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Sunday 1 July 1990Day ride: 80km Reliability RideDamp, brighter later
9 present: Hazel Brown, Martin Hills, Catherine Hopper, Richard Hopper, Australian Lady (Adult, Australia), Martin Luke, Andrew Simmons, Gary Taylor, Martyn Williams
The ride was fairly uneventful, except perhaps for the sight of the crop circles near Bickington.

Sunday 1 July 1990
1415-1700
Afternoon ride (Buckfastleigh): Old Forge, HolneSunny
5 present: Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Mark Hedges, Michael Jones
With nine on the all-day ride, attendance was somewhat depleted for the afternoon ride. Those who ignored the morning's rain were rewarded with excellent weather for this short ride through Burchetts Wood (very muddy, much to the delight of Dayle, Andrew, Matthew and Mark) to the Old Forge cafe at Holne. This cafe really does have character. Everyone except Matthew was without money and had to borrow from Michael. Return route was via the track from Gallant Le Bower to Holne Bridge.

Wednesday 4 July 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Paignton): KnowleDry
3 present: Martin Luke, Debbie Twydell, Ken Twydell
Those not interested in the World Cup enjoyed a short ride through the lanes to Ipplepen, Torbryan and the track at Knowle. Ken shared out some "sweeties" at Broadhempston before leading the group homewards through Denbury.

Friday 6 July 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): West BuckfastleighDrizzle
11 present: Neil Ault, Joseph Bellows, Jeremy Ford, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Chris Platt, David Platt, Alan Skinner, Eliot Thomas-Wright
It seemed that everyone had turned up with the idea of going to Crofters! Michael decided they had to earn their refreshments, however, and led the group on a short ride through Buckfast.

Sunday 8 July 1990Day ride: Redlake TramwaySunny
17 present: Neil Ault, Leo Baker (Adult, Exeter), Tao Burgess, Jason Burkett (16, Paignton), Julian Duquemin, Dayle Guy, Mark Hedges, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, David Robinson, Peter Rushworth, Andrew Simmons, Gary Taylor, Martyn Williams, Susan Willoughby (Adult, Devon)
Water Oak Corner, on the Abbots Way
Our famous track-intensive ride may not have been quite what Leo and Susan had been expecting on their first ride with us. Avoiding the flying golf balls we picked our way up the side of Ugborough Beacon and enjoyed lunch on the top in a stiff breeze. We then followed the usual route along the Redlake Tramway, a few going all the way to Redlake and discovering some delightful muddy ditches - which kept them entertained for quite some time.

The path from here back to Cross Furzes is somewhat rough to say the least, and the newcomers decided that enough was enough and headed for tarmac at the Avon Dam. A number of members were kept entertained throughout the afternoon with Gary's radio, which was tuned to the men's singles final at Wimbledon.

Friday 13 July 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Chalk FordDry
12 present: Neil Ault, Andrew Caunter, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Simon Hopper, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Unknown Rider 1, Unknown Rider 2, Andrew Simmons, Eliot Thomas-Wright
The long climb to Lud Gate left younger members in no mood for another climb to Pupers Hill - much to Michael's disappointment. There was plenty of fun to be had in the descent to Chalk Ford, however, and the ride homewards via Scorriton.

Sunday 15 July 1990Day ride: Treasure HuntHot / sunny
22 present: Neil Ault, Matthew Bentley, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Mark Hedges, Martin Hills, Ben Hobday, Catherine Hopper, Richard Hopper, Michael Jones, Paul Lakeman, Martin Luke, Keir Manning, Unknown Rider 1, David Robinson, Philip Robinson, Steven Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Ken Twydell, Martyn Williams
Richard enjoys the shade while the teams battle for victory
Richard Hopper had prepared an excellent course for us today. There were three teams and three separate loops, each starting and finishing at Broadhempston. The team that earned the most points (by completing all three loops of the course) were deprived of victory by Richard's system of time penalties which moved them instantly to last place - but warning was given at the outset that unspecified penalties would apply, so they couldn't really complain. Everyone enjoyed the event despite the oppressive heat.

Friday 20 July 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): StavertonSunny
14 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Edward Denney, Dennis Downing (Junior, Devon), Martin Hills, Simon Hopper, Matthew Jeffery, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Ken Oakley (Adult, Totnes), Paul Oakley (10, Totnes), Gavin Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Marcus and Edward were in trouble today for dangerous riding on one of Colston Road's many bends. At Staverton, some walked through the river before we set off for home via Landscove.

