2020 International Rally Preliminary Information
Details on booking the campsite and for the rally will follow later.
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.
The Tandem National Rally will be held in Corsham, Wiltshire from Saturday 23th May - Saturday 30th May 2020. More info to follow.
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.
Thank you for letting us know- thought it was a very long shot!
S&S machine in the USA makes the hard side travel cases for your Tandems that have 26" wheels. 26X26X8" travels as a regular case without any extra charges.
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
James organised the September Taunton group ride which was attended by four tandems and two halves.
Bow garden centre, between Okehampton and Crediton did us proud for breakfast, and we decided pretty quickly to split into two groups. The riders and the walkers. That isn’t walking all the time. Just when excessively gravitationally challenged. Andy knows the area well as his workshop, where he makes the wonderful Brook guitars, is close by. He led the riders whose bikes were powered by dark matter; we, the walkers, plodded on about half an hour behind.
After rather a lot of climbing we reached the Hog and Hedge. We read the sign: “Pull in and Pig out” and we did just that.
Now we could lose the height we had gained in the morning. A very rural ride in excellent company. We were back before the rain started and nobody mentioned the B word, but I could kill a pint this evening.
Mark and Liz organised the October Ride where 8 tandems and 3 solos met at Escot Country House. Escot has very large grounds with a maze and a variety of captive animals -they include red squirrels, European otters, wolves and the Scottish wildcat- some are on a plan to be reintroduced to the wild.
Our route was fairly sparse on steep hills for Devon, passing the hamlets of Fairmile and Coombelake then past Kings School at Ottery St Mary. We then went to Tipton St John where we crossed the river Otter. Now on the east side, we went through the particularly pretty village of Harpford before crossing the main Exeter to Sidmouth road. The route then took us to Otterton Mill for a coffee stop. Beavers have been seen on the river Otter just upstream from this village in previous years but have been more elusive this summer.
We then cycled on down to the sea at Budleigh Salterton where the sun came out for our photos .It is a great spot for swimming , but a bit cold these last few weeks and had we more time ,we might have visited the creamery at the town end of Budleigh beach ,with a huge range of ice creams. Our lunch booking at the “Lamb and Flag “in Ottery was, however more pressing.
We took a fairly similar route back up the Otter to the pub in the town. They did us proud with prompt service for our pre- booked meals. Ed, local to Ottery told us it’s a pub famous for serving Christmas dinner to people on their own, following a first dinner funded by a local lady.
Back to Escot for the end of the ride -this one a 25 mile trip. The day started with fantastic sunshine and then was more mixed .For the first week of October, we were very lucky to have no significant rain and sunshine at the seaside at Budleigh.
Mark and Liz Nicholson