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Ride Reports / Re: Sundays Casual 26th June
« Last post by GaryGristwood on 26 June 2022, 18:07 »
Think I’d be disappointed if I was served beacon instead of bacon!! …..and I thought Orange Mabel was in Alcester not Alderminster??
Ride Reports / Sunday Club - 26th June 2022
« Last post by NickHawtin on 26 June 2022, 17:27 »
A much cooler, breezy but sunny start greeted this Sunday’s club ride after the more recent warmer rides.
The NSQ group set off at 9am, which consisted of 7 riders, with the Quicker group of 4 riders enjoying an extra 20 mins sleep and left at 9.20am. The aim was to try to all arrive at the café at the same time.
I think the usual expectation when I lead a ride is to head towards Broadway so I thought we’d go to the Cotswold Distillery for a change.
The ride headed out of Wellesbourne down the Walton Lane and on towards Tysoe, up Lady Elizabeth Hill and to Sibford Gower. The route was a bit undulating and we eventually arrived at the Cotswold Distillery. The 9.20am start time seems to work well as both groups arrived at the same time.
We were unsure on what to order as there was a lot of choice. We were all struggling with the size of the cake portions today but having said that, we all seemed to opt for triple decker cake!!!
The whole Sunday group sat and enjoyed the coffee/ cake banter until it started raining and the Quicker boys decided to move to the safer, dry indoor option.
After the cakes were consumed the NSQ decided to set off for the return leg. Not sure if they all looked at the route in detail, but I had balanced the route gradient about 50/50 both before and after the coffee stop. I did see some comments on Strava on my return about a Scorpion ride!!!!
The route back was pretty much uneventful heading over towards Shipston / Darlingscott / Compton Scorpion / Ebrington / Ilmington and back to Wellesbourne.
I did get a message from some of the NSQ chaps saying they took a short cut to miss some of the hills as they were recovering from Covid which I can understand.

Overall a good ride if a little breezy at times.

Distance was 54 miles with 3650ft climbing completed at 16.6 and 14.7mph by Quick and NQSQ, respectively.

Efe Tunc
Tony Daniels
Nick Dykes
Nick Hawtin (RL)

Paul Markwick
Steve Kirk
Scott Bottles
Rob Lillywhite
Mike Massey
Peter Dewis
Adrian Stubbings
Ride Reports / Sundays Casual 26th June
« Last post by MikeWallace on 26 June 2022, 15:29 »
Sunday 26th June
Great ride out to Alderminster.  Five riders, - Olwen, Chris H, Andy S, Larry and Mike W.
35 miles in beautiful sunshine and the unfortunate breeze.  A quick stop at Orange Mable Alderminster  for a  nice coffee and tasty cake.  Andy chatted up the chef for a beacon sandwich with crispy beacon but was a little disappointed on what was presented  !! I would have been as  well.
The wind seemed to be against us on the return as well as going out.  Great company and chat.
Elevation 1473
Speed 13.4
Miles 35

Mike Wallace
Ride Reports / Re: Dene 23 May 2022
« Last post by SteveKirk on 24 June 2022, 14:29 »
Hi Dave

Thanks for leading the ride yesterday.

Out of interest, did you have any problems with the GPX around Mollington? Mine had been perfect up til then but then got very confused and tried to convince me I'd finished the route in Farnbrough! In the end Steve T and I picked our own route back via Fenny Compton, Knightcote, Bishop Itchington, Chesterton and Lighthorne for a very long ride! (63 miles including to and from Tiddington)

Ride Reports / Hastings Ride Thursday 23 Jun
« Last post by GrahamSims on 23 June 2022, 19:31 »
50 miles,17 mph, 2,500 ft
Gary, Kevin, Paul, Scott, Gordon, Alan, Graham (RL), Peter, Lynn

On a hot humid Thursday morning 9 of us left the Rec for a 50 mile outing. The route  started with the short warm up Atherston climb, on to Ilmington, across to Mickleton and then it was the Campden Road climb. Through a busy Chipping Campden that included narrowly missing an over enthusiastic road side fan, luckily a good shout did the trick, although he missed getting his smart phone selfie with Gary.

The final longest climb was up past the quarries to the A44 - a good Strava segment one. Then down to Blockley with coffee at Veg. Matters. After dodging the showers the 4 hardier riders outside finished their wet coffee, while the insiders were the dry sensible ones. To complete the shorter flat run home was polished off in a good time avoiding the showers and maybe saving on a bike wash.
Ride Reports / Dene 23 May 2022
« Last post by DavidSeal on 23 June 2022, 17:33 »
With a favourable weather forecast, at least for the morning and early afternoon, 14 intrepid travellers left Wellesbourne heading for Pillerton Priors. Straight through to Fulready where we picked up another rider and then past Whatcote looking forward to the first climb of the day, through Winderton and up to Epwell. Shutford whizzed by, Hanwell was a blur as we sped on, the undulating terrain providing some entertaining(!) cycling. The coffee stop at Cropredy allowed a rather long rest after the ups and downs of the morning. The extended stop meant that some people had to split off and head directly home to meet other commitments.

