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by Kermit
10 Jul 2016 16:07
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Cycling in the south of France?
Replies: 0
Views: 474

Cycling in the south of France?

Debs and I haven’t been in touch lately because we’ve been a tad busy down here in the south of France. We could do with a bit of help for a few weeks and thought that some of you may have teenagers in the family or maybe you are teachers and have some time to spare yourselves. Dates would be from 2...
by Kermit
18 Aug 2015 23:33
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Knighton 2015
Replies: 25
Views: 3855

John I can confirm that Deb and I will be coming. Cheers.
by Kermit
09 Aug 2015 17:09
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon Barbecue 8th August
Replies: 21
Views: 3447

What a great night! A big thank you to Bob and Carol for another excellent bbq. Each year it gets better. Fantastic food and puddings from Carol and professional bbq from son Mark and everyone who brought food. Even the weather was perfect. And of course the garden was great.
by Kermit
15 Feb 2015 18:52
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: MAJORCA 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

Richard, nearly everyone is staying at Pollensa Park but if you can find somewhere else in Peurta Pollensa then go for it. You'll still be able to join our rides and also to meet up for a drink in the evenings. It might be worth trying Alpha Rooms and Travel Republic to see if they still have any pl...
by Kermit
15 Feb 2015 18:36
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Llangattock, 13 -15 February 2015
Replies: 40
Views: 5772

Great weekend, great company. Thanks to Jane and all the team involved.

On a re-count we made £65 with the red noses so thanks to everyone for supporting. When I counted up last night there was £55. Surely it couldn't be that I made a mistake, after all I hardly had a drop to drink!
by Kermit
09 Dec 2014 20:58
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: 2014 BEACON AWARDS DINNER; TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Replies: 18
Views: 3313

Just had a telephone call from Brian Rourke to thank us all for a really great night on Saturday. He said that he couldn't remember when he had been so warmly welcomed and he and Judith felt very much at home amongst us. He was feeling somewhat guilty at having gone on too long and admitted to getti...
by Kermit
28 Nov 2014 23:15
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Your Favourite Spinning Tracks?
Replies: 13
Views: 2338

Brilliant Guys! thanks. Can't wait to try these out. I will let you know how I get on.
by Kermit
28 Nov 2014 10:11
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Your Favourite Spinning Tracks?
Replies: 13
Views: 2338

Your Favourite Spinning Tracks?

Last winter I completed around 1500 miles on my Turbo and this year it looks like I'll have to sit on the *!<>%#!! thing even more as I have a shoulder operation coming up in a couple of weeks. Unlike some I don't mind these sessions (mostly at 06.30 before work) but only made endurable with the aid...
by Kermit
06 Oct 2014 20:52
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: 2014 BEACON AWARDS DINNER; TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Replies: 18
Views: 3313

2014 BEACON AWARDS DINNER; TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Beacon Roads Cycling Club cordially invites you, your partner and guests to celebrate the achievements of club members at this year’s Beacon Awards Dinner At Hills Court Conference Centre, Rose Hill, Lickey On 6st December 2014, 6.00pm The evening starts with a ‘welcome drink’ in the bar followed b...
by Kermit
18 Sep 2014 20:40
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: MAJORCA 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

Laurence has got it pretty much spot on. You can check the single room supplement on Alpharooms or Travel Republic but I think it's about an extra 15 euros per night. The rooms are nice and big so if you can find someone willing to share you will have plenty of space. Bikes in rooms is a real no no....
by Kermit
17 Sep 2014 21:22
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: MAJORCA 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

MAJORCA 2015

The 2015 trip is going to be a bit different from previous years. Still at the Pollensa Park Hotel but this year on a DIY basis rather than me booking the hotel. Reason for this is that booking through an agent is virtually the same rate as with the cycling discount we get from the hotel. We have bo...
by Kermit
11 Jul 2014 14:54
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Midsummers Night Ride?
Replies: 48
Views: 5626

A quick phone call to Tamworth Services, they are now expecting us in the early hours. :D From our previous experience at the Tamworth Services there is very little on offer in the way of refreshment, so you may want to take your own goodies for personal consumption. It's so quiet that they certain...
by Kermit
09 Jul 2014 23:09
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Tour De France Stage 2
Replies: 23
Views: 3756

