Rideouts 2019

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2nd June – Aberystwyth

Sadly the weather forecast for this ride was spot on. OK in the early morning, raining in Bala and raining even heavier in Aberystwyth. That said, we all need some practice in the wet just to prove how good modern tyres are and to keep the confidence levels up. Some members took the instruction for the early stage of the ride to ‘follow the signs for Lake Vyrnwy’ too seriously and took the scenic route, happily they were not lost permanently and all gathered on the shores of Lake Bala for a coffee/comfort break.
Onwards to Aber to find that an unfortunate sole had driven his vehicle into a ditch on the mountain road leaving only enough space for motorcycles and city cars. Those with motorhomes, of which there were many faced a test of their reversing skills. No turning points on these roads! Ride leader Alex Hutchinson-Collier did his daily good deed and warned approaching drivers of the obstacle ahead.
As our group of around 15 bikes approached Aber the skies began to clear with even a hint of sunshine breaking through. The ride back via Newtown and Welshpool was in almost glorious sunshine providing a chance to dry our kit.
The guess the mileage competition was won by Glyn Jones our Tail End Charlie who was only 2 miles short of the actual mileage of 187.

Ride Leader – Alex Hutchinson-Collier
Tail End Charlie – Glyn Jones
Photos courtesy of Ken Swinton

12th May – Weston Park

The May rideout was created, organised and led by Charles Bridgeman who took a small group of members on a scenic route to his ancestral home at Weston Park located at Weston Under Lizard, Shropshire.
Mercifully the weather was excellent albeit a tad chilly first thing but soon warmed up under the bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine.
On arrival at Weston Park Charles gave us a potted history of his early days in the big house before finding a secluded stretch of road, private of course, where for a short period of time we allowed ourselves to behave like hooligans without the worry of many, many points being added to our licence.
Frivolities over we ventured to the Granary Deli for lunch before strolling through the grounds which were originally designed by Capability Brown and have been preserved in a sympathetic way that maintains a mix of many different species of trees and other plants.
Having topped up our wildlife and nature skills it was time for some culture. A tour of the house was led by the curator Gareth Williams assisted by Charles who between them provided a lengthy commentary and descriptions of the many interesting artefacts scattered around the house. The house tour ended with a look into Charles bedroom from when he was much younger, This is now a very expensive guest room and thankfully all remnants of Pink Floyd and Suzi Quattro posters have been removed.

Ride Leader – Charles Bridgeman
Tail End Charlie – Glyn Jones
Photos courtesy of Ken Swinton & Bill Croxon

7th April – Tanygrisiau

Having decided that March is not a good month for the initial riding season to start, and having had the previous two March rideouts cancelled due to inclement weather, I was very pleased to see a dry forecast for this months event.
Seventeen riders turned out at Montford Bridge and after the obligatory coffee and bacon bap headed off over the hills to Bala for a leisurely morning coffee break.
Lunch was at Tanygrisiau café which was bathed in glorious sunshine, the likes of which have not been seen on my rideouts for some years. I think the nickname of ‘Rain Bringer’ is grossly unfair.
After lunch the group travelled onwards across some very scenic hilltops to Rhug for afternoon tea.
The guess the mileage competition was won, due to an almost tied guess by Alex Collier and Simon Plevin who both guessed within 0.5 of a mile (133.5miles)

Ride Leader – Ken Swinton
Tail End Charlie – Glyn Jones
Photos courtesy of Ken Swinton & Bill Croxon