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CTC Torbay - Winter 2011 Newsletter

by Geoff Sharpe

Weather appears to be warming up, even seen one or two out in shorts, quite a change from a few weeks ago when temperatures were struggling to get above zero, although this morning it was a bit parky until the sun made an appearance at about 11.00.

It's pleasing to see over 20 at Kingskerswell Arch on a Sunday morning and we have had up to 19 at the Fire Station on a Tuesday, keep it up I say.

One member we may not see out on his bike for a few weeks is Mike Radant. Mike had to go in hospital last summer and under went some serious operations, but just as he was getting back on his bike again, he fell off on the ice the other week, broke his hip and ended up back in Torbay Hospital. He's back home now and I’m sure we wish him well and hope it will not be too long before he’s out with us again.

The Presentation

Some of you may of read in the local press that six of us were at Rowcroft Hospice last Monday.

Savannah, Ursula, Jackie, Mike, Graham and myself were there to present a cheque for £200.00 from CTC Torbay. See separate email.

Sunday and Wednesday Evening runs list were sent out at the end of last year and run to mid April. We have a meeting at the beginning of March when a new Sunday and Wednesday list will be prepared and sent to members during the month. If anyone wants to lead a ride on a Sunday or Wednesday evening during the summer can they contact Chris Bennett as soon as possible.

Sunday Rides Points

I think Mike has his name on this award more times than any other member and it appears he’s about to add it on again. After just four months he’s opened up a four point gap from previous holder, Rob Swayne and Phil Ellis with Dave Prudden in 4th place one point behind them.

Positions as at the end of January

1 Mike Taylor 26 points
2= Rob Swayne 22
2= Phil Ellis 22
4 Dave Prudden 21
5 Chris Bennett 17
6 Rod Pash 15
7 John Beesley 14
8= Paul Harman 13
8= Kevin Presland 13
10 Clive Long 12
11= Geoff Sharpe 11
11= John Cooper 11
11= Peter Lewis 11
14 Brian Fisher 10
14 Chris Whatley 10

We don’t give a ladies award, WHY NOT ? If we did, the points for the Lady members are ;-

1 Jackie Whatley 9 points
2 Michele Radant 8
3= Savannah Southcott 6
3= Anne Seward 6
5 Ursula Gibbings 5

Wednesday Evening Rides

Roger’s planning to keep this award on his Mantlepiece and has opened up a 2 point lead as at 30th January. With only 2 months left in the Winter Frostbite championship Rod and Tony are going to have to turn up every Wednesday if they want a chance of taking the trophy from him.

1 Roger Wyman 20 points
2 Rod Pash 18
3 Tony Avery 16
4 Steve Main 12
5 Martin Read 8

It’s been a cold couple of months so numbers have been down, with some warmer weather forecast lets see if a few more will be at the Arch at 7.00pm on a Wednesday.

Tuesday Club

As mentioned, we have been getting some good turnouts at the Fire Station on a Tuesday morning. Morning rides to a café and an all day ride on the first Tuesday of the month and now branching out even more. Off to France in May with about a dozen members, Treble points on offer for the trip.

Points as at the end of January

1 Mike Taylor 12 points
2 Brian Fisher 12
3 Tony Avery 11
John Beesley 11
5 Geoff Sharpe 10
Arnie Read 10
Chris Whatley 10
Dave Prudden 10
Phil Moseling 10
10 Jackie Whatley 9

How does all these point tables work ?

On Sunday rides you will have noticed a bit of paper or serviette go round at the coffee stop which you write your name on, no ‘X’ please. You get 1 point for cycling to the coffee stop and a further point if you carry on to the ride destination.

On Wednesday rides there are 2 points awarded for cycling to the pub.

2 points are given for a Tuesday morning ride and 3 points if it's an all day ride.

