The 2016 Holly Run

by Adam on 29, November, 2016

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After a little hiatus in the country, circumstances, kind offers and a few requests resulted with the GA’s Holly Run being relocated back into the cradle of modern civilisation, but as befitting a modern city the stops were all new. Well with the exception of Tandem Coffee House but what we can say, we are cyclists and we do need coffee. Well actually Tandem were our impeccable and very tolerant hosts for the weekend, we are however getting a little ahead of ourselves.

It is not often being a member of he GA opens doors, but today Alison kindly opened the cafe early. In all honestly we can only assume to keep the streets outside tidy, although Alison insisted it was to make things easier for people travelling from further afield.

Somehow we even managed to set off more or less on time leaving Stockport Old Town out along the river Mersey towards the great metropolis of Manchester, at least that was the plan until a mile in one of our number sheered a “cock pin” fortunately the GA’s new resident mechanic @BicyleSeb along with a bit of brute force was on hand to help our man get rolling well enough for the bike to be ridden back to a local bike shop and for the princely sum of £1.50 to effect the repair.

Obviously the GA never leave a man down, but in this instance we pushed on after first agreeing a rendezvous point, as it transpired our agreed meeting point was abandoned brought on by a combination of rain and a rather handy bridge. With a little time on our hands it seemed like the obvious point to break out the Whisky Fizz cocktails and Mrs GC’s Lancashire Parkin. It maybe a coincidence, or the lure of alcohol but our ranks were back to their full complement far quicker than anyone expected. Everyone fed and watered (including one or two of the natives) we set off on the road again.

Then fix a puncture, but as they say what goes around comes around and one of the passers buy who we had plied with whisky re-appeared like the proverbial shop keeper this time with a track pump.

And off again…

Passing past Old Trafford (cricket and football), we made our way to Media City, home of various television shows but the important stop for us was the Blue Peter garden, where we relived our youths by throwing any available plants into the pond and daubing graffiti on the brickwork. After our unscheduled stops we were running a little behind for lunch and hunger was starting to take hold. Fortunately we were now within a few miles of our lunch stop and after a mad dash along the Ship Canal and the centre of Manchester we found ourselves at the Alphabet Brewing Company for the next couple of hours, who have in association with Grub been opening the brewery at weekends supplying the great and the good of Manchester with fine beer and food at their brewery tap.

Alas all good things come to an end and we had a tea to get to (although we did have just enough time for a quick photo call outside the Medal Factory, we can only assume the site of the GA and Basket Brigade en-mass kept the talent scouts hiding under their paperwork).

With hardly enough time for one last pint at Heaton Hops we descended back on our still understanding hosts at Tandem Cafe for an evening of Malaysian food provided by the marvellous Nasi Lemak, beer from ourselves and a rather entertaining quiz from our hosts, with possibly some of the best prizes I have personally ever witnessed and as ever a cup or two of truly fantastic coffee.

All too soon we appeared to have outstayed our welcome, but upon reflection we realised if we had stayed much longer we would have bumped into the knocker upper on his rounds.

As ever a massive thank you to everyone who made the weekend possible, and of course the ladies and gentlemen who make the rides everything that they are.

A few Polaroids from the weekend

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And The 2016 Holly Run is in…

by Adam on 4, October, 2016

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Well the evenings are closing in, the weather is turning for the worse it can mean only one thing, better get a date in the diary for the Holly Run, this year we have something a little different lined up for your delectation.

Based in the picturesque fishing village of Stockport in Cheshire we have been hard at the negotiating table with Tandem Coffee House (which after visiting them a few years ago with the GA is nothing short of a miracle), and the Master of the Wok Jimmy from Nasi Lemak has agreed with a little gentle persuasion to take over the kitchen and feed the GA like kings for an evening along with a few surprises from Tandem (PowerPoint has been mentioned). A few t’s still need to be crossed and i’s dotted but all the dominoes are lining up.

