There’s nothing quite like the gentle rythmic tick of a sturmey archer hub, and saturday we had them out in force.
Last weekend saw Wimborne host the VDub at the pub and Dorset goes vintage festivals. Included in the latter was the Wimborne Vintage Cycle Ride. What’s a vintage cycle ride I hear you ask? Well without wanting to sound patronising, it’s cycling in vintage gear on vintage bicycles. Dress up in your period outfits and pedal your aged steed.
My role during this event was marshalling and the position of ‘Lanterne Rouge’ (TDF terminology for the last man) to ensure all riders got around safely and in one big pack. Leading out was experienced cycle tutor and bike ability instructor Jason Falconer who held chief marshal position.
All riders were gathered together for a pre ride briefing to ensure all were familiar with group ride protocol backed up by a general reminder of cycling with courtesy. That’s not too much of an ask, this is civilised cycling after all!
The ride started out of showground just south of the town centre, we were all kindly guided out onto the main road by the event staff and we were on our way. Working our way through the town centre we headed through Pamphill and toward Shapwick down narrow, high hedged, country lanes synonymous with our south western countryside. The bunch held together with only one stop for a rod brake based mechanical issue. Shapwick was the halfway point of the ride, taking refreshment in the Anchor Inn. There were various takes on the mid ride recuperation with alchohol, caffeine, and good old H2O being quaffed in equal measures. I obviously opted for a swift ale but was limited in choice, if you are reading this The Anchor Inn you need to up your beer game – there were far to many lagers on tap! and not a new world hop to be seen.
Once all refuelled it was back on the bikes with the second part of the loop taking in a nice gravel section skirting the back of Kingston Lacy estate. There were some lovely views from this trail looking southward over the hedges and across the Dorset countryside. Cycling in this area really is one of the local gems, and probably my favourite area to cycle to from Bournemouth so I recommend you make your way out there.
Vintage bikes and gravel aren’t the most sound mix and we picked up a puncture on a Raleigh Kingpin, thank goodness for the ease of removing Sturmey archer hubbed wheels, and after a bit of a team effort (and a patch!) we were soon rolling again.
We headed back into Wimborne with a quick stop in the square for group photo and ended up drawing a fair amount of attention! Back on bikes we turned the pedals toward the show ground, and we were soon back where we started.
Cream teas (with proper clotted cream!) were ready for all on our return, although probably not the ideal recovery food they were super tasty and a perfectly fitted end to our sophisticated cycling adventure!
A very well organised jaunt in good spirits and good company. Wimborne Vintage Cycle Ride was great fun and took in some lovely countryside. With plenty of other things to see and do on the same weekend (and the option to camp on site) the Dorset goes vintage/vdub at the pub/Wimborne vintage cycle ride festival collection is one to see. Testament to this were the people that had travelled to get there, London and Cambridge were two of the locations discovered after chatting to attendees. Just goes to show this vintage cycling thing is pretty popular. It’s well worth a visit, and from what I hear there will be another vintage ride next year! Maybe see you there.
Here are some of my ride pictures: