Final reminder that our annual club social and awards evening will be on Saturday 26th January at Upper Sheringham Village Hall, NR26 8UB (next to the church) starting at 7pm. All current/former club members 1st and 2nd claim, partners, family and friends welcome. £15 a head (£7.50 for any under 16). Any dietary requirements other than meat/vege please let me know. Can you let me know by 10th January by email or Facebook if attending. thanks Mike Padfield firstname.lastname@example.org
No not a misprint this was another visit to The Corner Café on the last Wednesday Run of the year. Boxing Day can be a tricksey time for opening and since the CC would definitely be open 11 – 1 for coffee and cakes this seemed the safest bet.
As it was only one other Wheeler (Graham J from Leicestershire) joined Malcolm at The Erpingham Arms at 10.30. We followed a familiar route taking in Ingworth, Aylsham, Burgh, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Worstead, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe and Paston. We arrived at the Café just before midday – carrot cake and black coffee for one and just a pot of tea for the other – readers decide which was which!
On the return leg there was a parting of the ways at Southrepps with Graham heading for the coast and Malcolm inland to Thorpe Market, Lower Street, Antingham and home.
Erpingham to Mundesley 20 miles
Each rider’s round trip was something over 40 miles.
Four Wheelers met at PC in wet conditions for the penultimate Wednesday Club Run of the year to a favourite coastal café. As David C had family commitments Malcolm stepped up to lead today’s ride.
Matlaske, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield, Felmingham, North Walsham, Swafield, Mundesley, Southrepps, Thorpe Market.
On the return leg there was a split at the junction of the A149 and the Roughton Road with 3 Wheelers deciding to return to PC and beyond via the latter. Malcolm returned home via Lower Street and a muddy and partially blocked (due to roadworks) Bradfield.
One of the advantages of leading a ride in the wet (and sometimes mud) and staying in front is that you don’t get mucky from what is thrown up by the rear wheel of the rider in front of you (particularly if the rear mudguard is not a fully fitting one!). The disadvantage is that if you don’t regularly check to see what’s going on behind, and if you have good legs on the day, you can easily forget about others keeping up – over enthusiasm perhaps!
Alan, Andrew, Malcolm, Robert
36 miles PC to PC
Four Wheelers met at PC for Andrew’s ride to this increasingly popular (especially for pie lovers) venue located a short distance from Wells and just down the road from Warham Camp. Conditions were dry and surprisingly mild with only a gentle breeze – perfect!
We followed a tried and tested route through Baconsthorpe and Edgefield and on to Briston. Craymere Beck was in full flow but the first through were quick to alert following riders of ice on the other side – yes it had been pretty cold the night before and the thaw hadn’t reached the shaded spots!
We continued on to Thurning, Hindolveston and Fulmodeston at which point we turned right to take us to Croxton and Barney and up to the A148. Safely across we reached Thursford, then Hindringham, Wighton and our mid ride destination at Warham but not before an invitation from our leader to explore the Camp – which we decided to leave for another time.
The Three Horseshoes was very welcoming with its open fire, tasty menu and selection of real ales (which 3 of the 4 just couldn’t resist). After such a hearty lunch a lack of calories was not going to be an issue and we set off in the direction of Binham. On reaching this pleasant village Andrew announced that we would approach Langham via Cockthorpe thus avoiding the reasonably steep and certainly long drag up the Langham Road. However in doing so we did experience our first taste of headwind but not strong enough to slow the pace substantially.
After Langham it was a straight route to Wiveton where we said goodbye to Andrew and began the long haul up Bridgefoot Lane on to the Holt Road and then Bridge Road all the way up to High Kelling and the Cromer Road. Having crossed to the other side of this busy road there was a final split as 2 of the remaining 3 decided to take the high road (the main road) back to Pretty Corner leaving Malcolm to wend his lonesome, solitary but not lonely, way via Geoff’s Corner to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane where he pondered completing today’s route back to PC but instead descended to Gresham and thereafter Bessingham, Thurgarton, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield and home.
Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride – a good day out and good company.
No punctures, no incidents, no (wet) mud, lights definitely needed as even on a good day it’s dark enough after 3.30ish and maybe even a bit before that.
Alan, Andrew, Malcolm, Robert
43 miles PC to PC (65 miles max)
This run was billed as The Horse and Groom at Tunstead but such were the conditions as 4 hardy souls met at PC that it was universally agreed that The Crown (with the prospect of an open fire) was the preferred venue. If any other Wheeler did venture out and went to Tunstead to meet us please accept our apologies!
As we approached Mill Road the weather was worsening but Malcolm had offered the others a reasonably mud free route to our revised venue and John S (the original leader for the day) was happy to let him get on with it.
After Aldborough we climbed Thwaite Hill and passed through Alby. On reaching the A140 it’s fair to say that we were all well and truly soaked but thankfully not soaked through except perhaps for hands and feet. The appalling resurfacing along White Post Road continuing in fact all the way to Suffield just added to the test as we then reached Colby and our lunch time destination at Banningham.
Except that we were too early for lunch and settled instead for hot chocolates all round plus of course that roaring log fire which would probably have dried out our various bits of cycling gear had we stayed longer. However we were soon back on the road. The rain had stopped but Malcolm decided a swift pedal along the Trans Norfolk Highway in the direction of North Walsham was a good idea while the remaining 3 headed back to PC and beyond.
Last week there was special praise to 2 Wheelers for “just going” so it’s only fair to give the same accolade to today’s intrepid group.
Alan, Andrew, John S, Malcolm
Various distances covered today by each of the riders with Andrew doing the most so he gets the gold star!
24 miles PC to PC