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11/04/2019

We have finished preparing the joining instructions, programme and routes for this year's Easter Rally.

A link to the webpage has been emailed to those booked on the rally. If you have not received the email, please email: tce2019@tandem-club.org.uk

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27/12/2018

Details of the location and camp site for the 2019 International Rally are now available. 

STOP PRESS: BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN.

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11/12/2018

Andy Acklam has volunteered to organise the 2019 National Rally.  Details of the location and camp site are now available.

STOP PRESS: BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN.

More details here

 

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01/12/2018
2018 Tandem Rally News - Updated

We have reached the limit for bookings for the Easter Rally (we have reached the capacity of the camping space and of the evening venue).  There is a reserve list in place, in case we have any cancellations.

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17/11/2018

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.

23/04/2019

Eureka - I have loaded a GPX file with the OTG cable to an A3 Samsung.  The advice to use "My Files"  was key.  I had to allow access to my data and this caused a security alert.  Glad to know

12/04/2019

Thanks for this suggestion - it's happened no more since fitting Koolstop salmon. So stick to pricy blocks and save time and rims. Maybe I should try Swiss stop next time though.

12/04/2019

No probs :)

I'm unconvinced about indicators on bikes personally - I don't think you get enough lateral seperation to be unambiguous at a distance. I'll stick with hand signals! :)

I'd be interested to know how

11/04/2019

To back this up, there has been at least one, possibly two front fork failures in the West Country Tandem group due to an electric motor on the front forks. The one I know about occurred after a year or so of use ...

31/12/2018

Lisa and Ian organised the December ride and Christmas Meal for the Taunton Group where 15 tandems met at The Walnut Tree in North Petherton. We Started with Coffee in the Hotel which gave everyone a chance to change into their Fancy Dress. We then went for a short ride through Durleigh, Chilton Trinity and into the centre of Bridgwater where we stopped at the Bandstand for a group photo and an impromptu Carol Service.
A short ride back to the Walnut Tree saw another 4 tandem crews join us for an excellent Christmas Meal.
The annual award for the most Group rides attended went to John and Judy for the 3rd consecutive year! Fierce competition for this year’s Fancy Dress, which included a Christmas Tree with Fairy, Mary and Joseph (complete with a baby Jesus), went to the 2 Sugar Plum Fairies (with Christmas Music) – well done Nick and Rachel. This year’s Christmas Quiz was won by Andy and Anita and a special prize was awarded to Richard and Michelle for the ‘most bagged Trig Points’ (long story!). The meal finished with the usual singalong provided by James and Nick.
Lisa and Ian were presented with gifts and thanked for organising another successful year for the Taunton Group.
 

20/01/2019

Rob and Sally organised the January ride for the Taunton Group where a last minute surge in numbers saw eight tandems and one solo gather in the centre of Wiveliscombe on a chilly but dry morning. Fortified with coffee from the White Hart pub we set off on a circular route which we had described as ‘undulating’. We completed twenty miles on quiet roads and back lanes with approximately 500m of climb passing through Ford, Pitsford Hill, Ash Priors, Halse, Oake, Nynehead, Langford Budville and then back to Wiveliscombe. Ian and Lisa well and truly christened their clean shiny new tandem on the muddy lanes but at least no one accidentally went off route into the farmyard which has a mud and slurry lake about a foot deep, as Rob and I had done when planning the route a couple of weeks ago.
The views on this route are beautiful and the verges and hedgerows at this time of year festooned with snowdrops. We saw pheasants, free range chickens, the usual farm livestock and even alpacas. There were even moments when the clouds gave way to patches of blue sky although the sun remained elusive.
We returned to the White Hart for lunch where we were also joined by Rex and Hannah. The White Hart catered excellently for our large group although there was some haggling over dessert when there were only six portions of apple and blackberry crumble left and ten people wanted them (me included). I kept my head down and fortunately there were more gallant people than I who gracefully made other choices. I was glad because the crumble was superb!

23/04/2019
Nick and Rachel organised the April ride for the Taunton Group which started and finished in the centre of Taunton. 11 tandems and 1 solo took the Bridgwater and Taunton canal towpath passing parts of the town the busy motorist never gets to see: the back of Screwfix, the rear aspect of Taunton Part Worn Tyres, and the local dump. It was refreshing when we reached the countryside. The day was cold and dark with low cloud, but the fields of oil seed rape glowed, as did the high vis yellow line of cyclists. We turned off the towpath to go through North Curry and then climb some challenging ridges that emerge from the Somerset levels. We had a wholesome lunch at Monks Yard near Ilminster then took a ridge road back towards Taunton with views to the Bristol Channel and the distant Mendips. The sun emerged for a brief surprise visit and the skylarks rose and sang at full volume. A pub called the Farmer’s Arms manifested itself in the middle of the countryside. We dived in, warmed up again, and generated an atmosphere of good cheer. No one seemed to want to leave. Then it was downhill all the way back, so much descent that I am still convinced that Taunton got itself lowered by 200 feet or more of altitude while we had been away. We finished with a formation tandem circuit of Vivary Park. Great company making a very happy day.
31/10/2018

James and Andy organised the October ride for the Taunton Group which trialled a different way of leading a route.  
As the group has become bigger it has brought obvious social advantages, but some problems as well.  If 24 people turn up at a cafe and ask for double shot flat whites with skinny almond milk and sprinkles, basically the rest of the day is a right off.  Add on a puncture or two and someone missing a turning and it becomes tricky for the organiser and frustrating for everyone else.   
So October’s route from Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead and back was really simple; almost everyone could self-navigate, cycle at their own speed, arrive at the cafes in their own time and the organisers rode at the back to sweep up any problems.  So because we were ready for problems…..there weren’t any.    And we had great weather, autumn leaves, super company and the best cycling cafe in the west.  
www.cafe3sixty.co.uk 
Altogether a good day out!!

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