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Sunday 13 May 1979
1000
Day ride: Penquit
0 present:
We had put Penquit in as a run on April 8th when, of course, the Rough Stuff event took place, so we put it in again for May 18th and this time had a good turnout for a ride that included a very pleasant ridge road to the south of Ugborough. We did stop to look at Penquit Manor which, although quite old, is not particularly attractive. We then found a nice spot by the Erme for our lunch.

The route home was along the edge of the moor through Owley and Harbourneford before dropping down to Staverton and back to Marldon.

(Colin Brierly)

Sunday 20 May 1979
1000
Day ride: BCTC Competition
0 present:
Only three Torbay members managed to ride the BCTC heat, although a few others helped with marshalling. The route was a nice change from our normal Sunday fare and the event very enjoyable thanks to the organisers and the many, many other helpers.

(Colin Brierly)

Saturday 26 May 1979Weekend ride: Boundary Ride Day 1: Home to Tavistock YH
0 present:
Four Torbay members completed the Boundary Ride, including Charles Brown from near Hatherleigh who met us at Aveton Gifford on our first damp section of the ride. Thanks to umpteen diversions and blocked roads at Lopwell Dam, and a puncture, we were late arriving at Tavistock youth hostel but the warden had kindly delayed supper for us.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 27 May 1979Weekend ride: Boundary Ride Day 2: Tavistock to Instow YH
0 present:
The next day’s ride to Instow proved better with the mixture of sun and showers producing some beautiful patterns in the sky. We arrived at Instow in good time but Don was suffering a little with knee trouble.

(Graham Brodie)

Monday 28 May 1979Weekend ride: Boundary Ride Day 3: Instow to Home
0 present:
Our ride back to Winkleigh with the Exeter crowd next morning was very damp and, with Don going home in the car because of his knee, Colin and I had to battle our way home against furious winds and driving rain.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 3 June 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Ide
0 present:
We’ve had lots of new faces appearing in June with 17 out on the afternoon run, including Liz Rutler from Chudleigh and Peter Ford from Torquay who has previously ridden with us. Paul and Don Cockman were out, along with Sue Shepley and Margaret Maxtead making it up to three girls. Our ride took us out to Luton and Ide and we returned via Gappah and Kingsteignton.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 10 June 1979
1000
Day ride: Buckland Beacon
5 present: Peter Adams, Graham Brodie, Iris Buckler, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys
On the following week’s run to Buckland Beacon we were joined by Carl Jeffereys and Mike Wreaford from Torquay, and Anthony House and Peter Adams from Ashburton and Holne respectively. Also out were two of the Clayton brothers, Robert and Richard, together with Nick Dinsdale and Paul Dean.

Ten of us set out from Five Lanes (Marldon) and rode out to Staverton and Buckfastleigh (dealing with a few mechanical troubles en-route) where we met Iris Buckler. After stopping at the shops for some of the youngsters to stock up with food we climbed up towards Holne, stopping for lunch near Shuttaford.

We didn’t actually go up to Buckland Beacon but spent the afternoon wandering around Poundsgate and Spitchwick before returning to Holne for a godo tea at The Old Forge. The return trip took us home through Holne Chase, Ashburton, Denbury and Stoneycombe.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 17 June 1979
1000
Day ride: Bigbury
3 present: Frank Boyes, Graham Brodie, John Stuart
Eleven were out on the run to Bigbury, including another lad from Ashburton, John Stuart, along with the other two whom we met at Totnes. Don Cockman and Frank joined us for the morning and the rest of us pressed on to Gara Bridge and had lunch on the climb out of the valley. We then wandered on down to Bigbury.

The tide was out and so we walked across to Burgh Island and back. We took the tidal road back to Aveton Gifford and then the lanes through Loddiswell, Woodleigh and Moreleigh, stopping for a picnic tea before dropping down into Harbertonford and home through Totnes and Berry Pomeroy.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 24 June 1979
1000
Day ride: Kenn Valley
0 present:
(No report written for this ride)

Sunday 1 July 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Coffinswell
0 present:
On July 1st we had a pleasant afternoon run through Kingskerswell and Coffinswell, then on to Combe-in-Teignhead and back through Barton.

There were two new girls out – Kate, who lives opposite Colin Brierly in Paignton and another girl, Naomi, who unfortunately we may not see again as she is working here only until she goes to university.

