Dec 4, 2018

Sunday 2nd DEC


Medium group ride with Trev leading. 42 miles, average 15.8 mph, cafe stop Hickling. Good food but lengthy waits for cooked food and mis timing of drinks coming early food late! but Hay - Ho cafe was warm, good food, coffee and good chat. Windy. Unfortunately we lost 2 or 3 people from the back markers, and we had one puncture. Although group slowed on a couple of occasions for slower riders, messages got lost and riders were too far back - knowing there were a couple of experienced riders the decision was made to carry on. Perhaps we all need to make sure messages are relayed more clearly to front riders - not usually a problem!

Dec 5, 2018Edited: Dec 5, 2018

The secret is not to have hot food. If you have cake, you get it at the same time as your tea.


Didnt realise we had lost Michael and Barry until it was too late, but not surprised given the pace at times. Giles is talking about having a faster group on Sunday which might take the pressure off a bit.

Dec 7, 2018

Michael was struggling, so after asking the riders at the front to ease off, and been ignored, I dropped back to make sure that he knew where we were going. I tried to tow him back, but he couldn't hold my wheel you had disappeared. Unfortunately, Michael decided to call it a day, by which time you were all a distant memory


It would have been nice to have the chance to discuss the situation before I was 'volunteered to look after a back marker, particularly as his friend who convinced him that he would be fine with our group also decided to abandon him.

Dec 8, 2018

Hi Guys, Please don't beat yourselves up over this. I knew I was joining a faster group and had already decided that if I couldn't keep up I would drop off and find my own way home, which is exactly what I did. I had managed just under 13 miles before going solo, so looked at the map, headed 7 miles south, 7 miles west and 7 miles north and got back to Lowdham just as Ed and Two-Punctures-Andy rolled in! Had a great ride today (8 December) and thanks to James, really enjoyed the friendly and generous Fuddle - my first! Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Dec 11, 2018

There were some keen and strong riders out that day, who decided to put the pressure on as soon as we turned into the wind. We rely on those at the back to let us know when people are struggling or dropped but I was unaware until after we had crossed the A52. We did wait for a bit at Sutton crossroads, but Joe said that you were miles off the back and you may not have even come the same way, so after waiting a couple of minutes we set off again.


There's a 3-4 mph difference in average speed between Ed's group and ours, which is quite a step up. We do our best to keep everyone together but it can be like herding cats at times. Ideally we would have a speed group to suit every rider but in order to do that we need more volunteer leaders, who know the roads. Unless we go down the route (pardon the pun) of having planned route before the ride, that people can download to their Garmin. This is what VBCC do.

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  • TrevA
    2 days ago

    Not many out today, perhaps due to the cold weather. Only 5 in our easy group and we headed for Hickling via Orston, Elton, Barkestone and Harby. Martin hit a new pothole near Orston, but we were quickly back on the road after fixing the puncture. A nice ride in the Autumn sunshine though it was cold - around 5 degrees C with a keen SE wind.
  • roger.widdowson
    Oct 3

    With regret, the Sherwood Open 25 which had been tabled for 15th August 2020 is now going to be cancelled tomorrow. I have notified Bill Stanley of my decision. Unless someone steps up, which I know is highly unlikely, then my decision will stand. I initially put my name down to run it on 5th September 2020 and that date would have personally been fine for me. As it is, in my absence, a decision was made, at the CTT Date Setting Meeting on Sunday, to move it back to one of the alternative dates I offered. This would have required someone else to take on the running of the event on the day. I would have happily helped out anyone in Sherwood that could have taken it on with the admin side of it where I could. It’s a great shame as the event this year was an enormous success. In fact, I’ve been told that our Open 10 was one of ONLY 3 events in the Central district that had a full field. Our Open 25 was only 4 short of being a full field from memory to another great success for Sherwood. If you anyone does wish to take this one on then you need to let me know today really so I can put your name forward to Bill.
  • Ed Ward
    Sep 25

    Riders thin on the ground today as it was a bit drizzly at first - 8 in total I think. Just 2 of us in the super easy group. We headed to Hoveringham and were soon passed by the fast group. However, the road was closed for a "police incident" and the fast group was not allowed through. I found later that a woman died after her car went in the river yesterday afternoon. We had to turn back to Lowdham where I noticed I hadn't started my Garmin so missed 8 miles! After the delay Phil and I decided to go to Southwell Garden Centre via Averham and Upton. After consuming vast sticky flapjacks we returned through Morton and found the road re-opened at Hoveringham. It was now sunny and the roads were starting to dry out. 40 miles for me.
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