Week end of 1st and 2nd February, 2020 – Ladies ride with breakfast at The Highwayman; and Mixed Group ride to Kit Hill – with much talk of new bicycles – and lots of us taking part.

Info about our routes:  Saturday:  15.5 miles;  339m climbed;  Sunday:  25.5 miles;  340m climbed.  (Sorry, cant get routes to load from Garmin Connect today).  Narrative underneath pics below.

Not sure what kind of pep pills we have all been taking but it has been wonderful to have so many turn out for our February rides – eleven on both Saturday and Sunday – wonder if we will be able to keep it up 🙂

Saturday was a shortish ride because we had been expecting poor weather but it was great to take in a bit of Siblyback and to do a little extra link out from Doublebois towards Redposts and back along the part of the cycle track to Dobwalls that we don’t normally get a chance to use – and we appreciate The Highwayman now being open to serve breakfast.  Just what we needed.  Thank you Ann WB for leading.

Sunday was a ride of two groups.  With Ian leading we all went out to Pensilva, Golberdon, Kelly Bray and clockwise round Kit Hill up to Louis’ café.  And after enjoying a substantial brunch for most of us, one group continued on with Ian to Calstock and then home.  Our group came back, while our legs were still working,  the way we had gone – but just a lovely day for all of us.  A big thank you to Ian for organising.

Sunday 19th January – bright sunshine and icy roads for a short trip out to Lanhydrock

For our route click here:  28 miles and 607m climbed

Well, it was a much shorter ride than planned.  The frosty start to the day meant that the ride start was delayed until 11 am and then we kept mostly to the main road to avoid any lingering ice.  But what a beautiful day and the ride out to Lanhyrock Cycle Hub Café was well worth it.  A lovely day out.

January 5th, 2020 – On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love brought to me Twelve Cyclists Cycling ….

For our route (22 miles and 860m climbed) click here

Our first mixed group ride of the year – and twelve of us, including our two e cyclists, enjoyed a jaunt along the Draines Valley to Jamaica Inn (coffee and  toasted tea cakes) before taking in the views on our way back over the rolling moorland that runs alongside Colliford Lake.  Home by 12.30 – a perfect way to put this Christmas to bed and to get 2020 under way.

Our next mixed group ride is on the 19th January to Lostwithiel and Looe.  Full details of all forthcoming rides , as well as membership details,  on our new website http://www.liskeardvelo.org.uk.

Liskeard Ladies January group ride – Kernow Mills and Tilland Mill and ten turn out to get the decade off to a great start!

For our route  (approx. 19 miles and 400m climbed) click here

I personally always enjoy this ride – easy café stop at Kernow Mills (safe cycle parking; lots of space; good range of cakes and coffees) and wonderful views as you sail down towards Tideford.  Normally we would also stop briefly at the very pretty Tilland Mill but yesterday with our New Year Resolutions (not too much cake, thank you) and our group being strong and competent we admired the scene briefly as we passed through and straight on up the hill to Doddy Cross and then home. Very nice to have so many of us and lovely to chat with everyone and hear about all our 2020 plans – wouldn’t it be lovely if this dry spell continued through the spring to allow us to build on this excellent start?

A reminder that full details of all forthcoming rides and club membership (£5 annual fee plus evidence of third party liability insurance) can be found on our new website:  http://www.liskeardvelo.org.uk.

December 2019 – CTC Cornwall family cycle ride along Camel Trail to Padstow

What a great way to end the year!  26 of us, all ages, all abilities, came together to saunter along the Camel Trail for our annual Christmas trip to Padstow.  With the weather being kind, it was wonderful this year to have a number of younger and perhaps less confident cyclists with us and the best thing ever that Nicola could join Dave and Mary for this trip.  Following the traditional café break at the Co op in Wadebridge we headed on down the Camel Trail to Padstow admiring the huge number of sea birds feasting on the mud flats of the Camel estuary – with the haunting sounds of the curlew filling the air. (further narrative below pics)

We parked the bikes on the outskirts of the village and walked in to find lunch harbourside (fish and chips or pasties were firm favourites) and after a bit of a look round to check Padstow was as we remembered, we set off again back to Wadebridge and then on to The Borough Arms at Dunmere.  So proud to belong to this group and just wonderful to catch up with everyone.   A big Happy New Year to everyone associated with CTC Cornwall and our new Liskeard Velo club!

Liskeard Velo Christmas Lunch Ride – December 2019 – crisp clear moorland views (if slightly windy!) and wonderful company


For our route click here

A firm annual favourite, this outing was as wonderful as ever – a great opportunity to catch up with club members (27 for the meal; 12 on the ride and cafe stop); and a sensible bit of exercise before a lovely meal.  Jamaica Inn seemed to be the perfect setting for the cyclist rendition of 12 days of Christmas (on the seventh day of Christmas my truelove gave to me, 6 puncture patches, 5 ringing bells, etc. etc.).  The Cheesewring looks after us very well too (Top tip:  if they have their chocolate torte on their menu again next year – dont miss it!).

A big thank you to David for organising – looking forward now to the rest of our Christmas outings – next Sunday to Cotehele to see the garland; and the 28th for our family trip down the Camel Trail (see the Events page or calendar on our website http://www.liskeardvelo.org.uk for more details of both).

Breakfast in Bampton Audax – November 2019 – floods, smiles and stoicism!

This was our route – with some of us completing 102km (Geoff, who had been struggling with his asthma, has asked me to thank everyone who waited for him and supported him round the shorter route) and some completing the full audax at 113 km:

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But just where were the promised sunny intervals for this ride?  Nowhere in sight yesterday, that’s for sure :).  We have managed a few pics at the very bottom of this report but they do not begin to do justice to what we witnessed on our ride.  Significant flooding from the off and cyclists having to decide whether to risk seriously deep water (certainly above pedals and wheel hubs) or wading knee deep with bicycles held above the head, or turning back, over and over again … and a landscape either side of the road transformed with extensive lakes where meadows and arable land would be more normal.  Liskeard Velo was a group of nine but within five minutes of the start we were split up by the flooding and found it tricky to keep in touch (phones didn’t want to work in the heavy rain) and to continue to navigate the unfamiliar route.  All of this sounds pretty negative, which I don’t mean to be because, of course, it was a day of adventure and by the time we were sitting down for supper, warm and dry in clean clothes, we were thinking we had all had a lot of fun.

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Lots of lessons to learn – and for me, when your phone just says, ‘no thank you’ in periods of very heavy rain, perhaps the most important for any audax is to learn the route properly!  Maps, instructions, phones and Garmins all become redundant in very poor weather.

We all had a great time – memorable but great (and I haven’t even mentioned Geoff’s brakes, lack of; Keith’s puncture; or Anna’s great achievement in tanking round her first 70 miler) – and will look forward to repeating the adventure next year.  A big thank you to David for putting our Liskeard Velo group together and for Sarah and the organisers for all their work in delivering the event.