Round-Up for August 2021

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Annual Annan Ride

Right at the beginning of the month (technically July) a bus load of bees met up at Beaconsfield for the annual pilgramage to Annan. After the two hour bus ride there, everyone was split into two groups and went about their way in the short-lived, but glorious sunshine.

The route came in at about 100mi/161km with 4600ft/1400m climbing and consisted of a single ride with two stops along the way. Group 1 detoured from the route towards the end and got a soaking for their troubles, while Group 2 got back dry and without any mechanicals – quite an achievement. Both groups met up at Platform 2 in Tynemouth for the de-brief, before the ride back home.

We had two riders – Kyle Hodgson and Michelle Thompson – who did their first imperial 100s. Well done guys!

Thanks to Paul Stenhouse for arranging everything.

Summer BBQ

After two years, the Summer BBQ returned at Tynemouth Cricket Club. It was a good turnout and was great everyone getting together for the first time in what seems an age. The weather wasn’t quite as advertised, but was nothing a princess blanket and a beer couldn’t fix.

Thanks to Nicky Jenkins for organising, Chefs Derek Jenkins and Justin Brett for minding the BBQ, and Sarah Brett for being Chief Helper.

Wooler Weekender

23 NTR riders headed to Wooler for a cycling weekend, staying at the Wooler Youth Hostel. Day one was an undulating 61mi/98km ride around beautiful borders scenery. On Day two, the group split; one group did another 55mi/89km road ride via Town / Kirk Yetholm and the other group did a shorter route via Belford & Holy Island, with a short turnaround to beat the incoming tide! Great cycling on unfamiliar, quiet roads. Unfortunately, the weather Gods did not smile on the groups and it rained all day on Saturday and part of Sunday, but it wasn’t cold and it wasn’t windy so a good time was had by all on Saturday night… and by some on Sunday morning!

Props go to Simon Davidson for arranging.

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