Club Run to Forget-Me-Not, Lenwade. 26th October 2016. Leader, John Sharples.

Four fine folk met at PC for the ride to Lenwade.   We are still missing some regulars but four is fine for an autumnal ride to probably the best value cafe in the world – and we might lose it as a venue if a buyer is not found soon.

The south-westerly wind meant in would be on our noses for the 22miles to the cafe but, no matter, conditions were fine for cycling.  It was Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Wood Dalling and then Lenwade.  The farmers were out, with many large tractors and trailers being encountered – they were the reason for the muddy conditions that we came across from time to time.

Four other cyclists from the East Anglian Cycle Club were at the cafe – two groups of four for food.

Having dined, the route home was straightforward – Cawston (where Trevor left us) and Itteringham, before the usual approach to PC and the last gasp “sprint” up the hill on Red Barn Lane.

A nice day for a bike ride on nice lanes, with nice company and nice food – nice.

4 out.  40 miles PC to PC.  0 punctures.

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Instructions for Andrew’s Drive and Ride on the 9th of November – Burnham Market to Great Massingham

We will meet in the new car park off of North Street in Burnham Market.  Cost is £3.00 for 5 hours.  The postcode for your sat navs is PE31 8HG.  If you come in from Burnham Overy Town, it is on your right.  The car park is brand new and is on the green field to the north of North Street.

We will leave the car park at 10:30.  The ride out is 26 miles to the Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham, some of it along cycle route 1.  Back to Burnham is another 16 miles.

See you there!

Club Run to The Dun Cow, Salthouse. 19th October 2016. Leader, John Dimascio.

Words by Andrew Chapman.

Just the two of us…

“ What on earth are you doing here?” said JD.  With that we waited to 10.40 and then the two of us set off. Out towards Felbrigg then looping round south, then heading west via Bessingham into what felt like a wind tunnel, punctuated by the odd brisk shower – lovely. Onward to Baconsthorpe, Edgefield and down to Hunworth. Right at Little Thornage and up over Bayfield Brecks into the gale, right at Cley uphill to Salthouse Heath and down to the Dun Cow.

Fortified by an excellent lunch we tackled Bard Hill (no Wheelers records broken) but JD commented “its bard is worse than its bite!” and on to High Kelling, then back along the main road to PC.

32miles.  900ft ascending.  An excellent route and, once we got going, oddly enjoyable.

Thanks John!

Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick. 12th October 2016. Leader, Kevin Hornshaw.

I contemplated looking for a suitable spot to build an ark whilst driving over to PC for Kevin’s ride to the White Horse in Crostwick – it was raining hard.  This explains why only four met at PC.  But, rule one is “Always Go” and the forecasting folk were at odds as to how hard and for how long it would rain.  We were right to turn up.

It was off east towards Northrepps, then south to Southrepps (figures!), a scoot around North Walsham to turn south for Worstead and then we dropped down through St. James to Coltishall and approached Crostwick from the lanes we normally use when going to Rackheath.  31.6 miles was the distance we pedalled for our first Wednesday ride to the White Horse.  There was a lot of water and mud on the road and we looked pretty dishevelled when we got there – still, we were very warmly welcomed and fed well.

The return was Frettenham and Buxton to put us in Banningham.  From here, it was the usual route home.

Yep, we got a bit wet, and yes, it was windy with seemingly a head wind in both directions, but what a good, hard day on the bikes!  Lots of cleaning to do though – suddenly it’s winter.

Many thanks, Kevin for putting together a really super ride.

4 out.  51.1 miles PC to PC. 1 puncture. 1 new bike. 1 new venue.

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Beacon Hill Club Hill Climb 9th Oct

Seven riders took part in the final club time trial event of 2016.  Most riders improved on last years times due to the lack of a headwind.  Fresh from 6 months of road racing on the continent Calvert Churchill posted the best time on the day with 1.53, beating his dad’s previous best time by 2 seconds. Second was club member Mike Padfield 2.05 and third was Nigel Walsh with 2.20 a very impressive time for a 60+ rider. Guy was held up by a white van but still improved on last years time.  Francis Glazebrook got under 3 minutes on a mountain bike!

 

Name Club Time Handicap
Calvert Churchill Team NHT (Belgium) 1.53
Mike Padfield North Norfolk Wheelers 2.05 2.05
Nigel Walsh North Norfolk Wheelers 2.20 2.10
Tim Skinner 2.27
John Morgan North Norfolk Wheelers 2.35 2.29
Guy Thorold North Norfolk Wheelers 2.37 2.25
Francis Glazebrook North Norfolk Wheelers 2.58

 

Club Run to The Old Railway Station at Reepham. 5th October 2016. Leader, Robert Nixon.

Five met at PC to follow Robert to Reepham.  It was yet another dry day with a blustery wind which seemed to be unsure of its direction.  It was Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Thurning and Hindolveston before turning south for Foulsham and Themelthorpe and then crossing the Trans Norfolk Expressway (B1145) to approach Reepham from the south.  We were not really sure whether the wind was with us or against us, but we were really chuffed to see Geoff and John H waiting at the cafe to meet us.

Yet again, we dined outside – it’s becoming something of the norm!

The return saw us take in Heydon and Oulton before scooting around the north of Blickling and turning north for Ingworth.  What a pretty, and long, lane this is.  It was then a conventional route home via Thurgarton and Gresham.

Robert’s route brought into play lanes that we have not used for a while, which was really nice.  Many thanks, Robert.

7 out.  44 miles PC to PC.  No puncture (but one large flint extracted just in time!).  1 new bike.