Walsingham Pies and Miles 22 April

Two  club members left Pretty Corner and rode to Itteringham Bridge where a third was waiting to join them for the club run to Walsingham . We rode back towards PC from Itteringham and turned left to go past the great house and gardens of Mannington Hall. From here we turned left to go to Corpusty and then over the hills towards Briston via Horseshoe Lane. From here we rode on minor roads turning left down Sandy Lane and a bundle of back roads to Hindolveston. It was then a quick canter down to Kettlestone and across the main road via the Snorings and past the “oldest round church” in Norfolk.

With the temperature a mean 8 there was no loitering and we made our way to the famous pie café. Here, we were joined by GT looking fit and fast.

After pie’s galore we set sail for home, now facing a bitter cold wind which had been building all day. The route home was via Hindringham to Sharrington and then towards to Edgefield. Instead of riding directly to Hempstead, GT took us on a more entertaining route to Edgefield where the riders split into two groups..

A good days ride, no rain, 50 miles and a few more for one or two.

GP would like to say thanks to his comrades who helped him round the route after being his first club run out for over a months due to back problems.

Role of honour : Brian P, Guy T, Nick and Geoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Club Run on 11 March to Pensthorpe

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)

North Norfolk Wheeler Fun Day – 10 September 2016

North Norfolk Wheeler Fun Day – 10 September 2016

The committee have decided that Saturday 10 September 2016 will be our Fun Day with activities to suit all club members.

The day will start with a 10 mile time trial on the Sheringham to Holt circuit. The event will be on standard bikes and only open to club members. There will be awards for many different categories. So, if you want to have a go at a time trial or have not ridden one for a long time then this is your chance. Similar, if you are a regular rider on time trials then this is your chance to show what can be achieved on a standard bike.

Following on from this there will be a club run for all members through the lanes of Norfolk to a café for a break. The club run will be split into two or three groups if there are sufficient numbers.

Then its’ back to Pretty Corner for a buffet where the time trial awards will be made…

A range of high quality winter club clothing from a new supplier will be on display and available for purchase.

All members and their family/friends are welcome. You can just join us at Pretty Corner Tea Gardens for the buffet if you don’t fancy a ride!”

Please make every effort to attend – with you there it will be a success but without you maybe not.

MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON

Club Run to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park – 16 July 2016

Club Run to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park – 16 July 2016

In complete contrast to the previous week’s diabolical weather, hot warm sunshine with little wind, greeted these Saturday riders on their journey down to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park.

However, with not a cloud in the sky one club member was surprised when what appeared to be rain, fell upon him. It was in fact a farmers irrigation system spraying water a little too near the road for comfort.Going an unconventional route, we rode from Pretty Corner to Thwaite Common and then to Ingworth to pick up another club member. Then it was on to Silvergate, Oulton Street, Tyby, Guestwick, Nethergate, Hindolveston and then Kettlestone. Memories of the previous week’s torrential rain came back to life for a short while as we crossed the path of our previous route.

The café was its usual busy self and we had the pleasure of sitting outside basking in unbroken sunshine. Then it was time to get back on the saddle for the homeward run.

The return was via: Little Ryburgh, Stibbard, Wood Norton, Foulsham, Pettywell, Reepham, Booton, Abel Heath, Aylsham, Calthorpe, Wickmere, Thurgarton,Bessingham and finally, Pretty Corner.

At Aylsham, a chance meeting took place with Robin Rush in a van with a mobil workshop in tow.

On the way back to Sheringham rain yet again could be seen in the distance falling in torrents on Cromer but for once we managed to miss it and only had puddles to contend with.

This was one of those days that cyclists dream of – clear roads, sky’s and good café.

Thank you one and all.

PC to PC: 66 miles Ingworth to Ingworth: 45 miles

Max: 80 miles.

Role of Honour: Trevor, Harvey and Geoff

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Crane hits 90 !!

Keith Crane hits 90 !!

As many of you will know, Keith Crane, our long term club member and Ex President, hit 90 years of age today.

To mark this auspicious occasion Geoff Paice, Club President, Chris Knowles, Chairman, and Geoff Poulter , met with Keith at his home in Cromer to present him with a magnificent cake baked and decorated by Aunty Sam’s cakes of Upper Sheringham. Also, Keith was given two birthday cards, one from the time trial guys and one from the Wednesday and Saturday rides.

Keith was overjoyed to receive the cards and cake and sends his thanks to everyone.

A couple of facts about Keith that few are aware of: He is the last of the NNW who saw active service in the Second World War and also he is and excellent wood carver.

Happy Birthday Keith from us all and we look forward to your 100 !

 

North Norfolk Wheeler Fun Day – 10 September 2016

North Norfolk Wheeler Fun Day – 10 September 2016

The committee have decided that Saturday 10 September 2016 will be our Fun Day with activities to suit all club members.

The day will start with a 10 mile time trial on the Sheringham to Holt circuit. The event will be on standard bikes and only open to club members. There will be awards for many different categories. So, if you want to have a go at a time trial or have not ridden one for a long time then this is your chance. Similar, if you are a regular rider on time trials then this is your chance to show what can be achieved on a standard bike.

Following on from this there will be a club run for all members through the lanes of Norfolk to a café for a break. The club run will be split into two or three groups if there are sufficient numbers.

Then its’ back to Pretty Corner for a buffet where the time trial awards will be made…

A range of high quality winter club clothing from a new supplier will be on display and available for purchase.

All members and their family/friends are welcome. You can just join us at Pretty Corner Tea Gardens for the buffet if you don’t fancy a ride!”

