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Friday 16 November 1990
1900-2200
Social: Highway Code
18 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Chris Giles, Dayle Guy, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Luke Hatherly, Martin Hills, Catherine Hopper, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Keir Manning, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Martyn Williams
The new format for our annual Road Safety evening seemed to appeal to those who attended. We hope that all members will always be looking to improve their riding standards as they gain experience.

Sunday 18 November 1990Day ride: Cranbrook CastleSunny but cold
12 present: Neil Ault, Ben Hobday, Roxanne Hobday, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, James Twydell, Ken Twydell, Julie Twydell-Hobday, Andrew Walker, Lorraine Walker, Robert Walker
Can you cycle from Marldon to Bovey Tracey in 45 minutes? We can't. Which is just one reason why we all finally met up at midday rather than 11.00am (Dave and Lorraine's detour is another story!)

All hope of getting to Cranbrook was abandoned and so we had lunch in Julie's minibus before setting off for a very leisurely jaunt to the tea rooms at Lustleigh. There we met up with the Hunts who were passing by and decided to join us.

Eventually we set off with a strange mixture of pavement cycle (Joanne Hunt), Rann Trailer, Tandem/Swann trailer/Baby seat, cycle and child seat, mountain bikes, hybrid bike and even a couple of ordinary tourers! What the great British public on their Sunday outing must have thought I really don't know. However, they must have been impressed if the number of photo calls we had is anything to go by.

We returned to Bovey Tracey and bid our farewells after possibly the shortest ever dry weather day ride in our history.

Sunday 25 November 1990Day ride: Exeter Ship CanalWet
9 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jamie Davey, Martin Hills, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, David Waldron, Robert Walker
Michael, Neil, Martin and Tao, the only starters from Buckfastleigh, decided that the car was the best way to proceed to the pick-up point in view of the unpleasant weather conditions. We met David Humphreys, Robert Walker and Martin Luke at Gappah, and they agreed to join us at Bovey Tracey for refreshments in the Brookside Tearooms. The Volvo team then went on to Starcross to meet Jamie and David, as previously agreed, and were grateful to Jamie's parents for inviting them in for another coffee!

Friday 30 November 1990
1900-2200
Social: Bicycle Workshop
23 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Chris Giles, Dayle Guy, Martin Hamlyn-White, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Paul Hamlyn-White, Philip Harler, Luke Hatherly, Martin Hills, Catherine Hopper, Richard Hopper, Michael Jones, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Ken Twydell, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker
We couldn't do much in the way of oily repairs in the Southpark Centre, so we concentrated on puncture repairs, brake adjustment and cable soldering. The participants were divided into three groups according to age, and spent about forty minutes on each topic. Many thanks to Ken, Richard and Michael for their efforts in laying on the equipment and tuition.

Sunday 2 December 1990Day ride: Elender CoveDry, dull, cold and calm
1 present: Richard Hopper
No one else turned out, so Richard used the opportunity to find roads he hadn't ridden before, ending up in Ivybridge.

Sunday 2 December 1990
1415-1700
Afternoon ride: West OgwellDry
22 present: Neil Ault, Nathan Boundy (Junior, Devon), Ben Hobday, Karina Hobday, Roxanne Hobday, Matthew Jago, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Unknown Rider 1, Unknown Rider 2, Unknown Rider 3, Unknown Rider 4, David Robinson, Debbie Twydell, James Twydell, Ken Twydell, Paul Twydell, Julie Twydell-Hobday, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Lorraine Walker, Robert Walker
A total of sixteen riders set off from Marldon including, for the very first time, the entire Twydell tribe (all 8 of them) and all four of the Walker family. This shows a definite trend towards family cycling - let's see more of it.

As our speed was limited we took the most direct route through Compton and then back roads from Park Hill service station to East and then West Ogwell. There was a track short-cut taken by the hardier souls with varying degrees of muddiness. Dave Robinson showed us the way with a sensible tourer (ie with mudguards) that negotiated the track easily and left him his usual picture of sartorial elegance.

At West Ogwell we met Michael et al. It was obvious that an extended ride would not be practical with all the youngsters. We put a brave face on it and went straight to the Pick 'n' Park café, which was excellent as ever, and then home.

Of particular note was the efforts of Ben Hobday (just turned 7) who completed all the ride on his single gear 16 inch wheel BMX bike that has nylon bushes where our bikes tend to have ball bearings.

Sunday 9 December 1990Day ride: Hansel MillIcy but dry
5 present: Neil Ault, Luke Hatherly, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Mark Moxham
Today's ride was shortened to an excursion around Rattery and lunch at Crofters, by popular consent - what are these cyclists coming to these days?

Friday 14 December 1990
1900-2200
Social: Star Trek V
18 present: Nathan Arecco, Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Chris Giles, Dayle Guy, Philip Harler, Luke Hatherly, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Andrew Simmons, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker
A pleasant evening was spent in Plymouth Road, watching the most recent offering from the original Star Trek cast.

