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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 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.)
Off-Road in the hills above Doccombe
Sun 19th Oct 2014    Just a few places left for Bobbiball weekend... book your place soon to avoid disappointment! Here's a .pdf flyer for the weekend Only £55:00 for full board staying in the hostel (with alcohol included) or £30:00 if in campervans.

Magnificent Off-Road today!
Great ride today.... and the weather was perfect. Thanks to Spiderman for setting the ride. And thanks to Dandy for sending in this pic of the intrepid band of off-roaders posing!

Sun 19th Oct 2014    Debacle's ride on 9th November    The 7 Stars at South Tawton. (East Of Oakhampton and south of the A30. Tony Fey is an artistic Landlord with a special pictorial leaning towards languid females. An estimate of attendees would help - E-mail me at I will lead a superb road ride through the rolling hills to the North. Mayhem leads the off-road. Unda plans to over-night with camper. Debacle.

Woodland Burial

Morris dancers at Tonto's wake.
Sun 5th Oct 2014    Tonto's Funeral    CYCLISTS escorted the hearse to the burial ground, and Morris dancers jigged in the street at the wake.

It was the sort of send off that our lovely Tonto would have wanted.

The sun shone on a high hill overlooking Torbay on Saturday, as about 200 said a final farewell at the woodland burial park in a celebration of her varied and active life.

Around 40 pedal bashers, including several we have not seen for some time, turned out for the informal ceremony, which concluded with Pottsie leading a round of appluase for a lady we will never forget.

Then it was all back to her favourite watering hole, the Crown & Sceptre at St Marychurch, for the on-down, with photos of Tonto taken over the years, adorning the walls of the upstairs function room.

The Morris dancers brought traffic to a standstill on the road outside the pub, but none of the motorists seemed to mind about being kept waiting.

Ride on Tonto.

Mon 29th Sept 2014    Bash Naming!    Thanks to Sam King, who set his first ride yesterday from the Country House Inn at Ilsington. In Pottsie's absence, Hatrack took on the resposibility of giving him his bash name. Several options were explored, but the eventual decision was that he should be known as "Nosmo". Lucky for Sam that Sturmey Archer was uncharacteristically quiet yesterday!!!
Welcome "NOSMO".
Tonto's life
Tonto's sister Charlotte, and her daughter Alice, have both written about her, and you can see what they have written Here. It's clear that she led a full and interesing life, and was always true to her principles. I'm sure that many of us were unaware of exactly how many interests and adventures she had.
Tues 23rd Sept 2014    Frances (Tonto) Popley - Funeral details    Frances's funeral will take place on Saturday 4th October @ 1pm at The Woodland Burial site, Conqueror Wood, Cockington Country Park, TQ3 1SJ. This place is just a few yards off the Ring Road ~ at Gallows Gate Roundabout, take the Shiphay Exit/ Marldon Rd. Parking is plentiful. After the funeral you are invited to attend the wake which will be held at The Crown & Sceptre, St Marychurch.
Dress is informal, in fact her daughter Emma, said it would be nice if we came in TVPB clothing and if some of us cycled too.
If you want to send condolences and tributes, please contact Pottsie who will be able to supply you with Emma's contact details
Mon 22nd Sept 2014    Donation to Cancer Research    A donation of £100 was made towards Cancer Research by the bashers who attended the Abbfest weekend at Greenawell Park Farm last weekend. Thanks to everyone who donated in remembrance of Tonto.
Sat 20th Sept 2014    Frances "Tonto" Popley. A message from Pottsie.    It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have the painful duty to have to report that Frances "Tonto" Popley, our much loved and respected Bash friend passed away peacefully in Torbay Hospital on Friday morning. She was only 65 years of age.
All of us who were fortunate enough to have known her in life, will have always been aware that she was indeed an exceptional woman and a very special lovely human being. The bravery she demonstrated in dealing with a terminal illness have been shining examples of her unique strength, whilst still retaining her love and compassion for others, even in times of extreme personal adversity.

We will miss her so much but remember her so often.


Details of Funeral arrangements to follow
Mon 8th Sept 2014    New Birdseye!    Bothways has been at it again! There's a new selection of Bash news and scandal for you to enjoy! Click on the "birdseye tab at the top of this page and select "Issue 23" to see.
Abbfest Weekend. A message from Blaster.

