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Sunday 19 May 1996
0800-1130
Weekend ride: Bellever YH Day 2Torrential rain
5 present: Richard Burge, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Craig McCracken
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Wet and very cold in morning so straight back to Buckfastleigh after Oliver had returned to hostel for Cool (?) Cubes. Buckfastleigh by 11.30. Rest of day at Crofters.]

Friday 24 May 1996Evening ride: LandscoveDamp start, dry later
5 present: David Burt, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Green Lane, Landscove. Michael got blow-out and had to walk. Returned via High Beara back to Austin's Bridge. Weather: damp start, then cleared up.]

Sunday 26 May 1996Day ride: Leonard's CoveVery wet
5 present: David Burt, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Luke Whiting
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Ride abandoned owing to bad weather. No-one at Totnes so café stop at Ticklemore Street. Spent time at Crofters. Finally went out 4.00pm for half an hour ride to Dean Combe. Oliver showed off his new bike! ]

Tuesday 28 May 1996Evening ride (Junior): Skerraton DownMist and drizzle
8 present: Jason Braund (14, Buckfastleigh), Michael Jones, Daniel Smith, Graham Smith, Holly Smith, Maureen Taylor, Philip Taylor, Wendy Turrell
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Light drizzle and mist got heavier and thicker as we climbed to Skerraton Down. Maureen thought we were going to get lost but no difficulty in returning via Cross Furzes. Wendy foot in water.]

Friday 31 May 1996
1900-2125
Evening ride: Venford Track
7 present: John Hayes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Daniel Smith, Adam Unknown (10, Halwell)
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Hembury Woods, Holne, Venford. Skylark's nest seen on the moors near Venford. Track to Michelcombe. Philip almost lost Michael's pump - it fell off as he carried bike across leat. Adam and John small collision Scorriton but no damage. Home by 9.25.]

Sunday 2 June 1996
1414-1630
Afternoon ride: BroadhempstonTorrential rain and hail
7 present: Peter Bonnet, Richard Burge, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Alistair Lindley (Adult, Buckfastleigh), Oliver Lindley, Daniel Smith
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Torrential rain, hail. Waited until 2.45. Colston Road flooding Kilbury Manor, sheltered Colston Farm (Michael's relatives). Staverton, Hole Farm. Home about 4.30.]

Friday 7 June 1996
1900-2200
Evening ride: TotnesDry
8 present: Neil Ault, Julian Duquemin, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Keir Manning, Daniel Smith, John Stuart
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Dry evening. Rattery, Tigley, Follaton. John Hayes came off, grazed elbow. Took John to hospital. Returned via riverside track and Colston Road by 10.00.]

Sunday 9 June 1996Day ride: Ten Tors EventDry
7 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Daniel Smith, Luke Whiting
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Haytor, Saddle Tor, Top Tor, Pill Tor, Tunhill Rocks, Bonehill Rocks, Meltor, Chinkwell Tor, Honeybag Tor, Bel Tor. Lunch at Saddletor - air ambulance was circling. Shop stop at Widecombe. Fabulous views of Dart Valley from Bel Tor. Dr Blackall's Drive. Home via Hembury. Dry day. All 7 completed ten tors.]

Tuesday 11 June 1996Evening ride (Junior): LandscoveDrizzly start, dry later
7 present: Michael Jones, Kyle Nolan, Daniel Smith, Graham Smith, Holly Smith, Dale Turrell, Jamie Watkin
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Drizzly start, then dry. Austin's Bridge (Dale road dangerously). Green Lane, Landscove, tracks to Pridhamsleigh. Holly and Kyle very slow.]

Friday 14 June 1996
1900-2055
Evening ride: LambsdownSunny
9 present: Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Peter Hughes (Junior, Devon), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Daniel Smith
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Nurston, Lambsdown, beautiful sunny evening. Tao rode off stone bridge at Cross Furzes and broke his gear. Crofters at 8.55. Playstation.]

Sunday 16 June 1996
1000-1815
Day ride: Plym Valley CyclewayHot and sunny
8 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Peter Hughes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Daniel Smith, Philip Stone
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Daniel and Peter bravely attempted this very hard ride! Weather: hot and sunny but a cooling breeze. Budgie led short-cut to Woodpecker but stopped there instead of pressing on. Lunch on cycleway at 12.15, usual clearing. Tunnel dark and fun. Took new extension to Clearbrook. Stopped at Meavy for welcome drinks; refilled water bottles - Daniel got ice! Split at Burrator: Budgie, Julian, Tao and Philip took track & discovered it was indeed as hard as Michael had said it would be. Daniel's family waiting for him at Princetown. Fox Tor café. Daniel got in car at Two Bridges. Peter needed taxi from Dunnabridge to Venford. Home by 6.15.]