Sunday 16 December 1990Day ride: Christmas LunchSunny periods but cold
38 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Jamie Davey, Julian Duquemin, Chris Giles, Dayle Guy, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Philip Harler, Luke Hatherly, Martin Hills, Ben Hobday, Karina Hobday, Roxanne Hobday, Catherine Hopper, Margaret Hopper, Richard Hopper, Simon Hopper, Toby Hopper, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Luke Kudliskis, Marcus Kudliskis, Martin Luke, Paul Oakley, David Platt, Danielle Robinson, David Robinson, Dominic Robinson, Philip Robinson, Andrew Simmons, Gavin Taylor, Debbie Twydell, James Twydell, Ken Twydell, Paul Twydell, Julie Twydell-Hobday, David Waldron
Everyone had earned their lunch by the time they reached Leusdon Lodge at 1.20pm: the air was cold and the climb from Bickington to Haytor and Cold East Cross had been tough on the younger riders. Once again we had more than forty members wishing to attend, but we didn't have to turn anybody away because several were down with colds on the day.

The occasion was thoroughly enjoyable as always, with 38 excellent meals prepared by the staff of Leusdon Lodge, followed by the presentation of awards and certificates. The ride was finished off with a ramble along Dr Blackall's drive.

Sunday 23 December 1990Day ride: Warren PointWet
7 present: Neil Ault, Martin Hills, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Andrew Simmons, Ken Twydell
We could have been on time at Avonwick but Dave for some reason was wandering about looking in shop windows at Totnes without a care in the world. Ken, although ride leader for the day, felt it disrespectful to say "come on, time to go" to someone who is, well let's face it, older. Anyway when Ken did eventually mention the fact that fifteen minutes to get to Avonwick might be insufficient it turned out that Dave had thought that we were waiting for the Buckfastleigh lot to arrive - hence his lack of urgency.

In the event we weren't too late and, greetings exchanged, we set off towards Warren Point. Riding towards California Cross Michael noticed a huge lake of surface water on the inside half of a right hand bend, close to Graffiti House. It didn't appear to be affecting him as he rounded the bend, but just then a car came around the corner from the other direction. The driver was going so fast that he couldn't slow down to avoid the lake, and Michael's presence on the offside meant that the driver couldn't swerve. So he went right through the middle, drenching Michael in dirty, foul-smelling water. Michael wasn't amused, but everyone else was!

In view of the poor weather it was decided to shorten the ride and have coffee at Avon Mill garden centre cafe. Unfortunately it had closed for the winter the day before! A particularly unpleasant downpour while we were eating lunch dampened the enthusiasm of even the most hardy participants (sheltering under a cafe doorway is not a lot of fun) so we headed back to Totnes along a different route.

The ride back was memorable for two things: Neil and Martin fell out quite seriously after horse-play got out of hand (again!!) and Dave had a puncture which Ken repaired - Dave may be an engineer but Ken is a father of six!

At Totnes we had to make do with the smoke-laden atmosphere of the Riverside cafe where the serving lady abused Ken for some earlier (imagined) indiscretion. Ken denied ever having seen the woman before - but he would, wouldn't he!!

By now the weather had finally cleared up and we went our respective ways home.

Friday 28 December 1990
1900-2200
Social: Christmas Special
21 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Dayle Guy, Luke Hatherly, Martin Hills, Catherine Hopper, Richard Hopper, Simon Hopper, Michael Jones, Martin Luke, Chris Platt, David Platt, Luke Rake, Unknown Rider 1, Unknown Rider 2, Unknown Rider 3, Unknown Rider 4, Martin Rushworth, Peter Rushworth, Martyn Williams
Video interviews from this evening's social
Richard took on the role of interviewer this year for our annual videotape of Section members. The evening included mince pies, ice cream, Risk, computer games and a special guest appearance from Luke Rake.

Sunday 30 December 1990Day ride: GrimspoundRather windy, some showers
9 present: Tao Burgess, Jamie Davey, Luke Hatherly, Richard Hopper, Martin Luke, Paul Oakley, Ken Twydell, Paul Twydell, David Waldron
Julie was waiting at Buckfastleigh to tell us that Ken was on his way on the tandem, but when they arrived the cold had proved too much for Paul and so they turned back. We had had several heavy showers, including some hail, before the start, so we were a little anxious about how the day would turn out. We first headed past Tao's house so he could pick up some gloves: it wasn't a day for bare hands.

Arriving at the turning for Scoriton Richard and Paul took the easier way, while all the others went straight on to pit themselves against the steeper route to Holne. Richard should have known better: as soon as you split up, things go wrong. This time it was a careless driver pulling out of his drive and knocking Paul off. Fortunately the damage was only minor and we were not far from his house, so it didn't take too long to get him home.

The others had their lunch and we decided, with the late start and the additional delay, that Grimspound was out as a destination. We cruised over to Spitchwick and tackled the climb up to Buckland. A brief break here, and on to Ponsworthy Splash. Just before this Richard realised he had left his new stainless steel vacuum flask back at Buckland. The others went on to whizz down Dr Blackall's drive while he went back to see if it was still there: it wasn't.

We met up again at New Bridge, said goodbye to Martin at the top of the hill, and returned via Hembury Woods.

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