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Weather Cock!
Fri 26th Jun 2015    Tim Andrews "Christened".    Thanks to Tim for laying the ride and organising the food at the Wellington Inn last night.

We all knew which way the wind was blowing when Sturmey Archer started thinking about a bash name for him though.... He ended up as "Weather Cock" (or WC for short!).

Thanks to Graham Zimbler also, who emailed this photo of Tim contemplating his fate!
Fri 29th May 2015    Cycling on Woodbury Common    Chris Warberton from Knobblies bike shop in Exmouth, has asked if any TVPB members would like to come along to a meeting to discuss riding on the commons.

It's being organised by Clinton Devon Warden, Dr Sam Bridgewater. His email to Chris is quoted below with an outline of topics for discussion.

The meeting will be held at 7 pm on weds June 3rd at Bicton Arena, Rolle estate offices, this is the entrance on the Yettington Road. Go through gates and follow the drive, then a sign on L directs you to our office with parking in front.

kate.ponting@clintondevon.com the countryside learning officer will be happy to answer any other queries you may have beforehand.


Hi Chris,
Following on from our previous discussions, please do let me know if you think you can mobilise a group of cyclists with a keen interest in the Commons to meet with us and discuss cycling on the Commons, and if so, when might suit. What I hope we can do is:

1) Clarify legal status of cycling on Commons (there seems to be some confusion with walkers often thinking that cycling isnít allowed)

2) Clarify Estate policy on cycling on other land (e.g.. permissive access plantations such as Island/Uphams/Harpford etc. )

3) Provide information on the purpose of the current Visitor Management Plan recently commissioned by the Council, and allow feedback on a number of issues related to this

4) Discuss the value of producing a cycling guide to the commons (primarily aimed at occasional visitors who might get lost; locals do their own thing)

5) Discuss the value of creating a Woodbury Common Cycling Group that could act as a hub for information on cycling/events/code of conduct

6) Allow general feedback from cyclists on issues of concern/frustration to them


Sun 24th May 2015    Stag and Hen!!!    Anna and Lee had their respective hen and stag do's on Friday... The boys went bowling and the girls went off to see Showaddywaddy!! Phoebe's phone was hard at work and took lotsa photos... See them by following the link on the photos page.
Sat 23rd May 2015    New Bash photographer!    Anne Kingdon is rapidly becoming the Bash's official foreign correspondent. She's sent in some photos from the Mallorca tour AND from Dinky 17!! You can see 'em by following the links on the photos page.
Last chance to RSVP for Pullits "Wake for the missing years"
  
Pullitt really really needs to know numbers for food etc next weekend... If you don't let her know by Sunday 24th (Tomorrow!!) there won't be any nosh for you... so get those fingers dialling or emailing pronto!
Anna and Lee
Fri 22nd May 2015    Bothways' and Always' wedding cycle ride. (John-o-Groats to Lands End)    Well, Anna and Lee have managed to get themselves in the papers a few times promoting their charity wedding cycle - even a write up on the cycling weekly news page on line!!!. They have a page on Facebook (anna & lees wedding cycle page) which has donation buttons on it, and links to all the press releases as well. They will be updating it with their progress on a daily basis (internet access permitting) as they go. So if you make lots of donations, they're going to have to keep going even when the wind is in their faces and it's wet and their bottoms and legs are sore.... Go on...make 'em work for it!
Tues 19th May    Re: Bash Ride on Sunday 24th May    The ride will start from the Claycutters Arms at Chudleigh Knighton (Not at Teign House Inn as previously listed) There will be a road ride led by Mr and Mrs Picker! (Melon and Soapy). Off-roaders could do an ad-hoc ride from the pub, or maybe arrange to meet at Haldon?
Sunny Ray Baines' naming
  
