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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:39 pm 
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Where has the last 12 months gone? And what has been achieved? Never mind the rapid passing of time, it's almost July and high time to mutter about the Third Annual Herefordshire Road Ride, this year subtitled Ronde von Herefordshire - no cobbles but I can guarantee some less than smooth single lane roads.

Polish up the bike, shave those legs and squeeze into some too tight lycra (does it really shrink in the draw?) for Saturday 21st July 2012 (and if Bradley's in contention in the General Classement then we'll need to ride lively to get back for the 53.5 km individual time trail that may well decide the outcome of TdF12).

What does it involve?
Usual Retrobike meet time of 10 a.m. for a 10.30 a.m. start for a stunning, scenic and undulating Sportive style 80 km (we're continental, so no talk of 50 miles will be entertained) ride on very quiet country roads with the option of a country pub lunch/stop. There's plenty of climbing but nothing super steep so all should be fine. Here's last years route (we'll have variants this year but it gives a flavour):

Depart Hampton Bishop, turn left at Mordiford and then after a mile or so it's on to the climb to Checkley, certainly a good opportunity to blow away any cobwebs/breakfast Image
After the Checkley climb loosener it's a smashing descent through the trees (mind the gravel, bumps and greasy surface!) and then onward and downward to Woolhope. Before getting into Woolhope proper however it's a left turn and the stiff climb to Marcle ridge, probably the steepest of the day but possible seated. Beautiful views towards Ledbury and, further, the Malvern Hills await at the top and then it's a fast, narrow road descent
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Onward you descend but, just as the cider makers in Much Marcle beckon it's a right turn up the hill and on to How Caple which sparks a great flowing downhill although the small speed bumps mean you need to keep your wits about you.
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Quiet roads continue, a bit of uphill and then a smooth descent down to the pub at Hoarwithy, just under half way but perfect for a pint or spot of lunch.

After reluctantly leaving the pub it's an undulating cross country route on super quiet roads to Bagwyllidiart and down to Kentchurch. The back of the ride is broken as we climb towards Garway and Orcop with gorgeous views across to Hay Bluff and the splendidly named Lord Hereford's Knob. A little trundle down to Wormelow and then it's Much Birch, Kings Thorn, Holme Lacey and the finish in Hampton Bishop.

The pace won't be high, no one will be left behind and there's plenty of cutback options if weather is poor, mechanicals strike or legs get weary. Oh, and there's a beer in the garden afterwards (or inside if the weather is inclement).

Where is it happening?
The ride will start and finish in Hampton Bishop, just outside of the cathedral city of Hereford.

Accommodation?
If you want to stay over there’s a very good campsite about a mile and a half from the ride start/finish, plus good B&B option 3 miles away in the next village.

Do I have to ride an old road bike?
Old bikes are obviously preferred but if it's a choice of 'modern or don't come' then modern is absolutely fine (although expect a little grief if you get a mechanical!). There will be a ‘best in show’ rosette for the sweetest old school ride.


Flag up that you're planning to come below and we'll add to the list of attendees
- Ed
- daj
- markyp
- grumpycommuter


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Of course

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Semper fi, my friend, semper fi.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:57 pm 
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et moi aussi!!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:33 am 
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Good stuff!

Any more?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:37 pm 
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ededwards wrote:
Good stuff!

Any more?


I'm disappointed to say i can't make this one, especially in the light of so many people turning up to the retroroad ride. Campsite is already booked, children are excited and come Saturday 21st i'll be pootling down the M5 at 60mph... I'll be thinking of you while i'm parked up at Michael Wood :cry:

Hope you all have a really good one.

Karl


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Ok chaps, looks like a select group and weather forecast decent for a change http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2647074?day=4

Can you confirm that you are still coming please.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:25 am 
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yes, I'm in.
Whereabouts in Hampton Bishop?

The vitus will not be up to it......but an appropriate cycle will be used in its stead!

Mark


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Yep I am in of course

(also hoping Mark is really unfit !!! :lol: )

There must be a few more peeps up for this?


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not many (proper) hills down here in Northants!!!


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