There is one......just one! TVPB printed club shirt left over. Long sleeve. Size XL. Cancelled order!. Last of batch and no more for some time.Price Only £27.50. See Poppy.
Tues 21st Feb 2006
The Words March - April 2006
I am sure we’re all pleased to see the March/April rides list because it means that we can now look forward to better, warmer weather and longer daylight hours which means more pleasant and enjoyable cycling conditions.
On a personal note I am certainly hoping that it wont be too long before I’m back in the saddle joining you on those rides.
I may not have been in such good nick for the last 6 months but I’m happy to report that the Bash is now in excellent shape. Thanks to Mustang Sally we now have more fully paid up bashers that ever before and we are still attracting new riders whilst losing very few of the “old guard”.
This rides programme sees us celebrating our 13th birthday on 27 April and this will be followed by a special birthday away weekend @ Parkers Farm Camp Site, Ashburton, when we join the Teign Valley Hash for combined celebrations. Bash rides to be organised by Flossie and Blaster who will let you have details later.
However before this we have two other specials. The first of these Sunday 9 April – Fallen Woman’s and Broken Man’s “Bash Booze Cruise” up the river Dart to Totnes and then it’s party time afterwards at White Cottage, their 5 star Brixham home with the million dollar view. Don’t miss this get your ticket now – only £5. Please note it’s a 10.30 am start!
Then over the Easter weekend Dusty and Snakebite have organised a mini tour to South West Scotland, an area unknown to many of us. The location sounds excellent and offers riding to suit all types from headbangers to the knitting and sewing group. Details below.
So April is going to be a major month for TVPB, but there’s still more to come with the main tour going to Spain in May and the Nash Bash in July. Have you got your ticket yet?? 56 Bashers are going to Malborough in July. Places still available only £38 – details from Pottsie.
Finally, if you don’t already know, I am pleased that our “Cranker of the Year” - Tonto has taken over the job of Calendar Girl/Scout Mistress from Mash with immediate effect. Thank you to Mash for her 2 year stint. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing her well in her new career adventure.
Ride on Pottsie
Easter - long weekend special - Dusty + Snakebite
Lochside Caravan and Camping Site
Go to Carlisle, turn left to Dumfries and then on to Castle Douglas.
Friday 14 April to Wednesday 19 April (ish – may stay longer if it’s sunny)
Riding at Kirroughtree, Mabie, Ae and Dalbeattie
All way marked single track: green, blue, red or black (& double black for the really daring!!!) – something for everyone (knitting and sewing club and tourists included!!!)
Castle Douglas – Description – Lochside Park provided a variety of play facilities for children including two play parks, putting and rowing boats on the beautiful Carlingwark Loch. Lochside Caravan and Camping Site situated in Castle Douglas which has been designated as “The Food Town” and boasts the excellent Lochside Theatre that is adjacent to the site as well as a swimming pool, golf course, tennis, squash, bowling and angling which is available nearby.
Campsite has plenty of facilities including hookups.
If interested please contact Dusty or Snakebite
01392 879613 or 07899927027 or 07786543651 or email Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Dates for your Diary
1 May - Dandy’s Dinky Tour – France - invitation only
13 – 20 May – Main Bash Tour, Bubion, Sierre Nevada, Spain – Timotei
14 – 16 July Nash Bash – Malborough – Sore Ass Bash
28 – 30 July – Tonto’s Dorset weekend – Wareham
2 – 3 September – Real Valley Boys weekend bash – Moretonhampstead Sports Centre. NEW VENUE.
15 – 17 September – French Exchange with Mid Devon Cycling club centred on Abbrook Social Club Kingsteignton. Volunteer host families needed.
Thursday 16th Feb 2006
Message from Tonto
The ride on Sunday 19 February will start from The Ferry Boat Inn, Shaldon, NOT The Shipwrights
(The Shipwrights now have jazz on Sunday.) You are advised to park at The Ness car park further up the hill then ride down into Shaldon - I think it's free on Sunday
Sunday 12th February 2006
A Message from Timotei
The Cheddar weekend in June will now be held in North Wales!!
Weekend 23-25 June camping @ Betws-y-coed - riding in Snowdon + Coed-y-brenin.
