Cycling Group

June 2015 Newsletter

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a replacement leader for the Cycle Group to take over when I leave Nottingham. It is with regret that I am disbanding the group and would like to thank all U3A cyclists, past and present, especially those who deputised for me when I was recovering from my accident.

I have enjoyed riding with you and value your companionship.

Robin Lloyd

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank Robin for all his efforts and hard work in running the cycle group, I think since Beeston U3A’s inception. We would like to wish both Robin and Judy, who also ran the long walks group, success and happiness in their new life in the Cotswolds. (Ed)

If anyone is interested in taking over leadership of the cycle group, please contact the Group Co-rdinator. Chris Chater to discuss the matter. Come on, you cyclists, don’t let this group die.

 

19 March 2015

Hi Cyclists

As nobody turned up for the February Ride, the March Ride will follow the same route, namely Route 6 to the Leen at Bulwell, Nuthall Railway track, Kimberley and back to Beeston.

In future, I will require a commitment from those who plan to attend. Please let me know by Friday 27th March at the latest, if you are coming – no emails, no ride.

Yesterday (Wednesday)I investigated a weekly bike ride which leaves Hedley Pearson Park (the old Rugby Club) on Queens Road at 11.00 am and covers about 15 miles. However, with stops for coffee and time for cyclist to catch up, it does not arrive back until 2.00 – 3.00. If you think this is ‘your thing’ , just turn up.

We have still not sold the house, so the rides will continue with me in charge for the foreseeable future, but you will need a replacement leader if the group is to survive.

Kind Regards

Robin

(Tel:) 0115 9285467
(Mob:) 07908 874722

March 2015 Newsletter

The Cycling Group meets every month, usually on the last Monday. We are a friendly group and meet in Beeston Square (near the ‘Bandstand’) at 10.00 am. Rides are 15-20 miles long and at an easy pace (you should be able to maintain 10 mph on level roads/paths). We try to avoid busy roads where possible and often use well-surfaced bridleways and canal paths. All you need is a bike in good working order, a bottle of water and (preferably) a helmet. My own helmet is now damaged following my accident last July and has been replaced, indicating just how important they are!

There are only 2 rides to be reported this quarter – I decided to cancel the December ride as it would have been too close to the Christmas and New Year festivities! David Bryan kindly led the November Ride and followed the Derby Canal to Breaston, Draycott, Sawley and back along the Trent to Beeston Lock.

I have now recovered enough to lead the rides again and in January, we joined the Erewash Canal and followed the Nutbrook Trail to Shipley Park, returning via the Erewash and Nottingham Canals. The next Ride will take place on Monday 23rd February.

I can only continue as Ride Leader until we move house (we have not sold yet!), so I am keen to find a replacement as soon as possible.

If you would like to receive details of future rides, please email or phone me on 0115 9285467 (Mob: 07908 874722)

Robin

13 December 2014

Hi Cyclists

I have decided that, because everybody is very busy in the period between Christmas and New Year, there will NOT be a ride in December (this would have been on Monday 29th).

However, I have been out for a short (6 miles!) ride in the last week and feel that I will be able to lead the January ride. I have provisionally scheduled this for Monday, January 26th. I will send more details nearer the date, but I would like to thank again those cyclists who have led the rides since my accident in July.

Can I remind you all that I will be leaving Nottingham sometime in 2015 (subject to house sale!) and am looking for a volunteer ride leader to take over. You will not need to plan and lead every ride, just act as a co-ordinator (nominating monthly ride leaders, sending out e-mails and completing reports for the quarterly newsletter).

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Robin

December 2014 Newsletter

DN5The Cycling Group meets every month, usually on the last Monday. We are a friendly group and meet in Beeston Square (near the ‘Bandstand’) at 10.00 am. Rides are 15-20 miles long and at an easy pace (you should be able to maintain 10 mph on level roads/paths). We try to avoid busy roads where possible and often use well-surfaced bridleways and canal paths. All you need is a bike in good working order, a bottle of water and (preferably) a helmet. My own helmet is now damaged following my recent accident and needs replacement, indicating just how important they are! I would like to thank my fellow riders for leading rides during my absence – I am nearly recovered, so hope to resume cycling soon, once I have replaced the said helmet!

