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Archive for January 2009

Six get wet in Essex (and Herts)

Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2009 by Jon McColl

Rain, arrive Liverpool Street to be greeted by five enthusiastic 3* riders. Out to Bishopsgate. Rain. Steady pace. Past the delights of über-cool Shoreditch. 1km – puncture. Drizzle. Two inner-tubes & thirty minutes later we’re off again sampling the pleasures of the back-streets of Hackney, Homerton & Clapton Park. Yet more rain.

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From LCC

Posted on Wednesday 21 January 2009 by Nick Bloom

I am writing on behalf of London Cycling Campaign to invite members of your group to a unique and inspiring night ride on the evening of 7 March 2009

London Cycling Campaign will be holding a ‘Birds on Bike’s’ Night Ride Event to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The ride is female focussed but not exclusive to females. We will be welcoming women, their friends, colleagues and families to take to two wheels and light up the streets to celebrate Women and their achievements for this annual worldwide event!! It is the perfect opportunity for you to celebrate women who have made a positive difference in your community, your businesses, mums, grans, friends, colleagues etc. more »

Avoiding Harlow – January 18th 2009.

Posted on Tuesday 20 January 2009 by Ken Peters

Usual winter ride stuff; midweek was spent watching weather forecasts and trying to work out the prospects of a decent turnout or whether it was going to be a ride for the hardcore only.

Oops, I almost forgot that there was the all too frequent email from Richard about rail engineering works so a little reworking of the route was done. Once that had happened all that was left was to do the ride but not before suffering some kind of drastic upset which caused me to warn the Hon Sec that I may not be able to lead. more »

Local boy may let you fondle his alpacas

Posted on Monday 19 January 2009 by Bob Davis

Well, no alpaca fondling as we took a different route. The weather had been really cold until the day before and I had had a cold for a couple of weeks, only just about up for the ride. So not going to plan, no question of meeting at Tally Ho for a ride out, and I set off from Kings X, to be met by Rory Rhodes (back from an unfit few weeks off in USA), Roger Fretwell and Kay Bettis. Nick Bloom got on at Ally Pally. Gerrard Veglio met us at Hertford North having ridden out from NE London. more »

Bleak Midwinter

Posted on Tuesday 6 January 2009 by Nick Bloom

Numb fingers, warm train, cold lanes, coffee / open hearth, tailwind along the front, fish and chips, head down, shouts of Ice!, broken path, missed turn, back on route, bit of up, warm train, empty in town, hot bath.

Sheep (1 deceased), lapwings, badger (ex), cute donkeys.

Ashford, Kingsnorth, Blisington, St Mary in the Marsh, Dungeness, Lydd, Buckland, Snargate, Hamstreet, Bromley Green, Ashford.

Nick Bloom, Paul Foster, Jon McColl Richard Philpott, John Snuggs, Stephen Taylor, Inez Thorn, Gerrard Veglio.

4 Star Ride to Westmill Sunday 14th December

Posted on Tuesday 6 January 2009 by Keith Butcher

Having tried to get Stephen Taylor to both lead the ride (the dreaded cold had struck me down) at which he did great, and also to write up the blog but with less success, I would like to thank the 7 riders of a gentle, and half day 4 star kind of ride.

Due to my lack of energy and excess of cold we gentled it out of Highbury, and put in a mid-morning re-fuelling stop at the River Garden centre just outside of Hertford, a regular Saturday morning haunt of ours.

Since the day was still cold but brightening up we pushed on to the quaint and friendly tea shop at Westmill, through some lovely flood water/large puddles- Sadly the post office at Westmill is closing, but the tea shop lives on. more »

Redbourn Museum

Posted on Sunday 4 January 2009 by Charles Harvey

This was a most select ride – just four of us, Jacob Bigio, Sandra Roscoe, Pat Wheeler and Charles Harvey. Since we had amongst our number a doctor, a medical student and a hospital librarian, much of the conversation was medical though happily the ride was incident free and none of this knowledge was required. Though there were some engineering works on the Thameslink line, the train arrived at St Albans on time. It was very cold so the arrivals jumped at the chance of a coffee in the Café Roma before the ride set off. more »

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