Saturday 21 July 1990Weekend ride: Instow Youth Hostel Day 1Hot / sunny
17 present: Neil Ault, Matthew Bentley, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Dayle Guy, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Martin Hills, Roger Johnson, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Keir Manning, David Platt, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Jeremy admires the sunset on Instow beach
Very hot weather made this weekend particularly exhausting despite the selection of the easiest possible routes. British Rail escorted us on four separate trains between Newton Abbot and Eggesford, all of them DMUs, without a single hitch - well done BR. We took the A377 to Barnstaple and then the cyclepath to Instow - virtually flat all the way. There was time for a walk to Instow beach after supper. The hostel was well-liked by everyone, most looking forward to their next visit.

Sunday 22 July 1990Weekend ride: Instow Youth Hostel Day 2Hot / sunny
17 present: Neil Ault, Matthew Bentley, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Dayle Guy, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Martin Hills, Roger Johnson, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Keir Manning, David Platt, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Eliot Thomas-Wright
David, not ready to leave
Martin R and Tao, ready to leave
The group at Instow YH
Sunday's route was via Bideford and Torrington. The cyclepath was not completed beyond Bideford, but that didn't stop a few hardened members trying it out. The rest watched their progress from various vantage points along the easier road route. Tao performed very well in view of his illness: we tackled the remaining hills through Beaford and still reached Eggesford with half an hour to spare before the train was due.

Friday 27 July 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): SpitchwickDry
13 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Andrew Caunter, Edward Denney, Adam Doherty, Julian Duquemin, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Andrew Simmons, Joseph Watkins (7, Totnes)
When everyone had finished sliding down the Anaconda Run tube at the River Dart Country Park Martin suggested a new route through Holne Chase - a track! It sounded like a good idea to the mountain bikers, and indeed it was an interesting route. The problem was, it was all uphill, and it finally brought us out even higher than we needed to climb, near Galant Le Bower! Perhaps we'll try it the other way next time.

There was still time for Julian, Martin and Andrew to jump off the rope at Spitchwick despite our delays. When they had dried off we climbed the hill again to return via Hembury Woods.

Sunday 29 July 1990Day ride: Lannacombe BeachSunny
10 present: Neil Ault, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Martin Hills, Dave Humphreys, Roger Johnson, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Andrew Simmons, Ken Twydell
Roger and Martin H
Andrew, Jenny and children on Lannacombe beach
In order to spend the maximum possible time on the beach we chose the fast main road route from Totnes to Stanborough, then took the direct lane route through Stokenham. We met Jenny Quick and her two children at Lannacombe as arranged and spent an enjoyable hour lazing around in the sun. Nobody wanted to leave, of course, but time was getting on. Return was via Slapton.

Wednesday 1 August 1990Evening ride (Paignton): CancelledDry
2 present: Martin Luke, Ken Twydell
Only Ken and Martin Luke attended this ride, so they decided to join forces with the two Torbay Section members who had supported the Torbay Section evening ride.

Friday 3 August 1990Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Shipley BridgeSunny and very hot
18 present: Neil Ault, Edward Denney, Julian Duquemin, Dayle Guy, Louise Hedges (Adult, South Brent), Mark Hedges, Paul Hedges, Martin Hills, Catherine Hopper, Richard Hopper, Dave Humphreys, Matthew Jeffery, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, David Platt, Andrew Simmons, Adrian Teague, Shane Teague
Dave Humphreys
Enjoying the river Avon
A sweltering, humid day left everyone tired and dry, so we headed straight for the best cool water we could think of, the river Avon at Shipley Bridge. Most had lots of fun in the water, using the slippery, green rocks under the surface as a slide. Even Dave Humphreys went in up to his knees!

We continued past the Avon Dam and homewards across the fields to Cross Furzes. As usual, the moor was tranquility itself, although you had to be well behind the main group to appreciate it!

Sunday 5 August 1990Afternoon ride: LittlehempstonSunny
11 present: Neil Ault, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Martin Hills, Ben Hobday, Matthew Jeffery, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Jenny Quick, Gary Taylor, Ken Twydell, Robert Walker (10, Paignton)
At last we were in a spell of cooler weather, and Jenny Quick took the opportunity to make a welcome return to club activities after her recent back problems. The track from Littlehempston towards Redpost was dry today and quite easy going - unlike our last visit! On emerging at the far end we diverted to Pick 'n' Park at Ipplepen for refreshments - just what the doctor ordered. Matthew Jago's parents happened to be there as well, and they informed us that Matthew had fallen off his bike and suffered some unpleasant injuries. The news certainly explained his long period of absence.

