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As part of Les’s Third Thursday rides, a lucky 13 enjoyed the sunshine for a 100 mile circular from Sowton, covering lots of twisties via Ottery St Mary, Colyton, Yarcombe, Street Ash, Sellicks Green and stopping for lunch at the excellent Brazier Café at Tonedale Mill in Wellington. Highly recommended, but book if a large group. After lunch a couple left for other business with 11 continuing with more twisties via Wiveliscombe and Bampton to Tiverton Morrisons where a few finished, others continued on back to Sowton, some peeling off along the way. Pilot Les Mosco, and thanks to sweeper Steve Palmer and Graham Storer for the photo at Tiverton. An excellent day’s riding, hope to see you on another Third Thursday. (The next one is 15th July but Les is unable to ride that day, so a volunteer to lead would be welcome.)

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Ten of us made the long trip to Sammy Millers on Thursday 19th May (my campaign to make 3rd Thursdays a regular event; any other potential Thursday leaders please get in touch with me or Rodney Rayner). Thanks for joining me to Adrian Steele, Bob Watson, Luke Riley, Mano Cheema, Nick Whittaker, Sam Iskander, Simon Jeffery, and especially Stephen Parker & Tony Matthews who did TEC there and back respectively. Setting off from Honiton Starbucks at 8:30 we had coffee stop at Olives et al in Sturminster Newton, founded by a couple who 30 years ago spent a one year honeymoon in Europe on two GSs and returned hooked on olives etc! We got to Sammy Millers about 12, with three hours for lunch and visit round this splendid museum. Just under 500 bikes preserved in immaculate order, many makes I’d never heard of, and a real history of biking. Highly recommended for a visit. Sammy himself at 88 is still going strong, here he was on the day doing some delicate lathe turning. The return journey had a couple of marking hiccups but even so we had a great ride back including the Sandbanks-Studland ferry. We finished the ride at Poundbury, and made our separate ways back home. Glorious weather after a slightly nippy start, a good day for all. Les Mosco.



Helen and I chose to top and tail this special ride once again and we were so glad we did.  The turnout was unbelievable, and we managed to arrive on time at Winyards Gap despite Helen being ultra busy collating nourishment requests.  The autumn colours were stunning with perfect weather.   Everyone had a good workout climbing up through the woods to the Memorial for 11am. Dave Cooper spoke emotionally for Remembrance Sunday and those who fought for the freedom we have today, and all those we have loved and lost within our own club.


ROOKIE RIDE 2nd October 2021

The weather forecast for the October Rookie Ride was wet and windy but a few brave new associates turned up in their wet weather gear to enjoy the ride to Torrington.  Pilot was Simon Jeffery and sweeper Simon Housam.


ROOKIE RIDE 5th June 2021

A very well attended Rookie Ride took off from the Woodleigh Coach House in decent weather. Scroll through the Gallery below to see the happy faces (and lockdown hair!!) on the first Rookie Ride after easing of COVID rules.


From Lin Wilby - Test passed 29th September 2020 with examiner Max Nelson

I started my advanced nearly 15 months ago with Simon Jeffery as my Observer. John came along for the check ride before the test, he was right - no way was I ready. I resumed training with Dave Cooper observing. He has been brilliant and has the patience of a saint and explained things very clearly. We then had the beginning of Covid 19 which put the brakes on my progress again. When it was safe and allowed we commenced lessons again, Phil popped along for 3 sessions. This was good fun.


Then for my next check ride, Gary Crook was with me and explained things again in simple terms. 

Terence came along on the last ride out where we all went to Winkleigh and the rain and the night fell. 


Although cold and a bit lost, it was really good and I managed to get over some hurdles which were holding me back.

Can I say guys thank you from the bottom of my heart, you all are amazing people. 

What has turned out to be a strange year is turning out to be really nice and one I will remember for the right reasons:


Thank you Max for today.  Take care.