Rideouts 2021
June  – Crossgates roundtrip
Finally after many months of restrictions due to Covid-19 we are able to run our monthly rideouts again, at least for the time being.  Ride Coordinator Charles Bridgeman arranged for a trip through Much Wenlock via Buildwas then to Craven Arms Discovery Centre for coffee and leg stretch then on to Crossgates for lunch. After lunch we followed some caravans back to Newtown for a brief leg stretch then back to Shrewsbury. The weather was a bit grim in the morning with heavy rain in the Telford area but warmed up nicely for lunch and bright sunshine in the afternoon. It was good to see familiar faces and also some non members who wished to join us on the run to see how things worked. We hope they had a good day and look forward to seeing them again in the future.
Ride Leader – Charles Bridgeman
Tail End Charlie – Tim Moore
Photos courtesy of Ken Swinton & Bill Croxon
July – Stone, Peaks and Nantwich
Todays ride was led by Dave Johnson who led a band of 6 intrepid riders through what can only be described as a soggy day. I believe there were some dry and sunny spells which hopefully allowed the riders good views of the surrounding areas. The route taken from Shrewsbury through to Newport then Stone and a brief stop at McDonalds in Meir for a coffee and comfort break. Onwards into the peaks stopping at Flash Bar Cafe for lunch. After lunch heading west past the Cat and Fiddle, through Holmes Chapel, then to Ma Bakers at Prees Heath where the ride ended. Thanks to Alan Fowles for stepping is as Tail End Charlie at very short notice.
Ride leader – Dave Johnson
Tail End Charlie – Alan Fowles
Photos courtesy of Alan Fowles
August – Newtown, Crossgates, Craven Arms
This months ride was created and led by Hugh Trevor-Jones, possibly due to the improved weather conditions and the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions there was an increased number of riders (16) taking part this month. After a cloudy start at Montford Bridge the ride ventured to Newtown for a comfort break before heading along the excellent A483 to Crossgates.  After lunch the group took the very scenic route through Knighton and Clun to the Discovery Centre at Craven Arms, where by chance a classic car rally added interest to the day. The final leg of the ride was via Much Wenlock to Dinkys Dinahs.
Ride leader – Hugh Trevor-Jones
Tail End Charlie – Tim Moore
Photos courtesy of Bill Croxon & Ken Swinton
September – Broseley, Ludlow, Elan Valley, Dinky’s Diner
Todays ride was planned and led by Kevin Fletcher and attracted around 17 riders including a couple of guests who came along to see how we function, we hope to see them again. Happily and despite a chilly start to the day it warmed nicely to a staggering 25 degrees. All roads were good with few caravans or tractors with the group heading towards Ludlow food hall for a morning cuppa and a leg stretch. Onwards with a brief stop at Crossgates for fuel to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre for lunch. After lunch  heading back through Rhayader circumnavigating Newtown and ending at Dinky’s.
No photos this time as we were all far too busy enjoying the ride and catching up with members and guests.
Ride Leader – Kevin Fletcher
Tail End Charlie – Tim Moore
October – Montgomery, Abermule, Rhayader, Pen-Y-Bont, Craven Arms
Martin Powell was our ride leader this month after stepping at short notice. A group of 8 experienced riders met at Montford Bridge and ventured out on one of Martins more challenging routes through Mid Wales.
Ride Leader – Martin Powell
Tail End Charlie – Bryan Murphy
Video courtesy of Bill Croxon Photos courtesy of Bryan Murphy
November – Newtown, Knighton, Bishops Castle
This ride was led by Phil Noble, leaving Montford Bridge Cafe on a day much improved from the previous day. We took a scenic route via Chirbury, Montgomery and Abermule to Newtown for a comfort stop. Then, onwards avoiding the main route and heading over the hills towards Beguildy then on to Knighton for lunch. Due to a blockage of the proposed route the return trip to Shrewsbury was via Clun and Pontesbury. Turnout was good for the time of year with 12 bikes at peak time.
Ride Leader – Phil Noble
Tail End Charlie – Dave Johnson