Rough Ride to Reepham on 29/2.

And another windy Saturday, but this time accompanied by a band of rain. Only the primrose yellow, 69 inch fixed, aluminium Geoff Paice and the Van Nicholas titanium with new Tiagra compact and a new Sputnik front wheel could make it out today for a particularly devious route to and from Reepham. The rain just about died out by 11.00, but a cold wet squall held itself in reserve for the last 15 minutes to the cafe, ensuring that the riders arrived wet.

Route: West Beckham, Bodham Hill, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Edgefield, Stody, Brinton, Briningham, Burgh Parva, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Themelthorpe, Kerdiston, Reepham station, Eade’s Mill, Sparham, Mill Street, Bawdeswell, Foxley, Themelthorpe, Guestwick Green, Nethergate, Thurning, Briston, Growle Abbey, Roper’s Farm, Little London, Saxthorpe, Mannington, Wolterton North Lodge (split, after planning next week’s run down to Yaxham Waters).

Sheringham to Sheringham: 62 miles – (Brian, you will have a touch over 70 miles).

Q. What are the mathematical odds against five Saturday club runs in February?

Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 26 February 2020

A cool north westerly brought dry, bright and breezy conditions for the 4 Wheelers who met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to Warham. Best wishes to Mark who couldn’t join us and lead the ride today due to a family commitment.

The route there and back allowed for few deviations or loops which meant that any extra miles would have to be tagged on to the end!

So the outward leg was Geoff’s Corner to High Kelling, Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe and Stiffkey (with the inevitable traffic problems to which we were slightly amused observers) followed by a brief foray on the Coast Road before taking the Stiffkey Road to our lunchtime destination.

An open fire and a friendly welcome followed by hearty food prepared us well for the return leg. Following a familiar path we passed Binham, Bale, Sharrington, All Saints Church, St Andrew’s Church, St Mary’s Church and the Stody Estate. Now feeling spiritually fit we pedalled on aided by a welcome tailwind to Edgefield and Plumstead and then to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane. Alan, nursing a chesty cough, decided on the West Beckham route back to PC. Kevin accompanied Malcolm to Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby and Suffield before he turned into the wind for home.

Although breezy (again) it was a good day to be out on the bikes. The roads were more about fallen debris than mud so not too much bike cleaning.

38 miles PC to PC (45 miles PC to Suffield)

Alan, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm

Tempestuous Peregrination to Mundesley

It was another windy Saturday for the ride out to the east coast and back. Three North Norfolk Wheelers followed a figure-of eight route by way of Erpingham, Banningham, Colby school, Rugg’s Hall, Antingham, Bradfield, Trunch Brewery Lane, Stump Cross, the Old Nurses’ Home, Mundesley Corner House, Paston, Edingthorpe, Dead Man’s Grave, Pigney’s Wood, Swafield, Bradfield, Tops Hill, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Sustead and Gresham church for the parting of the ways. One rider was blown to a standstill by a big gust along the Gunton station to Thorpe Market stretch.

The main body of the ride started and ended fixing punctures against the wall of Gresham church at 10.00 and 15.20 – (both hawthorns). As the only puncture-free rider, it was payback time for the 2019 Highest Number of Punctures award ‘winner’.

Geoff; Brian; Harvey – GBH, which is what the mid-morning squall felt like.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 51 miles.

Club Run to The Crown at Banningham 19 February 2020

Five Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Banningham.

Route out; Lower Gresham, Metton, Felbrigg, Crossdale Street, Northrepps, Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton, Paston Green, Edingthorpe Street, Bacton Woods, Briggate, Lyngate, Worstead, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington, Banningham. The last 10 miles was a mixed bag as we battled against a fairly strong headwind until we turned for Tuttington and then benefitted from a cross/tailwind to our lunchtime destination.

The Crown was busy but we found ourselves a table not far from the bar and we didn’t have to wait too long for our food. Conversation was mostly about the pros and cons of e-cars and the environment in general. We came to the conclusion that we (society) all had to decide what we were going to give up to try and slow down the almost inevitable destruction of the planet as we know it and on that note paid up and set off for the return leg.

There was a split at Colby and just 4 returned to PC by way of Alby Hill, Thurgarton, Bessingham and Gresham.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride.

Roads were mainly dry; the morning sunshine gave way to a cloudy and cooler afternoon but at least we missed the showers later on.

40 miles PC to PC

Andrew B, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

Rearranged run to Reepham

It was mild and blustery for the ride down to Reepham station. Three Wheelers left Pretty Corner to follow a very devious route, tacking in, out and across the rising wind by way of West Beckham, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Mannington, Itteringham, Moorgate, Silvergate, Abel Heath, Cawston, Brandiston, The Grove and Booton. A more westerly loop was followed on the way home, following the back roads past Whitwell Hall, Jordan Green, Themelthorpe, Foulsham, Wood Norton, a short, fast tailwind stretch of the B1110, Hindolveston, Thurning, Briston, Baconsthorpe, from where one continued to Sheringham and two rode on to Barningham Winter and Matlaske for a final parting of the ways.

Group: Mark; Brian; Harvey.

