Ride With the Guvnors’ Assembly

by Adam on 16, June, 2015

Eroica 2014

In the spirit of L’Eroica the chaps in Assembly Towers toyed with the idea of running a little competition whereupon for the princely sum of £5.00 Stirling a fellow would receive a lottery ticket entitling them to the chance of an opportunity to ride l’Eroica Britannia with the stout fellows of the Guvnors’ Assembly.

It was however quickly pointed out that maybe the only way we would get any interest would be if we paid people to ride with us, a quick envelope calculation later led to the conclusion that this would rapidly empty our meagre coffers whereupon a third option was hit upon where we just made an open offer to riders that if they fancied completing the loop with the GA we met up at the Thornbridge beer tent and leave for the start line half an hour before the start to give us the opportunity to get a few snaps and have a nosey around.

We have never left a man behind, although technically we may have polished one or two off after the act so please feel free to ride along with us and we promise to regale you with stories of daring do (possibly).

Quick update chaps

If you would like to ride the fifty with us we will be leaving the Thornbridge Tent at 7:00 am

If you would like to ride the thirty we shall be leaving the beer tent at 9:00 am

Looking forward to the ride

A few snaps from last year to whet your appetite.


The 2015 Pashley Picnic

by Adam on 7, June, 2015

The Pashley Picnic 2015 from Guvnors’ Assembly

The Pashley Picnic is now in its’ forth year and I am pleased to say it is still as quintessentially British now as it was that day on the Queen’s Jubilee back in 2011.

Again this year we registered and gathered outside the Traditional Cycle, the RSC is a beautiful congregation point in it’s own right, but it has to be said it is rather nice seeing a large proportion of the Pashley range all together in one point, including a few of the rarer beasts like the rather handsome Pathfinder.

In the run up to the Picnic the Berger’s at Pashley contacted GA HQ and asked if they would be good enough to enlist the help from a few of the ranks and be a “Ride Guide”. A ride guide with Pashley does not have nearly the same stress levels as those on the Tweed Run, maybe an odd mechanical, but far more likely the odd word of encouragement and the sharing of a medicinal flask.

This years’ ride like the first ride was a saunter up to Charlecote Manor, a National Trust property on the outskirts of Stratford Upon Avon where we were fed with crisps and cake then watered with some fruit based drink and a bottle or two of rather tasty Saddle Back from Purity. A word to the wise two bottles at 7% was possibly one bottle too many for the ride back into town.

The ride up to Charlecote does involve one rather long if gentle climb, of course the beauty of this is as everyone in the cycling world knows for every “up” there has got to be a “down”. The ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls fairly flew back into Stratford, passing our final destination and popping into Stratford to cause a little more mayhem and confusion and of course paying our respects to The Bard. In all honesty, he looked as confused as everyone else…

Now Pashley are not the sort of business to take people out for a ride then simply cut them loose without a by or leave, after out little group picture we headed back to the waterside for a bit of a knees up with music provided by the sublime Very Mr Keith and any remaining inhibitions over came with liberal sprinklings of Nyetimber fizz and a few more bottles of Saddle Back.

We are sure you all remember “Pass the Parcel” from your childhood, glad to say Pashley have kept the tradition alive with possibly one of the biggest games of Pass the Parcel ever, involving the young and to be honest a fair few people who should know better. The GA do pretty well in these sort of events and it is fair to say we pretty much cleared up with not only a packet of spokey dokes, and a box of stick-on paint effects for our bikes. Some people ended up with a rather nice Pashley scarf or a Princess basket full of goodies, one poor soul even left with a TCP original he had kindly donated to the event.

In addition to our little videogram please find enclosed a few snaps from the day.


Tour of The Black Country

by Adam on 18, May, 2015



A year ago a few of the fellows from the GA rode the inaugural Tour of the Black Country and what a rather splendid day out it was too. Well organised, run with good humour and a route that made a rather nice change to the usual sportive event.

In the event you may not have heard of this ride the organisers’ intention was to create a little Paris-Roubaix in the heart of the Black Country, instead of sending riders up the biggest hills the excitement comes from the sending riders off down roads formed from cobble, brick, compact soil… I’m sure you get the picture. No one can argue that this is not the type of surface the Guvnor was born to ride on.

From the two riders in 2014, such was the positive feedback members of the GA came from far and wide to get their wheels dirty with seven of us forming up on the start line for a day of tarmac, lumps and bumps.

It has to be said, if we were expecting a bit of “Peaky Blinders” we would have been very disappointed, rolling hills, picturesque villages. Not a mill, pit or foundry in site. Truth be told the only coal seen all day was in the little goodie bags we were presented with at the end of the ride.

Now, as previously mentioned the ride is rolling (mostly), there is however one rather noteworthy lump, Mt. Waltonberg a 1 in 4 climb with a surface comprising of both brick and polished, poured concrete. Whilst re-grouping at the top of the climb Mr Dodger asked a marshal if any other Path Racers had completed the climb, we were pleased to hear we were the first ones up, modesty forbids boasting but we were not passed by any other Path Racers for the remaining 50k.

In keeping with the Paris-Roubaix inspiration the ride ends on a velodrome, dropping onto the track from the “ambulance” road and a full lap of the track before a celebratory glass of fizz and the opportunity to congratulate ourselves on a job well done.

A few black and white snaps from the Black Country


The 2015 Tweed Run

April 28, 2015 Jollies

The Tweed Run, start of the Jollies season. It is often said that everyone should ride the Tweed Run at least once for some people that is enough, for others they just seem to keep going back. The 2015 Tweed Run was different in several ways over previous events, Tweed was of course the order […]

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Tally Ho! – We’re Off to London

April 13, 2015 Jollies

  We are sure a few of you maybe aware that a Tweed themed cycle ride is taking place in that London this weekend, rumours of “too big”, “lost their” can occasionally be heard. Fear not, those with their ear to the urban beat will know that the Tally Ho! cycle ride on the Sunday […]

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31st of May the Pashley Picnic

April 8, 2015 Jollies

The Pashley Picnic has gained a reputation of a “rather smashing” weekend away, and with the exception of the maiden event the weather has been spot on. The picnic is a little bit special for a variety of reasons, the Guvnors’ home turf, a rather relaxed feel to the day, pass the parcel, it is […]

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30 Days of Biking

March 25, 2015 Jollies

  Last year a few of the GA and Basket Brigade took part in the “30 Days of Cycling” challenge, Mr Foss appeared to miss-understand the challenge and appeared to be attempting to the moon and back in the month of April, others *cough* covered considerably less. For an adventure that started off in the […]

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