The Tandem Club

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Taunton Regional Group

Organisers Contact: Jackie and Stuart Hibberd, Tel: 0117 9695159, Email: stuart.jackie@tiscali.co.uk
22/05/2019

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

A link to the webpage has been emailed to those booked on the rally. If you have not received the email, please contact the organisers using email address: tcn2019@tandem-club.org.uk

21/05/2019
May 2019 Reoort

When I first learned of the Dartmoor Way I decided it was a ride I'd like to complete. When I asked at our Christmas meal if anyone would like to join us, I was surprised and overwhelmed at the response.
After looking at the Sustrans route I soon realised that some alterations would be needed to make it Tandem friendly, after all we weren't going to be riding mountain bikes!
So, on the 18th May 10 Tandems and 3 solo bikes left Buckfastleigh station for the first stage of our 2 day ride, the weather was better than anticipated, so that was a bonus. After riding up through the Teign Valley we had a pleasant lunch at the Teign House Inn and then a further stop at Whiddon Down. After climbing up through the extremely picturesque villages at Skaigh and Belstone we joined the Granite way at Okehampton Station for the final leg to Lydford.
We all enjoyed an evening meal together at the Castle Inn where Karl and Lisa set us a quiz.
On Sunday we headed off to the west side of the moor and enjoyed fantastic views and bright sunshine. We had a longer than anticipated lunch stop at Clearbrook due to staffing problems. We then tackled the challenging climbs around the south side of the moor before we found ourselves back at Buckfastleigh. 
I'm pleased to report that we all made it back and I think we all felt a great sense of achievement, after riding over 90 miles with just over 8,500 feet of ascent.
Thanks for your help Karl and Lisa and thanks to all of you that joined us on the ride, it really wouldn't have been the same without you.
Andy and Anita.
 

21/05/2019
April 2019 News

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 climbed 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.

23/04/2019
Note the ride on Sunday 28th will have coffee in Marshfield rather than Castle Coombe.
12/05/2019
6 tandems started from Newport in glorious sunshine, the temperature was a little chilly to start though some braver souls did opt for shorts. They were justified as it soon warmed up and after a few hills everyone started removing layers. Robert and Wendy joined us en-route to make 7 tandems rolling into Hungersheath tearoom for a well deserved lunch. We were very well looked after making it hard to get started again, but we were soon trundling up a few more hills on our way back to Newport (we still can't work out how it seemed to be uphill going there and uphill going back). A challenging but very enjoyable ride in great weather and even better company.
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16/04/2019
7 Tandems enjoyed the April ride on a sunny day though we also had quite a cold breeze. 22 miles from Whitchurch to the lunch stop at the Dusty Miller in Wrenbury left everyone ready for lunch and we were well looked after by the staff at this lovely canal side pub. The 7 miles back to Whitchurch was probably not enough to ride off the calories consumed at lunch time though a few small climbs helped.
25/05/2019 Tandem Club
Tandem 2019 - UK National Rally-Kirby Lonsdale RUFC Contact: Andy Acklam Email: tcn2019@tandem-club.org.uk
26/05/2019 Leicester Charnwood
Contact: Martin & Helen Fidgeon Tel: 01827 311948
26/05/2019 Milton Keynes
Ride led by Paul and Emma, starting at Kevin's house Contact: Paul and Emma Harris Tel: 01491 826662 Email: harris.emma19@live.com

 

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