Great pictures Ed. Deb and I had a fabulous three days. As we rode over Holm Moss on Sunday morning bound for Holmfirth it was a good while before we could ride down due to the thousands coming up. Terrific atmosphere. Monday we picnicked in Walthamstow just yards from our daughter's house. Another ...
by Kermit
09 Jul 2014 17:32
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Beacon Tour of The Hebrides and Highlands 2015?
Replies: 10
Views: 2471

Yep, I'm interested too. Not too fussed when but I'd like to try and avoid the dreaded midges
by Kermit
08 Jul 2014 08:55
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: 10 mins slower on Alpe D'Huez?
Replies: 24
Views: 3641

No I'm fully recovered twelve months on thanks. Came down Holm Moss on Sunday with no incidents.
by Kermit
03 Jul 2014 14:10
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Midsummers Night Ride?
Replies: 48
Views: 5626

I'm also not to sure about parking and if it would be okay to leave cars in Becketts car park? On the basis that any cars won't be left until late Friday night and should be picked up by about 6.00am it's doubtful that anybody at Becketts would even know they were there. You could phone and check b...
by Kermit
25 Apr 2014 13:16
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Schwalbe Durano, anyone tried them?
Replies: 14
Views: 2178

I've been using Durano 32's on the tandem for the last couple of years and will use them next time I change my touring tyres - excellent.
by Kermit
16 Apr 2014 22:39
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: mid week rides
Replies: 231
Views: 34715

Bum! I failed on two counts tonight. I'd forgotten what time it started and thought it was 7.15pm but as I didn't leave work until 6.00pm I wouldn't have made it anyway. I'll try again soon.
by Kermit
16 Apr 2014 13:55
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: mid week rides
Replies: 231
Views: 34715

Sure to be Barry. I was thinking of coming out too.
by Kermit
28 Feb 2014 17:02
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bamboo Cycle Frames
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

I seem to remember quite a few bamboo framed bikes at the national cycle museum in Wales. They must have been all the rage around the turn of the century, so much so that when steel became readily available some manufacturers mimicked the bamboo style!
by Kermit
20 Feb 2014 22:11
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: Midsummers Night Ride?
Replies: 48
Views: 5626

Alan, glad you've taken up this mantle as I was certainly keen to do it again but haven't had the time to organise lately. So yes, put me down. We were back pretty early when we did it in 2012 so Keith would have plenty of time to ride back to Tamworth again and still do the Pretty Pig 200. Of cours...
by Kermit
02 Dec 2013 22:24
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: Beacon Boots Christmas Walk 27th December
Replies: 4
Views: 996

Beacon Boots Christmas Walk 27th December

The 2013 Beacon Boots Christmas Walk takes place on Friday 27 December It'll be a gentle walk of about 5 miles starting and finishing at The Lock public house on the B4189 at Wolverley. The route takes in canal towpaths, fields and roads. Some parts may be muddy, so good footwear is recommended. It...
by Kermit
11 Oct 2013 18:59
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Prescription Cycling Glasses
Replies: 10
Views: 1941

Phil I have been using the Loubsol 5 for a couple of years and they are excellent. Pm me if you want more info
by Kermit
17 Sep 2013 13:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Ribble Winter/Audax Frame
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

Toby, I bought two alloy framed Ribbles about 5 years ago and they have been excellent for winter bikes and commuting. Ride quality fine and still going strong after quite a few thousand miles. As Tim says, they are very popular so beware making your decision on this small sample of opinions.
by Kermit
07 Aug 2013 20:55
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Hilly 12 K35/6G, now with RESULT
Replies: 2
Views: 720

RESULTS FROM THIS EVENING'S EVENT NAME / SPLIT TIME / TIME Chris Hudson / 15.05 / 31.17 Gary Mackintosh / 15.10 / 31.55 Alex Stevenson Brown (UoB) / 16.04 / 32.33 Martin McGowan / 16.02 / 33.08 Elfyn Jones / 16.01 / 33.12 Rhys Richards / 16.27 / 34.15 Phil Gameson / 17.07 / 35.32 Laurence Cooley / 1...
by Kermit
24 Jul 2013 13:54
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Just want to say thanks....
Replies: 10
Views: 1909