FRIDAY 19th.
Afternoon, set up camp.
6.30pm + 7.30pm Landy taxi to Abbfest (return fare £2/ person,please bring coins) 10.30pm + 11.00pm return to farm.

11am cycle ride route to include lunch at Abbfest
4pm Silly games back at farm.
7pm BBQ in the Tractor Shed

11am Bash rides
2pm In the tractor shed again!


N.B. Anyone wanting to camp up earlier please let us know. Email or mobile - 07831615737. (Thursday evening bash from Jolly Sailor, East Ogwell)

Mon 1st Sept 2014    F.A.R.T.s ride Tues 2nd Sept    Hi all those who F.A.R.T., This week we are @ the Walled Garden, Dunsford. However you should note that the Teign Valley Rd is closed @ Whetcombe Barton. It may be possible for cyclists to get through ~ but you should be pepared to make a diversion through Trusham ~ or go via Moretonhampstead or some other suitable route.
Sorry about all this, Pottsie
Fri 29th Aug 2014    Bash this Sunday (31st Aug) from Paignton. A Message from Gazza.    A note for all of you Bashers who are intending to bash this Sunday but maybe aren't sure where it is.
The ride will start from 'The Coach House' which is on Church Street in Paignton - Postcode TQ3 3AH for those of you navigating via satnav. There is NO car park at the pub therefore, as Torbay Council do not have a free parking on Sunday policy, the cheapest option is to try and park on a nearby road. There is a pay car park which is just behind the pub and is accessed via Crown and Anchor Way from Church Street adjacent to the pub.
For those intrepid Bashers who are intending to cycle over from Newton Abbot area or beyond the best way is to come via Marldon and come all the way down Marldon Road (yes the big long steep one!), go left/straight on at the mini roundabout and then take the first right onto Well Street (do not try and go up Winner Street as it is one way and people really tank it along there!), follow Well street to the end and you will arrive onto Church Street right opposite the pub.
If you are going to come into Paignton from Torquay via Torquay Road, turn right onto Cecil Road (opposite the park) carry on up the road for about quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Well Street and follow to the end where you'll find the pub. I will be down at the pub for 10:45ish so if anyone is having any problems locating the place or if you have any questions at all give me a call - 07795246943 and I'll come and rescue you.
Look forward to seeing lots of you there.
Tues 26th Aug 2014    Bin-Bag-Bob and Allways' Booze cruise and birthday bash. Fri 21st to Sun 23rd Nov    It's an institution now..... The birthday bash and booze cruise from Plymouth to Roscoff. Make your own bookings via Brittany Ferries (There are usually vouchers for cheap sailings in the local newspapers, so keep an eye out!) Please let Bin_Bag and Lee know if you are coming so you can all meet up. (Sailing times to be confirmed.)
Fri 22nd Aug 2014    Forest of Dean Weekend    Spoons, Juicy and Ken the Rave are organising a camping weekend in the Forest of Dean on the 12th - 14th Sept. See the flyer Here
Fri 22nd Aug 2014    Coming Soon.....    Hi All Bashers, Please note that we will be organising a subsidised "CURRY and FUN QUIZ" evening on Thursday 6th November @ The Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot. Full details and tickets will be on sale soon. Be there!!
Mon 11th Aug 2014    Bobbiball Extravaganza 2015!! A message from Bothways.    Hi All Hope you have had a great summer with plenty of cycling. Sadly as winter approaches is it only the cold wet dark cycles to look forward to? NO!! We have the great Bobbibal festival to look forward to and help us get through those long cold wintery nights! Next year the Bobbibal festival returns to the lovely Wye Valley with rides lead by the great Ken-The Rave. Here's a .pdf flyer for the weekend which is again at an amazing cost of only £55:00 for full board staying in the hostel with alcohol included or £30:00 if in campervans. To secure a place please send a £10:00 deposit to Lee Atkinson ASAP as spaces on this increasingly popular weekend go like "hot cakes" Thanks Anna
Sat 2nd Aug 2014    Appointment of New Scout Mistress    Hi All you Bashers, sadly, Tonto has decided to relinquish the post of Scout Mistress so that she can devote even more of her time and energy in dealing with her illness. Frances Popley has been a wonderful servant to the Bash and in particular to myself. Her stamina and enthusiasm for whatever task she undertakes is infectious, as too, is the love and affection for her fellow human beings that radiates from her, even in these times of such extreme personal adversity. So, it's a very big THANKYOU. We all love her and wish her well. Many thanks to Phoebe Bates, who has now volunteered to take on the role of Scout Mistress ~ Which she will start with immediate effect. So please support her in this often difficult role.
Mon 14th Jul 2014    Change of venue for 27th July    The Tweeedle's ride on 27 July will now start from The Parkers Arms, Collaton St Mary, TQ4 7DE.
Soapy, Hornie, Melon Picker and Pork Torpedo
Wed 9th Jul 2014    TVPB in the news.....and the nude!!!!    TVPB members have been visible this week..... Bothways and Always managed a few seconds of fame at the "Grand Depart" of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. Here's the link to the video... Check out 13 mins 13 seconds into Video - the 3 cyclists racing down the start of the course you may recognise!!! The tour riders started, followed by the caravan followed by the tour buses followed by TVPB before security realised what was happening!!!!!