Hi Bashers, Ray Baines set his first ride from the Castle, Holcombe on Thursday 14th May and was duly christened "Sunny"... 'cos his name sounds like Raybans, (those expensive Sun Glasses) and he is after all called Ray ~ So SUNNY seemed appropriate. (See Pic.... Is he wearing a light sabre as a tie?)
Ride On
Pottsie
Mon 4th May 2015    Bike wanted.    Unda is looking for a bike for his daughter - hybrid type, medium frame, under £100. Contact him by email or 07703 156278.
Fri 17th Apr 2015    R.S.V.P. address for Pullit's "wake for the missing years"    Pullitt now has a TVPB email address (Lucky girl eh!). If you're going to her wake at the end of May, can you let her know, so she's got an idea of how much caviar and champagne to order!!! (We live in hope!)
Anyway.... Address is pullitt@tvpb.org.uk
Wed 15th Apr 2015    22nd Birthday Ride. Thurs 23rd April, A message from Pottsie    Hi all Bashers, The "22nd Birthday Ride" will now be held at The Claycutters, Chudleigh Knighton @ 6:45pm. The route will once again be the original route we completed 22 years ago,when most of us were less wrinkly, fitter & faster. The majority of long term Bashers have ridden the route, or parts of the route, in our previous Annual Birthday rides. It wasn't a race then and it's not intended to be a race this year either. Suffice to say that it took me, (then a sprightly 57 year old) 1hr 41min 54 secs to ride it. That's only meant to be a benchmark ~ please let's not have Bashers riding "eyeballs out", forsaking personal safety in an effort to register a really quick time on what can be a very dangerous and hazardous route. IF you want to race, then let me know, and I will design a suitable SAFER COURSE for those interested in pitting their pedal power against others of a similar persausion.
After the ride snackfood will be served in the pub.
Pottsie
Mon 13th Apr 2015    New Photos    Thanks to our resident photographer Phoebe who has sent us pics of the recent curry night at the Jolly Sailor, and some more photos of Fallen Woman's Tamar Extravaganza. Look on the photos page to see.
Sat 11th Apr 2015    New Birdseye!!    Bothways has been hard at work compiling the latest edition of Birdseye. A round-up of all the latest Bash events and some brilliant photos! Check out the Birdseye page and click on edition 24.
Fri 10th Apr 2015    A Wake for Pullitt's missing years!!    The w/e 29/30/31 May I am holding a wake for the missing years!! (there is Irish blood )
Propose camping at Gara Bridge fri nite onwards.
BYO BBQ Fri nite, Saturday ride, then Sat nite wake night. & party, food provided. MUST RSPV! for numbers.
Sunday ride with Pinkie and POSH. (venue will be posted on rides list when known.)
Tues 7th Apr 2015    Devon Dirt Ride on 19th April    Blaster has forwarded the information below from Graham Brodie.
He thought some of the Green Cross Baggers (spelling not wrong!) may be interested (but don't tell them there are no lift ups!)

Entries are rolling in fast for the 2015 Devon Dirt Bike Ride from BigPeaks at Ashburton.
So far over 250 have signed up for the ride which starts at 9.30am on Sunday 19th April.
The hilly route will take riders through Sigford up on to Dartmoor, past Hound Tor and on to Manaton and North Bovey, and eventually back to Bovey Tracey and Goodstone.
The 55Km ride is comprised of a combination of muddy tracks, forest runs and country lanes, with a few technical sections as well.
CTC helpers will be busy feeding refreshments to riders along the route, anbd BigPeaks will be providing mechanical support for the riders.
This year organisres are expecting to see a few cyco-cross (CX) entries as the sport is enjoying a massive revival, with national Championships due in Devon in 2016.
To find out more about the Devon Dirt and enter online visit the website www.devondirt.co.uk or ring 07889-964101
regards
Graham Brodie

