Lincoln; Bikes, Rides and Pies

by Adam on 19, October, 2014

Larking In Lincoln FP

By kind invitation of Mr Linstcq and his good lady wife the GA went out East to sample a little bit of life in the Shires.

Base for our little adventure was the Lincoln Hotel and rather good they were too, even supplying a breakfast for everyone who turned up on the Saturday morning. In an unusually un-Guvnors Assembly way we were assembled and ready to go not too far off our allotted leaving time and off we went, on our first leg to the cathedral  where I think it is fair to say we created a stir equal to that as when Hugh first turned up on the scene.

Photographic call completed, it was time to ride our bikes properly and see some of the magnificent Lincolnshire scenery heading out of the city past possibly one of the most picturesque H.M.P’s to be seen, we soon dropped onto the Water Rail Way an ex-rail line between Lincoln and Boston that runs along the banks of the river Whitham and rather pleasant it all was as well pottering along the GA and the Basket Brigade in all their glory, but as we all know cyclist cannot live on breakfast alone so onto our mandatory tea stop.

The Bardney Heritage Centre is well worth the price of admission, the fact that it is free is a bonus. One of the old stations along the line, the heritage centre is an eclectic mix showcasing the history of the area, with exhibits proudly showing the areas historic heritage although this year they have particularly focused on the 100th Year of the formation of the RAF’s 9 Squadron. The fact that the centre is run by two ex-cyclist and makes some of the best chips known to man is purely the icing on the cake.

Although the GA do enjoy a bit of history we are at heart a cycle club, granted we may not be the fastest or ride the furthest but we do ride and time came for us to press on again up and away through the surrounding farmland, several more miles under our wheels along quiet country lanes (it never ceases to surprise how quiet roads can be with a little local knowledge and planning), obviously all this cycling takes it out of one’s self and to prevent meltdown it became necessary to find sustenance fortunately Mr Lincstcq had a place in mind that happened to serve both food and drink at the same location. The Bottle and Glass did exactly what was needed, good beer and proper pub food.

Fed and watered time to head back to GA HQ and get ready for the evening, as a nice surprise the hotel laid on a little entertainment in the form of “Hunt the Bike Room Key”

Sunday morning, after an early night in preparation for the days ride, the initial decent of the day dropping down through Lincoln with a decent that was a test and a half for the old Guvnor brakes, before heading out along the Fossdyke canal to the Dambuster Inn. Now we do enjoy a good public house but the Dambuster is a little bit special, micro brewery, rather tasty food (although we were all still a little full after breakfast so on this occasion the rather good looking Sunday roasts were passed on) and enough RAF WWII memorabilia to keep the chaps unusually quiet.

A rather pleasant ride back to the hotel then time to pack our bags and make our way home, or it would have been if Mr Lincstcq had not mysteriously disappeared and re-appeared with some rather tasty limited edition Guvnors’ Assembly pork pies from Fosters of Monks road, each pie was resplendent with a GA, moustache and bike crafted in pastry. We were informed that the pies could be frozen but to be honest there was never much chance of that happening.

Finally a massive thank you to Mr & Mrs Lincstcq for having us and being impeccable hosts and not forgetting a warm welcome to Mr Fitch and the redoubtable Lincolnshire Poachers.

As ever a few snaps from the weekend Show me the pies

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L’Eroica Britannia 2015 is here!

by Adam on 3, October, 2014

LEroica 2015

 

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, get you diaries out the dates for L’Eroica Britannia are announced, if you did not manage to attend in 2014 then block out the dates and we shall see you there.

Can we get 50 Guvnors on the line?

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And They Invited Us Back! – The Cotswolds 2014

by Adam on 20, September, 2014

The GA In Their Natural Habitat

After the magnificent success of the GA’s trip to the Cotswolds last year, Mr and Mrs Cycling Photographer very kindly offered to have us back in their manor, all be it to the Crown Inn at Frampton Mansell, a marvellous decision, Gemma, the landlady, is a direct descendent of the infamous Capt. Thomas Blood and embraced us during our stay as one of her own.

Friday evening and the usual faces start to appear plus a few others Russ and Mandy, or to give them their official GA site names Russ and Andy had decided to take the plunge and join us. After a quiet evening being fed watered and off to an early bed in preparation for the next day’s riding.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, a credence we heartily endorse to such an extent we like fortify this meal with tomato juice and a little vodka (to prevent the juice from oxidising). Now the Cotswolds can be a little lumpy at times, and to be fair our hosts did a grand job avoiding them, with the exception of the incline up from the Crown Inn, gears crunched, oaths muttered a few sensible people even got off and pushed.

And so began one of the GA’s trademark rambles around a another beautiful part of the country heading out towards Tetbury, now we do like bikes and as a little treat Bikes4Africa had opened their doors for us (incidentally they have a bike jumble on the second Saturday of every month where gems and bargains can be found), getting the GA out of a cycle warehouse full of some real gems was not easy, especially with Joel running around pointing them out to us. Unfortunately we had a lunch appointment to keep so all too soon we were back on our way to the Royal Oak, were yet again we were made to feel most welcome with possibly every member of staff coming out at some point to look at the funny people on their bikes. Tasty lunch eaten and maybe a few pints to help wash it down and on our way again ending with a decent back to Head Quarters  way longer than the initial climb that morning out of the village.

Washed, brushed and with best bib and tucker we met for our evening meal, these times are a joy at the best of times but as ever Mr and Mrs Cycling Photographer had pulled out all the stops, with Mr Photographer arranging a little lucky dip for one of his posters bespoke for the GA as it was Russ’ first event he was invited to draw a name from the hat. The fact that he drew his own name we are assured was a complete coincidence. Well done Sir.

The following morning, it has to be said we were may have been a little bleary eyed after being invited to the Lobby Party with Mr Lincstcq, on the grammar phone spinning his Northern Soul classics.

If the over riding memory of the Saturday ride was idyllic Cotswold lanes, stone public houses and the sounds of the country Sunday was all about the horn. Mr Corky had been busy in his shed producing a portable “Tour De France” style horn, an instrument used once or twice with perfect comedy timing. For a reason many of us are still unsure of he agreed to fit them to Mrs Adam’s bike, if ever the adage “Repeat until funny” was tested Mrs Adam tried and tried and tried.

Riding with the ladies and gentlemen of the GA is a delightful event but it has to be said a group of us in the colours is indeed a little bit special, something the people we meet en-route seem to think too.

All too soon we were back at GA HQ, having a bite to eat before heading off to our respective corners of the country, Russ and Mandy a pleasure to meet you, we do hope to see you again.

Mr & Mrs Cycling Photographer, thank you once again for having us back and putting together a rather special weekend.

Until Lincoln chaps and chapesses cheerio!

A few snaps from the weekend

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