Jim Jeffrey led the August Ride (1st September because of Bank Holiday) which was mainly on level, off-road tracks covering the southern section of the Erewash Trail.

Karin led the next 2 rides, the first of which, on 29th September, was entitled ‘Trains & Boats and Planes’ – a substantial 20 mile jaunt going as far as Carlton, Sneinton and Netherfield station (see above for a picture of the plane!). In October, Karin’s second (13 mile) ride crossed over the Clifton Bridge and explored the delights of Silverdale and Wilford.

If you would like to receive details of future rides, please email or phone me on 0115 9285467 (Mob: 07908 874722)

Robin

September 2014 Newsletter

The Cycling Group meets every month, usually the last Monday. We are a friendly group and meet in Beeston Square (near the ‘Bandstand’) at 10.00 am. Rides are 15-20 miles in length and at an easy pace (you should be able to maintain 10 mph on level roads/paths). We try to avoid busy roads where possible and often use well-surfaced bridleways and canal paths. All you need is a bike in good working order, a bottle of water and (preferably) a helmet. My own helmet is now damaged following my accident and needs replacement, indicating just how important they are!

nfortunately, I fell off my bike on July 6th and sustained serious injuries including 5 broken ribs, collarbone and scapula. Fortunately, I have been able to provide cover for the rides until the end of September, after which I hope to return.

On the May ride (2nd June because of the Bank Holiday!) , we cycled via Nottingham University, Wollaton Park and Cycle Route 6 to Bulwell and back through Kimberley to Strelley to Beeston. On 30th June our route took us to Stanton-by-Dale and Dale Abbey and back through Sandiacre and along the Erewash Canal. In my absence, Bob Yarwood kindly led the July ride to Trent Lock, Draycott and Breaston, returning through Long Eaton, Toton and Attenborough.

Future rides will take place on September 1st (because of another Bank Holiday), led by Jim Jeffrey and 29th September when Karin Williams will lead.

If you would like to receive details of future rides, please e-mail me or phone me on 0115 9285467 (Mob: 07908 874722)

Robin

What a dedicated Group Leader! All these broken bones, not to mention trauma, and Rob still manages to keep the group going AND write a report for the Newsletter. Well done Rob. On behalf of the members and Committee, we wish you a speedy recovery and proffer our thanks to you and those who have supported you through this, especially Judy.

June 2014 Newsletter

New Picture (60)The Cycling Group meets every month, usually the last Monday. We are a friendly group and meet in Beeston Square (near the ‘Bandstand’) at 10:00 am. Rides are 15-20 miles in length and at an easy pace (you should be able to maintain 10 mph on level roads/paths). We try to avoid busy roads where possible and often use well-surfaced bridleways and canal paths. All you need is a bike in good working order, a bottle of water and (preferably) a helmet. The next (May!!!) ride will be Monday 2nd June because of the Bank Holiday. In March, we travelled (approx.18 miles) to Holme Pierrepont along the side of the River Trent, returning via the Beeston Canal. In April, we joined the Erewash Canal and then the Nutbrook Trail to Shipley Park, re-joining the Erewash Canal, then the Nottingham Canal back to Beeston – a total of 19.5 miles.

If you would like to receive details of future rides, please E-mail me or phone me on 0115 9285467 (Mob: 07908 874722)

Robin

March 2014 Newsletter

The Cycling Group meets every month, usually the Last Monday. We are a friendly group and meet in Beeston Square (near the ‘Bandstand’) at 10:00 am. Rides are 15-20 miles in length and at an easy pace (you should be able to maintain 10 mph on level roads/paths). We try to avoid busy roads where possible and often use well-surfaced bridleways and canal paths. All you need is a bike in good working order and (preferably) a helmet.

