Spokes 2019 Headline Events...
April 10th - 17th: Majorca
Book your own flights; available from Bristol (Easyjet) or Cardiff (Vueling)
Staying at the Aparthotel Flora apartments in Puerto de Pollenca
Organiser: Gareth Thomas
This event is now officially closed.
You may by all means still join us, but you will have to make all your own arrangements. ie book your flight, The Flora hotel, bike hire and arrange your own transfers.
Please do still inform Gareth
Saturday 1st June: Herefordshire, Mike Hutchinson 89th Birthday ride
This event will be held on Saturday 1st June. The ride will be no more than 50 miles and will be suitable for any bike. The route will be fairly flat and will take advantage of the quiet local country lanes. The meeting point at the start will be the large car park in front of Shobdon Stores. It is about a quarter of a mile past the Bateman Arms. Anyone arriving by car will be able to leave their vehicle there for the day.
The ride will start at 10am to allow people to travel up on the morning.
For those looking to stay on the Friday/Saturday night there is The Beeches Campsite about half a mile from Shobdon, 01568 708678 or http://www.thebeechescampsite.co.uk/.
NB. I believe The Bateman Arms (B&B) is fully booked for those nights, although worth checking.
If you are planning to attend can you please let me know on 0786 4984385 or email@example.com.
Organiser: Glen Dermody
15/16th to 22/23rd June: Co Waterford, South Ireland
The trip will use the Fishguard/Rosslare ferry and will be based around the counties of Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary. The trip will be unsupported so we will need to travel between towns carrying our own luggage. The intentions is to remain in each location for one or more nights, which will allow us to cycle luggage free on non-travelling days. The towns are all just over 30 miles apart, so we would have the option on travelling days of reaching our destination by lunchtime, dropping off the luggage and cycling luggage-free in the afternoon.The first day will involve making your way to Fishguard to catch the 13:10 ferry. Reasonably priced car parking is available on the sea front. We will arrive at 16:25 and stay the first night within a few miles of the port. Our movements after that will depend on what deals are available but it will probably involve visiting Waterford, Dungarvan and Clonmel before returning to Rosslare. There are two options for the return ferry. We can cycle straight to the ferry port and catch the 18:10. This would dock in Fishguard at 21:25 and see us returning to Cardiff just before midnight. The second option would involve a night's stay in Rosslare and an early start the following morning for the 08:00 ferry.
The intention at the moment is to stay in "nice" hotels which tend to offer very good midweek deals. In terms of costs the ferry is currently £86 for a return trip with bike. I am working on a maximum of 50 euros (£45) a night for hotel rooms. Should the pound collapse over Brexit then we would always have the option of down-grading to B&B's to remain within budget. If you want an overall estimate I would suggest between £350-£400.
I need to settle on final numbers before I can get into any detailed planning. Therefore, if you are interested, can you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0786 4984385.
The closing date is the 31st January.
Organiser Glen Dermody
22nd - 28th July: Journey to the Source of the Thames
This will be a 5 night cycle camping trip leaving and finishing in Cardiff and making a circuit across the northern Cotswolds to the village of Kemble, to seek out the source of the Thames. Campsites along the way would be pre-arranged and distances would be 40/45 miles per day. The route would take in Chepstow, Frocester Bank, Kemble and Tetbury.
The trip will be unsupported. Participants will carry their own camping gear & kit.
Organiser Dave Griffiths, 6days
August 14th - 17th: Weston-Super-Mare to Weymouth & circular return
Ride fully booked
Day 1: Weston-Super-Mare train station to Glastonbury. We will start about mid-morning on and will be cycling approximately 30 miles.
Day 2: Glastonbury to Weymouth. Approximately 55 miles
Day 3: Weymouth to Ilminster. Approximately 56 miles.
Day 4: Ilminster to Weston-Super-Mare approximately 37 miles.
Routes will be on or around National Cycle Network Routes 26, 2, 33 and 339.
As a circular trip people may want to find suitable parking in or around Weston.
Others may wish to travel by train. A Saturday return will hopefully avoid any engineering works.
August 27th- September 10th: La Rochelle to Bordeaux (2 weeks)
Flying with Easyjet, Outbound: Bristol to La Rochelle. Return: Bordeaux to Bristol
Est. cost £980 pp (Inc flights) max 12 cyclists. This trip will be fully supported. Your bikes and luggage will be taken by van to and from France.
Organiser: Tony Ritson, email@example.com
This event is also now full, but there will be a waiting list if someone drops out
please contact Tony to be considered.
(Further ride details will be added as they become available)