Soapy, Melon Picker and friends bared all for charity this week too. They took part in the Naked Bike Ride in Portsmouth... See pic!! They were raising funds for a very good cause....Breast Cancer Care. They've raised over £2000 so far... Let's try to make it more! Visit their "just Giving" site at to make a donation.
Fri 4th Jul 2014    This Sunday's ride (6th July)    Road ride from the Bell Inn, Kingsteignton- Patch.(Although there is a car park the landlord has requested that we park near by, rather than in the car park itself, so that his lunchtime punters arenít put out.) Also, if there is anyone who will be turning up at the pub afterwards, but who wonít be riding, please can they let someone know (at the start of the ride) so that the pub can have notice on numbers?
N.B.Off-roaders meet at the Ley Arms Kenn at 10am. (Back to the Bell at Kingsteignton after the ride)
Wed 18th Jun 2014    Bodmin Camping weekend    Cardinham and Bodmin weekend 28/29 June. Can we have an idea of numbers for those who want to camp next weekend? (text Plugger 07976 876761 or email The campsite is on the lane into Cardinham Woods so vehicles can be left there to avoid paying to park. If you want to look at their website... it's here:
Fri 30th May 2014    Good news for cyclists in Teignbridge.    As part of the Bovey Tracey to Newton Abbot cycle route, there are plans to build a new bridge over the A38 which is due for completion in March 2015. More details can be seen on the Teignbridge website. Follow this link and click on the link for the "Cycle group minutes May 2014" to open the .pdf file.
Mon 26th May 2014    Evie's snapped her bash "handle"!    On strict orders from our absent CO, Blaster managed to keep to the script at our new venue, the Tally Ho at Littlehempston, and open the white envelope provided, and rename Evie "PHOEBE"
Why "PHOEBE"? By using the logic only available from our learned leader -


Also in Ancient Greek mythology PHOEBE is the daughter of Uranus and we all know what a pain she can be in that region! No doubt there will be plenty of photos available of the event from PHOEBE!
Fri 23rd May 2014    It's that time again....Bash Tax...A message from Pottsie    Hi All Bashers ,
Our next Bash Tax year starts on July 1st and the "Bash Tax" we will be collecting is once again £10.
Our prime Bash Tax Collectors are Mustang Sally and Aunt Sally, backed up by Sticky, Pottsie, Blaster, Mudsie & Unda. So there are plenty of Officers who will only be too pleased to take your Tenners!
Every existing TVPB Bash Rider is expected to pay the Tax ~ even if they only ride occassionally! No exceptions, save for those over 75years of age and certain designated Officers. The number of Bash rides you attend is purely up to you,but once you become a Pedal Basher you automatically become liable for tax. That means we expect you to pay even if you only attend 3 or 4 times a year.
Let's face it, it's only £10, and if we are able to, we return much of that in the form of "TVPB Special Event" subsidies. Look how much we gave you back in this last Tax Year!
I will now be absent from the Bash returning on July 1st, so that's why I'm mailing you now in the hope that we can get most of the money in during June, whilst I'm campaigning overseas.
If you're reading this and you are a "Lapsed Basher", then we'll be very pleased to welcome you back on the strength of a £10 note. If all goes well then it's probable that I will be able to arrange a Special Summer Sunday event (maybe on the 27th July) for all 2014/15 Bash Tax payers.

Ride On Pottsie
Calling at the pub! An offer for Brompton Dock users.
Mustang has forwarded this email.... Could be good for city breaks etc.

