The Tandem Club
Saturday dawned bright and Sunny. Everything was in place to welcome around two hundred and fifty tandemists to the rally. Early arrivals were able to check out the local area with a choice of two short rides to either Weston-super-Mare or Burnham-on-Sea. In the evening we were welcomed to Somerset by Councillor Peter Downing, chairman of Sedgemoor District Council and John Bowden, owner of Dulhorn Farm. The evening concluded with the traditional welcome drinks and socialising.
The Velocio trophy, which is a treasure hunt type of event, occupied most of Sunday with tandems seeking clues on the way to lunch in Burnham-on-Sea. The event was won by Tim Deal and his son, Oliver. Tandem Games and a cycle jumble filled out the evening.
Monday saw us heading off towards Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve, Langport, Street & Glastonbury. Other campers on the site were invited to join us for a cider tasting and local produce market in the evening.
Axbridge and Chew Valley Lake were the destinations for Tuesdays ride with a lively Barn Dance in the evening led by the ‘Get Reel’ band.
Wednesday was set aside for people to choose their own activity for the day. Some opting for a coach trip to Bristol and others visiting the West Somerset Railway or Weston for Fish and Chips.
Wednesday was free from organised rides. A coach trip to Bristol was an option for some who visited the S.S. Great Britain and other Bristol venues. The evening choices were a skittles evening, taking part in a local time trial or listening to FreyaDolphine singing in the Marquee.
Thursday saw the first really wet morning although many were tempted by the ride visiting Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wells and Priddy. A quiz with an eclectic range of questions, including what do all the pro cycling team sponsors do?, kept us entertained in the evening.
After a damp start the sun came out for the last day of tandeming. Rides took us out to Lulsgate and back through Weston-super-Mare. Those coming through Weston mid-afternoon would have been privileged to see the tide in! The day and the rally ended with the traditional last night barbecue/picnic with musical entertainment by the Rainbow Choir.
A big thankyou is due to the following people for helping to make the rally a success:
Peter Weeks for taking on the event management
Malcolm and Grace Gammon and Linda and David Bailey for organising the routes, bar and evening events
Phil Harmer for organising the games.
Jacob Stinchcombe, Louise Barnaby and Dawn Barnaby for preparing the welcome bags and manning the arrival reception.
David Jones for sourcing the t-shirts and the rally badge.
And not least the Bowden family and their wardens who did so much to make the site welcoming.
Location of Dulhorn Farm
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