The second half of the route was mostly flat, flashing through Farnborough, Arlescote, Radway and Kineton, before reaching Wellesbourne and home. Some light rain at the end just served to cool everybody down.

Riders: Paul Bannister, Guy Canning, Katriona Collins, Chris Gibbons, Tim Hawkes, Olwen Kelly, Steve Kirk, David Seal, Trevor Shaw, Andy Spink, David Thomas, Steve Toms, John Tuck, Jane Vaughan, Mike Wallace

43.7 miles @ 13.8mph
Ride Reports / Mountford 23 June 22
« Last post by RichardBacon on 23 June 2022, 16:32 »
With a forecast of hot and sunny, 7 of us set off to Loxley and Alderminster, where 3 more lined the merry throng.  Wimpstone, Admington and past Kiftsgate before a big wheee down to Mickleton.  Along to main road for a couple of miles to Meon Vale and the excellent and welcoming community cafe, where the sky clouded over and started to drip.  Some off-road miles down The Greenway and through the Rec at Stratford, and back to Welly as the drips resumed.  30 enjoyable miles @ 12.1

Richard and Susan
Ian H

From Al'mster
Ian B
Ride Reports / Tuesday Evening 21 June
« Last post by PaulMarkwick on 22 June 2022, 14:12 »
Due to popular demand, I changed the start time to 6.30.  This was so popular only 3 turned out, on this most glorious summer evening.
We took the SW route, Pimlico Road, Trinity Mead, Clifford Chambers, Milcote, Long Marston, Lower Quentin, Alderminster, Loxley, where we refreshed at The Fox, with an entirely appropriate Solstice Ale, and home.

26 mikes at 16.6 mph, climbing 900’

Tony Beesley,
Rob Lillywhite
PM (rl)

Would like to see a few more next week please?
Ride Reports / Sunday Casual June 19th
« Last post by JohnTuck on 21 June 2022, 13:29 »
Larry led this Sundays ride in fine conditions to the Barn for coffee via Loxley, Alderminster, Wimpstione, Ilmington, Quinton, the Barn then Welford, Luddington , cemetery path and Alveston hill by the Croft. 30 miles at 13 average 1,100 ft climb.
Tony Beasley
Rebecca Prince
Richard Horseman
Maxine Horseman
Larry Coltman
Ride Reports / Sunday Club Ride - 19th June
« Last post by AndrewMarcroft on 19 June 2022, 17:04 »
After sweltering heat on Friday and monsoon rain on Saturday, Sunday was thankfully a less extreme weather day.  A sunny start greeted the 10 riders (4 Quick and 6 NSQ) meandering their way through the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire lanes to a tea stop at the Warmington Herb Centre.

The route left Wellesbourne via Moreton Paddox to Lighthorne, crossed the B4100 and made its way across to Bishop’s Itchington via Chesterton Hill.  From there the riders took Hambridge Road across to Knightcote, pausing briefly for a “gate relay” with some other riders, before continuing to Fenny Compton and up to the Helidon mast via Priors Hardwick.  On the descent towards Byfield the riders diced with an eclectic mix of classic cars on a local rally – a theme which then continued for much of the ride.  After not the smoothest of descents past Boddington reservoir (actually pretty dreadful!) the riders turned and headed past the HS2  building site (on yet more roads which were “fairly dreadful”) across to Claydon, Mollington and then up Warmington Hill to a well earned tea stop.

Quicks and NSQ’s arrived together, sat outside and enjoyed the usual selection of cakes and beverages offered by the Herb Centre team.

The return leg was completed on the silky smooth tarmac of Warwickshire, the riders taking Camp Lane across to Edgehill, encountering the same classic car rally and also classic motorcycles en route to Winderton, Honnington and a loop from there  (encountering classic cars again for the 3rd time) back to Fulready via the ford.  From there the riders returned to Wellesbourne via Pillerton and Walton Hall.

Ride Stats:
Distance:  61.8 miles
Ascent:  3100ft

NSQ Average:  16.1 mph
Quicks Average:  17.6 mph

Tony Daniels
Nick Dykes
Nick Hawtin
Efe Tunc

Not So Quicks
Scott Bottles
Peter Dewis
Rob Lillywhite
Andrew Marcroft (RL)
Mike Massey
Ashley Sherren
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