Please make every effort to attend – with you there it will be a success but without you maybe not.

 

MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON

For Sale

FOR SALE

I have for sale a Cervelo S3 (54cms) 2015.
Ridden about a dozen times towards the back end of last summer. In very good condition.

Shimano 11 speed Di2,
Rotor 3D crank,
Shimano DuraAce clincher wheel set with Schwalbe One  23mm tyres,
and Cervelo Carbon aero bars from an S5.
My Consultant has told me not to ride in such an aggressive position when I’m able to get out on the road. I have considered one or two modifications to make it a more upright ride, but, frankly, this would look and feel pretty ridiculous on what is really a bike built for racing. So, reluctantly, I’ve decided to sell.
I’ll be popping it round to Greg at Black Bikes in a day or two, so it can be viewed there.
Open to offers from anyone who’s in the market for an N+1.
Should add that the aero bars probably make it more like a 54.5 than a 54, but still have the originals if anyone prefers those.
David Carrier.

Club Run to The Great Deluge – 9 July 2016

Club Run to The Great Deluge – 9 July 2016 

This club run was originally billed as one to the Hoe café of Inspirations and with that in mind four club members turned up for a Saturday treat. One, totally oblivious of the impending rain storm about to descend upon the group, even came out without a rain top.

Leaving Pretty Corner we made our way to Corpusty where we had fading expectations of further riders. By now the rain was falling not in buckets but bath tubs on the riders. The roads had by now given way to rivers and there was as much water coming up as coming down.

A committee meeting was taken and the vote was to ride for another hour to see if the weather would improve. Our route was Little London (now Little Venice), Wood Dalling (the Bermuda Triangle), Tyby, Foulweathersham and finally Bintree Mill Underwater.It was here that a decision was taken to ride back to base as the continuing downpour showed no sign of abating.

And just when you thought things could not get any worse one rider punctured. Fixing wheels in pouring rain is an art form – especially when the valve decides to extracts itself from the inner tube. A few miles later the tyre deflated again to more consternation of the rider. However, North Norfolk wheelers are made of stern stuff and with no problems the wheel was fixed and homeward bound we rode.

Our way home was via Guist, Hindolveston, Craymere, Briston, Baconsthorpe and West Beckham. It was at the Hindolveston cross road we said farewell to Barry the sun finally put in an appearance which was by now a little late.

BUT better days are ahead and next Saturdays ride will be in glorious sunshine

Order of Merit: Barry, Geoff, Graham, Harvey.

Distances: 38-54 miles – (non-stop, but two punctures).

 

 

 

 

 

Club Run Accident – Malcolm – Updated

Malcolm writes:

I was discharged from the Norfolk and Norwich yesterday and am now at
home in recovery.

Apart from the inevitable cuts and bruises the actual treated injuries
were a closed fracture of the left distal radius (wrist joint) which
has been fixed with a plate and screws and a left acetabular fracture
(fractured left hip socket) which has been left to heal naturally.
This will mean non weight bearing for about 8 weeks (by which time my
wrist will be healed) and then back on the road in a further month all
being well.

After a long recovery from last year’s accident I am obviously having
a bit of difficulty coming to terms with this and am pretty angry with
the dog owner for not having his dog on a lead or at least waiting
with his dog until the road was clear. As far as I know the dog is
okay (at least it was immediately after the impact) – tough as old
boots these labradors.

I am sad to miss (what should at least be) the warmest and sunniest
part of the year but look forward to the time when I can join you on
club runs again.

All the best

Malcolm

 

We wish Malcolm the very best return to riding with us

 

Geoff

 

 

I am extremely sorry to report that on Wednesdays club run there was an accident in which one of our riders – Malcolm Stanley –  was seriously injured. The incident took place as we headed for Briston and was due to a person not having control over his dog which was loose and ran into the path of the group causing the accident. An ambulance was called for and Malcolm was taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

The latest information we have is that he appears to have sustained a broken his wrist, fractured his pelvis, and a third fracture of his hip joint.

I will keep you updated as and when we hear further details of how Malcolm is progressing.

Club Run to The Waxham Great Barn – 2 July 2016

Club Run to The Waxham Great Barn – 2 July 2016 

We had ridden to this destination earlier in the year when the weather threw everything at us on the outward and even on the homeward ride.This time we expected an easier day with a fair wind and just the hint of rain. With two from Pretty Corner and two more from Banningham we set out on this classic club run.

The route out was via Sustead, Banningham, Hylton Crossways, Swanton Hill, Honing, Brumstead, Ingham, Calthorpe.

The café was strangely quiet with few visitors which meant service was fast. Bearing in mind the ever darkening sky’s we did not linger and made a fast “exit”.

Our route back was via Happisburgh Common, Crostwight Heath, Dilham, Worstead, Skeyton, Tuttington, Erpingham.

Our luck finally ran out as we headed for Skeyton and rain fell from the heavens making the group of four fracture with two riders heading for home at a rate of knots and the remaining two hammering home to Sheringham and beyond. With the temperature dropping like a stone this part of the ride was reminiscent of our previous club run. Thankfully the weather did not hold for long and warm sunshine returned to dry us by the time we arrived home.

Another excellent ride despite the weather.

Roll of Honour: Trevor, Malcolm, Harvey and Geoff

Showers 1 Punctures 1

PC to PC: 66 miles

Banningham to Banningham: 45 miles

Max: 78 miles

Next week, picking up at Corpusty village green (10.35) for Inspirations, Hoe. Come along and join the superb club run on many unknown lanes!