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2016 Photo competition results

Another high standard of entries this year.

After voting by the members who attended, we awarded prizes to:

  • First place: Keith Wileman who also wins the photographic competition trophy
  • Second place: John Rosbottom
  • Third place: Pat Mitchell

You can see the winning entries below. Click any image to see a larger version.

An honourable mention goes to Wilf Forrow who was just a few points behind Pat.

Keith Wileman's entry

John Rosbottom's entry

Pat Mitchell's entry

A game changing cycle helmet - and it's British

I don't ride without a helmet - my brain's too important to me - but if you do the research, current helmets aren't actually that safe, and they're uncomfortable, and bulky when you're not wearing them . I've hunted high and low for something better, and now a British team has developed a game-changing helmet which I think is much safer, more comfortable, and folds up small when not in use. And best of all, it's re-useable - you don't have to throw it away after a bump. They're trying to raise enough money through crowd-funding to go into mass production, and they've only got 8 days left.

I really rate this helmet, and I think it deserves support. I've ordered one for Joy and I, and I do recommend you take a look, and if you can, support this brilliant improvement in cycling safety. It's at As with all crowd-funding projects, there are risks, but they look pretty small to me.

Let me know what you think.

Slindon 2015 photos

Here are some photos from the recent week-end away at Slindon organised by Wally. Unfortunately illness prevented him from attending so Pat took on his cooking duties. Once again, Katie from the National Trust kept our noses to the grindstone.

Click any image to see a larger version.

We worked with the National Trust to fell and chop up Hazel trees that were encroaching on a path used by NT tractors and other vehicles.

We had a great time. The weather was damp on the Saturday, but we really didn't notice while we were working. The food was, as ever, excellent as was the company. Speak to

Id wallys does not exist

to book your place next year!

Photos from Phil & Martine

Winedown 2014 pictures

Here's some pictures taken at the Winedown by Alison and Wilf. Click any image to see a larger version.

If you hover your mouse over the carousel, the pictures will stop moving. If you put your mouse at the left edge of the left image, an arrow will appear; click to show the previous picture. Similarly, put your mouse at the right hand edge of the right picture and click to show the next image.

If you have any more pictures let me know.

Winter winedown 2014

CombourgAs last year’s winedown worked so well, I have arranged that we will return to Combourg again this year. I have booked the hotel and 30 passengers on the ferry for an outbound crossing leaving on Monday evening of the 13/10, and returning Saturday evening the 18/10.

The Hotel du Lac is on the edge of a very suitable, interesting and attractive town of Combourg, about 37km South of St. Malo, an easy an undulating ride for the Tuesday. From here there are many potential routes for day rides in all directions, through a quiet, and relatively flat landscape.

Hotel costs are very competitive, singles 69E, doubles/twins 51E, per person per night demi-pension. The ferry costs are £48 per person and £110 per two berth cabin for the return trip.

Can you please let me know whether you wish to join this year’s tour, and I will reserve your place(s).

Barry King-Smith

Premiere Le Grand Depart Yorkshire

I have just booked a place on the CTC Cycling Holidays Tour(1436) which will use part of this years TDF stage 1 route (the quieter roads as least) over the Yorkshire moors, from 28 June to 4 July. There are still places available with a nominal closing date of 19 April. If you fancy joining me or just want more detail, go to:

I plan to drive up on Saturday 28th June (and a could probably squeeze in at least one other bike/passenger), then drive to Harrogate on Friday 4th July to see the Stage 1 finish on Saturday, although I hope to be staying with friends for a couple of nights, so avoiding the need for an hotel. Happy to discuss when we next meet.

Robert Sebley

Slindon photos

Here are some photos from the recent week-end away at Slindon organised by Wally. Click any image to see a larger version.

We worked with the National Trust to fell and chop up trees in an area reserved for growing Hazel trees. The Hazel provides food and a habitat for dormice and material for coppicing. The chopped-up trees will be sold by NT for firewood.

We had a great time. The weather was good and the food excellent. Speak to

Id wallys does not exist

to book your place next year!

Photos from Keith Wileman

Photos from Wilf Forrow