Dates have been set for our rides in the early months of 2018 and follow the usual pattern of fortnightly rides on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The dates are set out in the calendar with details of Ride Leaders and coffee and lunch stops to come when the Rides List is published.
Please note that there are no rides planned for 24th December, 28th December and 2nd January.
New for 2017, the first of the Thursday ‘Away Day’ rides began from the sunny seaside of Dunwich beach. A ‘just in time arrival’ by the chairman meant a slightly late start. Then a broken gear cable before we had left Dunwich effectively left our leader with three gears, however he ably rode on. Once we got going eight riders headed down the Suffolk Heritage coast to Snape malting for a coffee. We met Terry, who had ridden over from Felixstowe. A coffee and cake later, the group headed out try and fix Martin G’s gear cable, just in time to meet Mick Pepper who had ridden over from Ipswich.
With a bit of a wind blowing, riders enjoyed the protection of the hedgerows which were showing the first buds of spring. A typical March day, bright, daffodils, breezy. We headed North now, Sweffling, Bruisyard and Badingham, to lunch at Laxfield.
The Royal Oak is at the end of the broad main street in Laxfield. The Gin as described on the slate outside may not be surpassed but the pub its self and the service from wasn’t bad either. The staff were welcoming and happy to see us and we had a large round table in the back room to ourselves. Sandwiches and baguettes, chips and salad.
The afternoon sun has some power now we are nearing the end of March and after lunch the group assembled outside the church next to the pub for a picture. Images committed to SD card we headed toward Walpole and Wenhaston for the 16 mile ride back to the beach at Dunwich .
Totals for the day:
- 46 miles ridden
- 1 broken cable
- 0 punctures
The inaugural ride of the St Edmundsbury Cycling Group took place on Sunday 13th November. The previous days rain had cleared through but there were still plenty of puddles to negotiate along the ride which started in Ixworth, took us to The Dutch Barn Nursery for Elevenses, then to The Angel Cafe in Diss for lunch.
The ride was led by Paul B, with Tony F, Mike B, Dick M, Peter L, John M, Tony C, Barry S dutifully following along. Christine B joined us for a part of the route and we also hosted visitors Steve & Val.