Cycling UK Louth Summer BBQ
14th July 2019
A few of our members were away this weekend and had to miss out on the annual Summer BBQ. For a number of years, it's been Barry and Jim that have very kindly hosted the proceedings but this year, Rob Whitworth had agreed to have 'Team Cycling UK Louth' descend at his home in Theddlethorpe. Bernie Hobill would be Master Chef.
Rob Whitworth and Alan Hockham had cycled into Louth, meeting up with Rob Coook and Tim Newbery at the Meridian Leisure Centre. Skies were disappointingly dark and there was a brisk north to north east wind making it feel a little cool. On our route out to Covenham St Mary we even had to contend with a sharp shower but good progress was made towards Grainthorpe. Turning south east on the A1031 gave us a welcome tail wind which continued all the way to Oasis Lakes and the Cafe. 10.45 am and exactly on schedule.
Making sure we didn't 'spoil lunch' just a few nibbles and some hot drinks were enjoyed over a pleasant chat.
Less than 10 miles to Theddletorpe with time on our side, but Rob and Alan put on a burst of speed along the Mablethorpe Road, obviously enjoying the increasingly sunny skies. Arriving at 'Veandar' just after midday we were warmly greeted by Chris and Ying Owen who had arrived just ahead of us. Jean, Bernie, Viz and their respective family members also gave us a warm welcome and guided us to a table loaded down with an assortment of salad, rice, fish and nibbles whilst there was a choice of beers and soft drinks also waiting for us. At the grill was Bernie putting the finishing touches to burgers, sausages and chicken. Absolutely splendid and we much appreciated all the hard work that had gone into the preparation and cooking.
After a short while we were also very pleased to see Reg Bagshaw arrive. Reg had ridden a few extra miles than he had intended.
Having been so well looked after by our hosts, Tim and Rob accompanied Reg back to Grimoldby via the Carltons whilst Alan made for home. 60 km (37 miles) covered for the Louth contingent and 75 km (47 miles) for Alan.
Many thanks to all for their help, especially to Rob, Jean, Bernie and Viz.