Bedfordshire News Letter No 158 July 2017.
Editorial Pat Owen
I find it hard to believe that it is over half a year since I produced the last newsletter. I hope you’ve enjoyed your cycling so far this year and will be making the most of the longer days and sun (we hope!) before autumn is all too quickly is upon us.
A couple of our regular riders have had health problems this year, which have curtailed their cycling. Richard Marshall, whom many of you will know, was taken ill just after Easter and spent some time in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Thankfully, he is now home and on the road to recovery and we hope to see him soon back on the bike – we missed him recently on the ‘Circuit of Bedford’ ride, which he has led for the past few years. Paul Hunter was also out of action for a while and we have sorely missed his valuable work on the developing website. We wish them both well and continuing good health.
Listed rides have been generally well attended lately and a couple of new rides have been added to our list (as well as the Veronica Brown memorial ride to Harrold Country Park in September). Brief notes on some recent rides, which I hope will encourage more of you to join the regulars, follow on page 2.
Also below – early details of the AGM in October. Please make a note in your diaries.
For some time members have been asking about cycling jerseys with our member group name as well as the CTC (now Cycling UK) logo. Many’s the time we’ve been put to shame on a ride as a group of well turned out fellow cyclists pass us in their distinctive club colours – they haven’t a clue as to who we are in our variety of cycling gear. You’ll be pleased to know that myself and Chantal Lewis have been working on this and we hope that by the AGM in October we will have our jerseys for sale.
The 2017 AGM will take place on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30pm. The venue will again be Friends’ Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford MK40 2BY. There will be a speaker or film after the business part of the meeting and details of this will be available a little nearer the time.
As well as the usual destinations, the early summer rides list included an outing to Stoke Bruerne and a train assisted ride. Unfortunately, I was away for both of these, so requested comments from some of those who took part. This is a flavour of what I learned: on the train assisted ride the conductor complained that there were too many bikes, one member was lost along the canal path (apparently taking too long photographing poplar trees that reminded her of her native France) and another got lost after a comfort break in Asda, Leighton Buzzard, being unable to find bike or group! When reaching Stoke Bruerne, one member was disappointed when his request for a bacon butty was refused because it was too late – he was met by indifference, even when he cried, ‘But we’ve come all the way from Bedford!’
The Circuit of Bedford ride took place on Thursday 20th July. Six set out from Bedford Park at 9.30am – yours truly started a little earlier, being conscious that I would be one of the slowest. The rain and wind was very off putting at the beginning but thankfully the weather improved as the day progressed. My ride was not without incident – my back wheel developed a problem as I reached Cranfield, just ahead of the main group. Unfortunately, assistance was required from my ‘mechanic’ (husband Steve!) and I was transported with bike back to Bedford. However, I rejoined the group a little later on another bike and finished with the others, having completed 50 miles of the 60 mile ride. My fellow cyclists are convinced it was just a ploy on my part to avoid tackling the notorious ‘maggot’ hill, just outside Houghton Conquest!