Monday Morning Ladies rides

Ursula reported at the Christmas Lunch that they are going further a field now and not getting lost quite so often. There's usually 3 or 4 out and would like to see a few more. So come on lady members, the housework can wait, get on you bike and join Ursula at 09.30 by the Bottle Bank at Sainsburys, Newton Abbot.

C T C Torbay Cycling Jerseys

We have decided on a design and got some quotes for long and also short sleeve tops.

Details with picture of the design will be sent to you all, together with an order form. Cheque with order please. We do have to order a minimum of 10 of a kind.

Future Special Events

Friday 18th February - Skittles Evening

If you haven't bought a ticket yet you better be quick, over 35 sold and closing date is this Sunday (13th) so bring along £6.00 and see John Beesley.

The Skittles is at the Jolly Sailor pub in East Ogwell, starting at 7.30 pm.

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February - XV Tour of Brittany

We’ve got 27 going, sailing over on the Friday night and cycling down to Brest to stay overnight and back to Plymouth the Sunday Evening. If anyone wants to go, book yourself on the ferry and let me know and I’ll try and get you into the hotel with us all.

Saturday/Sunday 16th-17th July - Cycling weekend to Litton Cheney

Kevin is leading a ride to Litton Cheney, near Bridport. Up on the Saturday, back on the Sunday. Details should be out in the next few weeks.

Mid July Summer Bar-B-Que

Roger organising this again, details out in April/May

2011 CTC Devon Tourist Championship

This kicks of in early March as follows;-

  • Sunday 6th March - Round 1. Mad March Coast and Quantocks 200K Audax - Starts at 08.00 from the Barn Owl, Honiton Road, Exeter. Entry fee £5.00
  • Sunday 6th March - Round 2. Mad March Exeter Excursion 100K Audax - Starts at 09.00 from the Barn Owl as above. Entry Fee £5.00

Entries for both these events to Pippa Wheeler Tel. 01404 841553

  • Sunday 27th March - Round 3. 50 miles in 4/5 hours (St Mary and the Bishop) - Starts at 09.00 from Kingskerswell Arch Entry fee £3.00

Entries to Geoff Sharpe Tel 01803 812743 (Entries for this event are taken ‘on the line’)

  • Sunday 17th April - Round 4. Big Peaks Devon Dirt - Starts at 09.30 in Newton Abbot Details from Graham Brodie Tel 01626 367977.

Graham says that he will need a lot of help at the start and also the finish. So if you’re not entering why not turn up and lend a hand, you’ll get more than a bar of chocolate for helping out.

Teams for the Championship

Why not join a team and if you stack up enough points there’s an award for you all plus a trophy to hold for the year.

Need 3 members to form a team, give it a name, I’ve always entered in the team called BONKAS, never won anything though.

Send the details to Bill Barnes ( before the first event you will be competing in.

Future Audaxes in March and April

  • Sunday 6 March - Mad March 200K and Mad March 100K starting in Exeter.
  • Sunday 13 March - Dunkery Dash 100K. Starting in North Petherton at 09.00. Entry fee £5.00 to Keith Tudball Email
  • Sunday 20 March - Exmoor Spring 100K Starting at 09.30 in Minehead - Entry fee £3,50 to Pam Almond Tel 01643 704258
  • Sunday 3 April - The Nutty Nuns 200K and The Merry Monk 100K Audaxes - Starting at 08.00 and 09.00 from High Ham, S W of Street. - Entry fees £5.50 and £5.00 to Mark Lilly Tel 01823 690038

Details of these events and others together with entry forms can be found on the Audax website. Go to ‘www.’ and click on ‘CALENDER’

Well, I think that’s enough to go on with. Lets see a few more of you out on a Wednesday evening please, it’s not a long ride to Churston Court and on Sunday we’re all going to Morrisons in Totnes with Clive leading the ride to Shipley Bridge.

Also we will be meeting at 09.00 and the Torquay Fire Station on Tuesday morning for a morning ride.

Next all day ride is on Tuesday 1st March.

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