Thur 2nd Apr 2015    Photos of Fallen Woman and Broken Man's Tamar weekend    Lord Stretch has sent in a disc of cracking photos taken at the Camping weekend on the 21st/22nd March. Look on the photos page and click on the Tamar Weekend link to see them.
Tues 17th Mar 2015    Swimming with dolphins is old hat now.....take advantage of the opportunity to ride with Badgers!   
Tim and Jo's Cheddar weekend 2015 will be held on June 19,20,21.
Same routine as always;
Rides Friday evening 1930 then to a pub in Cheddar for food/drink.
Saturday 1000 ride stopping at a pub around 1400 en-route. BBQ in evening.
Sunday 1000ish ride returning to campsite about 1400
Same campsite as always... Broadway Cottage.
Any q's fire them back to Timotei!
Sat 7th Mar 2015    Further Update on Woodovis Park Camping weekend from Fallen Woman.    There will be a short Friday ride for those that want it starting at the campsite.The on road ride on Saturday will start from Woodovis Park camping at 10.30ish We will let the off readers know very shortly about the Saturday ride. All Sunday rides will start from the Tamar trails centre at 11.00 am. The entire restaurant at the pub at Chipshop has been booked for Saturday night for those that want to indulge !
Fri 20th Feb 2015    Update from Fallen Woman on camping weekend at Woodovis Park 22nd March    Debacle has asked me to inform any off roaders considering coming to Tamar Trails centre during our camping weekend that if biking in Tavy woodlands, a fee of £5.00 per day is due and may be paid online. Gawton Gravity Hub offers over 500ft of unrivalled gravity fed descent and is advertised as the best purpose built permanent downhill mountain bike venue in England. The Gawton Gravity Hub uplifts may be arranged by Fly-Up downhill and cost £29.00 per day. A weekend lift pass may be purchased and he recommends that if you want this, it would be a good idea to apply now. Gawtongravityhub.co.uk is the place to apply.
Any riding that Debacle and we are leading is free !
Mon 16th Feb 2015    Events dear boy.... Events!    There are a few interesting things happening in the next few months... You're too late to book for Pinky's Majorca trip, but there may be opportunities to mingle with the rich and famous on this year's millionaires tour, or to sample a plethora of beers and ciders at Abbfest. Details will be posted when available.
Majorca Pinky Trip 2nd - 8th May (fully booked)
Millionaires 7th - 11th September? (Tour to be confirmed if going ahead for 2015)
Abb Fest Weekend - 19th - 20th September (To be confirmed by Flossie & Blaster)

Mon 16th February 2015    And the Oscar goes to.....    Sixty Bashers attended the annual awards ceremony at the Jolly Farmer this year. Here's the list of the lucky winners...

Mike Wareham Memorial Glide - Female: ----- Eve "Phoebe" Bates
Mike Wareham Memorial Glide - Male: ----- Sam "Nosmo" King
Cranky Knee: ----- Ann "Mudsie" Wareham
Best New Basher - Female: ----- Gill Knight
Best New Young Basher - : Sam "Nosmo" King
Best New Basher - Male: ----- John "Spanners" Heywood
Best All Rounder: ----- Ian "Blaster" Glendinning
Tandem Award: ----- Richard "Wallace" Bartlett and Gib "Grommit" Gill
Happy Basher Award: ----- Lin "Flappy" Proctor
Best Bash Pub : ----- Sid and Mandy at The Kings Arms, Kingsteignton
Crasher of The Year and Hospital Case: ----- Debi "Bunty" Clegg
Drinkers of the Year: ----- Gary (Gassa) Clifford and Debi "Bunty" Clegg
Dope Pedlar: ----- John "Pottsie" Potts
Most Disastrous Ride : ----- Joe "Bobbiball" Bassett
Best off Road Scout Basher of the Year: ----- Stuart "Spiderman" Blundell
Best on Road Scout Basher of the Year: ----- John (Debacle) Arkle
Cranker of the Year: ----- Eve "Phoebe" Bates
Special Achievement Award: ----- Anna "Bothways" Reffell and Lee "Always" Atkinson
Mr Disgusting 2014: ---- Ray "Sturmey Archer" Stacey
Best Female All Rounder: ---- Andrea "Flossie" Wallace

