A Listing of Events that May be of Interest to Guvnor Riders

Tally Ho! and the GA are at it Again!

by Adam on 25, April, 2017

tally ho. 2017


Tearing around Hill and Vale on the Guvnor is all well and good, but as any Guvnor rider knows a ride without something to whet a chaps whistle is a wasted opportunity. The season warmer maybe the previous day’s Tweed Run, but those in the know keep their powder dry for the following Tally Ho! ride on the Sunday.

After international communications we are pleased to say that Mr Harris has agreed to come back from his birth place of New Zealand and take us, yet again to see the sights, sounds and pubs of the south’s premier city. As ever Mr Harris was a little cryptic with his suggestions for a ride out, we can only assume the courier pigeons were a little exhausted with their transcontinental toing and froing but he mentioned having a suitable route for a load of old dinosaurs.

If your interest has been piqued please feel free to come along and meet us at The Walrus Hostel gathering about 10:00 ante meridian, but in reality setting off about half an hour later. Mr Harris is a true gentleman and as such would never talk about the unmentionable  but we are sure £10 per head would be appreciated towards the clearing of his club’s bar tab,


The Guvnors’ Assembly Needs You

by Adam on 15, March, 2017

We Need You


For a year and a day those exceedingly nice fellows have offered chaps entering L’Eroica Britania the opportunity to sign up as a “Team”, the pioneers took this route but truth be told not a an awful lot happened after putting our names on the dotted line.

This year however, it would appear things have changed somewhat and we are now eligible for a field card

The Field Card

As you can see they promise the world for very little. I’ve been so bold as to read the small print and it would appear all we need to do is provide our electronic mail addresses offer ourselves at the feet of the organisers and should we be deemed a Team then we will be welcomed with open arms.

The Eroica chaps do ask that we wear team strip (check) or Tweed (double check), but lets be honest the GA are not the sort of fellows who will turn a fellow away on account of his attire or transport, in fact, truth be known a fellow has not even got to be a fellow.

If your whistle has been whetted then just pop your name over on the forum and we will get the secretary to collate names and email addresses then pop them in the old velum envelope.

See you later chaps

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The 2016 Holly Run

by Adam on 29, November, 2016


After a little hiatus in the country, circumstances, kind offers and a few requests resulted with the GA’s Holly Run being relocated back into the cradle of modern civilisation, but as befitting a modern city the stops were all new. Well with the exception of Tandem Coffee House but what we can say, we are cyclists and we do need coffee. Well actually Tandem were our impeccable and very tolerant hosts for the weekend, we are however getting a little ahead of ourselves.

It is not often being a member of he GA opens doors, but today Alison kindly opened the cafe early. In all honestly we can only assume to keep the streets outside tidy, although Alison insisted it was to make things easier for people travelling from further afield.

Somehow we even managed to set off more or less on time leaving Stockport Old Town out along the river Mersey towards the great metropolis of Manchester, at least that was the plan until a mile in one of our number sheered a “cock pin” fortunately the GA’s new resident mechanic @BicyleSeb along with a bit of brute force was on hand to help our man get rolling well enough for the bike to be ridden back to a local bike shop and for the princely sum of £1.50 to effect the repair.

Obviously the GA never leave a man down, but in this instance we pushed on after first agreeing a rendezvous point, as it transpired our agreed meeting point was abandoned brought on by a combination of rain and a rather handy bridge. With a little time on our hands it seemed like the obvious point to break out the Whisky Fizz cocktails and Mrs GC’s Lancashire Parkin. It maybe a coincidence, or the lure of alcohol but our ranks were back to their full complement far quicker than anyone expected. Everyone fed and watered (including one or two of the natives) we set off on the road again.

Then fix a puncture, but as they say what goes around comes around and one of the passers buy who we had plied with whisky re-appeared like the proverbial shop keeper this time with a track pump.

And off again…

Passing past Old Trafford (cricket and football), we made our way to Media City, home of various television shows but the important stop for us was the Blue Peter garden, where we relived our youths by throwing any available plants into the pond and daubing graffiti on the brickwork. After our unscheduled stops we were running a little behind for lunch and hunger was starting to take hold. Fortunately we were now within a few miles of our lunch stop and after a mad dash along the Ship Canal and the centre of Manchester we found ourselves at the Alphabet Brewing Company for the next couple of hours, who have in association with Grub been opening the brewery at weekends supplying the great and the good of Manchester with fine beer and food at their brewery tap.

Alas all good things come to an end and we had a tea to get to (although we did have just enough time for a quick photo call outside the Medal Factory, we can only assume the site of the GA and Basket Brigade en-mass kept the talent scouts hiding under their paperwork).

With hardly enough time for one last pint at Heaton Hops we descended back on our still understanding hosts at Tandem Cafe for an evening of Malaysian food provided by the marvellous Nasi Lemak, beer from ourselves and a rather entertaining quiz from our hosts, with possibly some of the best prizes I have personally ever witnessed and as ever a cup or two of truly fantastic coffee.

All too soon we appeared to have outstayed our welcome, but upon reflection we realised if we had stayed much longer we would have bumped into the knocker upper on his rounds.

As ever a massive thank you to everyone who made the weekend possible, and of course the ladies and gentlemen who make the rides everything that they are.

A few Polaroids from the weekend


And The 2016 Holly Run is in…

October 4, 2016 Jollies

  Well the evenings are closing in, the weather is turning for the worse it can mean only one thing, better get a date in the diary for the Holly Run, this year we have something a little different lined up for your delectation. Based in the picturesque fishing village of Stockport in Cheshire we […]

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The Pashley Picnic, They Think It’s All Over…

September 23, 2016 Jollies

Pashley Picnic Ride 2016 from Pashley Cycles on Vimeo. It has to be said the Guvnors’ Assembly enjoy a ride, sometimes it’s up hill and down vale chasing after chaps who have purchased Bakelite bikes under the impression it will enable them to enjoy cycling all the more. On the other side of the coin […]

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The 2016 Pashley Picnic

August 20, 2016 Jollies

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 […]

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The 2016 Tweed Run

August 2, 2016 Jollies

  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 […]

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