Good luck Gavin, hope it's not too hot in Durban! We shall be thinking of you on Friday. Enjoy the experience.
by Kermit
23 Jul 2013 13:46
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: 10 mins slower on Alpe D'Huez?
Replies: 24
Views: 3641

Thanks all. Deb was down at the bottom doing a bit of shopping in Bourg D'Oisans when she heard all the sirens and inevitably thought "I hope that isn't Paul" I finally managed to get a message to her advising that I'd had a 'slight' mishap and they were going to check me out at the hospital. The pr...
by Kermit
22 Jul 2013 23:14
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: 10 mins slower on Alpe D'Huez?
Replies: 24
Views: 3641

10 mins slower on Alpe D'Huez?

We got back early Sunday morning from a great holiday and thoroughly enjoyed watching the action on Alpe D'Huez. However I can't fathom why I was 10 minutes slower than the last time I rode it when I went up on Wednesday morning. My training was much the same, ride to work three times a week with th...
by Kermit
02 Jul 2013 22:50
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: 100 in ??? (Now Aug 4)
Replies: 20
Views: 3228

Hmm, sounds interesting Bob, three cafe stops is a grand enticement. There's a small matter of possibly one or two drinks the night before, but as long as you're not setting out too early? Might even drag the missus along if she can get a bit of training in beforehand :wink:
by Kermit
28 Jun 2013 18:59
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon bottles on tour
Replies: 58
Views: 11764

Certainly Ken: £3.00 which includes £1.00 to Midlands Air Ambulance. I plan to be at Evesham on Sunday
by Kermit
26 Jun 2013 13:41
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Handicap 20 TT Wed 26 June 1900
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

Is anyone opening a book on this? I'll have a tenner on Steve Morton, or if he doesn't ride then Laurence :wink: Of course if Norman Adams can find his way to the start then that's another matter.
by Kermit
10 Apr 2013 13:39
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: mid week rides
Replies: 231
Views: 34715

I hope to join you guys tonight if I get back from Cheltenham in time. Will aim to pick you up in Wilmore Lane just like the old days (you remember, before the ice age)
by Kermit
10 Apr 2013 13:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Helmet Longevity
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Just turn them around and you'll have another five years at least?
Allright till he wants to go to the gents, then some rather dextrous manipulation could be called for.
by Kermit
07 Apr 2013 19:54
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Result Halesowen Triathlon 7th April 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Result Halesowen Triathlon 7th April 2013

Charles White 1.21.03; o/a:51st/124; MSV: 11th/25 Paul Deane 1.24.22; o/a:67th/124; MVV: 5th/5 Anne Hughes (first tri) 1.30.47; o/a: 90th/124; FVV: 1st/2 The weather was kinder than feared, all ice had disappeared on the Clent hills but it was still a shock to the system coming out of the pool. A gr...
by Kermit
20 Mar 2013 21:58
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Marshals wanted.
Replies: 5
Views: 937

I am unable to get to the TT this Saturday. Is there anyone who can take the stopwatches along for me. They can collect them from my house OR I can take them to Club night on Thursday Dave I'll take them if necessary Dave, though I suspect Andy will manage admirably with his own electronic wizardry...
by Kermit
13 Feb 2013 13:29
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: 4 Day Roadies Series June 2013
Replies: 1
Views: 472

4 Day Roadies Series June 2013

Colin Williamson of Solihull CC is promoting a new event this summer, details below. If anyone is interested in competing or helping with timing could they please contact Colin. NEW EVENT FOR 2013 THE SOLIHULL TOUR Solihull CC Roadies Chrono Tour. Monday 24 – Thursday 27 June 2013 A Four Evening ser...
by Kermit
04 Dec 2012 14:21
Forum: Club News & Events
Topic: DINNER PRESENTATION PHOTOS
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Great pictures Charles, well done and particularly at such short notice.
by Kermit
28 Nov 2012 13:55
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why do we train/race or just keep fit
Replies: 8
Views: 1551

I've completed Hannah's questionaire Rob, fascinating stuff. I see a number of people at my gym who are clearly addicted to excercise but I have never thought about the ramifications before.