Register with Brompton Dock for just £1 and get two days of free cycle hire.
Brompton Dock is an innovative cycle hire scheme offering residents, commuters and visitors the chance to explore on an iconic Brompton folding bicycle.
Itís your chance to cycle in maximum style and with minimum expense Ė and itís free for two days when you register for just £1!
A British design classic, Brompton folding bikes are the only bikes that can be taken on all public transport, even during peak times, making them ideal for commuter and business trips as well as leisure use.
Youíll also swerve parking charges, fuel bills and traffic jams. So, for a convenient, healthy, environmentally-friendly and affordable way to travel around the city, give Brompton Dock a try.
To benefit from this offer, individuals must register online to become a member before claiming the free, two-day consecutive bike hire offer. Join as a leisure member for £1 using the "Free2Ride" code and you will get 2 free consecutive free hire days? (The 2 days free hire must be used within a week of registration)
Brompton folding bikes are available for both long and short-term hire with a range of tariffs to suit all needs. Whatís more, Brompton Dock is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Freedom has two wheels!
Find out more here:

Mon 19th May 2014    Pottsie's "Bridges of Exeter" Ride    Thankyou for supporting,what was the 4th year of my annual "Exeter Bridges Ride". Every year has been slightly different in terms of the route, the direction of cicumnavigation, the mileage and the number of different bridges both major & minor that we went under or over.
The bridge count this year was 35 plus one level crossing. Mileage 18.5. Time 1hr 59 minutes.
Finally it was nice to see a Thursday Bash so well attended ~ it was just like the old days of the 31 club. 35 riders and 5 Social attendees. However Flossie collected £28:50 for food so either 11 didn't eat, didn't come to the pub, or worse, some escaped Flossie's whip.
And why 50p? Flossie does a good job and doesn't ever rat to me about people who don't pay ~ so if it's you, it's only a quid for God's sake !!
I hope to run the 5th Bridges ride next year in May (if I'm spared) ~and I promise you it will be slightly or even considerably different to this year.

Ride On Pottsie
Thur 15th May 2014    Timotei's Cheesey Cheddar Weekend on the 6, 7, 8 June.    Same campsite as the last few years - The rides; Friday - there will be a short ride up the gorge at 1930 ending up at the pub at 2045 in time for food. Saturday - all day ride over the Mendips with a pub stop for food/drink, communal bbq and fire pit in evening. Sunday - shorter ride with pub stop aiming to get back by 1500 Please let me know if you're coming (email so can give the campsite numbers. Forgot to add - £10 per tent/van per night. Pay when you get there.
Thur 8th May 2014    Tonight's ride    This evening the Bash Ride is @ The Royal Oak, Ideford. Last week I volunteered to lead a "K&S easy ride" but only Mudsie turned up for it. However, I will do the same thing this evening ~ "looking for Bluebells". It will not be very long, it will not go very far,and it will not be too difficult. Hopefully a Bobbiball & Dooty route will be available too.
Sun 4th May 2014    Death of Jeff Franke. A message from Pottsie    It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Jeff Franke (Moaning Geezer). He was only 56 years of age - far far too young to die!
As so many of you who used to ride with him on Thursday nights already know, he had only recently been taken ill and hospitalised at Torbay. The serious nature of his illness soon became apparent to us all when he was transfered to the RD&E Wonford.
Unfortunately his condition proved terminal and he passed away on Sunday 4th May.
Jeff was well known in the area and he had been a very good club footballer. Also he worked for Glendinnings for over 20 years. In short, he was a nice steady guy even if he did like to operate under the guise of a constant complainant.
We all liked our "Moaning Geezer" - he was after all a bit different to the standard Basher, so he will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts must be with his wife Paula, and his two daughters at this very sad and stressful time.

