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Post  SteveCat on Wed Jun 08 2016, 11:07

First topic message reminder :

We've been discussing this for a while, but time has come to announce the details of the inaugural ride through the Cotswolds.



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Meet at The Holt from Friday evening for those staying over, those close by who would like to join for the day's ride-out are most welcome and can join us in the hotel car park Saturday morning. Conveniently there is a petrol station opposite the hotel.


The price of the hotel (per person per night)
RO: £35
BB: £40
DBB: £65

bookings please either via this thread or a PM to Ondurin (Raymond). The ride-out is in the planning stages, however getting an idea of how many will be able to make the ride-out will help with the catering choices.


If you could put your names down here, the master list will updated. Questions and discussions are welcome in this thread.


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Post  SteveCat on Wed Jun 22 2016, 18:27

Can those planning on staying over please either PM Ondurin or post here their requirements .. e.g. single/twin/double and for which days Friday and/or Saturday
Those who are close by and would like to join in Saturday evening if you could please let us know here so was can make sure we cater correctly.

Anyone else who'd like to maybe join us, even if you can only manage part of the day with us it'd be great; if you wouldn't mind mentioning that so we can ensure the tea and lunch stops will be able to cater us all.

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Post  terry lees on Fri Jun 24 2016, 13:15

Hi Steve, sorry but I won't be able to make this after all, as you know BM is the following w/end and the "war dept." is in a threatening mood. As you know I frighten easily.
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Post  SteveCat on Fri Jun 24 2016, 13:29

I had wondered how you were going to get around the War Dept Tez. I wouldn't say you frighten easily, but are wise and know when to concede and when not to. I've been previously badly scarred for incorrectly standing my ground Wink


Thanks for letting me know.
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Post  SteveCat on Mon Jun 27 2016, 11:36

I'm afraid there weren't enough people able to attend for it to be viable in July, can we see if the August date is more attractive.
Apologies to those who who had their names down

Ride date change to 12-14 August.

Please post up if you would like to attend, staying over as well as those able to join in for the ride
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Post  0ldcat on Mon Jun 27 2016, 13:08

Hi Steve,

That is a shame it has had to be postponed to a later date.
Unfortunately the July dates clash with a weekend event I have been booked to attend for some months now. So in short, I have to pull out. Sorry sad

I'm sure you have run this by Ondurin, but just in case. Mr Ondurin Sir, I'm affraid I shall not be requiring the room I asked you to pen me in for. Perhaps at some future juncture, but sadly not the July alternative.

To those that can and do make the new ride date, have a great time and ride safe left thumb up

Cheers
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Post  Robcat on Mon Jun 27 2016, 13:17

It's mid August Tel that it's been moved too, not July.

I'm at the Edinburgh Tattoo that weekend so I'll not be down for sure. Sorry about that.
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Post  0ldcat on Mon Jun 27 2016, 13:24

Robcat wrote:It's mid August Tel that it's been moved too, not July.
Thanks Rob, My Bad.
My message is correct in its info content, just the months I jumbled  honk (old age creepin' up) . Please delete where I have said July, and insert August left thumb up   . . . as below.
0ldcat wrote:Hi Steve,

That is a shame it has had to be postponed to a later date.
Unfortunately the AUGUST dates clash with a weekend event I have been booked to attend for some months now. So in short, I have to pull out. Sorry sad

I'm sure you have run this by Ondurin, but just in case. Mr Ondurin Sir, I'm affraid I shall not be requiring the room I asked you to pen me in for. Perhaps at some future juncture, but sadly not the AUGUST alternative.

To those that can and do make the new ride date, have a great time and ride safe left thumb up

Cheers
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Post  weasley on Mon Jun 27 2016, 15:16

Ooooh! I can probably make this! I'll report back after informal negotiations have been undertaken.
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Post  Radar on Mon Jun 27 2016, 16:13

If it is mid august I think I can make it too, I need to check with 'the management'
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Post  Dogsbody on Mon Jun 27 2016, 18:13

Am looking into this. Will get back to you.
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Post  Ondurin on Mon Jun 27 2016, 19:17

I've moved the dates on system. Will update how many rooms I've blocked off once at work.

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Post  Rosco on Mon Jun 27 2016, 21:00

Robcat wrote:It's mid August Tel that it's been moved too, not July.

I'm at the Edinburgh Tattoo that weekend so I'll not be down for sure. Sorry about that.

Tracey and her mum are going too Rob.
Which means I can go to the Cotswolds Smile

Book me in please.

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Post  Robcat on Mon Jun 27 2016, 22:15

Rosco wrote:
Robcat wrote:It's mid August Tel that it's been moved too, not July.

