Section Runs and Meetings for 2021
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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.
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.
July - Rob's adventures in Scarborough
all started with a request from Gareth Thomas of the Swansea Section.
friend, Anthony and I are thinking of doing our own Scarborough week,
have any of the old routes?” Count me in, was my reply, and I started
routes. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any but I knew someone who had
I rang Angelo Conti of the West South Wales Section he emailed me the
and also said that he and a few others would like to join in. So Rob
South Wales, Gareth Thomas and Anthony Begley, Swansea, Angelo Conti
Norman Robinson, West South Wales and Derek Manders and Geoff Kitchen
Section headed north. The bikes being used were Hondas 400/4, CB250RS,
Velocettes, 2 Triumphs and a BSA C15. Overall
the weather wasn’t too bad. There were some days of rain but Gareth and
Anthony and Sue and myself went out in the car that Anthony had hired.
first ride on Friday 2nd July was an 80 mile
round trip in
Goathland, better known as Aidensfield from the Heartbeat TV series.
was cloudy but dry and the run went well over familiar roads. One
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
park right outside his shop which was the grocer’s shop in the series.
bikes caused quite a stir as people stopped to look at them. Lunch of a
and tea was taken outside before we headed off. Our return took us over
Roman Road and onto the moors for a 15 mile scenic ride to Pickering.
stopped at Thornton le Dale for ice-cream before reaching the Arosa
run was to the south east coast below Scarborough. We meandered through
edge of the Wolds stopping at the WWII memorial for 158 Squadron at
memorial is of seven 8 feet tall steel airmen etched with the names of
personnel who perished when with the squadron. From here we continued
Bridlington and Farnborough Head lighthouse which was our lunch stop.
afternoon saw us riding through the Wolds and back to the seaside at
enjoy an ice cream on the front before completing our 70 mile trip at
run was the Ultimate Hill Run taking in the famous Chimney at Rosedale.
route took us over the moors from Pickering and runs along the edge of
moors giving some lovely views. We stopped at the Café near Rosedale
before tackling the 1 in 3 hill which does have some steep turns. Our
was without trouble and we stopped at the carpark to enjoy the views.
continue into Farndale and on to the Feversham Arms at Church Houses
The afternoon continued with the route taking us up to Blakey Ridge,
and Castleton before looping through Littlebeck and Forge Valley to the
campsite after a 100 mile ride.
next ride out was on the Thursday to Helmsley and Bransdale and was to
miles. I do remember a run to Helmsley on one of my first Scarborough
it was nowhere near this distance. Settling into the route I soon
this was not the same as I had done previously. The route took us out
the Vale of Pickering, heading east then north to Hovingham and a cup
Suitably refreshed, from here to was on Helmsley where we parked in the
square. Parking was £1.75 for an hour but some local motorcyclists
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
again. This is what we did. They even suggested a good bakery for our
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
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
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
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
swing bridge over the harbour and found somewhere to park and made our
along the harbourside to a restaurant where we had some lovely fish and
Retracing our route over the swing bridge we headed up the hill, coming out
Whitby Abbey before turning south and heading to Fylingthorpe and
Soon we were heading through Forge Valley and the end of our final
good week riding in Scarborough with likeminded friends.
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.