p.s. Further details will be published when they become available.
Wed 30th Apr 2014    Summer's cummin'.....Thursday night rides    As we are now entering those months when Thursday night rides can ridden, for the most part without lights,we would expect and hope that more of our slower riders might be interested in turning out, provided there was something organised to suit them. With this in mind, Dooty & Bobbiball have offered to lead such rides on Thursday nights .... So, if you want to ride within your comfort zone then why not turn up at the Keyberry and give it a try?
As for the very Aged, Infirm, and Wimps - Pottsie will also make himself available with an Knitting and Sewing type ride. So hopefully we will be able to provide "Light night Tarmac" rides to suit all abilities. Start time 7pm.
Fri 11th Apr 2014    21st Birthday Bash. A Message from the C.O.    Hi all Bashers,
Further to my original email 28th March,
I now urgently need to know how many of you are planning to attend our 21st Birthday Bash on Thursday April 24th @ The Anchor, Chudleigh Knighton so that I can organise the appropriate amount of food and drink . To this date only 3 Bashers have confirmed that they will be there . It's going to cost you £2 and the Bash much more!! So please reply to this email A.S.A.P. if you want to be there. We will be riding the original route and you will be timed ~though it's not meant to be a race. It's just that we used to time the first Bash rides and they were not races then either. In 1993 I was 57 and it took me 1hr:41:54 . In 2012 Dandy & Pisspot gave it some welly and recorded 1:17:4~ Blaster & Flossie clocked 1:21:31. However the minor roads we used have now become more difficult and dangerous due to potholes & the lack of general maintenance so care will be needed. Once again I stress that you do not have to ride the whole route as it's quite easy to short cut if that's what you want. Surely more than 3 of you will be joining me on the 24th. If so let me know NOW !!
Sat 29th Mar 2014    Off-Road ride tomorrow (30th Mar)    The road ride tomorrow will start from the Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club led by Pottsie. Off-roaders to meet at the Ley Arms, Kenn (best not to use their car park though, as we're not drinking in the pub!)
Fri 28th Mar 2014    New Birdseye    Bothways has been working her fingers to the bone producig the latest edition of Birdseye for your delectation and enjoyment..... Click on the "Birdseye" link at the top of the page, and then follow the link for Birdseye edition 22.
Tues 11th Mar 2014    Loadsa Photos!!!!    We have a Papparazzo among us.... well... she's female, so should it be a papparazza maybe?...... Anyway... Eve has deluged us with emails and photos... many more than would fit comfortably on the news page... but worth seeing nevertheless! So they have all been collected together in a gallery on the photos page. There are photos of the FARTS rides, Noddy's 60th birthday celebrations, "Spanner's" naming, Melon Pickers "stirrer spoon" award and many more. Just click the "Photos" tab at the top of the page and follow the link for "Eve's photos"
Phil and Caroline  at the Royal Oak, Ideford
Sat 8th Mar 2014    The Royal Oak at Ideford wins "Pub of the Year Award"... AGAIN!    Well, Phil and Caroline have triumphed yet again ... winning the TVPB "Pub of the Year" award. It's not luck. It's a good pub with good beer and there's always a welcome.
Thanks to you both. We'll be back!!

Sturmey Archers ride on Sunday 16th Mar.
Sturmey Archer will be leading a road ride from Greenawell Park Farm, West Ogwell, Newton Abbot TQ12 6EW next Sunday. As yet, there is no off-road route planned, so any offers to set a ride will be gratefully received! Otherwise the off-roaders will probably do an ad-hoc ride on the day.

Tues 25th Feb 2014    Debi's naming. A message from the C.O.    Hi Bashers, The Virgin Scout Basher, Debi Underhill Clegg, was duly christened "Bunty " after her ride in the Teign Cellars pub, Newton Abbot. As so often happens, it was contentious but then, TVPB namings are never intended to be totally Democratic!
I had considered a fair number of other possible Bash Handles... ~ "Smiler" (cos she always is!) ~ "12 Volt" Bunty's namingcos it's DC current ~ "Beaujolais" cos of Clegg in last of the summer wine, (she's partial to a drop of vino) and she's new ~ so "Beaujolais Nouveau" too ~ all of which would get shortened to "B Jolly" ~ "Wunbe" cos there's only one B in Debi as opposed to Debbie ~ Or even "No Bra/Bra-less" cos she's Debi not Deborah. Then there was "Whoopie" cos she's often making it. Finally there was the popular "Not Nick's/No Nicks".
BUT unfortunately I only see her as a "Bunty". All the Bunties I have known have been well rounded, jolly,happy, nice girls & women. Just like our Debi!. So I feel confident that This name will become a TVPB generic just like Poppy, Flossie, Mudsie etc etc have. AND if my choice frustates you that much you could perhaps even refer to her as "Bunty No Nicks".
But I will only ever call her "Bunty" cos that's what she is to me!
Ride On Pottsie
Wed 19th Feb 2014    Video of Jonno's off-road ride last Sunday.    Thanks to Pete, who has posted some headcam video footage of last Sunday's off-road on Youtube. Here's the link Beautiful day wunnit?... so nice to see the sun!
Mon 17th Feb 2014    Bobbiball weekend photos    Bothways has sent in some photos taken at Exford last weekend... Prodigious quantities of cider and beer are frequently consumed over the Bobbiball weekend and things can become a bit of a blur.... some of the photographs reflect this.....
Click on the photos tab at the top of this page and follow the link for Bobbiball weekend.
This Sundays ride (23rd Feb) A message from Gazza