Sheringham to Sheringham 55 miles – (Brian, you will have 66).

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 12 February 2020

As Ciara fades away and Dennis has yet to arrive there was respite from the very strong winds, not to mention the rain and snow, as 5 Wheelers met at PC in bright but still very blustery conditions for Andrew’s ride to Langham. Due to an unfortunate incident last week, when Andrew’s winter bike suffered damage after it fell from a car mounted bike rack, he was on his summer bike. Conditions were also dry so all was well.

We followed a familiar path through Baconsthorpe and Hempstead to the outskirts of Holt before turning south westwards and the Hunworth Road to The Green and Stody. Thereafter Briningham, Melton Constable and Hindolveston. Then came a fairly tough stretch as we turned to follow the Fulmodeston Road to Croxton. After crossing the busy A148 we passed the Little Snoring Airfield and on to Thursford, Bale, Field Dalling and Langham. Andrew had maintained a good pace and after 28 miles from PC we were all looking forward to a rest, especially Malcolm who was suffering a lower back problem!

The Blue Bell was busy but the service excellent and we enjoyed a good refuel before stepping out into that cold wind to begin the return leg – at least it would be a tailwind! We made our way to Letheringsett and then the A-road to take us up to Holt. Using the old Cromer Road we soon left Holt before joining a cycle path alongside the A148 to High Kelling. At this point we said goodbye to the two Andrews and Malcolm led the trio up to Geoff’s Corner where the final split left 2 heading towards West Beckham and Sheringham and one lone rider continuing on to the junction of Red Barn Lane and Mill Road and thus almost completing the circuit back to PC.

Benefitting from a tailwind for most of his journey home, Malcolm didn’t feel too bad on arrival and still managed a bit of bike preening before a welcome hot shower!

Many thanks to Andrew for leading us on a great route and thanks to all for the company.

40 miles PC to PC (63 miles max)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark

Run down to Coltishall

Seven riders rode what one Wheeler described as a “circuitous route” to the Coltishall Red Lion and back. The more westerly outward route went by way of Banningham, Burgh Hall, Brampton, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, a detour round the back of Langmere Lakes, Frettenham and Heggatt Hall. Between Banningham and Brampton much attention focused on attempting to locate the source of the billowing black smoke to the west (which turned out to be the extensive derelict chicken huts at Marsham Fengate). The easterly leg back was via Belaugh Green, Crowgate Street, the International Farm Camp at Tunstead, Dilham, Honing, Bacton Wood, Edingthorpe, Knapton, Trunch, Gunton Station, Thorpe Market, Hanworth (split), Sustead and Gresham church (split).

Bunch: Barry; Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Ian S; Mark.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 62 miles.

Drive and Ride to The Staithe and Willow at Horning 5 February 2020

ride 5 Feb

Words by John S

There are some winter days when the weather conditions are perfect for cycling and this was one of them – and a Drive and Ride to boot! Marvellous!

8 met at the old Honing Station to follow John S on a ride that would take in lanes not normally travelled on Wednesdays.

Off we set on little lanes to Spa Common, up the hill past Bacton Woods and on to Walcott before dropping down to Ingham and Hickling. The A149 was crossed between Potter Heigham and Catfield but we had a bit of bother after this. One of the lanes on the route as we approached Horning was nothing more than a track with a gate barring passage. After a bit of deliberation, John opted to take it and so was launched the cyclocross section of the club! Still, it was a short stretch and mud can easily be removed from cleats!

The Staithe and Willow is situated in a most pleasant spot and the sunny conditions with little wind made it a really nice place to be; which is good, because after refuelling well, Alan noticed that his rear tyre was too flat at the bottom. It was speedily sorted, though, and off we set to return using a southern loop that passed just to the north of Wroxham and Coltishall before turning east at Skeyton. Here, Kevin left us and headed off back to Sheringham – yes, he had cycled over and easily claimed the “most miles” prize*.

Thereafter, it was Swanton Abbott and Worstead before getting back to Honing

42 miles Station to Station

Alan, Andrew C, Barry, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

8 Wheelers, 4 vehicles and 1 e-bike

Good company + (mostly) unfamiliar territory + a day when the weather gods are smiling = a super day out.

* After narrowly missing out on a few occasions in the past, this week’s gold star is awarded to Kevin after recording a creditable 75 miles.

Walsingham Barns with Geoff

Seven riders made an early start for the run out to the posh pie shop. On a marvellously mild and bright day with a strong south westerly, Geoff led the group by way of North Barningham, Baconsthorpe, Briston, Hindolveston and the Snorings. The pies weren’t worth the bother (if Scott is reading this). It was plain sailing for the tailwind return route via Hindringham, Brinton, Stody, Edgefield Cross Street, Bodham Hill, West Beckham and Upper Sheringham. Brian, in puritanical mood, then led the rump of the bunch up the steep banks of Cranfield Road, down Common Lane, along the coast road to West Runton and up Beacon Hill, before finishing off down the Lion’s Mouth, Sustead, Thurgarton and Aldborough.

Ben; Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Kevin; Malcolm.

One puncture – (front tyre deflating slowly between Walsingham and Sharrington).

Thanks Geoff.