In November, we travelled to Bulwell along Cycle Route 6 to the Nuthall railway path, across to Watnall and Kimberley, returning via Strelley. There was no ride in December as this would have been during the busy Christmas/New Year period, but in January, 3 of us rode down the Erewash Canal to Trent Lock and along the River Trent to Beeston Lock. Despite plenty of standing water including a submerged path at Trent Lock, there was no rain and the ride was enjoyed by all of us! In February, the 16-mile ride took us (4 this time!) along the Erewash Canal to Sandiacre Lock and on the Derby Canal path to Breaston and Sawley. We returned via Trent Lock to Beeston Marina, where most of us stopped at ‘Tony’s’ Café for a cup of tea and a cake!

If you would like to receive details of future rides, please E-mail me or phone me on 0115 9285467.

Robin

December 2013 Newsletter

In August, we cycled via the Erewash Canal and along the Derby Canal from Sandiacre, covering new ground, thanks to David Bryan, who volunteered to lead the ride. In September, a longer ride (21 miles!) took 5 of us through Broxtowe Country Park to Bulwell, Kimberley and Awsworth, returning via the Nottingham Canal. Unfortunately, the ride planned for 28th October was cancelled because of the weather and will, hopefully, be re-run on November 25th.

We are sorry that one of our regular riders, Ray Hutt, is relocating to Cornwall and we wish him all the best for the future. Do you know how steep the Cornish hills are, Ray?

Rides are usually on the last Monday each month, but may vary with Bank Holidays. We welcome all new riders. Rides are approximately 15 miles long and start in Beeston Square at 10.00 am. The pace is about 10 mph on the level. I try to keep away from busy roads, but this is not always possible. All you need is a bike, a bottle of water and (preferably!) a helmet. Please contact me at robinlloyd@talktalk.net if you wish to receive details of future rides.

Robin

September 2013 Newsletter

Fine weather at last! In May, we cycled via Strelley Village to Kimberley and Awsworth, returning along the Nottingham Canal. In June we visited Stanton-by-Dale again (the day after I returned from my Land’s End to John O’Groats ride!). Six of us battled with tram works in July, when we rode to Clifton Village, Ruddington and Wilford. Rides are usually on the last Monday each month, but may vary with Bank Holidays. We welcome all new riders. Rides are approximately 15 miles long and start in Beeston Square at 10.00 am. The pace is about 10 mph on the level. I try to keep away from busy roads, but this is not always possible. All you need is a bike, a bottle of water and (preferably!) a helmet. Please contact me at robinlloyd@talktalk.net if you wish to receive details of future rides.

Robin

C1Rob Lloyd, Cycle Ride leader and his friend Pete Richards have recently completed cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. It took them 15 days and they had no major problems, apart from Rob falling off a couple of times and Pete sustaining a couple of punctures! Their biggest problem was getting the bikes home as there wasn’t any room on the tiny train from Thurso to Inverness, so in the end, they had to post the bikes back! Rob & Pete met through the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) and both had a life-long ambition to cycle “End to End”. They both thoroughly enjoyed it but agreed that cycling between 70 – 80 miles each day for 15 days was long enough and they were glad to finish! Sponsorship was not the main aim of the ride but, after Rob’s niece’s husband died (aged 35), on Easter Saturday from a major seizure they decided to raise money for Epilepsy Action and are delighted to have raised over £1,300 for this worthy cause.” Many thanks to all the U3A members who sponsored them.

Judy Lloyd

June 2013 Newsletter

CyclingIn February, it was very cold but 2 of us cycled about 13 miles along the Nottingham Canal.The weather has been against us this year and, once again, we had to cancel a ride, this time March. In April, a record turnout of 8 riders rode 15 miles to Trent Lock, returning up the Erewash Canal to Stapleford and back to Beeston. The next ride (destination to be advised) is on Monday 20th May, earlier because of the Bank Holiday. We welcome all new riders. All you need is a bike and, preferably, a helmet. If you wish to be added to my e-mail list, please e-mail me at robinlloyd@talktalk.net . Rides are approximately 15 miles long and start at Beeston Square at 10.00 am on the last Monday of the month unless otherwise advised. The pace is about 10 mph on the level.

