Bishampton and local district retired intrepid cyclists

We meet every Friday, except when we don’t, at 9:00 am outside the shop and then take off into the known.

The cycling group was formed a few years ago by Martin Dickinson and Bill Ellis and Baldric owes its wonderful acronym to Bill Ellis.

The group welcomes anybody (as you can see below) to join in, even those who rely on electric engine assistance 😉

Friday August 23rd 2019

An historic ride today welcoming back Martin, Jenny and Sue who joined Tony, Tim, Rodney and Derek. The largest turnout this year.















The high point of the day was Martin’s question to Derek “How’s your bottom coming on?”. After a moment, or two, clarification was offered by Martin to the relief of all present. He was referring to the rear end of Derek’s garden (not the other type of rear end). Gratitude for the clarification was expressed by all once they had picked themselves up from the floor.

Also of note was the freshly painted table at which we were all sat. Please note the National Trust green paint supplied by Rodney and enabled by the Baldric village shop maintenance team. “That’s the beauty of Baldric” said Mr H 😉

A good day!

Friday August 16th 2019

Today’s ride according to Google maps was 8.8 miles. Tim, Stewart and Tony celebrated the mildly damp experience with a coffee at the Shop.

The absentee Baldricians were shamed into expressing their admiration.

Friday August 2nd 2019

Just three Baldricians today; Tony, Don & Derek enjoyed the lovely weather and we had a good old chat too.

Today’s ride was 12.1 miles. Up to Rous Lench (the hill is getting easier), thence left to Radford, down to Flyford Flavel, on to the A422 turning left into North Piddle and doing the complete circuit. Thence up to the Abberton turning right towards Bishampton and the Dolphin for tea and cake!

Friday July 19th 2019

In what was the wettest test of intrepidity this year, three of our finest baldricians set off into the stair rods of damp despair.
I think Tony’s face says it all whilst Tim & Gordon manage a broad smile.
Congratulations to the three of you & the ancient order of the RCC (Rusty Cycle Clip) is hereby bestowed.

Friday July 12th 2019

Just three intrepidiots today set off for a short ride. It was just on the 7 miles today for Tony & Derek but we managed to lose Rodney. His electron assisted wheels took him via Rous Lench whilst Tony & I had a shorter trip via Abberton. All was well as Rodney managed to arrive just as the cappuccinos were being  served.

Friday July 5th 2019

A super ride this morning and a good bit faster paced too! Ten tanned legs were on show.

Tim, Tony, Bill, Don, Phil and Derek set off to Throckmorton, Pinvin, Naunton Beauchamp, North Piddle, Flyford Flavel and thence to the Dolphin coffee morning.

Friday June 28th 2019

Tony was a solo intrepid cyclist and receives a well deserved platinum cycle clip award. Bish Bosh Bash activities claimed Tim & the rest of us were on holiday or still in bed.

Friday June 21st 2019

Just three intrepids burned rubber today and drama there was!

Tim, Don and Tony started an ambitious 11.4 mile ride but unfortunately the team suffered its third puncture of the year just 3 miles into the ride.

Don hit a pothole at Pinvin crossroads. Following successful arrangements for recovery by Mrs Cheetham, Tim and Tony cheerfully left Don and continued the ride through Tilesford, Naunton Beauchamp, North Piddle. Flyford and back to Bishampton Stores.

Friday June 14th 2019

Golden cycle clips have been awarded to Tim & Tony who set off this day in light rain after a tumultuous downpour!

7.3 miles were logged and a new route was investigated road closures an’ all.

Those of us who did not turn up are shamed into deferential admiration of their joint and continuing intrepidity.

Friday June 7th 2019

Silver cycle clips were awarded to Tim & Tony who experienced English rain at its best! 9.8 miles were covered.

Tony suffered a puncture and had to walk 0.75 miles to get home.

We lesser Baldricians were hiding in bed clutching our hot water bottles.

Friday May 31st

Today’s ride was 8.1 miles the shortest since April 12th! Three intrepid cyclists, Tony, Tim & Derek were awarded a bronze cycle clip for their attendance.

Friday May 24th 2019

The warmest ride of the year so far. Rous Lench > Radford. Flyford Flavel > North Piddle > Naunton Beauchamp and back Bishampton Village Shop. No head wind – hurrah! 11.4 miles and a little over the hour. Six Intrepids today – from left to right Derek, Tim, Phil (Don’s son), Tony, Rodney & Don.

Friday May 17th 2019

Three Baldrics (again) this morning Tony, Rodney (the brownest one, by far) and Derek set off for the Naunton Beauchamp / North Piddle circuit.

A delightful trip of just 8.2 miles in 52 minutes. Thence to the Village Shop for the inevitable cappuccino and topical rant discussion of current affairs.

Friday May 10th 2019

Just three intrepid cyclists this morning enjoyed a trip of 11 miles, in just over one hour.

Bill (founder, philosopher and medical support), Tony (probably the fittest of us) and myself (Derek (the unfittest (Ed: is that a word?)).

A ride to Naunton Beauchamp, a delightful circuit of North Piddle lanes. Back to Naunton Beauchamp, over (or rather around ) the ford, up to Pinvin. Thence to Throckmorton and safely arriving at Bishampton Village Shop for a cappuccino. Lovely weather – a super time was had.

Friday April 19th 2019

From left to right: Roger (honoured guest), Derek, Tim, Don, Rodney and Tony.

A memorable day with most of the team + an honoured guest making a sterling trip through Rous Lench, Radford, Flyford Flavell, North Piddle, Naunton Beauchamp and back to the shop. Those who cut short the trip at Flyford Flavell returned to fund the well deserved cappuccinos. Rodney had a dramatic puncture and was duly left at North Piddle but retrieved by Janice and made it back in time for his cappuccino.

Friday March 29th

A slightly gentler trip this week with just four intrepid cyclists (Tim, Tony, Rodney & Derek), via Flyford Flavell , Radford, Rous Lench and downhill (hurrah!) to the village shop.

Friday March 22nd

Our longest trip so far this year leading some to think of planning a circuit of the Brecon hills later this year. Eeek!

I discovered the lovely lanes and countryside around & through North Piddle.

Friday March 15th 2019

Five intrepid cyclists were properly soaked by rain, sleet and hail. They were buffeted by high winds and yet made it back to the Village Shop for a well deserved cappuccino.

Congratulations are due to Tony, Tim, Rodney, Bill and Derek for braving such inclement weather.

Sadly no photographic evidence exists to support such intrepidity.

Friday 8th March 2019

Friday 8th March 2019 – 6 Intrepid cyclists – highest turnout of 2019! From left to right Tim, Tony, Gordon, Don, Derek & Rodney

Friday 22nd Feb 2019

Friday trip 22nd Feb 2019 From left to right: Tony, Rodney, Don, Bill & Derek relaxing after their exertions