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25/03/2014 Wessex 
To find out what the Wessex region is doing, please go to www.cyclingnewforest.org/wessex-tandem-club.html
07/06/2014 ThreeCounties  
20/01/2016 Derbyshire  
09/05/2014 NorthEast2016 National Rally

The North East Group will be hosting the 2016 National Rally at Kirkley Hall in Northumberland. Offers of help welcome.

17/09/2017 TandemClub2018 Rallies update
Information about the 2018 International Rally.
Booking and full rally details should be available in October/November 2017.
Chalets should be booked direct with the campsite as soon as possible.
Future Rally News
Past rally News and Photos
21/04/2017 DerbyshireAll Welcome
Please note, any members in neighbouring postal areas that do not have monthly rides, please feel welcome to join us. Just phone the ride leaders or myself for details.
J Trewick
RO, Derbyshire
04/11/2015 TauntonApril 2015 Report

The Taunton Group’s April ride was slightly different in two ways. Firstly it was organised on the spur of the moment and, with the help of the internet, still attracted 5 tandems and I solo, Secondly, the ride from Creech St. Michael did not take in ”13 bend hill” up to North Curry!

Instead we had a 30 mile loop around Taunton, through Orchard Portman and Pitminster to The Worlds End pub at Bradford-on-Tone. After lunch (too much choice on the menu!) we went through Bishops Lydeard (past the Steam Railway) to Hestercombe House for a tea stop. General comment was that we always seemed to be going downhill (the gradient not the quality of the ride!)

24/04/2016 TauntonApril 2016 Report

The wheels on the bike go round and round etc.

James and Andy organised and led the nice varied ride on 16th April with six and a half tandems, two walkers and two dogs.  Probably like everyone else, I researched this ride in January when the weather was awful and all the paths were muddy.  At that time three miles was exhausting, so a 25 mile ride seemed almost unachievable.  However come the day, it was sunny and dry and we all shot round the route in no time.  However…..at the end was an optional hill from hell!  Being as we’d all had a nice time till then, the hill from hell became obligatory.  Amazingly most people cycled all the way up.  Not me - I felt the leader had a responsibility to make sure everyone at the back was OK, so I walked.
 
I should add the walkers joined us at the pub with dogs for lunch.  Not dogs for lunch, at lunchtime with dogs - sounds better I think.  They walked the lovely if rather pointless Tiverton Canal which goes from Tiverton east to…..well nowhere really.

19/04/2013 EastLondonApril Ride

On Sunday 7th April the sun shone through the fog and frost and we had a decent, if chilly day. 5 Tandems and 2 solos rolled out from our meeting place at Marks Tey Station. 

Making steady progress and enjoying the sun as we rolled up and down the country lanes to Boxted, where we enjoyed the usual kind of elevense but at Sandra's sisters house, Jacqui gave us a really warm welcome and mide us warm as well.

Dragging ourselves back out into the sunny, chilly air we rolled off again. We took in more of the rolling countryside (whoever said that Essex and Suffolk was flat?) and it was a great delight to see the daffodils and wild primroses along with spring lambs. We stopped for a breather at the Polstead duck pond, a favourite spot for several of us, and Alan and Wendy showed us THEIR picnic bench. We made our way uphill again from here towards Boxted and on into Assington where we stopped for a welcome lunch in the Barn Tea Rooms. Gill gave us here after lunch sales pitch for Optilab glasses and I'm sure she in now looking forward to receiving her commission!

Refreshed we then made our way through the undulating countryside through Bures pas Chappel Station and the Viaduct and into Marks Tey.

Right at the end Dave found he had a puncture oh dear! If there is ever a good time..... that was it, with his car in sight.

All said they enjoyed the ride and if Paul could find a few more hills.....

Everyone is looking forward to next months ride and with a little more sunshine we may get to see more legs as only Paul and David were brave enough to wear the shorts today. 

