Annual Section Dinner and Prize Giving 9th October 2015
On a recommendation from Alan Freke we held the Annual Dinner and Prize Giving at Begbrook and use outside caterers AHM to supply the food. It turned out to be an inspired move. AHM offered us a really good menu and supplied an excellent three course meal excellently served. Holding the event at Begbrook gave us plenty of room, and with diners seated on tables of eight the conversation soon became lively. After dinner came the Prize Giving, with the trophies ably presented by Simon Bending.
Rods Run in to Wales
20th September 2015
As usual Rod Western’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the South Wales countryside provided us with a good route. We met at Aust services at 9.30 and set off over the old Severn Bridge at 10.00
The sun tried to break through a few times but eventually gave up the ghost and we rode the rest of the day in fine dry but overcast weather albeit a bit cool.
After about an hours ride towards the Brecon Beacons via Raglan a stop was made for a coffee and a snack at a café called the Steel Horse. The car park was full of bikers and cyclists stopping for breakfast. We left and got on our way after an hour , but not before Mike Cole had deftly and robustly turned aside the persistent efforts of the owner to stop him finishing a bag of his own crisps with his cup of tea. Mike won
The route took us for about another hour and a half through some lovely countryside via Gilwern and Talybont-on- Usk where we turned left over the canal up into the Brecon Beacons ending up at the Brecon Mountain Railway .
John Beddis who had had a puncture on his Levis on his way to Aust earlier joined us there after going back for another machine
Our return route was a much quicker ride back to Tintern Abbey café via Usk for yet another cup of tea and a cake. It is never really clear whether these stops are for another cup of tea or to unload the last one.
Six of us got there first to be joined by Peter Winch and Terry Gill who told us the Dave Brazill had broken down shortly after leaving the station and was being helped to get going by John Hembrough. His phone rang when it was called so we assumed he was mobile and riding again. This is the third time in three years on this run that Dave’s Tiger cub has expired on him but he always gets it going in the end.
The day was an excellent ride with about 145 miles covered in all.
Thanks go to Rod for yet another good run in to Wales.
Stop press. Dave got his bike going quite quickly and rode home with John H following.
Bill Shepherd Autumn Memorial Run 16th August 2015
22 riders signed in at Horton Social Club on a fine morning. The route, set by Rod Western, went up around Wotton Under Edge, Stroud, Cirencester, and Malmesbury, returning through Luckington and Sherston, keeping to the countryside and mostly to the back roads. The riders stopped for a very good impromptu alfresco lunch at the remote Daneway pub.
70 very enjoyable miles in good company, through lovely Cotswold country on a perfect summers day.
Can’t be bad