This years Flying gate weekend was around “The South Downs” and was another great success. Keith Wileman and Mike Edwards who live in the area organized it.
Keith and Mike did a fantastic job of setting the programme of 3 full days riding based on obtaining a good 4 night deal with an excellent hotel in Emsworth which was used as the headquarters for the weekend.
All the route details for the weekend were well laid out in a 28 page glossy book so no one could go wrong. (Don’t believe it) !!!.
The Friday ride was a full or a half-day with the main attraction being the Fort Nelson museum, which houses the Royal Armouries big gun collection, a very interesting place where much time was spent.
Saturdays ride was the longest one of the weekend, over a distance of 43 miles which took us through Chichester to see the lovely cathedral,
with the route winding its way round to the first café stop before continuing through the lanes to Aldingbourne country centre for lunch.
Refreshed and off again, the route eventually passed by the Goodwood motor circuit which was preparing for it’s next big event
before picking up an interesting cycle route into Fishbourne where some time was spent looking around “Reg’s” unique cycle shop.
From here a nice route was taken to Bosham at the Chichester Harbour where time was spent by every one, chatting and eating ice creams, before making headway back to HQ.
Sunday’s ride, Keith gave it as “Gently uphill” and so it was, but there were a few grunts and groans, which led us to the Queen Elizabeth country park for eleven’s.
Refreshed again it was a climb up all the down hill’s we came on to the park before getting into the lovely country lanes to the lunch stop at Fishbourne for lunch and then the ride back to HQ at Emsworth.
As usual the evening meals were formal affairs, the main Saturday night with a guest. This year our member Chris Wright gave a very interesting talk on his life leading up to him now living in Singapore,
it was extremely interesting and held everybody’s attention. Thanks Chris.
Monday morning came and every one made their goodbyes and “see you next year”.
Ole from Oslo made his way back home by riding to London to catch a plane home so he did a few extra miles by riding both ways from London, Well done Ole.
All our thanks go to Keith and Mike for organizing such a good weekend with sunshine to go with it.
Keep your eyes on the web site for more details of next years Flying Gate weekend which will be in the Tenbury Wells area on the 29th-30th and 31st August 2014.