Thames Valley Motorcycle Lodge No.9885

2014-08 Stratford

Great ride out to Stratford on Sunday 3rd August. Seven members from TVMCL, joined by four ‘almostmembers’ assembled on a variety of motorcycles at the H 2014 08 03stratford webCafé near Abingdon for the days ride-out. After greetings and a hearty English breakfast in the open air sunshine, we departed in staggered formation. With 11 riders we formed into 2 Groups with Marcus Hilsdon (SW – Triumph Rocket) leading the first group and Ian Hopgood (JD – Honda Blackbird) guiding the second.

Our 65 mile route took us around Oxford to join the A44, then out to historic Woodstock followed by open Cotswolds roads taking us through Enstone, Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-the-Marsh before descending the exhilarating ‘Fish Hill’ to Broadway. From there the B4362 country roads into Stratford where the 2 groups re-assembled in the designated motorcycle park. We chatted by the river in glorious sunshine over a drink and ice-cream for an hour before heading back.

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Our return route followed the A422 to Banbury for a refuelling stop. From here the riders divided and re-grouped according to their homeward direction. The eastern-based riders headed towards Oxford and home while the western-based riders headed to Chipping Norton, Burford, Letchlade and home.

Many thanks to Marcus (SW) for planning the ride-out and to the members (Andy W, Ian H, David A, Roger, Graham & Jason) for their support and for making it a safe-riding day out. Thanks also to the ‘almostmembers’ (Paul, Andy, Mark & Richard) for your company.

Attached photo – Riverside Gardens, Stratford (L-R Paul, Marcus, Roger?, Richard, David & Andy W)

Report by Ian H

RideOut Calendar


Latest FULL Programme

14 05 23 - Weymouth & Portland Bill  - Ian Hopgood - 07768 601780

21 05 23 - Pinewood Classic & Custom Bike Show, Crowthorne, Berkshire

04 06 23 - National Arboretum, Staffordshire - Richard Orton 07983 721818

26 06 23 - Cassington Bike Night, Oxfordshire

02 07 23 - TMYC Sonning, Berkshire - Boat, TR and Bike BBQ - Richard Orton 07983 721818

06 08 23 - Compton Abbas Airfield, Salisbury (Dave Angus Memorial Ride) - Colin Wills 07587 154007

03 09 23 - Wye Valley Tour, Welsh Borders (possible 2 days) - Marcus Hilsdon 07774 920918

01 10 23 - Brooklands, Weybridge - Clive Hitchen

03 12 23 - Reading Toy Run (Marshalling)

TBA 23 - Triumph Factory, Hinckley, Leicestershire - Ian Hopgood - 07768 601780


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Blackbush Airport, Camberley, Surrey (Weds lunchtimes)

Pinewood Bike Night - Crowthorne, Berks (Fri & Tues eves)

Poole Bike Night - Poole, Dorset (Tuesdays Apr-Sept)