(Graham Brodie)

Saturday 7 July 1979Weekend ride: Beer YH Day 1
0 present:
I didn’t go to the Beer weekend, but Colin informs me that the event was a success, particularly in the Wessex DA sector. Don Hassal and Trevor Marshall were there, incorporating their night’s stay with their cycling holiday tour.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 8 July 1979Weekend ride: Beer YH Day 2
0 present:
(No report available)

Sunday 8 July 1979
1000
Day ride: Teignmouth
0 present:
The Section still held an informal run on the Beer weekend and, with glorious sunshine, we had a lazy ride to Teignmouth via Coffinswell and Combe-in-Teignhead, where we sunbathed for hours on the sea wall before gobbling ice-creams and milk-shakes. We then headed home via Bishopsteignton and Newton Abbot.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 15 July 1979
1000
Day ride: Bellever (Bathing)
0 present:
On the Bellever run, Frank was out again and it was nice to have Margaret with us again. Five lads met us at Buckfastleigh, including one from Bovey Tracey. Torbay Section seems to have quite a wide catchment area this year – let’s hope this trend continues.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 22 July 1979
1000
Day ride: Spreyton
0 present:
There were half a dozen of us out on the Spreyton run but, for various reasons, no one wanted to stay out for tea so we didn’t get nearer to our destination than Whiddon Down. We did, however, have an enjoyable picnic lunch on a seat at the back of a pleasure ground near the Alms houses in Moretonhampstead. The combination of sunshine and friendly chat encouraged us to linger over our sandwiches, and this pushed the destination a little out of our reach on a home-to-tea basis.

(Colin Brierly)

Sunday 29 July 1979
1000
Day ride: Cawsands
4 present: Colin Brierly, Antony House, Michael Jones, John Stuart
The next Sunday’s destination, listed as Cawsands, was also not attained, but this time the weather was the excuse. When I awoke on the morning the gods still had their shower bath going at full strength and I thought it would be a case of “home to lunch” never mind a picnic tea, but I did go out to our rendezvous at Marley Head and was quite surprised when Mike, John and Antony turned up from Buckfastleigh and Ashburton and invited me to join their Section!

We decided, in view of the weather prospects, to forget Cawsands and, after a bit of main road work to Ivybridge, diverted to Cornwood and towards Harford before stopping in a sheltered spot for our picnic. After lunch we wandered from Bittaford to Shipley Bridge and Gidley Bridge before I left the Buckfastleigh Section and headed for home.

(Colin Brierly)

Sunday 5 August 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Woodland
0 present:
I’m pleased to say Torbay’s members recovered for our August afternoon run when we were 9 to the 2 Buckfastleigh members that joined us on a tour of the lanes in the Landscove and Woodland area before sitting down to a magnificent tea provided by Win and John Reynolds at Denbury.

We had a Section meeting on August 2nd and were pleased to have Sue Shepley offer to take on the Section Sec. job in place of Graham, who is joining the BBC at Evesham. We all hope he finds his new job to his liking. Sue may not join us on all Sunday runs but has been one of the most regular riders on the Wednesday evening runs for several years and rarely misses an afternoon run.

(Colin Brierly)

Sunday 12 August 1979
1000
Day ride: Beesands
0 present:
As Jean and I were away on holiday before the Bank Holiday Weekend I can’t tell you much about the runs in mid-August, though I understand they were quite successful.

(Colin Brierly)

Sunday 19 August 1979
1000
Day ride: Posbury Clump
0 present:
As Jean and I were away on holiday before the Bank Holiday Weekend I can’t tell you much about the runs in mid-August, though I understand they were quite successful.

(Colin Brierly)

Friday 24 August 1979Tour: Bank Holiday Weekend Holford Exford Day 1: Home to Exeter
8 present: Frank Boyes, Colin Brierly, Don Hassall, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Carl Jeffereys, staying the night with Michael at Veronica Dixie's house, Crabb Lane, Alphington
Torbay Section’s tour began on Friday evening when members rode to Exeter and stayed with those of us who were to join them for the weekend.

For many in the Torbay group, including Michael, John, Antony and Carl, this was the start of their first ever CTC tour, so expectations were high. Michael and John set off from Buckfastleigh at 6.45pm, collected Antony from Ashburton at 7.15 and arrived at Veronica's house in Alphington by 9pm. Carl and Michael spent the night there while John, Antony and Colin rode on to Stoke Canon to stay with Jean.

(Robert Ellis, with additional contributions by Michael Jones)

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