Club Run to The Old Railway Station Café at Reepham 26 September 2018

With the weather continuing to be pretty much ideal for cycling and the sugar beet harvest not yet upon us 8 Wheelers met for Malcolm’s ride to Reepham.

The route was Aldborough, Erpingham, over the (old) Cromer Road, along a floodless (but for how long) stretch to Drabblegate and into Aylsham. Then Burgh next Aylsham and Oxnead before leaving The River Bure behind and joining the Cawston Road. The long straight road to Cawston is a bit exposed but the crosswinds were not too much of a problem as we continued on to Booton and finally our lunch stop at Reepham where we found CJ relaxing in the sunshine.

Refreshments were served with (more than) the usual efficiency and after discussing our exact route back to PC we all left together to follow the B1145 a short distance and then Salle where Robin left us. We then passed through Oulton and Itteringham before the steady climb up to Little Barningham. Trevor E had peeled off en route to head towards the Walsinghams, Robert and Malcolm turned towards Gresham and home leaving the remainder of the bunch to make their way back to PC.

Alan, Geoff, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Trevor E and CJ at the café.

PC to PC 40 miles

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18.5m Hilly TT cancelled and other news

Due to the continued roadworks in Holt the hilly TT this Sunday is cancelled.  That is all for TTs this year.  However do not despair as you have the following to look forward to:

  • Quieter, but muddier roads to cycle on.
  • The arrival of your new winter club kit by the end of October (some spares available)
  • Weekly spinning classes in Cromer starting November – a few places still left… (contact club secretary David Carrier)
  • The AGM in December or early January (date t.b.c)
  • The annual social/meal/awards night – end of January (provisionally Saturday 26th Jan t.b.c)

 

 

 

Club Run to The Rising Sun at Coltishall 19 September 2018

Prepared for a mild battering from the gusty wind, 5 Wheelers met at “The Reservoir” for Alan’s ride to the banks of the River Bure.

The headwind didn’t seem too much of a problem as we followed a straight course via Little Barningham, Itteringham, Oulton Street and Cawston. Then came Brandiston, Swannington and Upgate before heading east through Felthorpe and up to the A140. At Stratton Strawless Robin left us (for a busy afternoon no doubt) so just 4 turned right on to the Hainford Road then left at the T-junction for a fast paced last leg before lunch to Horstead and our mid-ride destination at Coltishall.

Now could this be the last time the sun rises for the Wheelers at Colishall? Even in a gusty wind it is still a most pleasant location but the recent takeover by Colchester Inns has increased the food prices and we all felt it wasn’t great value. As The Rising Sun is really a summer pub, for the next few months it was agreed that it will be The Red Lion (Cyclist friendly) when we visit Coltishall.

We parted company with John S after lunch and the remaining trio went first to Great and then Little Hautbois enjoying the big skies that this route provides, then Lamas, over The Bure at the Mill before joining the Aylsham Road at Buxton. We turned off to Oxnead, crossing The Bure once again and then up to Church Road and straight on to Tuttington, Banningham and Colby. Here Malcolm headed off towards Suffield, Antingham and home while 2 pedalled on to Erpingham, Aldborough, Gresham and finally PC.

Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s run which was at times challenging in the wind and it was quite understandable why several Wheelers chose not to venture out.

Alan, Geoff (not Mr P), John S, Malcolm, Robin

PC to PC 46.5 miles

Club Run15 September 2018

Club Run15 September 2018

With near perfect weather conditions six North Norfolk Wheelers met for an enjoyable ride to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park. Three came from PC who rode down to meet three more companions at Itteringham Bridge. 

From Itteringham we back traced a little to turn left to go past Mannington Hall and then left to ride to Corpusty. Here, we rode right round Horseshoe Lane and then up a hard hill to go towards Briston. Turning left we went down an aptly named Sandy Lane and then onwards to Hindolveston. From here we carried straight on past the now dubious sign’s saying “Road Closed”. With not so much as a workman resting on a shovel we went unhindered to Kettlestone where left at the church and onwards to Pesthorpe on the busy main road.  