Paul and Sandra

04/04/2016 TandemClubAudio version of Tandem Club Journal
Thanks to Eifion Francis, we now have audio versions of the more recent Tandem Club Journals available on-line. These are in the members only area of the website so you will need to log in to access them. Once logged in they are available from the home page link Journals or directly at: https://tandem-club.org.uk/files/members/journals/. They are in MP3 format can be listened to directly or downloaded as a whole or by chapter.
04/11/2015 TauntonAugust 2015 Report

Paul and Nina organised the August ride which started at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury. The previous day was wet (really wet) but joy of joys, the sun shone, the wind blew in helpful directions and two tandems from the Taunton Group, two tandems from the West Country Group, two tandems from the Wessex group AND a tandem from Kent (Graham and Sally) arrived at the rendezvous and all set off for the Polden Hills and beyond.

The ride was advertised as flat, but going out over the Moors would have meant a ride into the wind and despite their name The Poldens aren't really too hilly, as one member said  " just lumpy" and once we had reached Cossington it was all downhill and then level until we reached Burnham. We picnicked in a recently renovated park called Marine Cove where numerous self-timed photos were taken, the best of which is published here!  Then 6 tandems took the flat and wind assisted route home across the levels, while the seventh tandem couple continued up the coast to their home, having cycled that morning to the ride start.

No one got lost, no one fell off, (despite a good attempt by a white pick-up driver on one of the narrow sections) and we had a very enjoyable and social time. And the couple from Kent? - for their first ride out with a Tandem Club section, they had cycled to our ride from their campsite in Cheddar, and they rode back to Glastonbury with us all despite the fact that they could have shortened their journey home considerably.

25/08/2016 TauntonAugust 2016 Report

Richard and Michelle organised the August Taunton Group ride. Despite the forecast for showers and strong winds, 4 and a half tandems braved the weather for a West Somerset ride. We met in Minehead and after visiting the harbour, looking lovely with the tide in and hanging baskets in bloom, we headed through Dunster and along the undulating back lanes to Porlock. The rain really set in after James decided to take off his waterproof jacket! - And was with us for the rest of the morning ride. The ride to Porlock Weir was a very wet affair so we quickly headed back to Porlock for lunch at the Ship. It was a unanimous decision not to attempt Porlock Hill (not that it was on the planned route) but instead cut the proposed route short and headed back to Minehead via Bossington and Allerford. The rain stopped briefly for a photo shot in Bossington before the wind assisted ascent followed by a long decent back to Minehead for a cream tea at Richard and Michelle's.

Not many miles but a sociable and enjoyable ride.

24/08/2017 TauntonAugust 2017 Report

Nigel and Mercedes organised the August ride where 10 tandems and 2 solos met at Barnstaple railway station.

Some members of the Tandem Club might be familiar with the Tarka Trail in North Devon where much of the route is on old disused railway lines. It is flat, with a good surface and is popular with cyclists and walkers. The problem is that it usually follows deep wooded valleys and consequently it's difficult to do a 'round trip ride' that avoids tandem 'unfriendly' hills. The August ride for the Taunton Group tried to achieve this.

The Old Bideford Road was the route out of town which led us via unclassified roads over the hill with a couple of long steady climbs and back down to sea level at Bideford. The sky was blue and it was perfect cycling weather. We then had to climb again out of Bideford with another steady hill to Gammaton Cross. If there was any muttering of discontent about the hills, I didn't hear it and I didn't quite think it was necessary to hide in the bushes whenever the group stopped. We joined the Tarka Trail at Weare Giffard in the Torridge Valley and this was a very steep descent. Lunch at The Cyder Presse at Wear Giffard and then it was the Tarka Trail all the way back to Barnstaple but stopping for tea and cakes at the Fremington Quay cafe. En route there are a few gates etc which require a little more care to negotiate than on a solo bike but the tandems can be wheeled and no heavy lifting is required . So in total it was 29 miles and 1130 ft of climbing which was all in the first half of the ride.

