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Next Ride - Due to the virus our next club ride is unknown. Keep training in smaller groups until we are permitted to ride again as a club.
15th March: Ten riders met at the pavilion for Bob's ride to Blyton via Keadby bridge. We set off with a slight breeze behind us as we rode through Bawtry / Misson and along Idle Bank. We then took a right towards Epworth and then out of the town towards Beltoft. After Beltoft we started chain ganging since the route was against the wind, this was very successful and we soon were approaching Laughton wood. Along the chain ganging stretch Pete pointed out to John that his tyre pressure on his rear wheel was low on pressure, John carried on until Laughton when he started to fall back. We all stopped while John pumped up his tyre. We then set off again towards Blyton ice-cream parlour. At the cafe Bob stated that the rider of the week would be the first rider up Strawberry hill. We set off on our normal route back then at Beckingham we took a left towards Saundby, then taking a left at the roundabout to Sturton-le-Steeple. We then took a right towards South Wheatley, most riders had forgotten what Bob had stated at the cafe, except Andy who was far in front to collect his reward as rider of the week (well don Andy). The normal route was taken back home via Clayworth and Ranskill. Next weeks team leader is Steve Parker so be prepared for a few hills.
8th March: Although still breezy the sun was shining for the first ride in spring. Sixteen riders met at the pavillion for John's ride to a new cafe spot between Epworth and Belton. We set off down to Harworth crossroads and then along Stripe road to Rossington, then taking a right past "go outdoors" and then taking the route through Auckley to Blaxton. We then rode down idle bank towards the Sandtoft and then the short route to Belton. At the roundabout we took a left towards Epworth calling at the new cafe "Belton Kitchen" just in time for the opening at 10am. The cafe was good although they did not do mushrooms or poached egg, we survived and had another choice from the menu. We then took a right towards Epworth and then a left and then riding against the wind back towards Misterton. We tried to do a bit of chain ganging along the road but this was not that successful. As we reached Misterton we took a left towards Walkeringham. Unfortunately Matt and Phil hit wheels and Matt came off his bike with a bump - worst of all his bike rear gearing took the force and Andy did his magic to return the bike to a rideable condition. It was'nt Matt's day since he had already had a puncture. We decided to take the shorter route back home via Gringley since Matt was a bit bruised - as we got to Gringley Bob said he would get his car and run Matt home. The rest of the club road back home via Ranskill and Serlby, we stopped near the old glass bulbs site and John gave the rider of the week to Alan and Mel. Good ride of 65 miles. Next week is Bob's turn to pick the ride.
1st March: Again a windy day for the Sunday ride, Alan Bullock was the team leader and he selected a route to Edwinstow Craft Centre cafe. 15 riders met at the pavillion and Andy Pedley was due to meet up with the club at Babworth, we set off against the wind and rode via Ranskill / Green Mile to Babworth. We then took a right towards Clumber Park, exiting at Carburton and taking the route to Cuckney to Edwinstow. The cafe was ok- but service slower than usual, eventually we set off on the normal route home via Budby. We again rode through Clumber to Worksop, we dropped off Steve and Andy on route before riding back to Harworth. Excellent ride again although against the strong winds. Good route from Alan.
23rd February: Finally the weather allowed us to have a club ride, 12 riders met at the pavillion for Andy Pedley to team lead the club on the Tom Simpson route. The route was well known to most riders, we set off down wrights hill and then rode out to Retford and then taking a left after Morrisons towards Hayton. We were all riding together and were soon at Gringley and then taking a right towards Walkeringham, we shouted as we passed Colin's house (X-rider of the club) - but no answer. At Walkeringham we also met Lewis who joined the club ride. We then rode along the side of the Trent to West Butterwick and then we took a left and found it really difficult against the strong winds. The route was now a struggle all the way to the cafe, the wind was strong and slowed the pace. At the cafe we had a discussion about the Isle of Man ride, planned for the weekend 19th June. Many riders were interested and it looks like we will have a good turn out of approx 12 riders. On leaving the cafe we took a left and rode again against the wind along Idle bank, it was a difficult ride all the way back to Bawtry. We stopped outside Sainsburys and Andy Pedley named the rider of the week to be Alan Bullock. Well done Alan. Next weeks team leaer will be Alan..
16th February: Again storm Dennis were preventing riders getting out. Only Bob turned out and completed a ride of 58miles. Well done BOB.
9th February: Ride cancelled due to storm, high winds and heavy rain.
