Sunday, 1 May 2016

Relay rally 2016

It is fitting that our very busy May this year should start out with the clubs' much looked forward to, relay rally, I must say straight off that the weather could have been better but you will see from my photo's that this factor did not stop the smiles of our section members doing what they enjoy. You will all have your own stories of the days run but obviously I can only talk about what I saw and experienced to give a flair of the day. Arrival at Bickleigh at 0910 in the morning, saw Keith and Rod all set up ready to receive what turned out to be 31 visitors through the day, I must say here at the start that a big thank you has to go to Keith, Rod and Chris for manning our two checkpoints throughout the day in cold and damp conditions. I seemed to pick up four riders who were keen to follow my meanderings and so we set off for Red Post, well what I mean is that we set off after Dermot and Rod did a lot of dancing up and down on Dermots kick start on his Ariel ( see I have spelt it right! ). We ran into drizzle fairly soon which remained with us for most of the rest of the day, so we pulled in just before Hatherleigh for a stretch just for ten minutes, here a Velo decided that it didn't want to go any further without a plug change so two of our guys had to play catch up which they managed just before crossing the Cornish border and arriving at Red post where a cup of coffee warmed us up, there were quite a few bikes here one of them being ridden by Tim Penn no less. Setting off from here saw us travel up to Kilkhampton for the run up to Abbotsham where we enjoyed a very nice roast after which I spelled Chris whilst he also got a hot meal. The five of us then set off via Torrington and Winkleigh to Crediton and down back to Bickleigh, at this point a vote was taken whether to go on to Honiton but it was decided that we were quite cold and the drizzle showed no sign of stopping so we called it a day. Despite the weather an enjoyable day and great to see section members and those from Somerset and Cornwall, two Somerset members travelling on 125cc bikes from Burnham. Don't forget the Scrumpy run next Sunday and if anyone can help the committee set up and marshal at

Dermot smiling before trying to start

we arrive at Red post

Stan signs us in

Rod checks an Ariel over

still riders at Bickleigh at 3pm
this event, we would be very grateful, see you there folks.