Reports of Section Runs and Meetings for 2021

Reports are listed in reverse order i.e. newest first. At the start of a New Year they will be removed to the page called the 'previous year' on the Lounge drop down button above.
the photos use a slide show type of presentation, just click any photo to start there.

14th June
The second meeting of the year and, at last, there's somethng good to report - Bring a Bike night. The weather was really good for the 8 bikes and 18 members who turned out. It was a very pleasant evening and after Howard and Carol counted up all of the votes, the winner of the John Wells trophy was Rob Jones with his 1959 Velocette MAC.


2nd July
Recently, I was asked to take my '59 Triumph for some more filming for the Antiques Road Show - and I had a new passenger. Filmed at Dyffryn Gardens for showing at some time in the future.


2nd-9th July - Rob's adventures in Scarborough
It all started with a request from Gareth Thomas of the Swansea Section. “My friend, Anthony and I are thinking of doing our own Scarborough week, do you have any of the old routes?” Count me in, was my reply, and I started looking for routes. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any but I knew someone who had his. When I rang Angelo Conti of the West South Wales Section he emailed me the routes and also said that he and a few others would like to join in. So Rob Jones, South Wales, Gareth Thomas and Anthony Begley, Swansea, Angelo Conti and Norman Robinson, West South Wales and Derek Manders and Geoff Kitchen of Lincs Section headed north. The bikes being used were Hondas 400/4, CB250RS, CB250, 3 Velocettes, 2 Triumphs and a BSA C15. Overall the weather wasn’t too bad. There were some days of rain but Gareth and Ann, Anthony and Sue and myself went out in the car that Anthony had hired.

Our first ride on Friday 2nd July was an 80 mile round trip in Goathland, better known as Aidensfield from the Heartbeat TV series. The day was cloudy but dry and the run went well over familiar roads. One section of the route around Littleback involved two valleys with hills of 1 in 3. Aidensfield was quite busy but we managed to park up on the main street. I was in luck as the local shopkeeper allowed me to park right outside his shop which was the grocer’s shop in the series. The bikes caused quite a stir as people stopped to look at them. Lunch of a roll and tea was taken outside before we headed off. Our return took us over a gated Roman Road and onto the moors for a 15 mile scenic ride to Pickering. We stopped at Thornton le Dale for ice-cream before reaching the Arosa campsite at Seamer.

Sunday’s run was to the south east coast below Scarborough. We meandered through the edge of the Wolds stopping at the WWII memorial for 158 Squadron at Lisset. The memorial is of seven 8 feet tall steel airmen etched with the names of all 851 personnel who perished when with the squadron. From here we continued towards Bridlington and Farnborough Head lighthouse which was our lunch stop. The afternoon saw us riding through the Wolds and back to the seaside at Filey to enjoy an ice cream on the front before completing our 70 mile trip at camp.

Monday’s run was the Ultimate Hill Run taking in the famous Chimney at Rosedale. The route took us over the moors from Pickering and runs along the edge of the moors giving some lovely views. We stopped at the Café near Rosedale Abbey before tackling the 1 in 3 hill which does have some steep turns. Our run up was without trouble and we stopped at the carpark to enjoy the views. Next we continue into Farndale and on to the Feversham Arms at Church Houses for lunch. The afternoon continued with the route taking us up to Blakey Ridge, Westerdale and Castleton before looping through Littlebeck and Forge Valley to the campsite after a 100 mile ride.

Our next ride out was on the Thursday to Helmsley and Bransdale and was to be 95 miles. I do remember a run to Helmsley on one of my first Scarborough weeks but it was nowhere near this distance. Settling into the route I soon realised that this was not the same as I had done previously. The route took us out through the Vale of Pickering, heading east then north to Hovingham and a cup of tea. Suitably refreshed, from here to was on Helmsley where we parked in the main square. Parking was £1.75 for an hour but some local motorcyclists explained that by pressing the green button on the machine you got 20 minutes free and if you were staying in the square you returned to the meter and pressed green again. This is what we did. They even suggested a good bakery for our sandwich and sausage roll. Our route from Helmsley took us north towards Carlton and a 16 mile run over the moors to Gillamoor. Here we decided to ride up one side of Farndale to Church houses and back down the other side to Hutton Le Hole and a drinks stop before returning to camp after covering over 100 miles on a lovely sunny day.

Friday was our last day of riding and we chose the East Coast Run. This was a relatively short run of only 70 miles. Heading up Forge Valley and Silpho we made our way to Falling Foss for our usual mid morning tea stop. The café is in an old game keeper’s cottage and is surrounded by woods with a river and waterfall. We had to park the bikes in the car park and walk some 200 yards down a steep path. The river and Waterfall are idyllic. Our next stop was at Whitby. We crossed the swing bridge over the harbour and found somewhere to park and made our way along the harbourside to a restaurant where we had some lovely fish and chips. Retracing our route over the swing bridge we headed up the hill, coming out just by Whitby Abbey before turning south and heading to Fylingthorpe and Ravenscar. Soon we were heading through Forge Valley and the end of our final ride.Another good week riding in Scarborough with likeminded friends.


12th July - Follow the Velo run
Eight members met at Caerphilly for the Follow the Velo Run. The group consisted of Vince C, John H and Wayne B on Hondas, Paul D, Bob R and Andy W on Triumphs, Ken B on a BSA and Rob J,  obviously on a Velo which needed the customary VPS(Velo Push Start) to get it going. The planned route took us along the A470 before turning off a Pontypridd and heading to Ynysybwl and Llanwonno. It had been misty but now the rain began and spoiled the views we would have had of the mountains. We lost Vince and Paul about here. The main road from the Rhondda took us over the mountain to the Dare Valley Country Park for a tea stop. Continuing up through Aberdare we took the country road from Penderyn to Cwm Cadlan before turning south towards Merthyr. At Cefn Coed we took the back road to Talybont, stopping at The Old Barn for lunch. Due to the weather we decided to head home after lunch.