The Wye Not – 25 March
Clocks have gone forward, sun is shining – what a difference a week makes – just in time for the next Monument, The Wye Not. The groups converged at the north side of the Avonmouth Bridge to collect the other riders before setting off through the industrial lands of Avonmouth, where aside from the occasional HGV and plenty of potholes, the direct roads enabled a brisk pace to the Severn Bridge – crossing the river with the clear sky allowing the spectacular views to be enjoyed without the usual battle with crosswinds.
After entering Wales and passing through Chepstow, a well deserved coffee and cake at the Dive Centre
After a short break, a few decided to meander back to Clevedon leaving two groups heading on to the Wye Valley – where quiet roads, delightful countryside and sunshine were enjoyed – a little confusing with the geography having gone from England to Wales, back into England and then crossing back into Wales with only one big river crossing – a slight challenge arose in the valley with a road closure, the diversion heading up a somewhat steeper ascent than the intended route for one of the groups
As the river and valley was left behind the route returned to Chepstow and back over the bridge, where there was a welcome tailwind to help those with weary legs back to Clevedon – a total of 80+ miles and over 5 hours of riding meant a well deserved rest before the evening Awards and Social event
No Ride – 18th March
Even the most foolhardy admitted defeat to the Beast of the East 2, so no ride – a very rare occurrence for the club, but then again not very normal conditions
Thought Godney Was On The Levels
Six times as many riders this week (12) made it to Congresbury and they duly set off for Godney in two groups, both of which opted for somewhat circuitous routes which included a fair amount go climbing, including the iconic Cheddar Gorge. Being Mother’s Day meant only nine of the original riders made it to Godney (others having to sneak home before their absence was noticed), but the stalwarts were rewarded with the usual delicious cake selection (including the largest flapjack slices yet discovered at one of our sunday coffee stops – there was a steady stream of cyclists stopping off from across the region so we aren’t the only ones to have noticed)
After refreshments the circuitous theme continued, taking in Mark and the Allertons on the way home, resulting in a good 100km spin, which despite taking in the levels managed 850m of climbing as well.
Unusually an outbreak of caution set in due to the snow and forecasts of a freeze resulting in most deciding to have a lie in / get the turbo out / watch highlights of the Strade Bianche and then stage 1 of Paris Nice – a couple of souls did venture out rewarded with empty roads, an empty cafe and very little snow / slush
Have noticed that there seems an increasing focus on weather in these news snippets so wondering whether need a change in the site name and focus…
First Monument – Randonee au Plat
Despite the threatened freeze, there was a good turnout for the first Monument of the year – a relatively flat route of 100km and decent headwind stretched the legs and the pace of the two groups.
A typically busy Sweets providing welcome refreshment before heading back -an occasional respite from the headwind enabling riders to put the hammer down and take advantage of the terrain. As we returned towards Clevedon some tired legs started to creep in but the attraction of the full 5 points ensured the full route (Clevedon to Clevedon) was completed
North of The Wall
The two groups massed at the North side of the Bridge and set off in a pincer movement for Old Down and Berkley. At Old Down it was discovered there had been some refurbishment and moving around, but the Inters weren’t to be fooled and managed to stumble across the new cafe – with some help from the visitor outside (with her dogs) who was a little upset dogs were now banned from the cafe! The parrot is still there having been re-homed
No wildlings were sighted but during the trip back we witnessed the kindness and fantastic help of some locals following a slight mishap to one of the group – they were brilliant, Thank You (the individual involved is is ok, if a little bruised)
Not Spring Yet
The massed ranks of recent weeks but a little reduced this week due to half term, rugby, holidays and general day to day life getting in the way, but 15 hardy souls braver the elements and were rewarded with glimpses of blue sky as they climbed up not to the Mendips. Both groups wisely opted for Andre’s as the coffee stop given the cold wind and despite taking over the entire cafe, were welcomed and rewarded with the usual, excellent cake selection.
Reluctantly the warmth of the cafe (some even had found a heater) was left behind for the muddy back lanes as the riders attempted in vain to hide from the wind
At The Seaside But No Ice Cream
A strong turnout for today’s ride with the promise of the Gall Express for 100km for the Fast Group, which took in Burrington and Cheddar en route to Burnham where the Intermediate 14 were enjoying coffee and cake
The headwinds on the way back were offset by the blue sky and sunshine (let’s hope we see all more of this now)
Glasto – 28 Jan
Evening Soirée and Award Ceremony – 25th March
This years Evening Soirée & Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday March 25th (6.00 till 9.00pm) At The LimeHouse (Lounge Bar, 59 Hill Road, Clevedon) which is under new ownership
Tickets are £15pp – see events page for more details, menu and how to book your place – Partners/Guests very welcome.
Damp – 21 Jan
The heavy rain and wind deterred many from riding but the Three Amigos from the Fast Group and a sole Intermediate rider headed out for a cold and wet 50 miles
Sweets – 14th Jan
The second Sunday of the year saw a good turnout despite the cold, with two groups leaving Congresbury – the Fast Group heading up Cheddar Gorge to warm up en route to Sweets, the Intermediate Group choosing a slightly flatter and equally scenic route via the Poldens. Despite a few mechanical issues the Groups met at Sweets where the fire was very welcome