04/07/2017 TandemClubBBC Radio Scotland - Tandem Riding
Catch up with crew of MatildasMusings promoting the joys of #tandeming in a 15 minute chat on Out of Doors on BBC Radio Scotland.
We have the relevant audio clips extracted into a single file. Includes presenter Mark Stephen teaming up with my Captain Colin Calder for shot as Stoker - in place of regular Diane Lockhart.
Hope you enjoy! Listen here.
14/01/2015 ThreeCountiesCheltenham 23rd November 2014

It was an overcast & drizzly November morning as we prepared to lead the Three Counties Ride out from Cheltenham. A late change of plan meant we’d be skipping elevenses and riding straight to an early lunch, so with no complaints about that (cyclists are always hungry) we set on our way, the rain abating bang on cue. Snaking our way across Cheltenham via quiet roads, the park and secluded cycle paths, local hard man of the road Howard shouted “Well, I never knew you could cycle down this way”. What a compliment I thought – it’s always a challenge to find new routes, especially for locals! 

Soon enough we were out into the countryside, where the challenge of Churchdown Hill (on the otherwise flat landscape) loomed. To be honest there was no good reason to make the ascent other than (a) it is there & (b) it’s a marvellous view from the top. But when an anxious voice behind me whispered “oh no, not that way surely?”, I was forced to take stock and consider my responsibilities. Common sense prevailed: in the interest of matrimonial harmony and the sniff of the early lunch, I heaved the bike to the right and away from the hill. Soon into the countryside once more, we stopped briefly at a pretty church with a nearby well. It was one of those places so close to home that we had invariably passed it by without a glance, but there we all spent a few minutes of quiet contemplation before heading on. Despite never being far from the bustle of  Christmas shoppers in town, the roads remained peaceful as we headed onto our lunchtime destination, “the Gloucester Old Spot”. 

After an excellent lunch (the present owner has pulled the place up by its bootstraps in recent times to become one of the best eateries around) clearing blue skies and bright sunshine blessed us as we headed north, then east and south to arrive back in Cheltenham well before sunset. Plenty of time then for the cuppa and cake we has missed out on earlier. Many thanks to Martin, Jenny G, Howard, Jenny M & Helen for their company & commiserations to those unable to attend.

01/03/2014 TandemClubClub Clothing
The range of Club clothing is now complete and members will get a 10% discount for a limited period. 
Bike It have offered a 15% discount to members of the Tandem Club.
Details of this and  the Cotswold Outdoor discounts are in the Member's Area of the website.
07/11/2015 TandemClubClub Shop
The Club Shop has a special offer on cottered bottom bracket axles. Useful if you are restoring an older tandem.
12/01/2017 TandemClubClub Shop
Regalia Shop News
We have relaunched for 2017 three items in the clubs attractive modern design. Mudguard Decals, Car Windscreen Stickers and Metal Badges. These and other items are available at rallies or by post. Have a look in the Regalia Shop at all our Regalia items. There is a printable order form available for ordering by post or items can be purchased from the shop at rallies. Items can also be ordered for collection at rallies if previously paid for.
17/07/2013 CornwallCornwall
Recently formed group covering all Cornwall and offering sociable not speedy rides!  If you would like to join us,  suggest or organise rides, please contact John & Judith Skinner on 01726 816613 or by e-mail at jondith.skinner@talktalk.net.
16/12/2015 TauntonDecember 2015 Report

The Christmas meal for the Taunton group started with a 20 mile ride; lots of familiar faces travelling over to us plus some new ones. 9 tandems started out and many were decorated with coloured baubles, lights and tinsel.
The route from the New Mill at Bathpool circled Taunton in a clockwise direction so that we could cut it short if the weather forecast was correct - it wasn't and we stayed dry!
Ian and Lisa led the ride and also brought up the rear at times. This meant sprinting quickly back to the front again! After 17 miles we stopped for coffee at Hestercombe House and then it was just a few miles back.
A traditional Christmas lunch was followed by a Christmas quiz organised by Lisa and then Ian awarded a trophy to the couple who had attended the most rides during the year.  Richard and Michelle Miles had been to 9 local events (often cycling to the start) plus they had cycled to the National and the International rally in the Czech Republic! What a fantastic effort! (unfortunately Michelle wasn't able to attend that day but Richard came on his solo and returned home to Minehead in the dark!) Who will win the award next year?