Hi all,
This Sundays ride (23rd) will be from Newton Abbot - meet at Newfoundland Car Park (below the Police Station and free on Sundays). This will be Debi Underhill-Clegg's first ride, so another chance of 'friendly banter' at someone's else's expense for some of you at the naming ceremony!
The pub venue will be the 'Teign Cellars' (formerly The Green Man & Devon Arms) in East Street adjacent to The Dartmoth Inn.
If someone would like to volunteer to lead an off road ride then please do, if not then come along and ride your MTB on the road for a change!
Hope to see lots of you on Sunday,
On on,
Thur 6th Feb 2014    Lost a Garmin???    A Garmin Edge 206 was found near Turf Locks last Sunday (2nd Feb), If you think it might be yours, please contact Aunt Sally on 07545 577504.
Mon 3rd Feb 2014    Bash awards photos and more!    Many thanks to Eve, who really went the extra mile today and sent me over sixty emails with a photo attached to each one! That's dedication!! So we have loads of pics of yesterday's awards ceremony. Also we have a selection of photos of the Christmas Bash taken by Mike Alsford. Mike's a professional photographer who has worked for all the well known newspapers as well as TV, advertising and promotional work. (Click the link to see his website.) So many thanks to him for letting us use the photos on our site.
Eve's photos of the Awards and Mike's pictures of the Christmas Bash can be seen by clicking the links on the photos page.
Bash Awards ...And the winners of the Bash Awards this year are....

Mike Wareham Memorial Glide - Female:    -----    Lin (Flappy) Proctor
Mike Wareham Memorial Glide - Male:    -----    John (Debacle) Arkle
Helping Hand:    -----    Ann (Mudsie) Wareham
Stirrer Spoon (Tonto Award):    -----    Ian (Melon Picker) Hegerty
Cranky Knee:    -----    Anna (Bothways) Reffell
Engineering Officer's Award:    -----    Stuart (Spiderman) Blundell
Best New Basher - Female:    -----    Eve Bates
Best New Basher - Male:    -----    Phillip (Dhobi Man) Cunningham
Best All Rounder:    -----    Andrea (Flossie) Wallace
Pottsie's Plinth:    -----    Janet (Tweedledee) Ceely
Tandem Award:    -----    Anna (Bothways) Reffell + Lee (Allways Atkinson)
Happy Basher Award:    -----    (Blow Job) Maxine's Choice, Debbi Clegg
TVPB Best Sunday Pub:    -----    Starcross Fishing + Cruising Club
Best Bash Pub - Thursday:    -----    "The Royal Oak, Ideford"
Crasher of The Year:    -----    Julie (Fallen Woman) Ridd
Unda's Paparazzi Award:    -----    Chris (Bin Liner) Board
Most Disastrous Thursday Ride:    -----    Michael (Rent Boy) Foundly
Most Disastrous Ride on Road:    -----    Jon (Aunt Sally) Sell
Drinker of the Year:    -----    Gary (Gassa) Clifford
Dope Pedlar:    -----    Jack (RJ) Smith
Hospital Case:    -----    Mary (Night Mare) Smith
Best on Road Scout Basher of the Year:    -----    John (Pottsie) Potts
Cranker of the Year:    -----    Ian (Blaster) Glendining
Special Achievement Award:    -----    Not to be awarded until Diamond Lil + Stretch return,
Basher of the Year:    -----    Frances (Tonto) Popley
Sat 1st Feb 2014    Bobbiball weekend... Spare place available.    Plugger can't make it to the Bobbiball weekend because he's got to spend two weeks skiing in the Alps. Poor Plugger!!! Anyway.. it means that there is a spare place available. If you're interested, contact Anna A.S.A.P.
Fri 31st Jan 2014    Off-Road ride this Sunday (2nd Feb)    Hi all headbangers, Please note that there will now be an off-road ride before the awards. Off roaders are going to meet @ 11am at the top of Haldon Hill (A38) in the redundant cafe car park (was a Happy Eater ??) North bound carriageway off A38 to Exeter~ (behind the filling station close to the communications mast). The awards lunch and presentations is being held after the ride @ Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club. All are welcome to attend ~ N.B. The buffet lunch that will be served from 2pm is only available to bashers who have already bought their ticket!!
Tues 28th Jan 2014    Oscars venue closed!!!!    Unfortunately, the Welcome Inn at Dawlish Warren, which was to host this year's "Bash Oscars" celebration next Sunday, has closed until further notice. So we're going to relocate to the Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. The C.O. is on the case and is in the process of getting food organised. Sadly, we won't be able to have our traditional carvery meal, but the beer's cheaper at the S.F.& C.C. which is a good thing! Watch this space for any further developments
Mon 20th Jan 2014    Dinky Tour 2014    Dandy would like to invite any basher to the sixteenth Brittany Bash known as the Dinky Tour. The dates are outbound Thursday night 8 May, returning Tuesday afternoon 13 May. The cost will be approximately £120 (how much?) to include ferry, cabin, food and booze. The plan is for cross-country off-road riding as usual, but, as ever, people can do their own thing. Contact Dandy at if interested. Deposits of £50 would be useful.
Fri 17th Jan 2014    Sad news.    Death of Rachel Pannell.    One of our former bashers, Rachel Pannell, has died at the horribly young age of 49.

