September 2014

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


The Cotswolds

by The Cycling Photographer on 1, September, 2014


Our hearts and heads shouted “MORE!”

Our liver’s & stomach’s said “NO MORE!”

Mrs.TCP and myself can’t thank you all enough in helping create such a FANTASTIC weekend.

To be honest, we were rather emotional due to the depth of camaraderie that The GA has become famous for.

It was wonderful to meet new members, Mandy & Russ.

We were blessed with good weather, good local fayre and liquor and undulating scenery, only to be enhanced with the sound of……………….. musical horns!

Providing I am not hauled in front of the local magistrate on noise pollution charges, we hope another year will see you all back.

Bless you all.