Monthly Archives: December 2016

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo, (Dave, Ian , Sally, Sarah, “insert name here”)
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be at your pint-stop!
and surely I’ll be at mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We two have cycled about the slopes,
and rolled along lanes fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary mile,
since auld lang syne.


We two have pedalled through the stream,
from morning sun till down;
But miles between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

And that, my friends, is what it’s all about.  Making trusty friends, both human and bi-/tri- cycle, and taking a good-will draught together.  There are many variations and translations of Burns’ original Old Friends song, it seemed rude not to have our own to see the old year out. (Don’t worry….. I’m sure Burns’ Night will see some other variation of something familiar to keep you on your pedals!)

So, for those who feel so inclined to do one last pootle out for the year…. 10am at the Rose & Crown.

For everyone …. Best Wishes to you & yours for the New Year, from all at Velos HQ.

Boxing Day Ride – 2016

A very Merry Christmas to all of our Ivinghoe Velos Riders.

Dave “One Ring” Howe has suggested that we go for a “Not the 9 O’clock Ride” tomorrow (the 26th December, Boxing Day) . 25 gentle miles starting at 10am from the Rose and Crown and back before midday. Route to be decided on the day, but will head out towards Owlswick. He promises “nothing too quick or hilly”.

Something from Nazareth… in time for Christmas

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

Riding all around the street
Ten o’clock and they’re all asleep
I’m not tired and it’s so late
Moving fast everything looks great.

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

See that man, he’s all alone
Looks so happy but he’s far from home
Ring my bell, smile at him
He should come with us & just join in

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

The rain comes down but I don’t care
The wind is blowing in my hair
Seagulls flying in the air

My white bicycle

Car driver shouts but I don’t see him
They’re one thing I don’t believe in
Find some judge, but it’s not leavin’

Lift both hands, his head in disgrace
Shines no light upon my face
Through the darkness, we still speed
My white bicycle and me

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

The song was originally performed by “Tomorrow” – also appropriate I thought….

So tomorrow…. a quick – or rather short & steady – jaunt around the block and back to the Rose & Crown for 12 noon as I’m sure we all have things to be doing and we are just indulging ourselves with a bit of healthy exercise before over-indulging “tomorrow”.

See you at the Rose & Crown at 10am

The song  was inspired by the Dutch Provos, an anarchist group in Amsterdam which instituted a community bicycle program: "they had white bicycles in Amsterdam and they used to leave them around the town. And if you were going somewhere and you needed to use a bike, you'd just take the bike and you'd go somewhere and just leave it. Whoever needed the bikes would take them and leave them when they were done."

Velos Rides for Sunday 18th December 2016

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Velos Christmas gathering on Friday. It was great to see so many of both the Saturday and Sunday riders enjoying a bite and a beverage together.

This week’s rides –

9am, 43 miles. This ride will include the “Ivinghoe Aston Hill Freewheel Challenge”. The winner will be the rider who gets the furthest without peddling from the top of Ivinghoe Aston Hill.

10am 36 miles

10am 22 miles



Yep.. I know… you thought I had forgotten….

Nope. Just busy having having dinner….

Saturday. 10am.  The (Tea) Tinsel Ride.

Prize for the Best Dressed Bike & Rider.

Won’t be Big. Won’t be Clever. But it will happen.

All encompassing. Everyone welcome & catered for.

Velos Rides for Sunday 11th December 2016

This week’s Sunday rides.

9am start, 42 miles (note, Mr Howe suggests a little extra for this route if the weather is good and the pace quick)

10am start, 33 miles 

10am start, 24 miles

As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you. We depart from the Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe at the times noted above. Thanks again to Messieurs Bembridge and Howe for crafting our routes. We always welcome new route ideas so please do send them in if you have any suggestions.

Velos Rides for Sunday 4th December 2016

This week’s Sunday rides.

9am start, 50 miles

10am start, 37 miles

10am start, 26 miles recovery ride with Mr Bembridge

10am start, 14 miles

As always, please bring a copy of your chosen route with you. We launch from Rose and Crown in Ivinghoe at the times stated above. Newcomers are most welcome to join us.

Last call for the Velos Xmas Do – money to Sally Beezer or Elke/John Hegarty by Sunday 11 Dec please.

The View….

“Yes, this is the view as far as I can remember… Yes, yes it is.
May I ask what you expected to see ? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain… “

This is the Tea Ride.  Anything is possible!

We see a lot of things, not necessarily the sea at Torquay but a lot of varied and interesting things.  And we meet a vast, eclectic mix of people on our two wheeled travels whilst sharing a wry grin and a giggle.

So, whilst you pedal along tomorrow, give Basil & Manuel a passing thought.  And take in the view… of whatever it may be…

Wrap up warm, it might be chilly!  Leaving the Rose & Crown at 10am.  Every Saturday.