Thurs 22nd Jan 2015    Bash "Oscars"    Hi Bashers, the 2014 awards will be held on Sunday 1st February at The Jolly Farmer Newton Abbot.
The ride, that day, will be followed by a special "carvery roast lunch" served @ 2pm the awards ceremony will then follow.
If you want to be there and eat then it's going to cost you a measly £3~BUT only If you pay bash tax!! Others will pay £6, cos that's what the meal is costing TVPB.
So ,Yet another fine example of what good value we give our fully paid up members.
However, as is normal practice, you must book and pay beforehand~ Thursday 29th January is absolutely the final pay date!!
Sticky, Pottsie,or even Phoebe and Flossie ,in their absence, will be happy to take your money. You can also pay by credit transfer sort 20-60-88 a/c 90455377
This year the short list of Oscar nominees will be drawn up and agreed by a group decision of our most regular, long serving officers. BUT we will also take into account submissions from the main body of troops.
So, if you want to make a nomination(s) please feel free to do so by email to pottsie36.tvpb@uwclub.net . NB. Your recommendations must be submited by Friday 23rd January .

Ride On Pottsie
Mon 19th Jan 2015    Slovenia trip (2nd May 8days)    Spiderman has a couple spaces left on his Alps to Coast cross country mountain bike trip.
Starting at the Austrian boarder, across a lot of wild natural trails to the Adriatic sea.
Lots of uplifts, support van, riding through deserted mines, rustic scenery.
All transfers, b+b, and guide included £695. Flights extra.
Click on these links for page 1 and page 2 of the flyer with more details.
Call Spiderman on 01395 232432.
Tues 13th Jan 2015    Asian Bash!!!!    We've had an email from Sverre Rakkenes inviting us to come along to a rainforest bash in Sarawak... (that's a few miles east of Lyme Regis for the geographically challenged). Here's the link to the website. http://www.kbh.doturf.com/index.php/kbh-inter-hash-3, So if you fancy a bit of pedalling in Borneo... doubtless accompanied by a couple of beers....
Wed 7th Jan 2015    URGENT MEDICAL ADVICE:    Are you suffering from post Christmas/new year blues? Are the cold dark lonely nights getting you down? Are you in need of some fun and laughter to get you through the winter? Well we have the perfect prescription - THE BOBBIBAL WEEKEND (6th - 8th February at Okehampton YHA) - there are still spaces left for this weekend of fun, laughter, cycling drinking and eating - for an amazing cost of only £55.00 per person fully inclusive - Its just what the Doctor ordered so book up NOW and get rid of those winter blues. Some rooms of 4 are still available so if interested contact Bothways at bothways@tvpb.org.uk
Team TVPB
Sun 4th Jan 2015    Lost property from Christmas Bash.    Pottsie has some items found in the aftermath of the Christmas Bash:
1) Lidl Cycle Helmut Avec Tinsel
2) Pair plain grey gloves
3) Pete Cross's Book signed to David Mr Dainton

Speak to Pottsie (01626865159 or 07425136042)
Team TVPB!
  
See Nightlight's pic from the Bash ride from Kingskerswell today.... A final fling before "Dry January"?
Sat 28th Dec 2014    Camping and Biking weekend March 2015    Fallen Woman and Broken Man have organised a Biking and Camping weekend at Woodovis Park campsite near Tavistock in March 2015.The ride on Sunday will be from the Tamar Trails Centre at Bedford Sawmills, Gulworthy PL19 8JE SX 439 726. Off-road ride will be led by Debacle. there will be a lunchtime stop at The Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop. Camping is available for the weekend at Woodovis Park Campsite, Gulworthy. PL19 8NY The campsite is offering three nights for the price of two and there is a swimming pool! You can call them on 01822 832968 or visit their website by clicking on the link above. Click this link to see the flyer.
Christmas Bash Photos....
  
