Graham’s Gems – August 2015

In June we had a great Sunday social ride out to Abergele (mainly for an ice-cream and the stimulating sea air), then riding back to the White Lion, Barthomley to enjoy a well earned pint.
We met at Barthomley Services mid-morning, and rode up to the Ponderosa Café, at the summit of the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen. We then took a circuitous route to Corwen, then Ruthin, Cerrigydrudion, Llyn Brenig, Bylchau and on to the promenade at Abergele. We returned via Llanrwst, Bala and Whitchurch. Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Unfortunately I had to cancel the ride-out planned for 26 July because of very inclement weather, so there was much disappointment. However, you may like to join the next social ride, which is planned for 30 August, and there’s another on 27 September. The last one of this biking season will be on 18 October. See our Events page and let us know if you’d like to attend.
Group members receive an e-mail notification for each ride-out, so, hoping your appetite has been whetted by what you’ve seen here, I trust you’ll find the time to join me and fellow enthusiastic bike members on some of these rides. We have some of the best biking roads within 30 miles and Wales has some of the greatest, so let’s ride or even drive them. If you’re not a member and fancy seeing what we’re all about then get in touch with me ( and join in.
In June the bike section organised a presentation by Geraint Hughes, one of the bike examiners for CAM. It was titled ‘Reading the Road’, and Geraint explained, by images and video, what additional information can be gleaned from the road, its construction, signage, road lines and position, and how a better understanding of even little things can assist your riding and driving. His knowledge, understanding and wealth of experience, supported by his excellent public speaking skills and anecdotes, made for a very entertaining yet thoughtful evening from which everyone went away, regardless of their own substantial experience and knowledge, having learnt something new. I’d arranged with the Broughton Arms, Rode Heath, to use their conference room, and I was delighted to find it was packed with members who’d come along to listen and enjoy a meal beforehand. I think I’ll have to find another venue with a larger room for any future presentations. The majority of members were from our own bike section or other bike groups, like Blood Bikes and Stafford ROSPA, but our car section was represented as well. What Geraint had to say was relevant to anyone who uses the road, whether on bicycles or driving LGVs. This presentation is one of a number he does: the bike section plans to host some more presentations over the next 18 months and would encourage all riders and drivers to attend.
Stay shiny side up and enjoy your riding in the month ahead.
Graham Board – Chief Observer (Bike)