There will of course be a little riding involved on the Saturday and the Sunday and of course a good pub or two en route.

If you are planning on popping along, due to the fact we are planning on taking over Tandem for the evening it would be appreciated if you could pop over to the forum and leave your mark, this should let the people who are capable of organising to organise. The price for this evening will be fixed at £25.00 + booze that we haven’t properly sorted out yet

May we be so bold as to suggest if you are looking for accommodation Stockport’s Finest Hotel would make a suitable lodging.

Hopefully we shall see a few faces in the month of November

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The Pashley Picnic, They Think It’s All Over…

by Adam on 23, September, 2016

Pashley Picnic Ride 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo.

It has to be said the Guvnors’ Assembly enjoy a ride, sometimes it’s up hill and down vale chasing after chaps who have purchased Bakelite bikes under the impression it will enable them to enjoy cycling all the more. On the other side of the coin we’re not adverse to a tootle through the lanes and byways of rural England, since the Queens jubilee Pashley have been putting on one of the best.

As always the GA, accompanied by the Basket Brigade sent out an Expeditionary Force to reconnoiter the surrounding area, a few of the GA had been asked to be ride guides, and as is to be expected they took this honour very seriously and did not want to be caught out by unexpected road surfaces, inclines, ambushes etc. A few on the ride may say we went completely the wrong direction, although as it turns out the cross country foray was well advised.

That evening Pashley had laid on a little evening entertainment in the shape of The Handlebards a four man troupe cycling around the UK carrying their props and costumes on Pashley bikes and performing a bit of the Olde Shakespeare en-route. Far be it for me to critique the Bard, but the Basket Brigade were kept quiet for the best part of two hours.

Sunday morning dawned, as mornings are want to do and the Great and the Good began to gather outside The Traditional Cycle Shop until at about 10:50 prompt our leader for the day Blaaake reached for his trusty, rusty megaphone and began to rally the troops. Fortunately the fellow had the fore site to brief the GA of what was expected from them and like the well oiled machine they are at the end of every evening, they sprang into action. Springing into action basically involves pushing Little Dave in front of any traffic and leaving him to sort the ensuing chaos out.

Fortunately this years ride was along The Greenway, a converted train line, but possibly of more interest to the GA only one entrance and exit point, thereby considerably reducing the chances of loosing anyone en-route. Once at the end of The Greenway after a little trip along the road and a cut across a field (thank me later chaps) we descended upon The Shakespere Inn, in Welford Upon Avon. As ever Pashley had the stop organised and in hand, first of all it was at a pub that sold rather good beer cheers chaps and a Pashley Ice Cream bike and more lollies than you could wave a lolly pop stick at and a few tunes from The Handlebards.

Alas all too soon Blaaake gave the ten minuet warning, as it happens just long enough to get one last round in at the bar as most people had now vacated the establishment to mount their bikes. The ride back was very much along the same route as the one we had arrived on, again for the same reasons as previously mentioned an absolute boon for those fellows of the GA who were working.

Back at the Boat House the party began and people may even have had a drink or two all, in order to celebrate Pashley’s 90th birthday. A little bit of fizz, a tasty bite to eat, a bit of live music and of course the now legendary game of Pass the Parcel, all too soon the party ended leaving the GA with no alternative but to go to the pub and drown their sorrows in a pint of beer.

But what a day!

Thank you to everyone who helps put the Pashley Picnic on many, many aching jaws from laughter were in evidence the following day.

As ever a few of the chaps were running around taking snaps of things they shouldn’t here are a few of them that will not result in any form of litigation.

Happy 90th Birthday Pashley!

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The 2016 Pashley Picnic

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Pashley and Chums at the Tweed Run

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Pashley & The Tweed Run, London 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo. As a few of you are aware, the Tweed Run took place a few weekends ago, in lieu of any music while you wait for the GA’s take on events please find enclosed a little feature produced my those jolly nice people from […]

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