Ride to Markham Grange or Barnburgh Lakes

We met cheerfully at the cricket club as the weather forecast had been dire but the Met Office were now saying good all day. So we were good to go, not so many heading out and we did have to wait for one Late rider but with the chairman and one other red rider we 9 were off.

Blue ride to Alkborough

An early morning start (or late for Paul) began at the Sun Inn in North Wheatley, Needless to say I couldn’t find it and did a lap in my car round the village, well who would expect to see a pub with no advertising and only a large painted sun at high level! Still I got there to find all but Paul waiting and he had seen me go past so chased after.

Pete & Jenny's Red Ride to Eckington

After some glorious late summer weather everything was set for a Red Ride to Eckington and a new cafe, well that was the plan!

Blue ride to Citrus Café

We met in the cricket club car park with warnings of unpleasant weather, but that was no reason to stay in bed and 4 Blue and 3 Red riders agreed. Setting off into a morning of occasional showers! Not really, i don’t remember it raining at that point, but we were cheerful enough. Ok almost the truth, 3 Blue riders and Helen, a maybe Blue rider if she likes us enough.

Blue ride to Holme Moss

A chilly, damp ride, 524 metres above sea level.

Blue ride (alternative) to Leger Lakes

Lots of riders were milling about in the car park but mainly for the red ride. Blue ride was to have been lead by Paul Bacon but he couldn’t make it so Matt bravely stepped into the role, thought long and hard and decided that the published destination (Harley Gallery), or the route to it, was a bit busy for him in his perilous state! Think Race Around Ireland, no sleep and gallons of Guinness and you’ve got the message if not the method.

Blue Ride to Ulley Reservoir (and café)

Not a bad day for a ride and after the rain and wind of the previous few days it was good to see so many ready to go. The task made more difficult by the barrier across the car park entrance. But with the majority lifting their bikes up and over all was well! The red ride left and we 10 waited for Matt to get us going. 9 over the top and outside the gates watched as Matt simply opened the gate walked through and closed it behind him. Thats what makes a ride leader!

Eroica 500

Eroica Britannia Ride report This years Eroica Britannia ride is also called the Eroica 500 - a distilled down version of previous years, with just 500 riders over a 65 mile route and no festival over the weekend (although it has piggy backed onto the Peakenders festival, for those wanting beers the night before). After finishing the ride, it could also be called the “Thanks for waiting, Martin” ride. More of which in a minute….

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