The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Write Up

Our esteemed member turned roving reporter Alan Robinson attended The DGR along with some fellow members, here is his report:

This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a roaring success! Three rides were organised in Wales. The Pembrokeshire ride was supported by 77 riders and raised £4101. The Rhyl ride raised £12704 from its 106 participants, but the Cardiff ride eclipsed both. A staggering £20592 was raised by 355 riders!
Again the weather was good, dry and mild. Most of the riders, and their pillions, entered into the spirit of the day by getting togged up in their dapper finest. Charity shops must have done a roaring trade! Saying that though, there were quite a few who let the side down and some were just along, literally, for the ride. The bulk of the riders took the same route as last year, although a few did take a couple of shortcuts to avoid being left too far behind, regrouping at Culverhouse and Barry Island. The ride finished on Penarth Promenade making it look like a mini-Douglas during TT week.

Brunch Run

So this morning a group of hardy bikers looked out the window at the dark clouds and moistness on the air and said meh stuff it.  We took to the road with varying levels of waterproof gear and met up Once again at the Pontygwindy Inn.  The weather was looking a bit sketchy so we understand why some may not have been keen.  3 Founding club members in attendance joined by Phil and Alan, one day we will have a ride with all the founding members I swear but With Danny in America playing with the worlds best collection of Kawasaki triples and Alwyn touring Europe in his camper we had to make do without them.

A fairly dry run up to Abergavenny always a fun road and then round to Crickhowell our rumbling bellies found solace at the Mynydd Ddu Tea Rooms.  What a gem of a little place cracking coffee and a good breakfast to be had.  After a good natter we looped round back to Brecon on some lovely windy country roads before stopping at the old Favorite Terry’s Superbites Van in Brecon for another coffee and more biker chat. The weather was less favorable in Brecon but was not too bad and dried up as we descended into Myrthyr.  A quick blast down the a470 and a wave goodbye.  No mechanical issues apart from Matt’s Suicidal horns (second time they have tried to run off). A cracking little run and the perfect start to the weekend.  Hope to see more people on the next one and hopefully the weather will play ball.

Plans are forming for the Distinguished gentleman’s Ride for those who are here so get involved in the chatter on Facebook if you are keen. A big thanks to Phil and Alan for coming today and braving the moistness.

Steel Horse Bike Night

So had a busy weekend but the write-up is now upon you!

Always a crazy made rush for a 6pm ride out for those of us that work (not bitter at all).  Once again we met up at Pontygwindy Inn at 5:45pm we gathered, another mix of new and old and even a very funky scooter based on the American Honda Rucus scene and no its 125 engine (albeit modified) was not the slowest machine there. With the BSA and BMW with sidecar probably quite equal and topping out at 55 mph, not that it matters it’s not about speed it’s about getting these things out and having a great evening and ride with friends.  Once again like-minded chaps and some new faces to the club at least.  The ride up to Abergavenny went off without a hitch and we were soon surrounded by bikes and struggling to find a space.  It was a very busy one at the Steel Horse but a huge mix of all types of bikes of all ages.  Thankfully I can report the burger and chips were excellent and the San Miguel was correctly chilled.

After more chat and taking some pictures  it was soon time for the ride home, Abergavenny is a great distance away it always seems to be just right for blowing the cobwebs off or releasing the stresses of the working week.

We are very happy with the growing attendance and interest in the club and are preparing our ranks for new members soon but we are busy doting the I’s and crossing the T’s so we can be fully ready.  Starting a new club involves a lot of behind the scenes work especially if you’re doing it right.

We have plans afoot on the Facebook Group for another ride out for Breakfast this Sunday depending on Weather so get involved.

Some Pics:

 

Weston Bike Night

So from small acorns grow larger ideas, Just a quick post on our Facebook Group that we have not even launched fully yet and boom a ride out was formed.  Thursday night we met up in Caerphilly:

20180726_175041.jpg

A good mix of old and new bikes and the group of friends of friends, some being strangers to each other joined by a love of bikes headed to pick up a few more people at Magor Services.

We headed down to Weston all going swiminly with the exception of Danny’s Beemer not starting without a bump start and his minor detour of Industrial Estates we arrived to the Sea of Bikes.  Having Built up a hunger we headed for some Fish and Chips and sat on the beach front wall fighting off seagulls.

Was a cracking night and Hopefully more to come much like it, Rumour has it there maybe a run to Steel Horse Bike Night Next Friday (Keep your eye on Facebook for that one).

Pics from the Weston: