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Archive for April 2009

The Bluebell Ride: Through the Looking Glass

Posted on Monday 27 April 2009 by Martin Hayman

No matter if you know the route,  the Bluebell Ride  always holds out the promise of surprise and delight. By contrast with last year, when it rained heavily, this year’s edition promised good sunshine. I arrived to find  a good posse of our own who had arrived by train, and at the last moment even George showed up.

That was the last I saw of him: he, Richard, Rory and Roger got out of the car park promptly and disappeared down Saint Martin’s Drive amidst the green-and-white jerseys of the home side, Willesden CC, while a group of Keith and Naomi, Stephen, Charlie and me was still dawdling about. more »

Easter in Devon

Posted on Saturday 25 April 2009 by John Aizlewood

Monday 6th April
John and Paul rode out separately, meeting at Wallingford for tea, and then on to a B&B in Goring. Paul had already broken a toe strap. 82km

Tuesday 7th

Over the hills to coffee at Kingsclear. Then a climb over the Hampshire downs and along the Test valley against a persistent head wind to Salisbury Youth Hostel. 94km

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Flanders Fields

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2009 by Naomi Wolf

Stephen Taylor on the Tour of Flanders Sportive

Phoenix Easter Reliability Ride

Posted on Friday 17 April 2009 by Camille Savory

We let the fast boys get away, said goodbye to our escorts through suburbia, and watched Keith, Naomi, John, James, Richard and Paul go up the road, leaving Nick and I to roll through Essex in the drizzle feeling rather more autumn than spring. Just at the point of warming up, if not drying out, there was a warning of ‘diesel’ and a group clustered by the side of the road, which I thought was ‘not us’…. until Paul’s phone-call requesting a Land Rover to the rescue.

So, the Land Rover pilot headed back (safely via the signposted short route). After a moment’s hesitation, I said a quick prayer to the God of Gatorskins, and put my head down. Apart from the odd fairy victim speeding past me, all there was for company was my average speed and the plentiful jaunty yellow route-signs. The rest were still at the half-way checkpoint when I rolled in, but shortly left me to the home-made flapjack on offer.

Essex was fairly peaceful, with even a glimmer of sunshine, and reasonable headway was made – bar pauses to scarf fig-rolls. By the time I started to flag as suburbia hove into view, I was managing to pass more than passed me. The time-keepers were still waiting with cheery smiles, pleased by the assurance of a good if slightly boring day, and keen to re-assure us Paul had been picked up and transported back slowly but safely, with suspected torn ligaments. Really well organized and friendly, so do look out for this next year – hopefully I’ll have some company.

Ride Out Into Essex

Posted on Tuesday 14 April 2009 by Ken Peters

April 5th 2009

So, in once more into the wilds of Essex with a ride out from sunny Tottenham. Not all the usual 3-star suspects were there as the ‘Finsbury Park Massive’ aka Naomi, Keith and Steve were off in Flanders being ‘ard and Charlie was unable to join either the Flandrian Three or ourselves as his injury is still keeping him away from the roads.

There were plenty of faces already at Tottenham Hale by the time I arrived and with a few others who made it after I did including Paul who suffered in the Tottenham one-way system we were 14 in all. more »

Company wanted

Posted on Friday 10 April 2009 by Martin Hayman

I’d really like to ride this, and some company would be good:

Tour of the Cornfields 2009

The Tour of the Cornfields will reach its third year when the cyclo-cross sportive goes ahead on 6 September. more »

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