The Tandem National Rally will be held in Corsham, Wiltshire from Saturday 23th May - Saturday 30th May 2020. The rally website is now available for information and bookings are open ! Tandem 2020 National Rally in Corsham
2020 International Rally Information
Details on booking the campsite and for the rally are now available and you can book for this event.
Bookings can be made for the 2020 Easter Rally, which is being held at Greenhill Leisure Park, Bletchingdon, just north of Oxford.
Please book early to be sure of securing a pitch on the campsite here.
We are always looking for ways to raise awareness among potential new members who don't know there is a Tandem Club.
In the latest copy of the TCJ are 5 Club stickers in a white envelope. Please put these on your tandem (on all your tandems if you have more than one). People admiring your tandem out on the road are sure to spot them and ask about the Club. This is your chance to tell them about what we do and get them interested.
If you need more stickers please get in touch.
Thank you for helping to raise awareness of the Tandem Club amongst potential new members.
Peter Weeks Publicity Officer
We have been working on making the website more mobile phone friendly. Its not complete yet, but hopefully most pages should display better on these devices.
Thanks, Neil. Will check it out.
Getting a bit worried about insurance here, though I am sure you have that in hand. Maybe just a demo by a tandem would suffice for the children to watch and ask questions?
11 tandems and 2 solos joined us for the November ride around the Somerset Levels. Everyone was well wrapped up and the weather was kind to us as we left The Crown at Catcott and rode to the Avalon Marches Hub for tea and cakes – Grace and Malcolm dropped by to say hello.
The group then cycled the Shapwick Heath Reserve path for some gentle bumps and bird watching. A group effort saw everyone safely through the cycle gate at the Ashcott Road end before cycling through Meare to the Westhay Reserve and some very bumpy off roading – Well Done All!
We then put some speed on to cross Tillham Moor – where it was quite cold – back to the Crown for a lovely carvery – veggies catered for too!
Special mentions go to David and Fiona who managed two punctures in short time after our tea stop – we met them back at the pub and commiserated.
David from Somerset Sight joined us again with Ed as his pilot.
And we should all say a big CONGRATULATIONS to Martha who was on her first Tandem Club ride snuggly sat behind her Mum and Dad – she is 15 months old!
This was the first ride we have planned and led and would like to thank everyone for their positive comments about the route and meal – in fact Ian has managed to persuade us to have another go in July 2020 when the marshes will have their summer coat.
Rex and Hannah Whitcombe
The Taunton group met at the Walnut Tree at North Petherton for their Christmas Meal and ride – a record number of 40 people attended the meal.
The fancy dress/decorated tandem competition is always amazing. Rob and Sally stole the show dressed as oven ready turkeys. They cycled the 18 mile route and must’ve roasted! Other costumes included Christmas trees with flashing lights, reindeers, and of course Santa himself.
Coffee and biscuits is a great way to start then Ian led the ride with daughter-in-law Sarah as his stoker to provide much needed pedal power - Lisa had just had a replacement shoulder operation and will be back in action later in the year. Heavy rain delayed the start but fortunately the sun came out as 14 tandems and 2 solos cycled to North Newton. We then continued across the levels and up the ‘steep’ hill into North Curry where we re-grouped. From there we made our way to Burrowbridge and then alongside a very high River Parrett up to Huntworth and back to North Petherton. A lovely ride with lots of friendly chatting and numerous comments from those watching us pass by. Thanks must go to Richard and Michelle for keeping the group together.
The Christmas Meal was as good as always and it’s lovely to see so many people attend. The trophy for the most rides done in the year was awarded to Nick and Rachel who rode 9 out of the 11 rides in 2019, including the successful 100 mile Tour de Dartmoor weekend organised by Andy and Anita with help from Karl and Lisa. The Christmas quiz was won by Tim and Mary and Ian and Lisa were presented with gifts in appreciation of their work as Regional Officers.