Hugh’s bikes and clothes
Prices but could be open to nearest offer. Largish sizes, except the Look which is a medium
Blue Massey £250
Red Giant £275
Black Look TT/Triathlon bike £550
There is also a turbo trainer £50 and numerous cycle clothes and accessories include two wheelers tops short sleeve and thin long sleeve rain top (£10 each) and offers on other clothes
Four Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Rackheath. The weather really couldn’t make up its mind as to whether it was winter or spring – we had overcast conditions at first which gave way to some sunshine and then back to overcast again. Kevin had put a lot of effort and thought into planning this route and this was clear from the outset. We set off towards Thorpe Market and then crossed the A149 and approached North Walsham via Bradfield. It was then off towards Bacton to begin the scoot south via Honing and Horstead to Rackheath.
It was 32 miles to the café, where Trevor and Malcolm were waiting to meet us.
Gosh, they do serve big portions! Which was fine, as we felt we could do with some sustenance, but not so fine given that we would be pedalling at least 20 miles on full stomachs!
After lunch, we followed Kevin to Spixworth, before turning north to Banningham for the traditional run back to PC.
A delightful ride, well led and well prepared – many thanks, Kevin. Long, though, at 55 miles PC to PC – just as well it’s BST!
It’s 12 miles if you take the direct route from PC to Cawston but Alan’s rides are usually longish in the mornings with shorter runs home in the afternoon. This was to be no exception. We set off towards Aldborough into a stiffish south-easterly wind; “Punishing”, was the adjective used by Robert – it impeded even when we were going downhill. We continued south-east (remember the wind direction?) to then turn south near Skeyton and pass through Badersfield. Then came some respite as we turned west to Felthorpe and then north west to Cawston. It was 28 miles to lunch. We were ready to refuel.
We knew that we would have the wind on our backs the for the return to PC. It was no longer punishing but really quite helpful. It seemed like we were flying back. We pedalled up the climb to the coastal ridge from Itteringham at an unusually quick pace. Could be that we are just getting fitter!
Alan had put together a really tasty route with variation in road types and a new approach on to how to get to Cawston. It all worked very well indeed, so, many thanks, Alan.
7 out. 40 miles PC to PC.
Note that after the 2nd April Horsford TT the following two 10m TTs on 4th and 11th April will now be on the Thursford-Fakenham course due to over-running roadworks in Holt.
Yep, it’s spring – and a gloriously blue sky, light winds and dry roads greeted the five who met at PC for Andrew’s run to Wells. Andrew offered us a choice of lengths but it was clear that the mood was for the 28-miler to lunch, taking in Holkham Hall. Two riders sported short leggings; one sported shorts and one was overdressed (me). Yep, spring.
It was Baconsthorpe, Holt, Hunworth, Bale, Wighton and then the 3 mile swoosh through the delightful Holkham estate.
The Globe was as welcoming as ever and John D was there to meet us on his Bianchi, making it two summer bikes out. The roads were pretty dry – should have taken mine!
The return was Warham, Binham and Field Dalling before facing the conventional slog up to PC from Wiveton.
There are only three words to describe the ride; these are splendid, splendid and splendid. Great route, great weather and great company. But, we were a tad tired on the run back up to PC.
Many thanks, Andrew.
48.4 miles PC o PC. 6 out. 2 wispy clouds.
With the Wizard of the Lanes unable to lead this club run the baton was passed over to “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to concoct a route to Pensthorpe.
Three left PC and rode down to the pick-up point at Itteringham where three more were waiting. One however, had pressing engagements elsewhere and he (rr) only joined the club for some 250 yards…..
For a short while we rode back towards PC but then turned left to pass Mannington Hall and then left to go to Corpusty. At Corpusty we passed the Duke ph and then a right to go down Horseshoe Lane and up a very steep climb to turn right towards Briston. On route we turned left down Sandy Lane and then left at the Reepham road to turn right to Hindoveston. A good pace was maintained all the way to Kettlestone where we turned left to the main road and to Pensthorpe.