It would be interesting to see what conclusions she draws from her study.
by Kermit
28 Sep 2012 13:31
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: mid week rides
Replies: 231
Views: 34715

Not sure how I'm fixed next Wednesday, but are you guys still going to go out via Hollywood and Wilmore Lane etc?
by Kermit
15 Aug 2012 23:14
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club TT K35/6G Wed 15th August
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Drum roll.................................THE RESULTS!!! Chris Hudson 15.49 Neil Compton 18.15 Richard Leaper 18.28 Steve Morton 18.33 Brian Botfield 18.39 John Crawshaw DNF (Guest) Commiserations to would be first time time trialler John who's turn it was to go wrong on the course this week. He did...
by Kermit
15 Aug 2012 08:47
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club TT K35/6G Wed 15th August
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Do we have a timekeeper for tonight?
Yes Brian, it's me. Eric Hogg had to cry off as he's in the middle of a house move. See you later and fingers crossed for the weather.
by Kermit
14 Aug 2012 13:48
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club TT K35/6G Wed 15th August
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Club TT K35/6G Wed 15th August

If you've been thinking for a while that you might try a time trial this year then tomorrow nights little 6 miler is your perfect opportunity. (and the last one this year, not counting the hill climbs which are only for animals and people with malfunctioning pain receptors) Perfect! you're bound to ...
by Kermit
08 Aug 2012 21:28
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Results Club TT 8th August K35/6Gx2
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Results Club TT 8th August K35/6Gx2

Gareth Scott 31'15" John Rice 31'19" Ed Schofield 32'01" Team Midland Chris Hudson 32'33" John Hitchcock 33'25" Brian Botfield 35'29" Neil Compton 35'34" Richard Leaper 37'13" Kerri Jones 37'24" BRAT Geoff Mann 39'02" BRAT Steve Morton DNF Congratulations to Gareth just edging John Rice. Disappointm...
by Kermit
30 Jul 2012 13:16
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: Droitwich Triathlon 29/07/2012
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Excellent, well done guys. Wish I could have been there but as consollation I was in Surrey for the Olympic road races and we had a great weekend.
by Kermit
18 Jul 2012 13:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Triple to Compact
Replies: 25
Views: 3454

I have been using both for about 3 years and just to confuse matters, love them both! Triples on my Audax and touring bikes - I just have to have those low, low gears. And compact on my lightest racing bike for when I feel like flying. IMHO it's all about riding styles. If I ride my compact bike in ...
by Kermit
16 Jul 2012 22:04
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: Chichester Triathlon 15th July 2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1806

Great Steve. Unfortunately I've just had to cancel my place due to an injury otherwise with three entrants we could have competed for the team prize. Next year!
by Kermit
16 Jul 2012 13:31
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: RESULT: Chichester Triathlon 15th July 2012
Replies: 16
Views: 1806

Well done Steve. Are you planning to do any Midland based events? I know there are still places for the Droitwich Sprint Tri on 28th July.
by Kermit
01 Jul 2012 21:27
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: 50th anniversary TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS- SAT 14TH JULY
Replies: 8
Views: 1686

As you may know the 50th Anniversary Track Champs is on 14th July. To add to the occasion it would be great to see as many as possible turn out to support the event. Bring the family and a picnic (dogs and grandmas too!) and there will be an opportunity between events for children and grown ups to b...
by Kermit
30 May 2012 22:16
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club TT 30 May Wednesday 9.0 K36/4.5C starts 19.00
Replies: 31
Views: 3038

RESULTS: 1 Steve Bull 21'10" 2 Chris Hudson 21'58" 3 Peter Blackwell 22'33" (BRAT) 4 Matt Regan 23'00" 5 Gary Lowe 23'01" 6 John Hitchcock 23'09" 7 Nic Vipond 23'16" 8 Gary Mackintosh 23'29" 9 Andrew Burley 23'35" 10 Brian Botfield 23'42" 11 Ian Taylor 24'45" 12 Richard Kings 25'12" 12 Carl Woodfie...
by Kermit
22 May 2012 13:58
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Ed Silverton Junior 10 TT Champion
Replies: 10
Views: 1354

Yes, well done Ed, excellent result. It's been a while since we had a Junior Champion, in fact much too long. Keep up the good work.