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.