With excellent weather we were able to eat “alfresco”. However, the imaginative menu of the café had on offer 2 meals for £12 for couples instead of the normal cost of £17. This offer was too much for two riders who decided to go into civil partnership and claimed their savings,
Meal over it was time to get back on our bikes. The return leg of the ride was through Fakenham and then up to Little Snoring to Hindringham and then Sharrington to Hempstead and finally Edgefield. Here, two riders rode off to the serenade of “I getting married in the morning”.
In all an excellent days cycling with wonderful weather and great companions.
But roll on next week and the return on the Wizard
Mileage 55 – 60
Riders: Kevin, Nick, Trevor, Malcolm, Geoff and Robin (250 yards)
The field is filling up nicely for the North North Wheelers 100m TT on 20th May (12pm start). What a line up so far…For the men the field includes an East District TT champion and district 100m record holder along with the British Ironman record holder. For the ladies an Ironman champion along with a National 12 hour champion and Zwift distance record holder. Feel free to volunteer for marshalling (on a rotation system) and watch the action unfold for free!
Words by Andrew.
A second trip to a pub called The Bluebell in 4 weeks. Also, another new venue for the Wheelers.
6 met at PC for the ride to the North Walsham Bluebell with a definite feeling of spring in the air. Under Trevor’s guidance we set off for lower Gresham and then on to Hanworth, collecting Malcolm on the way. Then to Suffield, Felmingham, Worstead and north to Briggate coming into North Walsham via Spa Common – so some new lanes. Nice following wind on the way out.
The Bluebell is spacious and serves an excellent range of beers and with a main and pudding for £8 we thought it was good value. Also, safe parking of bikes to the rear in the garden.
The return took us on some new lanes to Swafield, Bradfield and then on to Thorpe market, Hanworth and back to PC via Sustead. Nearly all the return journey was into the wind. Dry, but bikes still filthy though!
An excellent ride. Thanks Trevor.
PC to PC 37 miles. Trevor leading followed by Chris, Robert, Kevin, Alan, Malcolm and Andrew. NO punctures.
On Saturday four club riders Charlie Nurse, Nigel Walsh, Andrew Knowles and Mike Padfield enjoyed Spring-like conditions in their first open event of the season. Although not a particularly fast course it is an enjoyable course to ride from Hingham to Carbrooke and back, on nice smooth roads with little traffic. There are a few undulations and it has a nice long straight and fast downhill section towards the end. It is a surprise it is not used more often in open events.
Slowing down progress on the way out was a bit of a cross-headwind, but obviously helping on the way back. Bruce Williams was propping up the traffic lights near the Carbrooke roundabout and encouraging us to bike a bit harder. I was looking forward to his possible comeback this season, (maybe next year?).
The event was won by Lloyd Chapman of Banks – C C Catford – Equipe in a new course record of 20.18 (he has a PB of 18 something..). Charlie was third and fastest VET A with 21:22 indicating he is ready to better his times this year in possibly his last racing season.
Nigel was pleased with his 25:08 making him the fastest VET E rider on the day. Mike did a 23:17, which was 30 seconds up on last year at the same course. Andrew Knowles did a 23:35.
A mention should be made of John Swindells who towed his TT bike behind a touring bike from home (North Walsham) and back.
CC Breckland were great hosts as usual with good organisation and cakes at the end.
Full results attached.
What a nice day for a cycle! Blue skies and a rain free forecast were the back drop for our run to Reepham. A route had been crafted to make use of lanes not often ridden or not in the direction of travel usually used. Off we set to Gresham, Hanworth, Aldorough and Erpingham. Thereafter Itteringham and Oulton before approaching The Old Railway Sation via Salle. And a pretty route it was too.
We briefly discussed whether the time was right for alfresco dining but opted to eat inside – hopefully not long now, though!
Alan suffered a side wall tyre failure as we rolled out of the car park. This was fixed with card reinforcement and Alan opted to cycle home rather than risk the run back to PC. And what a nice route back to PC it was. Wood Dalling and Saxthorpe were en-route with an unusual left at Little Barningham to approach PC via Baconsthorpe.
Dryish roads (but some really muddy ones in places) and sumptuous countryside characterised the day.
4 out. 37.4 miles PC to PC. 1 puncture and 1 new tyre required.