Mud, mud, glorious mud, King Alfred and jelly babies!

Group of cyclists

Pedallers power - Credit: Submitted

The evening 10-ten mile time trials look like coming to an end for the Axe Valley Pedallers this year as the last planned event was cancelled due to an event team member contracting the Covid virus.

However, Richard Gorst continued with his good form by finishing a very rewarding 7th in the National Championships Cross Country  Round Three in the New Forest. The course was a very tricky technical ride.

On the leisure side our intrepid explorers returned to the Somerset Levels starting at Chedzoy and including the Barrow Mump and the Hill of Athelney to view the monument of King Alfred and then a tour of the Sedgemoor Battlefield. There was also  mud, mud, glorious mud on one off- road section which could only be negotiated safely on foot.

On Wednesday another jaunt out of our area, meeting at Ottery and riding to Otterton Mill for coffee and on to Exmouth to join the Exe trail and on to Topsham for a picnic lunch before returning through the lanes to Ottery.

On Saturday the "Coffee Club" ride was well supported and rode out across Trinity Hill towards Broadwindsor and back via Chardstock, a 40-mile dash led by Lawrie on his new E-bike at a somewhat faster rate than usual.

Thursday evening saw a small group heading over to Sidmouth and heading back via the Byes and Sidbury  and on to Hapway Hill , a 22- mile loop, only stopping briefly for a hand-out of Jolly's jelly babies for a much needed energy boost. 

There will be a monthly club ride on Sunday September 12-- a 21-mile easy paced ride.


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