2nd February: Again the weather was forcast to rain and therefore for Pete's ride to Blyton we only had 10 riders at the pavillion. Just before we set off Steve & Andy stated that they were cutiing the ride short and turning for home at Walkeringham. We set off with waterproofs on since the rain showers had already begun. Pete took us on the normal route via folly nook lane at Ranskill to Mattersey Thorpe and then up Strawberry hill. We all kept close together and were soon at the A631 roundabout near Rosie's cafe. At this point Steve and Andy cut the ride short due to committments - while the remainder headed for Gainsborough along the track at the side of the river Trent. As we went under the bridge in Gainsborough Pete stated that we would take the next left up Foxby Hill, as we ascended the hill Pete told us to stop and pointed out a monument. Bob gave us some culture facts that the monument since it was erected to remember the battle between Oliver Cromwell & King Charles that occured in Gainsborough - Oliver Cromwell won this one. We then continued up the hill and rode to Upton, we then took the normal route to Blyton. Cafe stop was very good and we were soon on our way back home via Gainsborough and Gringley hill. All though it did'nt stop raining it was a good ride of approx 56 miles. I asked Pete who was rider of the week and he said we all pathetic. Next weeks ride will be arranged by Dave Evans.
26th January: 13 riders met at the pavillion for Steve's ride to Bolsover via Marsh Lane and futher hills in the Peaks. As we were just about to set off Keith noticed that his rear tyre was badly damaged and would not survive the ride, so Keith and Dave rode back to Keith's house do a quick F1 tyre change. The rest of the club waited at the Harworth X- roads until they returned, not long expert quick replacement. We then rode to Oldcoates and met Dave Evans, the ride then took us via Thorpe Salvin / Spinkhill and then via Eckington to Marsh Lane climb. As we came to the juction after the Marsh Lane climb we re-grouped and looked at the weather on line. We made a joint decision that we would cut the route short and take the left towards Bolsover. It was the right decision since it soon started to rain, when we came into the Bolsover village most riders took a right and climbed Castle hill. As usual the cafe stop at Weatherspoons was great and at a low price. Since it was still raining Steve suggested that we take the shorter route back home. We stopped at the junction after Firbeck and Steve gave the rider of the week to Pete (well done Pete - your the Team Leader next week.)
19th January: Eleven riders met at the pavillion for Bob's ride to Donnington. The weather had not been kind to Bob's route and due to icy conditions we had to stick to the main roads and not his initial route. So the route was direct to Retford and then via Markham Moor to Dunham bridge, we then rode the main road to Saxilby and then at the lights we took a left towards Donnington. We sat inside at the cafe due to freezing conditions, the cafe was very good and not too expensive. We had a swift look round the Giant shop before heading home via Saxilby and Sturton on Stow. John hit a pot hole during the ride and as we approached the outskirts of Gainsborough his inner tube made a loud bang. We all stopped for the repair but it was not good news his tyre was split in 3 places. Andy used the older inner tube to support the tyre and this fix enabled John to ride into Gainsborough and call at Halfords for a new tyre. The rest of the club rode back via the main roads to Harworth. Rider of the week was given to Dave Evans (well done Dave). Hopefully we have better weather for next Sundays ride - Steve Parker team leader.
12th January: Fourteen riders were in attendance for the Sunday ride to be led by John Owens. John chose a route to Gainsborough but via Dunham bridge. We set off but before we even got to "Wrights Hill" we were stopping to put on our rain jackets. This split the team up - but we rejoined before reaching Scrooby. We then rode via Ranskill to Mattersey and then up Strawberry hill and then via Treswell to Rampton. We then rode over the Dunham bridge and then taking a left towards Torksey Lock, we then took a right on to Cowdale Lane. At this point a few riders stated they wanted a toilet stop so the remainder continued towards Sturton On Stow, this was a mistake and John took the blame since while the riders were stopped Dave Evans got a puncture which delayed them catching up to the rest of the club. John rang several times with no answer, Andy returned the phone call and stated what had happened so we -re-grouped at Stow and continued onto Gainsborough together. We stopped at the Reeds cafe which overlooks the river Trent, the cafe was excellent and we all gave it 10 out 10. We then rode via Beckingham to West Stockwith then we took a left towards Haxey, we split before the turn to Misson with Jason , Lee & Paul continueing home via Blaxton. The remaining riders rode to Harworth via Misson / Bawtry. Overall it was a good ride with John achieving a high score for the cafe and a must do better on team leading the riders.
5th January: We had sixteen riders for the first ride of 2020 with the new setup of rotating ride "teamleader", Alan Bullock took the reins for the first ride and choose a ride to Hockerton (ice cream). Alan chose the normal route to Hockerton and although the ride was tough with the wind and with some riders with "man flu" we all arrived ok. We set off back via Sutton on Trent and Grassthorpe and then via South Leverton (Pete had a puncture in this village - Emma repaired the tyre with assistance from Andy). We then rode up Strawberry Hill back home. The ride went very well with all supprorting Alan especially our X Captain Andy.