As usual good service and food at the café where yet again we were able to sit outside and enjoy the last of the summer sun. Memories of our visit last year with Cycling Weekly came to mind. 

Homeward bound via Fakenham, Hindringham, Sharrington. 

PC 2 PC 50 with some posting 60/70

 

 

 

Out: Robin, Trevor, Malcolm, Graham, David C, Geoff

15m TT results 16/9/18

A small but select group posted some very good times on a blustery day.  Nick Partridge posted the fastest club 15 TT of the year (despite stopping to put his chain back on) and says he will return next year to do the 10 – so be warned!  Nigel got a PB and Geoff posted a fast target for himself next year.

16-09-18 15m TT Aylmerton to Holt
Name Main Club Time Club Handicap time
Nick Partridge Plomesgate CC 33:08
Geoff Frost Velovelocity 34:24
Nigel Walsh North Norfolk Wheelers 36:02 32.58
Phil Hurr North Norfolk Wheelers 39:22

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Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 12 September 2018

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The way out by John D

So, 10 riders arrived at Pretty Corner for JD’s ride to Cawston on a day which was typical of the season of unreliable weather forecasts. There were several shorts on show, a few warm layers, JD prepared for rain and Robert dressed for the beach! In the event the weather proved kind, although the moderate and somewhat chilly north-westerly made its presence felt.

Having been pre-warned that we would be meeting Malcolm and Dave C later en-route we left captain-less and headed through Gresham and Sustead to Hanworth. Here the widely spaced cattle-grid on the northern approach rattled several of the men’s teeth and dislodged Stephen’s rear light. There must be a case for re-orienting these grids by 90 degrees so the cyclist can pick a single bar to ride over – well perhaps not!

It was then briefly on to the A140 before taking White Post Road to skirt south of Gunton Park to Suzie’s vegetable stall where we found David and Malcolm browsing the produce. We missed the 11am meeting time by 10 minutes but even so had covered the 10 miles from PC in just under 40 minutes.

It was then a southerly direction on Long Lane until turning off to Colby and the now obligatory couple of hundred yards on the Trans-Norfolk Highway (aka B1145). It was then the lane towards Tuttington, and shortly after crossing the now-dismantled Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway line (Aylsham to North Walsham) the first puncture of the day – a pesky flint taking out Alan. Soon on our way we headed for Oxnead Mill and across the A140 again.

It was here that the second mechanical of the day occurred when Dave C’s chain parted. Luckily he was carrying the appropriate amount of used fivers to pay for a spare fixed link and the appropriate tool that Trevor E was carrying. Judging that fixing this problem was quite technical and could be unpleasant to watch, the main bunch headed onwards leaving Kevin ‘he’s a practical bloke – good with a truncheon’ and Alan to effect repairs and make their way to a late lunch.

The bunch made Cawston via Buxton Heath and Haveringland for lunch by 12:50 after 26.5 miles from PC. Space was limited at All Things Nice due to the presence of another bunch of riders, but service and food was of the usual high standard. An hour later there was a three way split, with JD heading east for an early bath and the Sheringham and Cley/Wells/Lt Walsingham contingents heading into the breeze and for the coast.

Thanks guys for being easily led!

The way back by Malcolm

Well, just 8 Wheelers began the journey “home” along well worn tracks towards Oulton Street and then the junction with the Blickling Road. Kevin now became the second rider of the day to suffer the fate of the Norfolk flint but the tube was replaced in a flash and we were on our way again (or so we thought!) only for Kevin to puncture a second time. Unaware of this, four riders had cycled on to the right turn to Itteringham and down to the bridge expecting the other group of four to follow. We waited but there was no sign, so Malcolm volunteered to cycle back up the hill leaving 3 to continue on to PC. By the time he reached the group they were back on the road and all 5 pedalled incident free up to the Little Barningham junction where Malcolm headed off to Erpingham and home and the others the few miles back to PC,

Alan, Andrew, David, Geoff, Graham, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen, Trevor E and CJ (who met us at All Things Nice)

40 miles PC to PC

Many thanks to John D for leading us along the excellent route from PC to our lunch stop.

