The 2016 Pashley Picnic

by Adam on 20, August, 2016

2016 Picnic

Well Ladies and Gentleman, it looks like Pashley are doing it again, this time in a Hollywood Blockbuster style (queue explosions and gruff American accented voice over) “Bigger and Better than ever before”.

In truth it’s probably more along the lines of “I say chaps, it’s our 90th birthday shall we push the boat out a little?” The net result of all this power talk, a virtual Pashley centric cycle festival. Obviously when we say festival we mean more of a two day event with bikes, boats and Shakespeare.

This really is an event anyone can ride along and it is always lovely to visit the home of Pashley and chat to those awfully nice people from the company. If you fancy coming along (and there really shouldn’t be any reason why you shouldn’t) then further information and tickets can be found here and here.

It would appear that the Guvnors’ Assembly HQ is in the Shire on Avon although accommodation-a-plenty can be found within the town, as it appears the official fun and frolics do not start until Saturday evening it is very likely the chaps of the GA will arrange a little spin for the Saturday.

If you still are not entirely convinced here are a few snaps from previous rides 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and of course here is what the chaps are chatting about over on the forum

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The 2016 Tweed Run

by Adam on 2, August, 2016

tweed 2016 FP

 

Is it really four months since this years Tweed Run? Has it really taken this long to put pen to paper?, The answers to both these questions is yes and, embarrassingly yes.

By now, one and all will probably have a good idea what occurred, to whom and why, please indulge us a little longer and listen to the ramblings and reminiscences of the Guvnors’ Assembly. This year’s Tweed Run was the first event since Mr Young-Ing handed over the keys to the Manor House he has carefully built up over the past seven years to the honourable fellows at Bourne and Hollingsworth. The first and most notable ramification of this being the start venue outside the Bourne and Hollingsworth buildings before we got our act together, paused for a quick pull on our hip flasks, got our act together again and set off onto the streets of London Town.

Anyone who has ridden on the Tweed Run, or indeed just followed from afar will be aware that the route varies from year to year, they will also be aware that as the years have gone by, the route, although still very enjoyable was at times a little more walk than ride.

Lunch stop on this particular ride was within the grounds of Albert Park, where a few friends of the GA were pulled in to our sphere of influence (possibly by the offer of alcohol), although all too soon the ever diligent Marshals, were doing there thing and attempting to motivate 500+ recently fed and watered riders for a group shot at the foot of the Albert Memorial, alas an unfinished bottle of wine prevented our participation.

Photo completed and back on our bikes for the return journey back to Spa Fields for a warm welcome and a Hendricks cocktail, for most participants at least, the chaps guarding the gate were a little apoplectic at the GA riding through the gate and they forgot to issue us with our complementary voucher, fortunately we had charged our hip flasks in preparation (although we were also admonished for having a little nip from these).

All in all we had a wonderful time, a rather pleasant chat with Pashley’s Mr Williams, who even after all these years still has not learnt his lesson and asked Mr Adam if he would mind being interviewed by a German production company.

All in all, the Tweed Run has changed, a little more polished, a few more rules but the spirit lives on and perhaps most importantly for a cycling event the opportunity to actually ride our bikes.

A few snaps from the day.

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L’Eroica 2016

by Adam on 11, June, 2016

green jersey

Well Gentlemen, the time is nearly upon us, the last remnants of Autosol has been squeezed out of the tubes, bells have been polished to within an inch of their brass lives an the GA jerseys have been taken from the locked vaults for a final press before it’s biggest public outing of the year.

In addition to the excitement of the event and following on of the supply of pork scratchings from Freshers Foods for the sponsorship of Carry on Kent the exceedingly nice Velo Heaven have offered us a pair of their rather smart cycling gloves to give away, after very little thought we decided the fairest way to allocate them would be to the winner of the Guvnors’ Assembly Green Jersey.

The Green Jersey is an award given by the venerable Dodger on a very loose set of criteria that basically enshrine the GA’s unwritten values that include but are not limited to; The supporting of fellow riders (even ones on Bakelite!), gentlemanly behaviour, a cheeky wave from a member of the opposite sex to name but a few. Indeed, I am told that the scoring system is “far too long and too complex for mere mortals to understand”, however we are reassured by Dodger that it is all entirely fair and above board, the fact that he happens to win his own award nine times out of ten is purely down to the base facts of the days ride.

Of course to stand even an outside chance of winning you must first ride with the GA, as ever all are welcome to ride with us we shall be meeting at the beer barrels kindly put out for us 30 minutes before the earliest start of each ride before making our way down to the start, or alternatively feel free to pick us up en-route a hello and a handshake is all that is required.

If you care to join us for a pint or two on the Friday or Saturday (just to loosen one’s limbs you understand?) we have been informed that Sergeant Foss will be bringing his GA Colours, if you see the flag we shall be under it’s glorious shadow.

Safe trips one and all, and here is to a good weekend’s cycling.

A little taster from last year. and the year before.

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Pashley and Chums at the Tweed Run

May 24, 2016 Musings

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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Carry On Kent (and a bit of Surrey)!

April 26, 2016 Jollies

Once in a while, the gregarious chaps of the GA like to give a little bit back, and with open arms welcome the Ladies and Gentlemen of the GA, to their Manor to see the sites and take in a little bit of their local culture (admittedly usually Public Houses, but we have on occasion […]

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Tally Ho! Cycles ft. The Guvnors’ Assembly

April 15, 2016 Jollies

  Is it really nearly a year since our friends at Tally Ho! took the Guvnors’ Assembly around the East end of London? And we have still not regaled the unfortunate chaps who could not attend with our tales of daring-do, adventure and spiritual home coming. As many of you are aware, it has became […]

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30 Days of Cycling

March 30, 2016 Musings

Words like “Challenge” do not really sit with the GA, but the 30 Days of Biking appears to have struck a chord over the past few years with several fellows and one or two of the Basket Brigade stepping up and completing the challenge. If you gave not heard of the covenant, a fellow agrees […]

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