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The Cycle Club
Ready for the off! The cycle club
meets at the Bell on Sundays
The Bell Cycle Club meets every Sunday outside The Bell Inn, Helmdon
at 10.30am. Anyone is welcome to join. Just meet us at 10.30 this
Sunday! Any ability, any age, male or female. We are not racing;
just enjoying the countryside and the company. You will meet keen
cyclists willing to help, and fun cyclists out for the fresh air and
Here are a few rides we did in 2001 to give you an idea of what we
do. To newer cyclists the distances may appear daunting .. 18 or
19 miles, but actually it is very leisurely and achievable by all.
July 8th 2001
Due to prior commitments there was no ride today.
July 1st 2001
Everyone is tired this week after the hundred miler and only two
riders turned up so we decided not to ride today. Hopefully we will
return to full strength on July 8th...as ever all are welcome!
23/24th June 2001
Sponsored "Hundred Miler". Click here
for a special report.
17th June 2001
Only two cyclists made it to this weeks ride but it was a good hard
ride despite the writers difficulty in breathing due to a cold.
(Breathing helps I think when cycling). We set off towards Wappenham
and turned across to Syresham (or Syersham as the sign on
the way actually says.) We crossed the A43 and circled Turweston
Airfield via Westbury. We were a little late for the Gatecrasher
event held the previous evening on the Airfield. We stopped for
a beer break at Whitfield before continuing the ride through Radstone
and back to Helmdon. This ride was just over 20 miles.
10th June 2001
There were nine of us on the ride. We did the Cropredy circuit.
The weather was cloudy, cold with a northerly quite strong wind,
but not too bad biking weather. No rain thankfully. We left the
Bell at about 10:30. Our route took us to: Sulgrave, Culworth, Aston
le Walls, Lower Boddington where we turned left along the narrow
picturesque lane to just south of Claydon. We then went on to Cropredy,
arriving at 12:00 and had an well earned beer in the delightful
Red Lion. Leaving at about 12:20 we took the road to Williamscott,
Upper Wardington and then Thorpe Mandeville for another enjoyable
beer in the Three Conies. After 20 mins we all left and there was
some sprinting back to the Bell via Sulgrave, but all arriving by
1:30 having cycled a very enjoyable 26 miles.
3rd June 2001
Four riders met for today's ride on a sunny day with a cold wind
blowing. Our route started out towards Weston, on to Moreton Pinkney
and Canons Ashby. We rode on, still against the cold wind (it seemed
we were always into the wind) towards Preston Capes and Little Preston.
Before Maidford we turned for Farthingstone, a beautiful little
village. A little further and right on time we were at our rest
stop, The Red Lion in Litchborough. We experienced the usual friendly
hospitality at the Red Lion before setting out again. Our route
home took us to Blakesley, Slapton and on to Wappenham and then
up and down the hills back to Helmdon.
This ride was 24.5 miles.
28th May 2001
The Bell cyclists met at 10.30 at the Bell as on a Sunday and headed
towards Kings Sutton via Greatworth, Farthinghoe and Charlton. At
11.45am we were pleased to meet with the cyclists from the HYHOs
who were on a Tri-Cyclathon. Altogether about 17 cyclists turned
for home stopping for frequent refreshment stops in Charlton, Farthinghoe
and Greatworth. On our return to the Bell, friends and families
of all, enjoyed a great barbecue out in the sun courtesy of the
Bell. A great day was had by all .... not sure how many aching legs
The full ride both ways was 20 miles.
27th May 2001
Only four cyclists met at the Bell this Sunday. We had two regulars
and two "new starters". It was a dull overcast day with some frequent
light, persistent rain. Despite the rain, it was a warm and was
still a very good ride. The new starters did very well having no
problem keeping the leisurely pace. Today's ride took us out to
Wappenham and towards Towcester turning for Slapton before Abthorpe.
We rode on to Blakesley and through to Adstone where we took a long
loop towards Preston capes and back to Canons Ashby. After Canons
Ashby we headed through Moreton Pinkney and then turned for home,
stopping at The Crown at Weston for a little liquid refreshment.
