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On Wednesday 19th January the group decided to make their first crossing of the ‘Iron Giant’ the Bennerley Viaduct in the Erewash Valley, near Ilkeston. So much work has been undertaken and the viaduct is going to be a great asset for walkers and cyclists. It is one of only two cast iron viaducts in this country. The other is near Okehampton in Devon.

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Cycle Group – 50 mile trip for Rumbletums

Many of the group have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms and as the annual ‘Great Notts Cycle Ride ‘was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 we decided to plan our own 50 mile route.

John Saunders and Terry Hill both veterans of many cycle tours mulled over various options and came up with the suggestion to ride to Alvaston Park which is just outside Derby. The outward route via Eastwood followed the Erewash canal towards Trent Lock and then onto Alvaston .The return route was via national cycle route 6 which runs from London to the Lake District. Locally the route passes through Clumber Park, Sherwood Forest, Sherwood Pines, Old Clipstone, Mansfield, Rainworth, Blidworth, Ravenshead, Newstead Abbey Hucknall, Bulwell and Nottingham. In total we covered 52 miles in humid conditions.

One of our popular local refreshment stops is Rumbletums Café in Kimberley. This is both a Community Café and a supported training project for young people with a learning disability, some of whom may also have an additional physical disability. The u3a crisp packet collection is for Rumbletums and for this ride we agreed to donate a minimum of £5 each to help to support their projects. (To date £120 with more to come)

We were joined on the ride by some family and friends and at the end of the day after hours in the saddle we really did appreciate why cowboys walk this way….

Half way there at the lunch stop in Alvaston Park

David Rose and John Saunders

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2019 Great Notts Cycle Ride

On Sunday 23rd June, after several weeks of intensive training and a strict diet regime, the 15 strong ‘Easywheelers Team’ comprising of twelve U3A cyclists and three family members successfully completed the Great Notts Cycle 50 miles route.

Well done to all with a special mention to Sue Jackson, Mary Martin and David Martin for completing this for the first time.

Five other members took on the bigger challenge of the 75 mile route which is obviously longer but also has a few stiff uphill sections to make it interesting. It was an ambition of two 50 mile veterans Jim Spray and Roy Beadle to take on the 75 challenge just before they hit 75 years of age and before retiring to spend more time enjoying their free TV licence (dream on..)

Trevor Onions and Gary Whelan set a cracking pace to complete the 75 in a very good time.

Congratulations to all who took part in this event and already we are looking forward to next year.

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Easy Wheelers – On the Road Again

On 24th May, a group of 17 adventurous Easy Wheelers set out, in glorious weather, on a cycle ride to Grantham. For safety reasons, we formed two pelotons, one lead by Route Master, John Saunders and one by Group Leader, David Rose, ably supported by Back Markers Trevor Onions and John Gibson.

One puncture down in Group 1 before we made it to the first pit-stop at Holme Pierrepont but it didn’t delay proceedings as Group 1 had to wait for Group 2 as they went on an unplanned tour of the industrial estate at Dunkirk.

Pressing on, we made good time to get to the next pit-stop at Aslockton, where the “smiling” landlord served us drinks, some of which were what we asked for. We were covering the distance so quickly that we had time for an unscheduled pit-stop at the Dirty-Duck, where we basked in the sunshine before pressing on to complete the 37 miles target for the day.

Team Beadle guided us through the rush-hour congestion in Grantham and it became clear that the Route master hadn’t added VAT to the distance calculation as, after 45 miles, we finally arrived at the hotel, to be met by our support driver, Pam Spray.

The hotel – well! A ten-minute wait for the receptionist to arrive and further delays to find a key to the bike storage that was full of old furniture, this should have told us what we were in for…

After a quick, refreshing, shower, where the hotel plumbing had mixed reviews, we proceeded to a local Italian restaurant. Our local “blue-badge” guides negotiated a good deal and a most enjoyable evening ensued as we replenished some carbohydrates and fluids we had lost during the day.

After a refreshing sleep, we met up for what proved to be an entertaining breakfast, unaware that, aside from a more attractive Manuel character, the hotel must have been the inspiration for Fawlty Towers. The staff visited the local Aldi to replenish some items and had clearly bulk bought the entire stock of Rice Crispies. Provided guests didn’t expect the cooked breakfast they ordered from “Manuel” or prefer it warm, everything was fine.

Sudocremed and ready, we said farewell to the hotel and set off in our two pelotons for the return leg. Once again, the sun was kind to us and we rapidly clocked up the first 12 miles before stopping for refreshments at Long Bennington.

Rejoining the route we headed for home and after a convenience break at Car Colston we pressed on to Lowdham where some more refuelling took place. The last push was easy. After all, we only had to cycle up Gravely Hollow! Puncture number 2 at Burnstump Park and a dash for home finished the 39 mile distance in good time to enjoy the last of the sunshine.

Lynda Jackson Cycle Group

(This was part of our training for the Great Notts Cycle 50/75 mile ride on Sunday June 23rd)

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Fund Raising for Rumbletums Cafe

Hucknall and District U3A are collecting for the Walkers / Terracycle collection to raise funds for Rumbletums Community Cafe Kimberley

Crisp packet recycling has definitely arrived! Rumbletums can earn money by sending collected crisp packets of any brand to a recycling company called Terracycle.

The photograph shows empty crisp packets ready to send to Terracycle. This collection includes some donated by our members. Your response has been fantastic and we will welcome further donations at the June monthly meeting.

Thanks from the Cycling group

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