Ride Report – Wincanton to Stourhead

Saturday 18 January 2020

The temperature must be more than 5C for me to leave home on the bike. So it was the car for me to Cafe Central, the freewheel competition and lunch. Some arrived late at Cafe Central because of ice and a flat car battery delayed Nicky and Peter. Also on the ride was Chairman Paul, fast Ben, rides organiser Charlie, electric Ron and a newcomer electric Alan. Wincanton in the fog was just 2C but on the hill down into Bourton for the freewheel it was 3C in the sun.

A freewheel competition is not to be taken seriously, particularly when the booby prize (for the last person) is worth more than the first prize. Ben was the winner but the brake blocks prize did not fit his bike, so they were shared by Charlie and Peter who were second equal. The other prize, a can of oil, was won by Paul.

It was decided to have lunch at Hillbrush rather than Stourhead. The waitress spilt a little of Paul’s bottle of beer so she brought an additional full bottle. Paul was lubricated by two beers for the price of one. He now has oil to lubricate his bike.

Richard Nicholl

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