Centre Round Up 2021

This year, 2021, after coming out of Lockdown in May we made the most of it. Our Wednesday Rides have done well starting with JPJ’s Ridges of Gwent Run. Dave Francis’s Run saw the best attendance with 14 members on 10 Velos and 4 other makes. Our Wednesday Ride To meets have also proved to be good. This was an idea started in 2020 to chose a venue to ride to in order to have a socially distanced chat. Our Ride to Redwick in August saw 15 members on 8 Velos and 7 other bikes sizzling in the sunshine. The Wye Valley Camping Event was very quickly organised in July. It was well attended with friends from our Centre, The Welsh Centre, VMCC and Rod Fuller from West Mids camping at Talybont. The weather was glorious and we enjoyed rides through the Brecon Beacons to Aberdare and down the Wye Valley. Going further afield 4 of us, in August, attended the National Rally at Lichfield. It was an excellent event with a Saturday BBQ organised by Jim Plant and a large Sunday autojumble. Even if the Saturday run was a bit damp, the army museum we visited was very good. Rob Jones attended the Rally after a visit and ride with the Lincoln Centre. In late September Rob took his 59 MAC to the Isle Of Wight VMCC Scurry, flying the flag for Centre. Also in October John, Molly and Rob met up with the Hoskin brothers in Weymouth and did our own version of the Bob Foster. Our Tintern Ride Ins have continued and are still very successful. People enjoy seeing the bikes lined up and often stop for a chat. Club nights have tended to be held in the Abbey Carpark or outside in The Anchor Beer Garden and we have been very lucky with the weather. In fact we seem to have managed to get sunny weather on most of our runs. The one exception was Follow the Velo Run held in conjunction with the VMCC. The route over the Rhondda and Aberdare valleys would have afforded some great views if we could have seen them through the mist. To finish on some interesting notes. We did 14 rides between May and October. An average of one a fortnight. We managed to go off roading at Capel Y fin on the Black and Gold, Rob’s rigid MAC needed pushing on The Follow the Velo Run (A change of plug sorted it out) Two family Velos, no names mentioned, needed recovery after a Tintern Ride In and one MAC fired up well, sounded great but stopped dead when the rider sat on the seat. Puzzling but soon cured by an eagle eyed Alex. A Christmas Lunch was successfully organised in December at The Anchor. Numbers were down a bit for understandable reasons though those who attended were well fed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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