Fabulous Christmas Bash this year... Brilliant costumes... Pirates, coppers, villains, biker girls and boys, an elephant, and many others too numerous to mention. Our resident photographer Phoebe, recorded the event for posterity, and you can see her photos, along with Unda's and Spiderman's, by clicking on the Photos tab at the top of this page and selecting "Christmas bash and Fancy Dress ride 2014". To whet your appetites, here's a photo of the throng before they set off to the pub. Phoebe risked life and limb to get this picture... standing on top of a car (I think it was her own car) in her stockinged feet.
Thanks yet again to Pottsie, Jen and everyone who helped with mince pies, drinks and general organisation. It's always a great event! Fancy Dress ride at Christmas 2014
Wed 17th Dec 2014    New Photos    Our resident photographer Phoebe has sent us loadsa pics (they're good too!) of the FART's Xmas bash... You can see them by clicking on the Photos Tab at the top of this page and selecting "FARTs Christmas Bash"
Fri 12th Dec 2014    Change of Venue for Sunday's ride.    Hi all Bashers, please note the venue for next Sunday's Ride is now The Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot and NOT The Tally Ho,Littlehempston.
Wallace and Gromit
Sun 7th December 2014.    Bash Namings.....    Gib Gill and Richard Bartlett set their inaugural ride from The Rising Sun, Woodland today and were duly named by Pottsie.... After his (now traditional) musings about potential names, he settled on "Wallace" and "Gromit". (The rationale being something to do with engineering I think!)
I hope I've got this right... Gib is Gromit,,,, and Wichard is Wallace... so it's alliterative innit? Easy to remember!!
Here's a photo, kindly taken by Anne and emailed to us.
Sat 21st Nov 2014    BASH CHRISTMAS PARTY    Hi all you fun loving Bashers, the Christmas Fancy Dress Ride & Luncheon Party will once again be held at the Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club on Sunday 21st December.

Stirrup Cup will be served from 10:30. There will be Sherry, Mince Pies etc and singing on route. We will have a Pub stop with roasties or chips then back to Starcross for 1:45 and plenty of bargain booze to wash down our lunch followed by a Disco to get everybody dancing. ALL this for ONLY £10 to TVPB Tax payers. HOW MUCH !!! but £12:50 for all others. It's now only 4 weeks away~so pay Pottsie or Sticky ASAP to book your place.

P.S. our fancy dress theme is as always "Anything Goes" - so dress up how you like- but remember you will still need to be able to ride your bike and it's about 4 mlies to the centre of Dawlish. Let's face it we've had some absolutely brilliant costumes over the years ~ but even if you're "sad bastard" who does'nt like to dress up you can still join in.

Merry Christmas Pottsie
Sun 16th Nov 2014    Broken Man and Fallen Woman's ride today from Brixham.    Thanks to Phoebe for this pic of the intrepid riders setting off from Oxen Cove this morning! Ride from Brixham 16/11/14
Sun 16th Nov 2014    Rearranged venue for Bobbiball weekend.    Due to the YHA cancelling our booking to the Wye valley the Bobbiball weekend is staying local in 2015. We have booked the YHA Okehampton- a large, comfortable hostel on the edge of Dartmoor. This weekend remains at an amazing £55 fully inclusive if staying in the hostel or £30 if staying on site in the campervan. There is plenty of room so why not book on and bring a friend (cyclist or non cyclist) to experience the famous "Bobbiball weekend" - recognized to offer the most fun you can legally have ! If interested email bothways@tvpb.org for payment details . Remember Christmas is coming up - The Bobbiball weekend would make the perfect Christmas present this year!
Here's a link to the updated flyer.
Sat 25th Oct 2014    Bunty crashes    All you Facebook types will already be aware, but poor Bunty came off her bike big-style on Thurs and has had an operation on her arm today. Very best wishes from all of us for a speedy recovery.
Flash's ride from Noah's Ark next Sunday (2nd Nov)
  
Bobbiball will lead a ride for the off-roaders. (If you use the pub car park, please park at the far end, away from the pub.)