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July 9th

10.30 for 10.45 departure

Egypt Mill, Nailsworth

Maddog is to take you on a hilly tour, which actually is a smashing ride


July 16th

10.30 for 10.45 departure

Lets go for a wander with Alice in Wanderland

Ride from the Pheasant, Toddington, GL54 5DT.
Sat 16th 10.30-10.45 off.


July 23

10.30 for 10.45 departure

Techy bouncer from the Royal William, Cranham

with the single track master, Scrat.

It will be technical!


July 30

10.30 for 10.45 departure

Two cranks birds are sorting this un:

Lady alice and the crash test dummy:

The Lady do say:

Venue: Royal George, Birdlip, GL4 8JH

10.30 meet for 10.45 leave

She adds:


August 13th

10.30 for 10.45 departure

Venue: Old Spot, Dursley
Time: 10.30 for 10.45
If the Spot Car Park is full then chuck your car in the Doctor's surgery.
Ride Ace Leader: Maddog


August 19, 20 & 21st


Peak District fun and frolics with EB and Rasher


Based at Grindsbrook Booth

Contact Ali if you wish to come along


August 27th

10.30 for 10.45 departure

Scratters is exercising the Ferret on Saturday from:
The Royal William, Cranham
10.30 for 10.45.
Its the single track route that we did last time, its smashing.
So come along and chase the Ferret

Good preparation for the Ferrety Quantocks ride.

see ya


September 16, 17 & 18th


Exploring the Quantocks with Ferret and Bangkok


Past Rides 2016

January 9th

Meet 10.30

departing at 10.45

The Scratmeister did a ride from The Royal William, Cranham

Report: A truly exciting ride, very cleverly worked out and thoroughly enjoyable.

The whole of Gloucestershire was covered in mud and murk but The Scrats worked out a very clever route. Firstly he took us up to Painswick Beacon, over the top and round the techy paths round the back, crossing the road for a whizz along some good single track, fun. We lost Bob here early doors with a seized pedal, so off he went to meet Jonquil in Stroud who was watching the Mummers festival.

Off the single track and down to Painswick past the Rococo Gardens, crossing through Painswick we saw Bob disappearing sadly through the traffic lights with his bike on the back of the van.

Through the Painswick lanes and then we climbed up to Bulls Cross for a quick trip through the woods there. Soon we were out and heading to Sheepscombe along that bridlepath that skirts the woods.

Down and up heading to the Butchers Arms, but no risking tempation The Scrats took us right and then up the bridlepath that eventually leads us past the Lords and Ladies wood and back to Cranham.

Then back to the pub, Jq, Md, Lady Alice, Ian, Kath, CTD, Bob, Fish, Scrats, Terry, First ride for Steve, Mudguard, Cabby

A very well thought out ride.

Saturday January 16th Meet at 10.30 for 10.45 departure.

Vealey's Ride - its the Veal Deal.
The Craven Arms
Brockhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5XQ

Another ride in atrocious conditions everywhere in Gloucestershire. But we were riding from one of our favourites pubs, so it was looking good!

Off we went through the lanes heading for Cleeve Hill, soon we will making the ascent. Once up on the hill there were golfers and walkers everywhere, I think it was the first decent day for about a month. We even had some sun. We had a technical trip around the workings, looking across at the Wash pool which Vealey tells us is unridable at the moment.

We then cut across to the trig point and along the escarpment with fabulous views across 3 or 4 counties, Paul Beaches was very informative if you could be bothered to listen.

Along the ups and downs and a bit of single track before we clamber up through the woods and weaving back to the road. We then past the second trig point on the hill

Then it was along the wide bridle path through the field, bit of a race along here, avoiding the puddles and across the next run and the great slippery decent back to Brockhampton.

Another great pub, good food, the beer here is first class, Jq, Md, Lady Alice, Ian, Kath, CTD, Fish, Scrats, Terry, Mona, Cabby

Again an excellent ride avoiding all the treacherous mud, nice one.