Monday 6th February 2006
A Message from Faggots
Thought you may be interested in the 'cyclescheme' (www.cyclescheme.co.uk/)
that's currently offering over 40% of the cost of a bike through a government green travel policy tax saving through your employer! There's massive savings to be had but you must use your bike for 50%+ of your journeys to work and get your bike off an approved supplier (Bike Shed and Sidwell Cycles are both signed up). Go to the web for more info
Sunday 5th Feb 2006
Bobbiballs Quantocks Quagmire
What a weeekend! The usual snags...Buktu stranded in the Canaries, the meat left in Paignton by mistake..sounds like disaster....but no! Turbo collects the meat, Mash and Mustang take over the cooking, We all have a good meal, we drink, we laugh! Cold and crisp on the Saturday, but sunny on Sunday....great riding, good company. Buktu makes it for the Saturday ride. Pottsie comes and blows his bugle, tells jokes and Timotei guides us around the greatest uphills and downhills in the area. What a great time!! Pics by Dandy Here.
See the Photos page for Jonno's pics of Bin Bag Bob's Booze Cruise, and one or two pics of the Awards at the Welcome Inn, Dawlish Warren too!
Saturday 28th Jan 2006
Ride for Sunday 5th Feb
Tonto has kindly offered to organise a ride next weekend for anyone not going to Bobbiball's Quantocks Quagmire. It will be from the Lord Nelson at Kingskerswell and there will be both on and off-road rides. No food has been organised , but Tonto may
throw together a few plates of Lobster, Caviar and Ferrero Rocher chocolates(or it might be a marmite sandwich), for those lucky enough to attend!
Sunday 15th January 2006
Thanks to Lord Stretch and Diamond Lil today for a fine ride with a stop for Champagne and Canapes at the top of Haldon.
If you would like to read an article about Lord Stretch and Duracell's cycling trip around the First World War battlefields of France, Click here
Dandy has sent me a link regarding the tragic deaths of four cyclists in North Wales last Sunday. Click here
if you would like to offer your condolences, or make charitable donations in respect of this incident.
Sat 7th January 2006
Words January – February 2006
Paul “Noah” Yates death was a very sad way for us to end 2005 with 31 pedal bashers taking part in a special commemorative ride from The Bishop Lacey, Chudleigh to the parish church in Trusham. This ride will be allocated a special number 2112 to mark the day and month he died.
On a brighter side of bashing our December fancy dress party at Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club was a great success with so many of you putting a lot of effort and imagination into your outfits. We had close to 50 bashers on the ride which was followed by very good food and cheap booze, all rounded off with dancing to the “awesome sounds” disco.
Looking forward to 2006 you will note that 29 January is the TVPB Oscars 2005 event which will, once again, be held at The Welcome Inn, Dawlish Warren. So get your voting forms (available on the website) completed and returned to us by Sunday 22 and pay only £4 for a super carvery meal. If you don’t vote but want to eat – latest date to book and pay for your grub is Thursday 26 January. So let’s be having you!
The following weekend is “Balls up in the Quantocks”. This event is fully booked, but some bashers have yet to pay!!! Please send your cheques to Joe Bassett, 10 Morin Road, Paignton TQ3 2PL NOW.
The same applies to the new club tops – not everyone who has had one has paid. If this applies to you pay by cheque NOW send to TVPB c/o Dick Owen Salty Cottage, Platway Lane, Shaldon, Teignmouth TQ14 0AR.
We still hope that some of you will add to our Thursday pubs, but only one new addition has been received to date. You know what’s required – so don’t bleat about keep going to the same old places if you can’t supply any new ones.
Finally can I remind you to book up for the Nash Bash 2006 if you haven’t done do already. You can get a form here
or ask me. Attendance is limited to 100 so you do really need to get in early – it’s only £38 for a really good bash weekend.
News has just reached us that Rubber is once again in the wars – he is in Derriford hospital, Plymouth having suffered a brain haemorrhage. It has been a worrying time but his wife, Elaine, feels he has now turned the corner and will soon be transferred to Torbay. Our best wishes are with him for a full and swift recovery.
A Tribute to Noah
Paul Andrew “Noah” Yates
1958 - 2005
Paul “Noah” Yates was introduced to the bash via Alistair “Mad Al” Cope a long standing friend going back to their school days. Mad Al, who we may know better as the “Axeman” was in turn a climbing friend of Paul “Wan” Kerr. Thus through this association “Noah” was introduced to “Wan” and because they had a common interest in motorcycling and European travel they became friends.
Noah had a powerful Kawasaki ZZ R1100 – an awesome machine which he called Karen, whilst Wan called the Triumph he rode Timmy. Noah was a very competent rider particularly in respect of London traffic and helped Wan to ride in these stressful conditions.
