Recent Event Reports

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Sunday 3 February 2019
10:15 - 16:00
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Report to follow
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Jude and Dillan have a snowball fight near Venford Reservoir (14:28)
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Jude near Venford Reservoir (14:30)
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Dillan and Jude (14:31)
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The road near Venford (14:33)
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Moorland wildlife near Venford (14:34)
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Dillan and Jude admire their creation (14:49)



Friday 1 February 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
3 Participants: Will Bastow, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Dillan was overall winner this evening as he won three of the four games he played against Will. Michael did his best with his left arm and actually managed to win one game!



Sunday 27 January 2019
10:00 - 18:00
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
As Jude was ill today and nobody else was available the ride was cancelled.



Friday 25 January 2019
20:25 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
2 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Only Michael and Dillan turned up this evening, which was slightly awkward since courts had been reserved. As Michael was recovering from a cold we decided not to play.

Jude and George let us know the would be unable to make it this evening, but if the other regulars could also let us know if they are coming in future weeks, either on our Facebook group, Twitter @DartCycling or using the contact form on this website, we would be very grateful.



Sunday 20 January 2019
10:15 - 15:40
Day ride (Car-assisted): Exeter Ship Canal
Chilly but dry with light cloud
20 miles (▲ 32m)
2 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Jude was unwell again today, but Dillan very much liked the idea of a trip to the Exeter Ship Canal, so we quickly bundled the bikes into the car and drove to Starcross. Conditions on the coast were a bit chilly at 6°C but there were occasional breaks in the cloud that let through some glimpses of sunlight.

The ride up the cycle path from Powderham was a little trickier than usual as there seemed to be a lot of cyclists out for a spin today, but the views across the mudflats of the Exe Estuary were spectacular as always. There were far too many people out walking to risk riding on the towpath from Turf Lock, so we stayed down on the cycle path, missing out on the canal views as a result. We joined the canal for the section to the bridges, however, and continued on to the Quayside shops.

For coffee we called in to the Welcome Café, originally started up by Roger Olver who used to run the Primrose Café at Lustleigh. Roger retired a couple of years ago but both rooms in the café were packed with cyclists and walkers. As we sampled the generous portions of apricot flapjack and top-notch coffees, we could well understand why!

We pressed on past the Quayside shops, detoured around the path repairs at Pizza Hut and then carried out our traditional tour of the riverside park up to the railway bridge before returning to Pizza Hut for one of the best veggie pizzas we have ever tasted – and with a 41% discount as well using a code we happened to receive this morning.

Fed and watered we returned via the other side of the quay, where shops like the Craft Cellar and the Coffee Cellar vied for passing trade. A speedy ride back to Starcross brought us back to the car for 3.15 after a thoroughly enjoyable day.
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View to the Exe Estuary from the cycle path near Turf Lock (11:27)
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The Exe Estuary (11:27)
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Turf Lock (11:27)
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Dillan at Turf Lock, where the Exeter Ship Canal meets the Exe (11:30)
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Leaving the Welcome Cafe near Exeter Quayside (12:32)
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Exeter Quayside (12:37)
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The riverside path by the Exe in Exeter (12:52)
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The River Exe (13:02)
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Leaving Pizza Hut in Exeter (14:01)
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Returning homewards via Exeter Quayside (14:07)



Friday 18 January 2019
20:30 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
7 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
A good turnout this evening led to a series of five excellent rounds. Dillan ended up in first place with five wins, closely followed by Jude with four wins and Will with three.



Sunday 13 January 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Day ride: Bonehill Rocks
Cloudy and not too warm
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
With only Dillan and Michael available for the ride today we decided to cancel the event.



Friday 11 January 2019
20:15 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
5 Participants: Harry Back, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Mark Thomas
Winner this evening was Dillan with three wins. Jude was runner-up with two wins.



Sunday 6 January 2019
10:15 - 16:00
Day ride: South Devon Chilli Farm, Loddiswell
Cloudy and rather chilly
28 miles (▲ 700m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
We have passed the entrance to the South Devon Chilli Farm several times on the way to Loddiswell, but despite the large Café signs we had never ventured in. We had made it the destination for today’s ride, and after riding out through South Brent and Wrangaton we arrived just after 12.00.

It turned out to be a little less impressive than we had expected – basically a modern, barn-type building divided seamlessly into a shop and a café. Michael is not really a fan of spicy foods, but he hadn’t expected the spice to extend to the coffee and cakes! There were only four cakes to choose from, all dark, but one contained chilli, another contained ginger and a third had had its gluten removed. That left only the apple cake, which turned out to be acceptable. Fortunately there was a regular latte on the menu with absolutely no added chilli or ginger, but Dillan tried the Chilli Mocha and thought it was .. interesting!

In the shop there was a very long display cabinet offering sample of around thirty different chilli sauces and jams in little dishes. Michael tried the first sample at the “mild” end and decided that was quite spicy enough for him, but Jude and Dillan were not so reticent and sampled the explosive products at the “hot” end without too many serious consequences. We finished with a sample of chilli chocolate – nice to start with but offering what some would describe as an unpleasant kick after a fifteen second delay.

Leaving the establishment at 1.15 we decided to return via a different route, as the main road from Wrangaton is really not especially inspiring. We rode a short distance towards Loddiswell and then took the path near Reveton that takes you down to the river Avon. We had stopped at this path last year when Tao wanted to drink his flask of coffee and Michael discovered a rip in his shorts, but today we were free to explore it all the way, reminding Michael of the fun we used to have in the Section many years ago. It was steep in places but was a real delight to ride.

After skimming a few stones in the river, we clambered up the path to the old viaduct, joining the railway path that we took last year from Loddiswell station. As previously, we followed this along the riverside to Topsham Bridge and then headed back to Moreleigh. Dillan somehow managed to fall off his bike on the approach to Diptford, grazing his knee in three places. While Michael was patching him up, two separate cars stopped to offer assistance, the second person really wanting to get out her expensive first aid kit. We were surprised and very grateful, but we had all we needed to sort him out.

The final lap home via Rattery was tiring in the dull, chilly air of the late afternoon, and when we got home at 4pm we were very grateful for hot showers and a long rest.
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Spicy refreshments at the South Devon Chilli Farm, Loddiswell (12:23)
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Leaving the South Devon Chilli Farm (13:09)
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Entering the track down to the Avon near Reveton (13:17)
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Dillan and Jude enjoy the downhill track to the Avon near Reveton (13:22)
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Dillan by the River Avon near Reveton (13:29)
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The River Avon near Reveton. The railway path that we will join crosses on the old viaduct (13:30)
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Joining the old viaduct over the Avon near Reveton (13:35)
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The railway path continues towards Topsham Bridge (13:45)
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A matching pair of Smart cars at Rattery (15:36)



Sunday 30 December 2018
10:15 - 18:00
Day ride (Car-assisted): Exeter Ship Canal
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
With only Michael and Dillan available for today's ride, the event was cancelled.



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