Congratulations to young Robert, who performed admirably on his first ride.

Friday 10 August 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Cold East CrossDry
18 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Edward Denney, Adam Doherty, Dennis Downing, Julian Duquemin, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Philip Harler, Martin Hills, Matthew Jeffery, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, David Platt, Andrew Simmons, Joseph Watkins
This was a leisurely ride through Ashburton and up to Cold East Cross - the moor was enchanting this evening. We used the descent to Ashburton to explore a new lane through Druid, a pleasant alternative to the usual Auswell hill.

Sunday 12 August 1990Day ride: Kenn ValleySunny
15 present: Neil Ault, Erica Brown, Hazel Brown, Julian Duquemin, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Mark Hedges, Martin Hills, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Andrew Simmons, Martyn Williams
Lunch in the Kenn Valley
A lot of main road work took us through the Gappah pick-up and down Telegraph Hill to the Kenn valley, where we enjoyed lunch under the shade of some trees. Martin Luke had some difficulty finding a taker for his weird crisps, but Mark Hedges seemed to like them.

As we were so close to the sea we decided to break all sensible rules and head for Dawlish Warren - it was overflowing with tourists of course, but several members enjoyed a dip and the subsequent walk/ride along the sea wall to Dawlish. After some more main roads to Teignmouth we then got away from it all with the climb to Stoke-in-Teignhead's Old Bakery cafe, where the proprietor could not conceal his disappointment that his cafe was to be filled with such clientele - he preferred the type that bought 15 cream teas rather than our mix of cheap drinks and other assorted snacks.

Return was via Newton Abbot and yet more main roads. Buckfastleigh starters covered 48 miles in the ride's 8.5 hours.

Friday 17 August 1990
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Hood ManorWet
14 present: Neil Ault, Joseph Bellows, Julian Duquemin, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Martin Hills, Simon Hopper, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, David Platt, Adrian Teague, Shane Teague
Rain began at 6.45 and was forecast to continue all evening. Compromise ruled the day: we rode half way along Colston road, then the keen ones continued to Hood and back along the main road, everyone meeting at Michael's for some more Star Trek: The Next Gen videos.

Sunday 19 August 1990Day ride: Whooping RockWet
6 present: Neil Ault, Martin Hills, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, John Stuart
Many members stayed at home today in order to prepare for tomorrow's big event. Dave Humphreys led the remainder to the destination for lunch, and then home via Widecombe. They got a bit damp, but still enjoyed the ride.

Monday 20 August 1990Tour: Scottish Highlands and Islands Day 1 Home to Loch LomondVariable
16 present: Neil Ault, Matthew Bentley, Mark Burnard, Julian Duquemin, James Fletcher (15, Swindon), Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Mark Hedges, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Stuart Lamonby (15, Swindon), Martin Luke, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Paul Smith, Martyn Williams
Route from Balloch to Loch Lomond YH
This epic tour took us from Loch Lomond to Lochinver via Skye, Raasay and the Outer Hebrides. The most remarkable fact about the tour is that it was completely unremarkable. Nothing went wrong. The trains were on time, we didn't miss any ferries, nobody suffered any serious accidents or cycle breakdowns, and the weather was adequately dry and sunny for most of the tour. Everything went exactly according to plan. Which means, of course, that there isn't a lot to say in this report!

Getting a group of sixteen to Scotland with bikes is difficult enough, but it's even more complicated when participants come from different parts of the UK. The aim was to get everyone to join the 0716 Penzance to Glasgow train at their nearest station, loading bikes into the guard's van. The fourteen from Devon joined the train at Newton Abbot at 0956, Mark hopped on at Bristol Temple Meads, Stuart and James took a connecting train from Swindon and joined us at Cheltenham Spa and finally Paul Smith took a connecting train from Basingstoke to join us at Birmingham New Street at 1320. Everything went to plan and we arrived in Glasgow Central station on timeat 1745.

Ideally we would have liked to go all the way to our main starting point at Fort William, but it just wasn't possible to do that in a single day so we rode across Glasgow to Queen Street Station and took the local train to Balloch. From there it was just a short ride of around 2 miles to the spectacular Loch Lomond hostel, a huge mansion set on the shores of Loch Lomond. We had evening meals waiting for us when we arrived soon after 7.30.

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