I'm at the Edinburgh Tattoo that weekend so I'll not be down for sure. Sorry about that.

Tracey and her mum are going too Rob.
Which means I can go to the Cotswolds Smile

Book me in please.

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Post  alleycat on Mon Jun 27 2016, 22:52

I'm in for this Steve (the old mans away on holiday so he won't be joining us) although just for the ride out as it's my birthday that weekend so the wife requires me for at least some of the weekend.
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Post  robertcains on Mon Jun 27 2016, 23:14

Still can't make this date I'm afraid, I'm down at Brooklands on a track day experience (not on the bike but in the car)
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Post  Radar on Tue Jun 28 2016, 00:37

robertcains wrote:Still can't make this date I'm afraid, I'm down at Brooklands on a track day experience (not on the bike but in the car)

Do it in the Transit it will be way more fun!

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Post  SteveCat on Thu Jun 30 2016, 21:54

Bob has been busy putting a route together for us, it's about 190 miles, he tells me the route includes Fish Hill, Edge Hill and the Charlbury TT (in both directions).  But also some interesting back roads and plenty of lovely scenery and drop-dead-gorgeous Cotswold villages.  So it's not all about the scratching!

Hopefully this will inspire people to want to come and ride the roads with us.

I've never heard of the Charlbury TT, so took a peek what was on YouTube and found this vlogger



Fish hill looks fun



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Post  weasley on Thu Jun 30 2016, 22:13

Looks good. great That's all around my old stomping ground so I know a lot of those roads well. The TT is fun and Fish Hill is always a laugh if it's dry and clear of traffic.
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Post  bobh on Fri Jul 01 2016, 23:42

Pedants corner:

Strictly speaking, as I understand it, the Charlbury TT is just the stretch of the B4437 from Charlbury Station to its junction with the A361. And the name comes from it being used as a cycle time trial course - nothing to do with the Isle of Man!

Helpful videos, thanks Steve, though I think both of them actually sell those roads short - the Charlbury one (the last few minutes of Part 2) misses out several of the more challenging bends, while the wide-angle lens doesn't really give much impression of the way the road rolls across the landscape. Similarly the Fish Hill one doesn't give any idea of how steep it actually is.

Incidentally, when I led a run up Fish Hill 3-4 years ago (Stretchy was present, but I can't remember if there were any other Thundercats) some optimist in a fully-laden Kia Picanto decided it would be a good place to try to overtake a few other cars - as you can see, it's two lanes all the way up. Needless to say, they failed miserably, only succeeding in balking us through the first hairpin. Hopefully we'll get a clearer run this time! I'm planning on a brief stop at Broadway Tower at the top, to admire the view across into Wales (that well known footballing nation), so there'll be time for anyone who's really keen to go back down and do it all over again.
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Post  terry lees on Sat Jul 02 2016, 14:37

I'm just wondering what vehicle Rosco will be using for this trip.
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Post  Lone'cat on Sat Jul 02 2016, 17:05

bobh wrote:
Incidentally, when I led a run up Fish Hill 3-4 years ago (Stretchy was present, but I can't remember if there were any other Thundercats)

Me, I was there too - are you going through the ford again? shark bite
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Post  Rosco on Sat Jul 02 2016, 19:52

terry lees wrote:I'm just wondering what vehicle Rosco will be using for this trip.

One with straight forks and a wheel that has metal all the way round would be nice.
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Post  bobh on Sat Jul 02 2016, 23:13

Lone'cat wrote:
Me, I was there too - are you going through the ford again? :sb:

Yes - otherwise we'd be waiting ages at the traffic lights in Stow.  Hope that doesn't put you off!
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Post  terry lees on Sun Jul 03 2016, 12:00

Presume you'll be on Bos 2 Rosco, if I come along would you like me to ride with my panniers on? I think the left hand one should be able to carry a 20 litre can of oil, will that be enough for the weekend do you think? Only asking!
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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Mon Jul 04 2016, 05:51

Now the dates have changed (i just realised)..I will be home for this too....Depending on war dept holiday plans i reckon i should be good for this ...will confirm later.... wink thumb up

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Post  SteveCat on Mon Jul 04 2016, 19:33

bobh wrote:  Hope that doesn't put you off!

If it's the one I'm thinking of it's quite a small crossing but there is an alternate route avoiding the water altogether.

Dirt Bike Dave wrote:... reckon i should be good for this ...will confirm later.... wink thumb up

Nice one Dave, lets hope your social secretary (war dept) has a free slot for you and the same to those who are still finding the right time to pop the question.
Good to read the concern for BOSx's welfare and the preparedness to possibly  join in to make sure all's well Wink
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