Club Run to The Kings Arms at Blakeney 5 September 2018

Words by Kevin

5 met at PC for Kevin’s foray to the Kings Arms at Blakeney, on a gloomy but dry and not too windy day.

The ride started with a small apology stating we were to go through Fakenham, one rider commenting he had only been there on a drive and ride?

The route was PC to Saxthorpe and on to Guestwick where we came across a couple of cyclists. One of them had unfortunately come off his bike banging his head on the tarmac resulting in quite a lot of blood. Fortunately he said he was okay, stating he would be buying and wearing a helmet from now on.

After wishing them well and saying goodbye we pressed on to Hindolveston, Stibbard, Great Ryburgh and then down the B1146 to Fakenham past the famous Gas Museum!

On leaving Fakenham we pedalled to Great Snoring, Hindringham, Binham, and finally to everyone’s relief Blakeney. Just over 39 miles to lunch, another first I believe for a Wednesday ride.

After lunch Jane went home and Peter and Paula headed for Bale, leaving Alan and Kevin to make their way back to PC the usual way past Holt Rugby club.

Apologies for missing Andrew at the pub.

Runners and riders: Alan, Jane, Kevin, Paula, Peter

50 miles PC to PC with no incidents.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading the ride.

 

 

**Club Kit order last chance!**

We are putting in an order for some club kit next weekend.  Estimated prices (including VAT) are as follows (depending on number of items ordered)

All items have the NN Wheelers design
Roubaix long sleeve jersey £36  click here for link
Roubaix bibtight £42 click here for link
Winter Jacket £55 click here for link
Other items can be requested (skinsuits/bib shorts,etc) so let me know.
For size chart Click here
Payment on receipt if you are happy it fits ok.  We will order a few spare sizes.
If you would like anything let me know items and size by 15th September by email or Facebook. I will confirm final prices, payment and collection details then.
Mike P
nnwheelers@gmail.comNorth Norfolk Wheelers- 15507

10m TT Pretty Corner 4/9/18

The penultimate 10m TT of the year saw a change to more typical autumn weather with grey clouds and a strong wind, which was reflected in the slower times. Luke Pettit was fastest (so is able to retire now!), followed by Geoff Frost and Bradley Nelson. Phil West was fastest on handicap.

 

04-09-18 10m pretty corner TT
Name Main Club Time Club Handicap time
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 23:41  22.10
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23:55
BRADLEY NELSON Bloodwise QSW 24:08
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 24:30  22.01
WILL BAMBER Velo club Norwich 24:55
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 25:09  23.08
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 25:25  21.52
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 26:07  21.53
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 26:37  21.59
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 26:58  21.32
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 27:54  22.14
KIM CHARLTON Tri Anglia 28:11
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29:40
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 30:29  22.45

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 29 August 2018

Words by Robert

We met at PC in the rain and it rained most of the way to Mundesley.

Due South to Itteringham and then on the back road around Blickling Estate, right at Ingworth and through Banningham.

A mistake (in planning) took us along the B1145 all the way to North Walsham, then northwards up to Bradfield, through Trunch and then Mundseley.

Nice lunch and (on this occasion) John S did not have soup.

Dry all way home, though Gimingham, Southrepps, Northrepps, across the edge of Felbrigg, then Metton, Gresham and PC.

One broken spoke, and one flat tyre (after I had left the others).

Alan, Andrew, John S, Kevin, Robert, Stephen,

PC to PC 38.5 miles

Many thanks to Robert for leading the Run.