Tally Ho - Stratford

As is becoming a bit of a tradition after the chaos of the Tweed Run, Tally Ho! Tours take us under their wing and guide us through the streets of London.

Knowing what hardened riders the GA are Jack had something a little different in mind this year, making use of the canals around London and taking us out on a little magical mystery tour and the promise of some of the best pizza ever had.

Setting of from Tally Ho! HQ, that also conveniently doubles as a pub we partially re-traced our steps along the previous days Tweed Run before popping over the river to begin our adventure proper, as always with Mr Harris we followed an interesting route but it’s his little stops and additional information that really do add something extra to the ride, the fact that he happens to know some of the best and most historic pubs in the fair city is merely a happy bonus for we thirsty cyclists.

After a short trip along the Grand Union Canal we were riding through Stratford and the old Olympic village, it was here Mr Harris stopped next to an old fashioned Helter Skelter and mentioned that he had ridden once before along this way with a group but alas no one took him up on his offer for a whizz down the slide. Now the ladies of the Basket Brigade and the Gentlemen of the GA are made of stern stuff and the sentence had barely left his lips before a group discount had been arranged and a queue formed. I think it is fair to say the screams of delight were heard over the entire park that only got louder when the Basket Brigade set off.

Before we left the park Mr Harris had a final treat install, and that was for the capture of an image every man, Jack and his boy knew should have happened in 2012, if it was not for red tape, selection processes and years of hard work.

Rings FP

Around now we were getting a little peckish, and with the promise of “one of the best pizzas ever” we set off to the Crate Craft Beer Brewery and to be honest, the pizza was pretty good and sitting in the sun with a pint and friends is never going to be hard work.

All too soon, we had to start making a move, homes to go to and maybe one more stop on our return leg along the Regents Canal, alas the good weather had brought out all and sundry that resulted in the loop back taking a little longer than expected. Back at Tally Ho! HQ Mr Harris offered his guests around of drinks, for the record, to a man we went for iced water despite protestations from Mr Harris we really should have a beer. Let that be noted.

As ever Mr Harris was an impeccable host and guide a massive heart felt thank you to him for guiding us and taking us all in good humour. If you ever find yourself in that London town and have not been on a tour with Tally Ho! Cycle Tours avail yourself of his services and take one of his rides.

A few memories from the day.

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Guvnors’ Assembly and friends at L’Eroica Britannia from Guvnors’ Assembly on Vimeo.

Most people interested in cycling have heard of L’Eroica a cycling event in Tuscany for vintage bikes (and Guvnors), it is however a very long way away and the Guvnor is a little over sized to be stuffed into an aeroplane’s hold.

Last year a whisper was heard at Assembly Towers that the event was coming to Derbyshire, home to some of the best cycling in the country, whilst we hoped the event would be good it is fair to say none of us had an inkling of the cycling extravaganza the organisers had in store for us all.

After a little organisation on the the forum, a few missives dispatched in preparation for the weekend and camp Guvnors’ Assembly was struck by Mr Fossil claiming the corner of a field that will be forever GA. Through the day the team assembled, drawn like moths to the Thornbridge beer tent for a pint of “Handsome” the festival’s beer of choice, especially brewed for it’s restorative properties after a ride.

Saturday morning walking around the the festival village the penny dropped this was something a little bit special, more lovely bikes than you can shake a pump at with top tubes that “tink” when flicked, accessories galore, bike manufacturers displaying their wares, enough to keep any fellow happy. It may have escaped your attention but not everyone is interested in 531, these unusual characters were also catered for with a Vintage Village keeping the beautiful ladies and dapper gents happy.

In addition to the shopping, a full day and evening of entertainment was put on to keep us quiet. Special mention must go to Mrs Adam for keeping the GA end up and winning “Best in Show  Festival Go-er Lady” in show. A bite to eat a few quiet pints and an early night in preparation for the ride ahead.

Sunday morning and Bakewell, a town that had already embraced the event was transformed with thousands of riders assembling for the off. After a team talk the previous day consensus was the majority of the GA would ride the 55 miler with a splinter group on the 30. At 7.30 am prompt the Team started to assemble ready for a heroes send off a quick interview and John Bull packed is on our way.

As mentioned at the beginning of the words the Peak District has some of the finest riding available and this was something the organisers utilised to the maximum, combining converted train lines, White Peak Strada Bianca with ascents just on the right side of hard with descents that had us grinning from ear to ear.

Food stops were also a joy, not an energy bar in sight, home made sandwiches, cakes and biscuits washed down with local Hartington Beer or at Chatsworth Manor House Pimms and sparkling English wine.

A fellow would not be far wrong thinking it cannot possibly get much better than this, at that time we had not finished the event. Dropping into the event village we were guided around the back before rounding a corner in between two red telephone boxes and riding in formation up the finish straight, a combination of cheers, the PA and sheer achievement may possibly have left one or two of the GA a little emotional.

L’Eroica Britannia is a truly special event, meeting and reacquainting with friends from the GA is always special, we also were able to finally put faces to a lot of names but a special thank you must go to the organisers of the event for their warm welcome, fantastic organisation, superb good humour and for having us as guests.

