July End OF Month Training Ride

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    David Pengelly

    A big thank you to Dave Slocombe for stepping forward to lead this Sundays End Of Month Training Ride.

    The ride starts at Costa Coffee, Hankeridge Way, Taunton and please arrive at 09:00 for the ride briefing and be prepared to ride with a full tank at 09:30.

    Unfortunately I can’t make this one as its my Mum’s 90th birthday so I am sure you’ll all excuse me for that. Have a great ride and see you all soon.


    Maurice Ayling

    Apologies to all but unable to attend this month

    Iankim Mason

    The photos are on Facebook if anyone wants to see them

    David Pengelly

    Thank you Ian & Kim

    Some great photos as always

    Looks like it was a great ride.

    Stan Hathaway

    View from the back,

    As ride sweeper it was great to see some really good riding through ever increasingly narrow roads, my satnav just said “driving on road”!

    We were all able to put into practice riding past horses from ahead and from astern or should that be abum? Either way the info gleaned from our Saturday Surgery was put into effective practice.

    Ride Leader and Sweeper training has been posted so we look forward to seeing as many volunteers as possible.

    Kind regards


    David Slocombe

    I am please all enjoyed the ride. It is one of my favourite routes.

    Dave Eaton

    I was charged with writing a few words about the EOM July ride.

    We had a pretty good turn out of ten bikes on a glorious sunny morning, with two ‘new joiners’ riding in the group. We set out on familiar territory heading generally for Exmoor via the Quantocks. Once out of Taunton and on to the Quantocks through Kingston St. Mary (and after the first stop The Bear at Wivvy) it got narrower. Then it got I bit more narrow. Then it got I bit narrower again. And then we had passing places needed for a bike to pass a car! And, we did have grass in the middle of the road at one point. Having never used the roads this route took us, it was a refreshing new way to travel Exmoor. We went through Weddon Cross and Porlock (up ‘the hill’) on some familiar roads then disappeared again ‘off piste’ back on narrow unfamiliar territory and descended into the picturesque metropolis of Lorna Doone Valley, I think on the river Chalke. A couple of riders peeled off here and after a lunch stop we departed for South Molton for the bee Emporium for tea over further un-chartered territory – Stan has posted his sat nav just stated ’driving on road’. Well, we were, just. We lost a further rider here to time constraints and the remainder winged their way back to Taunton via the marvellous B3227.

    This ride had a bit of everything really, cautious progress, slow riding (including past ‘live’ hazards) and more progressive on the last leg. Along the way we encountered tourist traffic, cyclists, groups of horses (+ their deposits), caravans and hay laiden tractor and trailer combo (some all at once causing a traffic jam) and of course, Taunton traffic.

    A great ride in great weather. If you missed it, look out for it next time. Thanks and well done Dave Slocombe.

    David Slocombe

    Thanks for the write up Dave. I think you captured the day.

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