Saturday January 30th Meet at 10.30 for 10.45 departure.

The Bell at Avening, GL8 8NF
with MD
If the weather closes in then we can shorten the ride and spend more time in the pub!
Directions: Go through Avening, stop at the pub.
Street parking only, a lot of people park opposite the pub and down the road, there’s plenty of room.

Rain and high winds all week and then on this Saturday calm and sunny, it was a splendid day with a chilly wind.

Up the hill we went on that bridlepath alongside Gatecombe house, coming out at Little Hampon (sound like Ian).

We crossed and went past the new rugby club now using a field they were allowed to buy from Princess Anne, occasionally Zara's old man plays for them. Here we turned left along the lane and onto the first piece of bridlepath, good condition, through the farm we went and onto the Minch to Ciren road, crossed here and went right and next left onto another bridlepath, that I was worried about, we voted to try it and it was fine, had to pedal quite hard but ok. We used the road then through Frampton Mansell heading to Sapperton, along here we entered the woods via a drainage ditch and picked up some delightful single track that meandered up and down and around the woods until we eventually rolled in by the Daneway Inn, which is being renovated.

After a breather we then climbed up the hill and entered Bathhurst's woods, again on good tracks we whizzed around the woods and then tried some tricky single track, which most managed, I think only Kath bruised her bum on her birthday, that can't be right.

Then a wet climb out of the woods back to Frampton Mansell, past the pub and back to the main road, before turning right onto the bridlepath, which was 75% great conditions, 25% difficult. Then we retraced our tracks back to the pub.

Jq, Md, Lady Alice, Ian, Kath, CTD, Fish, Scrats, Terry, Mona, Babe, Bogman, Cabby

Great pub, great food, great beer. I was happy.


February 13th

10.30 for 10.45 prompt

The Crash Test Dummy (Mags) a lovely tour of the Stroud Valleys.

The Old Neighborhood, Chalford, 10.30 for 10.45 prompt start. They serve meals until slightly later, and a better starting point.
Different landlord to our tinsel bash food disaster. It was about 2°C.

No deliberate easy riders arrived at the pub, so we went headed to France Lynch and down through the Chalford woods to Chalford Village bottom, giving our faces a good splattering on that descent. The we jumped onto the canal path and headed to The Lavendar Cafe, where we could see where Jonquil parked the van to walk Blaize and Betty along the canal path. No easy riders were waiting for us here either, Mona was disappointed but faced up to the task in hand and decided that she was in for the full ride. Eddy had joined us for his first ride for a while. We set off along the canal path to Stroud, passing JQ and the dogs en route, which drove them mad. Along we whizzed, beautiful it was wedged between the River Frome and the Stroud Canal, the work that has been done on the canal was very impressive, especially the new lock gates. Chugging along with Cabby a Dabchick sudden popped up in the water, a beautiful little bird, don't often see them.

Maggie had warned us about the flooded two path, but we all decided that we would push on and ride through it. It was touch and go squeezing underneath a canal bridge, not being able to see the canal bank everyone dragged their shoulders against the brick. Luckily we all made it and splashed through the flood for quite a while, the water was quite deep and some waterproof socks failed miserably. We spotted a dipper along here. Mags had set a loop in flour over the railway and up the hill for a loop, most of us climbed up the near vertical slope and along the quiet lane at the top. Then a technical deeply rutted descent which everyone made, quite easily, except for Ian, who became frightened and let his tyre down so he had an excuse to push down it. Soon we were in Stroud.

After a breather by the lock we headed along the cycle path to Nailsworth. A very competitive runner came running towards her, he wan't looking at where his was going, in trying to avoid him there was almost a head on, if she was a sweary mary there would have been fireworks. When we reached Nailsworth we stopped to regroup and saw a magnificent Grey Heron flyer low over us. Then it was up to Box and Minchinhampton via Scar Hill, over the Common and back down to Chalford . Where we stopped by the large Mill Pond and saw two Kingfishers. Soon we were clambering up Chalford Hill to the pub.