Robin

Robin is doing a Land’s End to John O’ Groats cycle ride, primarily for fun, but will be collecting sponsorships for Epilepsy Action in memory of a close relative who died, aged 35, during Easter Weekend of an epileptic seizure. If anyone would like to support Rob’s efforts and donate to this worthy charity contact you can make a donation via the website justgiving.com/robin.lloyd

March 2013 Newsletter

Unfortunately, both August and September rides were abandoned (quite understandably, no takers!) due to torrential rain. Please note that I will always be at the start (usually Beeston Square) on time (usually 10.00 am), whatever the weather. I would like to thank Richard Brown for leading the October ride to Strelley. In November, we cycled about 15 miles to Stanton-by-Dale & Dale Abbey along picturesque country lanes. There was no ride in December. In January we went on a flat, off-road 10 mile ride from Beeston Lock to Trent Bridge and back, some of us finishing up at Tony’s Café for tea and cakes! The next ride is on Monday 25th February (destination to be advised)

We welcome all new riders. All you need is a bike and, preferably, a helmet. If you wish to be added to my e-mail list, please e-mail me at robinlloyd@talktalk.net Rides are approximately 15 miles long and start at Beeston Square at 10.00 am on the last Monday of the month unless otherwise advised. The pace is about 10 mph on the level.

Robin

September 2012 Newsletter

I am pleased to report that I have now recovered from my hand injury and we have resumed the monthly cycle rides. In June we rode to Stanton-by-Dale and returned through Sandiacre and along the Erewash Canal. This was a very pleasant 16-mile ride along country lanes (albeit with a few short hills!). In July, we cycled down the Erewash Canal to Trent Lock and returned via Attenborough and Beeston Lock, some of us eating lunch at Tony’s Café. This was a pleasant, level, ride of about 15 miles. Please come and join us on future rides, all you potential Bradley Wigginses !!! All you need is a bike and, preferably, a helmet. If you wish to be added to my e-mail list, please e-mail me at robinlloyd@talktalk.net . Rides are 15-20 miles long and start from Beeston Square. New riders will be welcome. The pace is about 10 mph on the level.

Rob

June 2012 Newsletter

In February, we crossed the River Trent and cycled along the Trent Valley Way to Clifton Village before returning through Clifton, Ruddington and Wilford, a total of about 15 miles. Unfortunately, I suffered a running accident in March and damaged my hand, leaving me unable to cycle at the moment. I hope to resume the rides soon and will let all cyclists know when I can cycle again.

If you wish to be added to my e-mail list, please e-mail me at robinlloyd@talktalk.net . Rides will, in future, be 15-20 miles long and new riders will be welcome. The pace is about 10 mph on the level.

Rob

March 2012 Newsletter

In November, we cycled around Attenborough Nature Reserve to Cranfleet Lock, returning along the River Trent to Beeston Lock. In December, a slightly longer ride (16 miles) took us along the Erewash and Nottingham Canals via Cossall, while the January ride of about 10 miles passed through Nottingham University, Wollaton Park and on to the Nottingham Canal, returning via the Erewash Trail and Stapleford. A report of the 29th February ride will be given in the next newsletter.
Unfortunately, numbers are still very low, so it is not yet possible to provide different rides for varying abilities. New members will be very welcome (e-mail me if you are interested in receiving details). All rides start in Beeston Square at 10.00 am on dates to be advised (last Wednesday of the month where possible). All you need is a road-worthy bike and waterproofs! Wearing a helmet is recommended.

Rob, March 2012

Cycling Group News, December 2011
The First U3A Cycle Ride in September took the 10 mile circular route from Beeston along the canal into Nottingham and returned along the river Trent. In October a small group of intrepid cyclists enjoyed part of the Nottingham canal, returning via Wollaton Park and Nottingham University. We have another ride planned for Wednesday, 23rd November. For the time being, we are keeping the rides short (approximately 10 miles) but, hopefully, with more riders we will be able to split the group to cater for those who like to cycle further and faster.

Rides start in Beeston Square and we would welcome new riders. All you need is a roadworthy bike and waterproofs! Wearing a helmet is recommended.

Rob, December 2011