Once again Jayne has very kindly made the arrangements for our Vinghoe Velos Christmas Dinner. The date is the 13th December and the venue is rehydration central : The Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe. Places are limited to just 30 so whilst the absolute cut off date is the 8th December, demand is expect to be high so you will have to act fast to secure a seat at the table(s).
To reserve your place at the No.1 Non-Cycling Event for Cyclists in Ivinghoe this Winter, hand over a £5 deposit to a member of the pub staff ASAP. At the same time, please select your selections from their Christmas Menu . The cost for three courses will be £25.
Alpine Adventure 2014
We have had a fantastic response to the mid-week post suggesting a trip to the Alps in 2014 to climb up some amazing mountain passes. At the moment the responses stand at –
To answer some of the concerns that have been put forward, we plan to ride in (and stay together as) groups up the climbs. The only exception may be Alpe d’Huez where we will all go at our own individual pace and meet for coffee and cake at the top (where we suspect Andy Beezer might have had 2 or 3 coffees before he has company). The B&B is already running out of rooms so we have to be quick and commit at least the deposit this weekend. If you are wavering and have any questions, please do let us know – we will commit to final numbers on Monday. The sign up / questions page is on our website so please get in touch by Sunday evening if you are interested.
The Met Office is predicting high winds by Monday but we have it on good authority from our friend Michael Fish that they are completely wrong there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Either way, best to get any rides out of the way on Sunday before the proper storm hits / misses.
As always, we meet at The Pub from 9:45am with a 10am depart.
Now that the Tour de France 2014 route has been announced, we were wondering if there was any interest in an Alpine Vinghoe Velos trip in July that included a couple of opportunities to see the Tour up close on its home turf. The itinerary would be something like –
Fly or drive to Bourg d’Oisans (near Grenoble, France) on the 16th July.
Stay in a local B&B for 5 nights (this one has availability and is run by a lovely couple who are cyclists with a great knowledge of the local area – http://www.bourgdoisansbandb.com )
Spend leisurely days riding up some of the classic mountain climbs (Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer)
See the Tour climb the Col du Lautaret
Return home on 21st
It has to be said that this definitely isn’t a trip that will suit everyone. There isn’t much in the way of flat stuff to cycle on. But for those that are prepared to ride up the mountains (none of which are any steeper than what we ride in the Chilterns – they just go on … and on … ), they will be rewarded with some amazing views, thrilling descents and the very smug feeling that they have conquered some of the best cols in France.
To give an idea of costs, the B&B is around €300 each for 5 nights (4 evening meals are included in that price but we would have the option of eating in town instead for a reduced rate). We would have travel costs on top which will vary depending on if we fly or drive. Easyjet will be cheap if we get in there as soon as the flights are released and they will accept bikes in a box at £25 each way. If we fly there is also a cost to transfer from Airport to Bourg.
Due to the announcement of the Tour route, the accommodation places will fill up very quickly so if you are interested we will need to know in the next few days. The commitment at this early stage would be a deposit of €50 each for the B&B. If you fancy giving this a go, please click on over to our Alpine Adventure page and send us your details together with any questions you might have.
The Cog cycling cafe in Tring is running a Gentlemans time trial next Sunday 27th October. It sounds like a lovely friendly event, and Simon from the cafe would be delighted to see a Vinghoe Velos team – or two? The details are in the attached flyer.
Teams of five are needed, and it’s the time of the fourth person back that counts so it’s an interesting team challenge.
It might be a good idea for anyone interested to use the Velos Facebook page to find other interested people. I think that you need to sign up fairly quickly.
So as the hardy tea riders prepare for their next adventure and piece of cake its is time to look to tomorrow. Whilst again the weather isn’t looking over promising we aim to head to Chesham past Dave and Sam’s country pad! (Thanks to Mr Bembridge for putting this one together)
Come what may there will be a 13.5 mph average speed ride, any volunteers to lead it out? Others may of course choose to head off up them hills at a more spritely pace than Newton’s laws of gravity will allow some of us ‘cranky’ older ones!!
All things bright & beautiful
All Bicycles great & small
All Cyclists wise or wonderful
The Tea Ride welcomes you all.
Each little turn of pedal,
Each little squeal of brakes,
Just a tiny bit of bravery
Is really all it takes.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
We wave to them as we pass them by
And cycle past their estate.
The towering Ivinghoe Beacon,
Whistle Brook running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The Tea Shops & the Cafes
We will visit every one!
The Rose & Crown, Ivinghoe,
Is where we meet to play,
Be ready to leave at 10am,
On every Saturday.
We all have smiles to greet you,
And lips that we might tell,
How great the Vinghoe Velos are,
And the Tea Ride is just swell!
It has been claimed that Cecil Francis Alexander wrote her “All things Bright and Beautiful” whilst staying at the Govilon manor house and inspired by her surroundings. The Tea Ride reckons she couldn’t read her map and was actually somewhere near Vinghoe……..
Countryside to cycle through. Whatever your bike.