2023 Cycling

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Monday, Sand Beach

By early Monday afternoon, all fifteen Embers were assembled at the Grand Atlantic Hotel ... or in Raddy's Cafe just along the prom.

As is our custom, we quickly brought out our bicycles for a short ride up the coast to Sand Bay (and ice creams).

Our afternoon practice ride with many cyclists added up to miles.

Tuesday, Burnham-on-Sea

Everyone mustered after breakfast for our ride along the cycle route to Burnham-on-Sea, by way of Brean Beach. We were not the slowest road-users holding up the traffic on the way into town.

All back for evening dinner, then a walk to a local pub.

Tuesday saw all many Embers riding a total of miles.

Thursday, Yatton

Wednesday was a rest day from cycling due to wet weather. It also turned wet on Thursday, but that did not deter us from attempting a ride.

We made it as far as Yatton (for cake) but called it a day and headed back to base. We were caught again by rain on the last mile along the prom, and took refuge from the deluge.

Our final ride with many Embers dodging showers, puddles and traffic was miles.

Hogs Head Hotel, Awsworth

Velo John, Derek and Simon all drove to Worthington car park and then cycled up to the Bennerley Viaduct just north of Ilkeston. The weather was really kind with no rain during the ride and extended periods of sunshine.

Lunch was at a new pub/hotel that John had found and it was a winner (The Hogs Head Hotel). All the food was home made so really enjoyable. Most of the 47 miles travelled was off road so it was a tough ride but an excellent day out.

Locally many Embers cycled miles to complete week one of April.

- Simon Over

Black Horse, Sheepy Magna

Nine turned up for the windy ride to the Black Horse, Sheepy Magna.

Stopped off at Dobbies for tea and cake on the way back to Desford.

This week many Embers cycled miles between them.

- Grahame Billington

The Plough, Wysall

A gorgeously sunny day brought out the colours of spring buds and blossoms for twelve Embers to cycle through. We kept up a relentless pace to reach our target pub just after midday.

At the Plough Inn we sat outside for lunch al fresco. We then returned for coffee and cake at Freckles in Barrow upon Soar.

This week many Embers cycled miles between them.

The Elms, Lutterworth

Setting off from Lutterworth, seven Embers almost reached Welford, but we lost our nerve and returned, via a bridleway, to the Elms for lunch.

The prospect of a carvery and birthday beer from Simon, meant we struggled to keep up with Mush.

With most of our miles completed but no sign of threatened rain, we looped round to Palmers at Ullesthorpe for tea and cake.

On the final ride of April, many Embers cycled miles over more new tracks.

Further afield in May.