But Noah was not only a good motorcyclist. He was also a very good skier who could tackle black runs. He could cook, sail and read a map better than most. He also had a high level of IT skills and could do justice to many a pint of real ale. Wan and he also rode mountain bikes together and it was during these times that Wan spoke to Noah about joining the bash.
I’m not certain about his first bash ride but it was probably from the Seven Stars, Kennford - Thursday 5 December 2002. Fortunately he liked what he saw and quickly got into the spirit of the bash. He came with a nickname from another drunken troupe the “Osca-Petey-Tors” of “Fat Belly” – but he soon earned his bash handle of Noah (I will explain if you ask).
His rise to stardom was “meteoric” as in his first full year with us he won the “Drinker of the Year Awards” 2003, mainly for his boozy exploits on a tandem with Nick “Satanic” Mills and because it was noted that he was often first in the pub but the last to leave. He did a lot of good work acting as Nick’s “eyes” and he eventually accompanied “Satanic” on a tall ship voyage to Lisbon. It was during this trip that his illness first started to trouble him. He was diagnosed as having piles and was treated for same without any improvement. Some months earlier he was in hospital abroad with chronic appendicitis and complications yet nobody picked up any abnormalities to his bowel from the x ray taken at the time.
Eventually on Thursday 17 February 2005 at the Great Western Hotel in Exeter Paul informed us that he had been told he had bowel cancer that by this time was so advanced that no operation was possible. In view of all that had happened before how unlucky can you get? Strangely the ride number that night was 1133.
From that night on Paul “Noah” Yates became a “model man”, given the background of such chronic adversity. He showed us all the way to live life to the full even in the face of a certain ad painful death.
Because of his superb demeanour you were not made to feel as though walking on egg shells when you spoke to him. He in turn talked to us about the love and warmth that radiated from bashers and friends whom he came into contact with. Something he’d never experienced before.
Paul had always been a popular character both intelligent and witty with a unique sense of humour. A big man - both physically and mentally with an equally large personality. So it was no surprise that on 27 July 2003 at Mrs D Harrow and Wiffy Runt’s BBQ Di succumbed to his charms and their first ride together was, no surprise too, 1031! They were married in May 2005. By this time Di had given up work to look after him full time. He had both a loving wife and a nurse and though their time together was short it was both happy and memorable and what they wanted given the circumstances.
Everyone in the bash, without exception, admired his and Di’s positive attitude and Paul’s great bravery throughout his very painful illness.
He was only 47 years old when he died. Most of us had only known him for 3 years yet such was his impact on all of us that he leaves the bash and this life with such vivid memories of how he coped with the good times and the bad that he will never be forgotten by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
In fact such was the example that he set others to follow that his bash name has been given to a scale of adversity – The Noah Scale – which many of us will continue to use in future to measure the magnitude of our own problems. Thus also in this way his name and memory will be eternal.
Ride on Noah.
Friday 6th Jan 2006
The TVPB Oscars will be held at the Welcome Inn, Dawlish Warren, on the 29th Jan 2006. Right-click here
for your voting form, print out, fill-in and send to Pottsie or Muddsie
Saturday 31st Dec 2005
A New Year.
We go into a new year having recently lost one of our most popular members. Noah's funeral took place yesterday at Trusham Church. Thirty-one bashers cycled to the service and many others attended to pay their respects. The large attendance underlined just how well regarded he was by all.
Coming Events in 2006
3 – 5 February - Bobbiball’s “Quantocks Quagmire”
1st weekend in May - hope you get a brown envelope for the Dandy Dinky 2006 – which promises a new + exciting format
13 - 20 May - Bash main tour, Bubion, Sierra Nevada, Spain – Timotei
14 – 16 July - Nash Bash – organised by Sore Ass at Marlborough Football Club. Places are limited so get your booking form
in ASAP. It’s only £38 and as we are the ” largest and most active bash in the world” we need to send as many troops as possible. I’ve already got my ticket – what about you?
30 June – 2 July Timotei’s Cheddar weekend – details from Timotei
28 – 30 July - Tonto’s Dorset weekend – squaws + braves please take note
2 – 3 September – Valley Boy’s bash @ new venue – Moretonhampstead Sports Centre – see website for details
15 – 17 September – French Exchange in partnership with Mid Devon Cycling Club centred on Adbrook Social Club in Kingsteignton
If any of you had thought about treating yourself to Shinpads' nice secondhand Cannondale Scalpel, forget it........It's sold! Bad luck. You'll just have to be quicker next time.