We covered some distance, climbed a lot of very steep hills, saw a lot of water and wild life. It was great.

Those who attended: Mags, Ed, Ian, Kath, Cab, Ter, Al, Mel, JQ, Fish, Mona




February 20th

10.30 for 10.45 leave

Cabby took us for an adventure in South Glos, lots of exciting trails and most likely a bit of a journey.
Meet at The Black Horse, North Nibley

The weather was to have been better than in recent weeks, sorry I mean months, forecast was intermittent light showers and wind, sounds ok!

We met and had a short wait for The Scrat who had set off without his cycling shoes. Terry was doing a bus adventure to get to the pub, the challenge was to arrive at about 2pm, asthma reasons.

So a smallish group assembled in the car park prior to riding, Eddie trying his hand at a second ride since his knee injury, Jonquil left with Betty the dog for a walk, as she is recovering from knee surgery, a few were on holiday so 8 of us set out up the steep bridle path to the Tyndale Monument. We played around the West woods for a while, sampling some of the vast array of single track up there, which was fun. Then it was off to the London Road and the descent down to the road via the technical bridle path, nice. From here we descended through Coombe and then up to Blackquarries hill, that is a big bloody hill, we passed some Cotswold Way walkers on the ascent. Breather at the top and the walkers passed us by as we crammed jelly babies into our mouths.

The wind picked up, the light rain became a power hose with the wind behind it. After the recover we followed the Cotswold Way and shot down the fabulous descent down to Watledge. From here we headed back along the Uzzleworth valley, where we saw two quite big very energetic weasels. Through the electric gates and up to Ozzleworth gate house. From here we went past the tower and to Whiteway, then into the woods and followed the top track to the top of Whiteway Hill. I was then down the Waterley Bottom and back along the Lane to the pub.

Jolly good ride, quite chilly and slippery, three big hills, good work Cabby!

Ian, Kath, Cabs, Scrats, Mag, Ed, Mel, Jq


March 12th

10.30 for 10.45

Ride from Old Spot Dursley arrive 10.30 leave 10.45.
There will be 2 rides, Mel will be leading main ride and Jonquil will take riders to do easy ride, driving in convoy, up to top of hill.

What a super day, sunshine, no rain! warmth, never known anything like it. With several people away and more going skiing the next day we weren't expecting big numbers, but we had a good crew turn up.

Jonquil and Soraya drove to the top of the hill, meanwhile the rest of us gasped up the steep road past the Old Spot and into the woods, we ambled through the 200m of anticipated clag, then began the climb up to the Golf Club House, not a bad climb in dry conditions. We met back up with Jq and S here and continued on an anticlockwise route around the golf course. A diversion down through the first wood, following a hidden piece of single track and then coming back round over the rooty track, challenging, good for honing your root technique, it gave Roger something to moan about, he was running out of things to talk about. Then we continued our trip around the course, the view was quite misty so couldn't make out the Forest of Dean or the Brecons. Another rooty piece of single track through the wall and a climb back up. We rejoined JQ, S and Dr Doolittle at the bus stop viewing hut. So far so good.

We then continued around the course, passing the blonde walking girl for the third time, we must have started annoying her, then some angry walkers, Scratters got an earful, he demonstrated his people skills by totally ignoring them, best way, they then ignored my breezy welcome, so rude. Then it was back into the woods and we wiggled through on the way to Breakheart. A few of us decided to take the fab descent with the three jumps and into the bombholes. I demonstrated what Ian had done a couple of years earlier by not going quite quick enough over one of the jumps, which would have been ok, had they not just dug out the back of the jump to make it bigger and left a ditch that I couldn't miss. So a big crash, bike vertical throwing me off into a heap, luckily I didn't get hit in the teeth again. Scrats and Cabby really appreciated this.

