Celebrating in style

Stourbug’s celebrations of its 10th anniversary will continue with a “Tweed Ride”. Riders, many of them on veteran bikes, clad in tweed or vintage clothing will ride from Stourbridge on July 22. Setting off from ‘The Town Clock” as 11:00 they will take a leisurely ride to “The French Hen” to partake in fine wines, excellent ales, and wonderful company.

Cycling isn’t all about lycra, racing, distance cycled, and average speeds.

If you are a member of Stourbug why not dig our your old tweeds and join in what will be a fun day? You don’t even need to have a vintage bike

 

 

Our Celebration Ride – July 8

On Saturday July 8th Stourbug will be offering lots of rides which will involve riding back from Stratford on Avon to Stourbridge for a celebration. It is 10 years since the original challenge ride to Stratford and it seems appropriate to repeat this in the reverse direction.

Plans for the ride are now well advanced. Some groups of riders are planning to ride to Stratford (staying overnight on the Friday), some will ride there and back on the Saturday (a ride of over 80 miles), and a coach and lorry will carry many others to Stratford to ride back.

We will be providing free refreshments for all of our members as we celebrate the return of what will be a large group of riders

If you are a member please look at the post about this on the forum, and tell us what you would like to do using the “poll” and book yourself a ride and a place on the coach.

 

Mallorcan Holiday

 

On 23rd April 31 of our members flew out to Port de Pollensa for a week of cycling in the sunshine.

 

There was one rainy day but many sought solace in the local Pinarello bike shop where gleaming new bikes were drooled over and new jerseys, gloves, shorts and jackets were bought.

 

 

The highlight of the week for many came on Wednesday when the hardest climb on the island ‘Sa Calobra’ was conquered.

This 6.5 mile descent was thrilling for many and scary for some but all succeeded in reaching the stunning beach at the bottom. After a quick pit stop it was back up the 6.5 mile winding mountain road. It was a steady climb for most and the sense of achievement at the summit was amazing. It was a day never to be forgotten.

Some days had several groups going their separate ways. Some cycled around the local lanes, ending up in quaint villages where a couple of hours were spent sampling the local ale whilst soaking up the sunshine. Several members braved the Mediterranean too!

Over the course of the week hundreds of miles were covered by the group. We also happened to be on holiday at the time of the Mallorcan 312 cycling event. This took place on the last day of our holiday. One of our members had entered the 312km race of which there were 6,000 entrants. James did us proud and finished in good time. Several of us arose early to cheer the cyclists on as they passed our hotel. It was certainly a sight to behold and has spurred some to enter in 2018.

Evenings usually meant an early night for most after a busy day however there were some ‘propping’ up the hotel bar until late and a few ‘ladies’ had a good singsong and dance on one occasion.

All in all it was a brilliant holiday, enjoyed by all and something that we hope to repeat next year.

 

 

 

There is so much happening in our 10th Anniversary Year

As well as an active programme of rides on most days of the week some special events are being organised for our members to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

On the 14th May a series of rides will visit Cookley for a celebration with free food and drink on offer places are filling up fast
On the June 4 one of our members has arranged a Cycle Treasure Hunt, designed to test brain power rather than cycling speed it will challenge teams of 4 who are aiming to win vouchers to spend at Wiggle. The winning team will be those who solve the clues with the lowest amount of penalty points. Score weighting will be geared towards finding the answers not by racing around the route – the winners will be the team who use their grey matter rather than those who can simply pedal faster.

 

 

Then on July 8 a challenge ride from Stratford on Avon is planned, some members will ride there and back, others will be transported to the start, and another group is turning the event into a two day tour, staying at Stratford overnight before returning on the Saturday. What ever happens we expect to make a big impression when we return to Stourbridge

 

Details of all of the events can be found on the clubs forum, and are only open to members.

 

NOT A MEMBER?

It’s not too late to join, making use of the discounted membership that is available for people joining after April 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

Half price membership from 1st April…


Membership of Stourbug runs from 1st October until 30th September of any year. We offer membership for only £5 from 1st April as the membership will expire on 30th September 2017.
Affiliate 3rd party insurance with Cycling UK will also be half price at £12 per person as this  will also expire on 30th September 2017.
With Spring just around the corner we hope lots of you will take advantage of this offer and join your local, friendly cycling club. Cycling is a great way to get fit, have fun, discover the countryside around us and make new friends

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