We like riding bikes!

We are a diverse group of people living in the Bishops Castle area with one thing in common - we like riding bikes! We organise rides for riders of all abilities, and we are affiliated to Cycling UK for the protection of all.

Rides are on the first Wednesday of the month. Rides are normally "meet at destination" rides, enabling riders of all abilities to meet at a place and time to socialise together.

In addition, an informal "further, faster" group meets each Wednesday at the Six Bells Pub. You should use the link below to contact us if you think you might want to join this ride for the first time, so that we can let you know if it's going to be right for you.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Xmas or New Year Lunch, every which way!

by Liz Colebrook

Wentnor is only just over 6 miles from BC but the 15 castle cyclists chose a variety of routes to reach the Crown Inn for our annual Xmas lunch converted to a New Year's lunch for a change.

Jim and Rose got drenched walking over from CS. They dried out nicely only to receive the same treatment going back!

A few brave riders dared to ride up Dangerous Hill. Stephen Abbey took the long way round to avoid it. Adrian rode as close to the flight of that well known crow but basically the plan worked in that we all we pleased with the chosen route, pace and company.

This handy hint was noted by Caroline who was not alone in trying one at the Crown.

Nice not to have a long wait as we had preordered and there was plenty of hot food, fresh veg and lashings of gravy all round. The most unusual dish was battered halloumi served with tartar sauce and the most traditional was the huge roast dinner, the remains of which Caroline took home in her saddlebag earmarked for a stir-fry.

We decided young Ben had the hallmarks of a pastryarian as he ate all the pie crust with relish (tomato) leaving the steak and ale exposed to the cold and ultimately abandoned. The pub dogs are probably looking forward to Ben's next visit.

All in all we enjoyed chatting at length about so many subjects as always from drained Italian lakes to the benefits of a good wheel. Pudding choices included parsnip and maple cake and watermelon fruit crumble!

We left the warm environs with slightly larger girths and damp-proof spirits - just as well as the rain started again.

Friday, 6 January 2017

The Maltings, Clun - on an icy cold day...

by Kay Radford

A beautiful clear, sunny morning but very, very cold with a hard frost. Several people had decided that the roads would be too icy to ride to Clun over the hills so would meet there after a walk. However, after donning an extra layer of clothing, we set off up the hill to Bishops Moat where we met Tess and her grandson, Christopher, who were undeterred by the sub zero temperatures. The views out over the Shropshire hills, and Corndon were stunning. We rode west along the Kerry Ridgeway as far as we could with the last couple of miles on a dirt track which was frozen solid so quite OK on our touring bikes. 
Near to Two Crosses, Tess, Christopher and Kay

After Two Crosses the long descent to Brookhouse then along the valley to Newcastle. Rolling hills into the distance with fields white with frost and water sparkling in the sunshine as we followed the lanes along to Clun and the warmth of The Maltings cafe. Christopher definitely setting the pace with Tess and I bringing up the rear. What it is to be young!

By 12.30 there were 13 of us, some having cycled and some walked but all having enjoyed the fantastic clear, frosty morning. 

Clockwise from Kay in the foreground - Maxine, Tess, Dave, Christopher, Rose, Jim, Stephen, and Chris. For the others, see the Gallery!