February 2003

A GOOD START TO 2003

The New Year bash at Llanberis YH was well supported and organized so all thanks to Alan and Jean Ashcroft for all their efforts.

The details will be related in the journal so I will not duplicate them.

A few hardy souls managed a ride over Pen Y Pass and around the Ogwen valley to celebrate New Years day in the rain, hello Hugh and Ann.

The ice and snow failed to put off the determined few who attended the first official run of the year.

But it seemed they were adamant on demonstrating their crissy pressies. Mark was sporting some distinctly elfin tights, with built in thermal jockstrap, and Gerald was wearing his jim-jams for some reason known only to himself. We were led to believe that these particular jim-jams were reflective. Does he check with a torch under the duvet?

Richard and Winsome included some challenging ascents and wintry rough stuff in their route over the hills to the South of the A5 and Llangollen. We descended to lunch at the Grouse (or was it Canard!? I’ll say) PH in Carrog from Ceiriog forest where we found Gordon and Teri already ensconced and enjoying the hospitality. We reluctantly left the pub to go our separate ways, but not before practicing pas de deuxs, it had to be seen to be believed, and commenting further on Marks elfin tights.

All together, a Grand Day Out.

The Christmas Dinner seemed to be a success though we had the usual problems of seating everybody even though we’d checked with the venue repeatedly.

This actually repeated itself a week later on the Northwest sections dinner!

We hope all the prizewinners were suitably impressed with their awards. Be warned we’ve already started compiling 03’s list!

We’d been wondering whether to change the format of this event and following a bit of a straw poll it looks like those changes are popular. I’ll spill the beans in a later edition of this mighty tome.

RUNS SHEET

We’ve finally managed to fill all the spaces plus a few additional ones so it’s now a fairly busy year.

Myself and ‘er indoors are leading the run on March 9th as a celebration of my 40th (+1week) Birthday.

Pat and Ken have invited all members to join in their celebrations for 50 years on a tandem.

MENAI BRIDGE AUDAX CONTROL

There is an Audax event prior to the opening of the Control we are running in Menai Bridge on 17th of May. So, why not combine a ride round the lanes of Anglesey with lending a hand at our control for the Brian Chapman event. Some willing volunteers have already come forward to bake cakes and stamp control cards but there is still plenty of scope for more help. Contact ‘er indoors.

TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE !

The century rides over the weekend of 7th & 8th June have been arranged so that you can elect to join either the imperial edition on Saturday or the metric on Sunday. Then again why not do both?? Start training NOW!

SALIDBURN YOUTH HOSTEL WEEKEND

Slaidburn was a success, I think. Snow, on the Friday night, threatened to throw all plans of cycling into touch.

We pushed all worries to the back of our minds though as we enjoyed fine ale and demon table football in the Hark to Bounty.

By Saturday morning the thaw had arrived and both the long and short runs went ahead. Though when we set off into a hailstorm I wondered how far we would get. However, by noon the sun was filtering through and the Trough of Bowland was well worth the effort.

 We enjoyed some lovely grub and a bizarre slide show on Saturday night with the added bonus of an unexpected ‘Spot the Intro.’ game for those who could keep their eyes open.

Somewhere along the line we found time to wish Graeme and Sue Happy Birthday.

Sunday’s long run turned into a bit of an epic after we’d all met for lunch in Giggleswick.

It was raining freezing cats and dogs in the valley but once we gained some height we found ourselves riding into a wind borne hailstorm. All very character building what!

A good introduction for Rob and Alison who bore their ordeal stoically.

As far as I know all made it home safe and sound though there appears to be an ongoing mystery concerning ‘The Wrong Wellies’.

Thanks to all for making another successful event.

We think we have some volunteers to organise next year’s edition. Any ideas to help them out?

OTHER RUNS

There are quite a few impromptu runs going on round the region. The trick is to get on the phone ' and start stirring one another into action.

We’re going out virtually every Sunday and even if you can’t make the start point phone us up and we might be able to meet for lunch.

It’s amazing how motivating a pre-arranged meeting can be when Sunday dawns damp and grey.

Who knows, you may end up on one of Geofs mystery tours.

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