She lodged with Aunt Sally in Starcross for a time, and made quite an impression with her bubbly personality and sense of humour. She had been battling ovarian cancer for some years, and despite fighting it all the way, succumbed in Rowcroft Hospice just before Christmas.

Rachel was buried in the church cemetery at Holne on Dartmoor, where she lived with her partner Matt Powell for many years. He told us she looked back on her time with the bash with great fondness, and often spoke of the happy days.

RIP Rachel.
Fri 10th Jan 2014    New Birdseye!    Bothways has been slaving away (in spite of having a poorly knee) compiling the latest edition of Birdseye for your delectation. You can see it by clicking on the link for issue 21 on the Birdseye page.
And a message from Bothways.....
Hi Bashers - Have the post Christmas/New year blues hit you? Do you need a holiday? Fancy some fun and cycling with friends? We have the perfect oportunity for you. 2 places have become available in the hostel for the Bobbiball weekend in Exford. The weekend is the 7th - 9th February 2014. The cost remains an amazing £55.00 - this includes all meals in the hostel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, pub lunch Saturday and it includes alcohol and entertainment within the hostel. There will be daily rides set off road riding (by Timotei) and Road rides which will cover all cycling abilities, there is also great walking around the area being in close to Exmoor. This is a really great weekend for all cyclists and non cyclists. If interested please contact Bothways asap so we can book you in.
Tues 7th Jan 2014    Christmas Bash Pics    Thanks to Melon Picker, who has sent us loads of photos of the Christmas Bash. You can see them by clicking the link on the photos page
Update on Mary "Nightmare" Smith's accident.
Mary is back home on light duties. She is still experiencing some discomfort but it is hoped that she will make a full recovery without the need for further treatment. (Best Wishes from all of us Mary.)
Xmas bash Wed 1st Jan 2014    Happy New Year!!    Best wishes to all you Bashers.... Hope 2014 is a good year!!

The Christmas bash was a great success as usual.. Thankyou to those of you who are members of the TVPB Facebook group and posted photos of the event... (I've pinched one of Rent-Boy's photos for the website... Let's hope he doesn't pursue his copyright fees too aggressively ;-))
Aunt Sally's Disastrous ride!! (Sunday 29th Dec from the Ship Inn at Cockwood)
Tha weather was sunny, bright and warm, with hardly a breath of wind, so we decided to ride to Bothways house in Exmouth to check on her progress. Eve got lost en-route to Cockwood, Nightmare crashed on the way through Starcross, requiring a trip to hospital, where she remains with some damage to the kidneys. We send our very best wishes to her for a speedy recovery. Barsteward slid off and bumped his swede on the deck. Crossy ran into him and did likewise. Both reckoned their lives were saved by helmets. Spiderman crashed into a bollard along Topsham quay whilst using his mobile phone and nearly fell off the quay, Unda pressed on with a breakaway and we lost them. To top it all we never made it to Anna's as members could not progress any further than the pubs in Lympstone !! Finally I was last to arrive back to The Ship due to two punctures (1 front,1 rear) Thankfully, Heather served us some nice beer and chips to restore our karma !
On On, Aunt Sall.