Dig out your bike and get pedalling!
PUBLISHED: 13:49 18 April 2012
Axe Valley Cyclists have been digging out their bikes from the back of the shed and making plans for summer 2012.
The mountain bikers are going to Chamonix and the racers are going to climb Mont Ventoux – one of the hardest climbs in the Tour de France – in a few weeks’ time. Closer to home, the ‘Friday Flyers’ are going to ride the cycle path from Studland to Poole – one of the flattest rides in Dorset. Meanwhile, Thursday evening rides are building up with the lighter evenings and there are now three different rides for cyclists of different abilities, all ending at the pub. Go to the King’s Arms, Fore Street at 6.30pm if you want to join a ride.
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day for a ride to the seaside and a large group of pedallers convened in Ottery St Mary for an excursion along the quiet lanes to Otterton Mill and thence along the Cycle Path to Exmouth.
After a picnic on the seafront, watching jet skis and kite surfers, the group remounted and took the cycle path along the Exe Estuary to Lympstone. From there it was inland and uphill for the return leg via Woodbury. Nobody walked. Sunday club rides are every month. Details of rides and AVP membership are at Axevalleypedallers.org.uk
Tandems are the new fashion for AVP Friday rides. Friday the 13th saw the maiden voyage of a vintage machine found forgotten under cobwebs and sacking some years ago by AVP secretary Rob (Handbag) Watson in an old barn in Worcestershire. This is now restored in AVP yellow and red colours and was joined by 2 other tandems and a total of 18 riders for a circuit of the Coly Valley, returning triumphantly and at considerable speed along Harepath Road into Seaton for a birthday celebration. However, after the party it was found to have a puncture and has been returned to the shed.