At the time of writing my last report in my German flat, I was unable to say anything about the Tamar 100, which Bryan Richardson had kindly agreed to host for me in my absence. We all hoped and prayed for good weather and a good turn-out for the event after the miserable weather for the Treasure Hunt, but, in the event, the weather was again atrocious. Only five riders took part and three of those were from Crediton - James Hatchell together with his wife and son. Yolande Bériot and Andy Easton represented the Plymouth Section. Since all five riders arrived back at the same time, there was no outright winner, but James Hatchell and his family, who are CTC members without an attachment to a local section, certainly deserve a medal for their endeavour or at least a DA Devon CTC certificate. We shall see.
Altogether the last few weeks have proved pretty disappointing weather wise. Mike Willacy was the sole rider to turn out on two occasions and certainly deserves our admiration for his defiance of the appalling weather this summer. Otherwise rides have been well supported – ten out today for Trevor Bradshaw's ride to Tuckenhay. Larry Clarke was unable to lead his ride for 2nd August owing to family commitments, so I took his place and followed the route of the Tamar 100 again. The ride was very well supported and altogether we clocked 67+ miles with more than 2000 metres of ascent.
What has emerged over recent months is that the Plymouth Section is now able to do very presentable distances at touring speeds. 50 miles or more at 12 mph avg. is not a mean feat and should be attractive to prospective members to our Section who don't want a slow or short ride.