Then onto breakheart, where we again met up with Jq and S and had a play around the top of the quarry. Then it was the Polty single track, very good, Ruth and Roger experienced a bit of difficulty on the huge berms but came down smiling and happy. Until we did the big climb back out.

At the top we decided that the pub was calling so back we went via some more jumps and a steep bombhole.

Moana joined us in the pub. A really good day, thank you everybody whoi turned up.

Scrats, Ruth, Fish, Mags, Soraya, Roger, Jack, Cabby, Mel, JQ (Moana)


March 26th

10.30 for 10.45

Lady Alice's ride:

From the The Pheasant Inn, Toddington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT

Pub’s under new management…. will they still call Lady Alice, Lady Alice? Its was worth turning up to find out.

The forecast was shocking, but the Lady Alice used her influence and blew away the rains, but the blowing part remained, very strong winds.

Pebbles made a birthday cake for Me Lady's birthday, which soon disappeared, good way to start a ride, get those carbs down ya.

We headed down the road towards Cheltenham and turned off left to Didbrook and followed the lanes around past Hailes Fruit Farm and the Caravan site. Shot guns echoed around the valley, we were very close to them, but no-one died fortunately. It sounded like shotgun tennis. We then clambered up the long steep bridlepath to the top of the hill, catching Moaner and Soraya at the top. Pebbles did well on her first proper cranks ride since the knee op.

Then along the lanes towards Kineton, along the route we passed the massive new mansion house and expansive grounds, apparently the cost of creating something like this is £68m, impressive, which is the whole point. At times we felt the full force of the gale force winds, which blew you sideways, and when you had it as a headwind it was almost impossible to make progress.

We came down a muddy bridleway, meeting a road, here we left Soraya as we did an offroad loop, we came to the crossroads where we expected to meet, but no Soraya, we panicked and rang her a few times. Soraya rode brilliantly staying the course for the whole ride. Then deciding to see if she had pushed onto Guiting Power we started riding again, then in the distance chugging up hill we could see her. So we did another offroad loop and eventually met her coming down a bridlepath the wrong way.

Then we headed to the top of the Snowshill Road and headed to the smashing rocky downhill to the Stow road, which was great fun, especially as Vealey had a snake bite at speed and nearly came a cropper. We left him and went to the pub.

Smashing Ride. Then in the pub we were treated to meeting Ruth's brother and sister in law, who were really nice, surprisingly.

L Alice, Geoff, Mike, Ali, Fish, Cabby, Mel, JQ, Mags, Eddie, Moaner, Ian, Kath, Martini


The Cat and Custard Pot with Mr Fish


Foston's Ash with The Bogman

June ??  

Tipputts Inn with Maddog and Jq.

Before we left we noshed some merangues that Maggie made for Jonquil's birthday, lovely they were too.

We have a lovely ride, across the bridlepath and up to Chavenage, conditions good, fast and flowing. Along through the Avenue of trees and then along the bridlepath to Beverstone, which was almost hidden, but we made it out.

Pausing at the castle to wonder at its magnifience, we then carried along the road to Tetbury and then used the bridlepath to Chavenge Manor. A breather here and jelly babies.

Then it was off to the Tetbury Avening Road and down the path, past a mansion, to a small side road, we then turned left and clambered up the hill towards Barton End. Soon we connected with that super bridlepath to Avening, this was the trickiest we have ever ridden it, totally overgrown, couldn't see where you were going at all.

We turned left at the bottom, and climbed, stopping to watch the mountain mayhem on the opposite hill in Gatcombe Park, it looked hard work. So then it was on through the Farm, then the woods, up to the top bridlepaths, then returning to Tipputts for some super beer and nosh. The landlord is a nice bloke.

This was Jonquil's last ride prior to her knee op.

Jq, Md, Ter, Scrat, fish, Mags, BaleLout, Crankie Ali, Ian, Cath


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