Bike Week – 2015

 

Well what can we say. Another brilliant year and the weather?… Couldn’t have been better. Warm, sunny and dry. This year our main sponsors were Kelly’s Ice Cream of Bodmin.

 

Bill, Janet and Kelvin on marshalling duties

Bill, Janet and Kelvin on marshalling duties with their hi-viz vests

We were also supported by Barnecutts Bakery and Barnet Fayre who both provided cakes and goodies for quiz prizes. Thanks to all concerned. A huge thank you must go to Celia and her team for all their hard work, but a special thank you to all the entrants, without whom, it would be a pointless exercise. People came from Holland, Belgium, France and Wales as well as all counties North, South, East and West.

East Cornwall Run Roger’s run took us through the Par to Fowey tunnel. This tunnel used to be used by the trains for transporting the clay between the quarry and the docks at Fowey. It is now used by lorries and is closed to the public. We were granted special permission for the event.

Leaving the camp site

Leaving the camp site

Riding through the tunnel

Riding through the tunnel

From here we caught a ferry across the river to Boddinick

On the ferry after leaving the tunnel

On the ferry after leaving the tunnel

Then went on to Lerryn for coffee, Seaton for lunch and the stannery of Lostwithiel for a tea stop.

South Cornwall Run. Sid’s run, as it states, took us to the South of the County. Along the way  we negotiated two fords and rode around Manaccan, Porthallow and Coverack, stopping nr Gweek for coffee and The Lizard for lunch.

Lunch at The Lizard

Lunch at The Lizard

Leaving The Lizard

Leaving The Lizard

The afternoon stop was the Cornwall Gold Centre and then rode along the North Coast between Portreath, Porthtowan and Perranporth before returning to camp.

Marshall Rocky waiting for the bikes to arrive at the Gold Centre

Marshall Rocky waiting for the bikes to arrive at the Gold Centre

Roger, Gilbert and Clive enjoying a break

Roger, Gilbert and Clive enjoying a break

North Cornwall Run. Len’s run had us riding up the A39 to Wadebridge where we turned off and headed for the coastal village of Polzeath and a coffee stop at a camp site there.

Enjoying a tea break in Polzeath

Enjoying a tea break in Polzeath

The views coming into Polzeath were quite something to see. From there we made our way along to coast to Port Isaac (Doc Martin country) and onto Tintagel, famous for King Arthur.

Enjoying lunch in Tintagel

Enjoying lunch in Tintagel

After lunch we found ourselves on Bodmin Moor weaving our way between the sheep, cattle and ponies, through one ford and over a river before stopping for tea break in the famous fishing port of Padstow.

Mad Merv racing through the ford!!

Mad Merv racing through the ford!!

Clive braving the ford

Clive braving the ford

Some were sensible and went over the bridge

Some were sensible and went over the bridge

West Cornwall Run. Clive’s run took us right down West! There was a coffee stop at Hell’s Mouth Café and then onto Hayle and St Ives, ending up at Land’s End for lunch.

Coffee Stop

Coffee Stop

A break at Hells Mouth

A break at Hells Mouth

Bikes at Land's End overlooking the sea

Bikes at Land’s End overlooking the sea

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On the way back we rode through Mousehole, Newlyn, Marazion, where we could see St Michael’s Mount, onto Penzance and Stithians Reservoir for our tea stop.

Stithians Reservoir

Stithians Reservoir

Stithians Reservoir

Stithians Reservoir

The Roseland Run. Pete’s run, as it says, took us around the lovely Roseland Peninsula. We stopped for coffee at Griggs Garden Centre. Some of us even encountered some cattle herding on the way to the lovely fishing port of St Mawes, where we parked for lunch on the quay side. The afternoon has us riding on another ferry crossing the River Fal to enjoy a tea stop at Chasewater Garden Centre.

We are awaiting photos for The roseland Run