After the euphoria of last Sunday in the Champs Elysees gutted about the Mens Road Race today! CAV you deserved better!
So that was Andrew & Jose’s L2P 2012 adventure and now rebooked for a different route for 2013 for anyone interested look here. In the meantime anyone fancying the beautiful roads of Northern France sooner don’t forget the Normandy Invasion Ride in September
Turning to tomorrow, meeting outside the R&C at 0950 for a 1000 start a little spin for you all before returning for some isotonic rehydration and to cheer on the GB ladies in the Road Race.
Just to let people know that Mary is planning a more sedate Sunday ride starting at the Rose and Crown at 10am, so anyone who hasn’t been out for a while and is looking for a gentle twenty miles or so, this could be the ride for you. No planned route, but aiming to be back at the pub between 12-12.30. Have a lovely ride.
Formula 1 is for many the pinnacle of motor sport, where an elite group battle to become world champion. In cycling a slightly larger, but no less significant group of indivivuals, is battling it out across the water in a land where Sarkozy was once president, to become the winner of the Tour de France. As I draft this post Team Grey Skies Wradley Biggins looks set to become the first man from Blighty to achieve victory in this historic challenge.
However, much like Formula 1, the man with a bit of talent depends on the support of a great team of engineers, physios, strategists, and the like to achieve success. In this respect I can advise that Wradley’s success could very possibly be down to the efforts of the Vinghoe Velos.
I’d like in this weeks post to mention those of us that have assisted in this monumental effort. So first up we have Have Dowe and Hohn Jeggerty. Some months back Hohn was asked by Team Grey Sky to complete an advance ride of the Alpe d’Huez climb, high up in the Alps, to ensure that the Pesky French weren’t littering the roads with tacks. With little time and little fitness Hohn needed to act fast to ensure his readiness. Luckily for him Have had a collection of “Classic Hill Climbs in the Chilterns” to hand which he readily handed over saying “ride those boyo”. I cannot confirm if Have is a Geordie or Welsh. As you will have seen from last weeks post Hohn crested the climb well ahead of the rest of the competitors and thus ensured a safe route for all.
Next up, Andrew and Jose, who on Wednesday headed of from London to Paris. (I’m struggling with a spoonerism for Andrew, but Joses’ isn’t too bad) A review of their current tweets suggests that they will reach Paris in time for the finish where Jose will be providing Wradley with a motivational speach prior him setting of on his final few laps. Those eagle eyed veiwers amongst you will have seen Jose on National television this week giving the very same assistance to Pictoria Vendleton.
But this is not all, for in mid September, Him and Jete, will popping across the water with a crew of velos for their Normandy invasion. You may be of the opinion that this is just a jolly, but I can assure you that our intrepid bunch will be on a reconnaissance mission to ensure this success is repeated next year. They might also try a little local wine and beer on route, to ensure they meet their Isotonic requirements.
Now onto more important matters, this weeks ride. You can find it here.
Having taken sufficient enquiries for Jerseys I am delighted to say that we will be placing an order for this much sought after piece of clothing on Monday 23rd July. In doing this the Jerseys will be delivered within 5 weeks and in time for the Normandy Invasion ride in September.
Orders to Andrew Hetherington c/o Rose and Crown no later than Sunday 22nd July. Detail required:
Mobile phone number (in case of query)
Cash or Cheque to the value of £38 per jersey made out to “A J Hetherington”.
Size required and whether Ladies or Gents
For sizing it is recommended you speak to a fellow Velos who is already the proud owner of one or the garments are based on these:
Finally tomorrow is the day that Jose and I finally head off on our mission to raise money for Action Medical Research we look forward to cheering both Cav and Wiggo into Paris on Sunday and seeing you all on our return.
As many of you know the man with all of the wit and off the cuff banter is busy with other little ditties.
It falls to me to do the rides this week as our webmaster Mr Hegs is busy taking the mountain stages of the TDF by storm, well done John for those of you that don’t recognise him this really is John but he does need to eat a few more pies, Elke you really must start to feed him again soon!
Rumour has it he was waiting to help Cav up the hill!
The usual 10am meet at the Rose and Crown- will it be as wet as last week? Best to bring a rain coat in case. If the weather is too bad, would the ride to the Rose and Crown count? We could just have tea and cake…..
To be fair, we were blessed with a very dry winter which meant that we had some super rides that while cold, they didn’t involve puddles.
Our intrepid tea riders had a fab time today despite the less than ideal conditions so don’t let weather put you off joining the Velos ride tomorrow morning, even if you have to resort to dusting off the hybrid or mountain bike. As always, we gather together at the Rose and Crown from 9:50am.