Friday 21 June 1996Evening ride: Buckland-in-the-MoorSunny
11 present: Neil Ault, Julian Duquemin, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Don Malpass, Craig McCracken, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Daniel Smith, Philip Stone
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Ashburton, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Spitchwick. Group of hippies and young teenagers celebrating summer solstice. Michael spoke briefly to Tom Richardson. Home via Hembury Woods. Lovely sunny evening.]

Sunday 23 June 1996
1000-1915
Day ride: Cotley CastleSunny
7 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Craig McCracken, Luke Whiting
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Sunny day. Craig puncture at Peartree, at the valve so could not be repaired. Didn't have spare tube so prepared to walk, then Oliver said he had a spare tube. Craig crank came loose at Budgie Box (Caton). Teign Valley road to Lower Ashton, lots of flies in wood. Lunch just past Sextons Cross. Tao and Llewellyn had wet dung fight. Returned via Longdown (miserable garden centre café) and Bovey Tracey café where Michael purchased the smallest milkshake ever for 95p. Home by 5.15.]

Tuesday 25 June 1996
1800-2055
Evening ride (Junior): Chalk FordSunny start, cloudy later
8 present: Neil Ault, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Daniel Smith, Maureen Taylor, Philip Taylor, Dale Turrell, Wendy Turrell
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Sunny start, clouding over. Adjusted Gavin's brakes at the start. Buckfast route to Cross Furzes. Lud Gate, Chalk Ford, Neil puncture on track because of fox. Home by 8.55.]

Friday 28 June 1996Evening ride: LandscoveDry but dull
9 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Austin Loder, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Green Lane, Landscove via field track. Home via Colston Road. Weather: dry but dull.]

Sunday 30 June 1996
1000-1735
Day ride: Thurlstone SandsSunny, warm and breezy with some drizzle
7 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Luke Whiting
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Philip Oakley came down to start to see us off. Stopped at Loddiswell Vineyard to see café. Steep lane to Churchstowe. Lunch at Thurlestone - pebble and sand fights on beach. South Milton, Sorley Tunnel Centre for drinks and buggy rides. Home via Woodleigh, Moreleigh and Rattery. Home by 5.35. Weather generally sunny and warm but breezy and some spells of light drizzle.]

Friday 5 July 1996Evening ride: Chalk FordDry
10 present: Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Dayle Guy, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Buckfast, Grange Road, Dayle blow-out, climbed to Cross Furzes, delay while Dayle adjusted brakes. Paul crank loose, Lud Gate, Chalk Ford, Dayle chain broke, stony track to Scoriton, Tao mudguard jammed. Jeremy puncture. Philip O walked with Jeremy while Michael returned with car. Tao mudguard jammed again.]

Sunday 7 July 1996Afternoon ride: Dr Blackall's Drive
13 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Andrew Simmons, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Buckfast, split through Hembury Woods, Oliver jockey-wheel fell off. Andrew fell off at end of track. Leusdon, 5 ducks. Ice creams and chocolate top of hill. Dr Blackall's Drive back to New Bridge, Jeremy puncture again - still no repair kit, said he didn't have time to pack it! Philip Stone broke chain while doing a stunt. Home via Hembury Woods.]

Tuesday 9 July 1996Evening ride (Junior): Broadhempston
10 present: Luke Comerford, Ben Ireland, Michael Jones, Billy O'Dare (Junior, Buckfastleigh), Gavin Pearson, Scott Riley, Daniel Smith, Graham Smith, Holly Smith, Dale Turrell
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Green Lane, Abham, Staverton, Broadhempston play park. Direct route back to Green Lane.]

Friday 12 July 1996Evening ride: Venford ReservoirMainly dry, some light drizzle
14 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Stan Ford, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Roy Loder, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Pear Tree, River Dart CP, track and road to Venford area. Track to Michelcombe, Jeremy puncture again, this time spare tube but punctured! Weather mainly dry, occasional patches of extremely light drizzle. Philip Stone blow-out in Country Park.]

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