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UK National Tandem Rally
Lucton School,

Lucton, Herefordshire.




August 20th. 2011- August 27th. 2011

The Event
After a space of ten years the National Rally will return to Lucton School in North Herefordshire.

Lucton rally badge
Many of you may remember Lucton 2001 which took place when 444 of us were let out from the detention imposed by the foot and mouth outbreak of that year. Since then the school's fortunes have improved and so have many of the facilities. Founded in 1708 by a London vintner, John Pierrepont, as a boy's school it is now an independent mixed day and boarding school set in some of Herefordshire's most delightful countryside.

The Club will have use of all the school's facilities for the week of the rally. There is an excellent large level sports field for the campers but regretfully there will be no electricity hook-up points. The boarding house will accommodate 76 people (72 singles and 2 twin rooms). The school hall, dining room and, if required, two classrooms are available. The swimming pool has been completely rebuilt and is now covered and heated and has good changing facilities. Adjacent to the pool is a very large covered activity area. We will have access to the tennis courts and the cricket pavilion, although the latter will be used for a less energetic pursuit resuming it's role as 'The Wobbly Wheel'!

The boarding house has been much improved since 2001. The rooms, on three floors, although small (9' x 6'), are adequately furnished and full bedding will be provided. There are 5 lounge areas, a cafe area with a microwave and tea making facilities and 3 suites of toilets and showers on each floor. The alarms on the connecting doors between the boys and girls sections of the building will be disabled if TC occupants promise to behave! There will be no charge for children under 5 for any part of the rally but parents will need to provide their own sleeping arrangements in the boarding house.

More information pictures of Lucton School

There are a limited number of BB establishments in the area. There will be secure undercover parking for tandems at the school for those staying off site. There are two village shops 2-3 miles away and several good pubs with bar and restaurant menus. It may be possible to arrange deliveries of milk, bread and other items from Yarpole village shop.

There will be, as in 2001, a breakfast available for cycle campers and boarding house occupants.

Unfortunately it will not be possible to provide electricity for caravan and motorhome owners.

The week will open with a 'Welcome Evening'. There will be the usual pattern of short, medum and long rides with a free day on the Wednesday. A Velocio competition is planned and the Hill climb will take place sometime during the week. Various other activities are in the pipeline for both adults and children including the morning supervised Kids Club, Tandem Games, Cycle Jumble and possibly a Mini-Triathlon. For any member who might wish to show appropriate films or photographs there are overhead projection facilities in the school hall. The week will end in the traditional manner with a BBQ.

The Area

North Herefordshire and environs is superb cycling country for young and old alike so please put the date in your diary, on the calendar, come and join us and give a new meaning to the school motto 'Floreat Luctona'.

Herefordshire and the Welsh Marches can boast some of the best and most scenic cycling in the country. A population of only 180,000 in an area of 840 square miles means Herefordshire has plenty of room for bikes and with neighbouring Shropshire, Powys and Worcestershire not far away there's plenty to do and see.

Information Pack

Here is all the information you need for the rally. Welcome notes, programme, information, route sheets and links to gmaps-pedometer route maps. Please print off copies in your preferred format.
Sunday's route form part of the Velocio competition and route sheets will be given out at the start. Wednesday is a free day so there are no route sheets.
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Word format:

Welcome notes.
Useful Information.
Programme.
Saturday (All routes)
Monday (All routes)
Tuesday (All routes)
Thursday (Short and Medium routes)
Thursday (Long route)
Friday (All routes)

PDF format:

Welcome notes.
Useful Information.
Programme.
Saturday (All routes)
Monday (All routes)
Tuesday (All routes)
Thursday (Short and Medium routes)
Thursday (Long route)
Friday (All routes)

Links to gmaps ( opens in a new window) and gpx tracks (Right click on each route and select ' save target as')

Day Short (S) Medium (M) Long (L)
Saturday (A trip into town) see (M) gmap gpx see (M)
Sunday (Velocio trophy) Routes will be issued at start.
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Monday (Castles Galore) gmap gpx gmap gpx gmap gpx
Tuesday (Lugg, Teme and Clun Valley) gmap gpx gmap gpx gmap gpx
Wednesday (Free day - No routes)
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Thursday (Hop around Herefordshire) gmap gpx gmap gpx gmap gpx
Friday (Black and White Villages) gmap gpx gmap gpx gmap gpx

Alternative zipped file of all gpx tracks

Members Only



U.K. Residents must be members of The Tandem Club (UK). Annual membership is £10.00 or €18 per year with membership for the first Joint Member or 'Family' member free. If you'd like to become a member of The Tandem Club, link to the Subscription Details page by clicking here.

Rally Bookings

Booking will be possible right up to the last minute, providing we have the space of course.

On-line Booking Procedure - preferred booking method



If possible, please use the online booking form. This will calculate the total price and enter all of your information into the event's database saving the organisers some time and improving accuracy. There are instructions at the top of the online booking form on how to use it and the available methods of payment.



If it is not possible to use the on-line form, please complete the postal form (see below).


Please print a copy of the Booking Form by clicking on the PDF Booking Form link below. Complete the form by hand and send it with your cheque, made payable to Tandem Club, as follows: -

* UK and non Eurozone Postal forms should be sent to:

Norman Taylor,2 Byecroft Stables, Bircher, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0BP, England.

* Euro booking forms should be sent to:

Eelco Oudhof, Lichtboei 26, NL-1186 DE, Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

Postal Booking Form - only use this form if you really cannot use the online system (see above)

Booking form in Word format.

* Booking form in PDF format.

* PDF format: you will need a copy of Adobe Reader on your computer and you can follow the link below to download a copy if you need it.


Download a copy of Adobe Reader by clicking here.



The event is being organised by Norman and Margaret Taylor.





Map showing location of Lucton School