Chapeau to all concerned with the organisation and the running of the event.

A few more snaps from the weekend.

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The 2014 Pashley Picnic

by Adam on 5, June, 2014

The 2014 Pashley Picnic from Guvnors’ Assembly.

After a week of “will it won’t it?” weather watching we threw open the windows to a bright and sunny day in Stratford Upon Avon, not a bad start as to what was going to be a superb day.

Pashley this year had decided to start the event from The Traditional Cycle Shop until recently one of the country’s prettiest cycle shops was possibly one of the smallest, it has now extended considerably and carries practically every bike in the Pashley range, all in all well worth poking your head through the door even if it is only to fondle the lovely Brooks goodies on display.

At exactly 10:30 a.m. Pashley Time, Mr Conod walked around with his little horn in an attempt to get people’s attention and set the ride on it’s way, as is usual Stratford Upon Avon traffic ground to a halt as over one hundred cyclist set off for the now obligatory picture outside of Mr. Shakespeare’s house.

The previous Pashley Picnics have had the first leg out to a local tourist spot, this year was no exception after negotiating the traffic through Stratford we dropped onto the Greenway, a few of our long timers may well recall this was the site of the Guvnors’ Assembly rise into infamy when they featured on the BBC’s Countryfile television program. It has to be said the members of the GA who had offered their services as “Ride Guide” did have a rather easy time of it, no traffic, easy riding and an old train line to follow, even we could not make a mess of this one.

Just out side our destination village of Welford we were grouped up for our ride into the hamlet, and what a welcome! Banners, bands, dancers, hundreds of the local populace had came out to welcome us in to the village, we were even encouraged to park our bikes up at the Shakespeare pub where the landlord Bill provided us with a pint or two of local beer to help wet our whistle.

As is usual at these cycling events, it was not long before names were put to unfamiliar faces and plans hatched for future assignations. If we were betting fellows I would have laid money against moving over a hundred cyclist on all credit must be given to Mr Conod and his little horn, we were back on our bikes and ready for the return leg at 2:15 p.m. Pashley Time. Once again we were on our way with a drum band beating us out of the village.

Very quickly we were back in Stratford getting ready for our picnic, although the lasting image of Little Dave standing firmly to attention whilst holding the traffic back at a doubled laned roundabout will be etched in many a cyclist minds (and several car drivers).

Back at the marquee a rather tasty spread had been put on by Pashley along with a glass or two of fizz kindly supplied by Churchill’s favourite Pol Roger and beer provided by Mr Rodgers’ favourite brewery Purity.

After being fed and watered our hosts for the afternoon Cleopatra and Mark Anthony got the entertainment underway with a classic game of “Pass the Parcel” and a lucky dip where lots of marvelous cycling related goodies were given away, and a copy of Mister Keith’s rather lovely new album who’s dulcet tones have accompanied in writing this little piece of prose.

A little more dancing, eating and maybe a little bit of drinking the picnic came to an end all too soon, and we were forced to continue elsewhere.

As is only polite a hello must be said to a few new fellows in the GA, Professor Yaffle, Mr Billinsfl and a young fellow who has the weight of the GA’s future sporting achievements on his young shoulders Mr Nobby (Jnr.)

I think however the final words must be given to Mr Conod of Pashley cycles, “it wouldn’t be the same without the GA. Thanks for bringing the whirlwind”

A few snaps from the weekend that make up our little slide-show

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The Guvnors’ Assembly Pop Along to the 2014 Tweed Run

May 25, 2014 Jollies

The 2014 Tweed Run with The Guvnors’ Assembly from Guvnors’ Assembly In May 2014 The Guvnors Assembly accompanied by the lovely Basket Brigade and other good friends of the G.A. packed their bags and headed off to London Town for the 6th Annual Tweed Run. As ever the organisers had came up with a new […]

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Nefarious Going Ons In That London Town

May 20, 2014 Jollies

Evening Gentlemen, We are sure may of you good fellows are on tenterhooks for a few snaps of the Tweed Run and that charming yet esoteric write up we provide. Unfortunately a more pressing issue has risen it’s ugly head. On the night of the Tweed Run (17th May 2014) four bikes (two Guvnors, a […]

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The Guvnors Assembly Ride in Style With Tally Ho! Cycle Tours

May 11, 2014 Jollies

  Last year the Guvnors’ Assembly were the honored guests of Jack from Tally Ho! Cycle Tours officially rated the #2 best thing to do in London (ever – possibly) by Trip Adviser, obviously as we are the GA Jack offered us a tweaked tour taking in the closed public houses of London town and […]

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Chapeau – Literally

May 2, 2014 Attire

After the tireless negotiations between Mrs A, and those exceedingly nice chaps at Red Dots Cycling we have for your delectation the official Guvnors’ Assembly cycling cap. Handmade in our North American colony out of 55% linen and 45% cotton the cap has a rather nice feel to it, and after receiving a sample the fit […]

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