Cycling off the excesses

PUBLISHED: 16:14 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

Axe Valley Pedallers: AVP s first monthly ride of 2008 began in grey, cool and very blustery conditions. It was also the group s third birthday.

Axe Valley Pedallers: AVP's first monthly ride of 2008 began in grey, cool and very blustery conditions. It was also the group's third birthday. Publicity given for the ride meant that a trip to South Somerset (Churchinford) and back was on the cards. However, the weather dictated otherwise and the seven riders who turned up ('Buster C', 'Fishnet', 'The Editor', 'Quiff', 'Handbag', 'Jive Bubbles' and 'Sewzee') were all in agreement with this 'amended plan' ! 'Buster C' led us from Seaton Tourist Information Centre at just after 10am, and we rode along to Colyford Road, heading north, and were blown towards the Axe Valley by a strong southwesterly wind. Into and out of Colyton we headed up Yardbury Hill towards Sutton Tip. The ride was a chance to finally put the festivities of Christmas and New Year firmly behind us and Yardbury Hill certainly did that - a long steady plod uphill with a stop at Sutton Thorn. Here our group photo was taken along with our third birthday cake - single chocolate bars provided by 'The Editor'. From here it was a swoop downhill past Sutton Tip with 'Buster C' reminding us via his local knowledge of the location of pools of water on the road to be avoided.

At the Colour Wheel Nursery, we enjoyed a welcome break with tea, coffee and cake and met 'Bar Bunny'. This was a welcome rest from the buffeting wind, but that wouldn't last as on the return journey via Honiton Golf Club we had to cycle into the strong wind that had blown us north. Emerging back on to the A3052 we rested a while before quickly cycling along it - a joy for cyclists due to the smooth road surface and mainly level terrain. At Hangman's Stone it was a right towards Beer. Views of Seaton seafront were impressive with many 'white horses' rolling on to the beach giving the coastline a dramatic appearance. One by one our riders peeled away into their respective abodes and another AVP ride covering about 20 miles came to an end. Despite the conditions, we all felt good for the much needed exercise.

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By Darren Rogers

Axe Valley Pedallers

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