Just 3 more miles and we were back at The Bell in Helmdon.
Approximate distance for this ride was 18 miles.
20th May 2001
8 riders left the Bell, Helmdon at 10:35 on Sunday morning and headed
for Abthorpe via the circuitous route of Syresham, Biddlesden, Chackmore,
Stowe School x road, Dadford, Silverstone, Abthorpe (beer in the
New Inn - arrived at about 12:15, left at about 1:00). Then we rode
through Wappenham and back to the Bell for 1:30. It was a lovely
ride, sunshine most of the way, with very little wind. No stragglers
and all finished easily (although the pint of beer was most welcome).
Approximate distance for this ride was 25 miles.
13th May 2001
Today's ride saw 7 riders heading on a straight dash to Litchborough.
The route was similar to last week's ride taking us to Weston, Moreton
Pinkney, Canons Ashby and on to Litchborough, 10 miles from home.
After a break at the very traditional Red Lion Pub, we turned for
home. The route home took us across to Blakesley and back to Helmdon
Via Weston. The weather was excellent making the days ride very
enjoyable though as always great exercise.
This week's ride was just over 20 miles. Not approximate any
more as I am clocking the rides accurately now.......
6th May 2001
This week's ride saw 8 people setting out from The Bell though we
did lose one through ill health. I am sure he will be back. The
ride was planned to be a little longer as a trainer for a forthcoming
charity ride.... why not join us...? We headed towards Weston and
on to Moreton Pinkney and Canons Ashby. We turned at Canons Ashby
and headed for Woodford Halse and then on to Eydon. Just after Eydon
we flew down the hill only to find a very long hard upwards climb.
We continued (just) on to Culworth and over to Wardington passing
Edgecote on the way. We then headed for a long overdue rest break
at The Three Conies in Thorpe Mandeville. We then battled on against
the wind on the last leg through Sulgrave and back to Helmdon.
Approximate distance for this ride was 25 miles.
29th April 2001
This Sunday's ride saw 7 members cycling out of Helmdon on the Wappenham
Road on a fine, sunny day. The group turned off for Syresham before
heading on towards Shalstone. After Shalstone the group headed towards
Mixbury then turning for Westbury. We cycled on from Westbury to
arrive at Whitfield just after midday, a perfect time for the traditional
stop for refreshments at the pub. Suitably recovered, the final
leg began, taking us across to Radstone and back to Helmdon and
Approximate distance of this ride was 20 miles.
22nd April 2001
This Sunday 5 riders met at The Bell at 10.30. The weather was
a little cool and windy but kept dry. We headed off through Helmdon
to Sulgrave turning then towards Marston St Lawrence. After Marston
we passed Thenford and on to Middleton Cheney. After Middleton
we turned for Farthinghoe. This was by far the hardest part of
this ride. The winding hill to Farthinghoe was very hard work but
what satisfaction when we arrived at the top! At Farthinghoe we
turned for Greatworth where we stopped off for refreshment at the
Inn. Twice at the Inn in Greatworth in three weeks? There must
be a reason for this. Join us and ask why? Fully rejuvenated by
a pint, or two, of Hooky, we continued our ride heading back to
Helmdon. We arrived at The Bell just after 1.00pm.
This weeks ride was approximately 16 miles.
15th April 2001
Again we started at the Bell at 10.30 with a good turn out of ten
riders. We headed off through Helmdon and over to Weston. The
route then took us to Moreton Pinkney and on through Canons Ashby.
We carried on to Adstone and turned for Blakesley continuing on
to Abthorpe. At Abthorpe with the time being just 12.00pm and
passing the New Inn, we took the chance to take on liquid refreshment
and nibbles and have a well earned rest. Fully (or nearly in some
cases) recovered we continued our last leg towards Wappenham and
then finally arrived back at the Bell at around 13.15.
Approximate distance of this ride was 19 miles.