The monthly meeting for May was on the Thursday 19th at the Coore Arms, Scruton. The pre-meeting ride out was around the North York moors led by Mike Peach.

The monthly meeting on Wednesday 31st March was at the Coore Arms, Scruton. Stuart Lister gave a presentation on restoring vintage bikes starting at 7.30. Food was available after the talk. Please let Pete Mason know on 07850 560607 or info@northallertonadvancedbikes.co.uk by Sunday 27th if attending and if a meal is required.

The summer season of rides starts on 24th April with the Rusty Ride. More details to follow.

And the monthly Sunday rides are planned for the following dates: 15th May, 19th June, 17th July, 14th August and the 18th September.

Wednesday 24th February.

Club meeting with a presentation on “The history of the MG car company”. This starts at 7.30pm.

Be aware that the location is NOT in Scruton. It will be at the Dog & Gun in Carlton Miniott, YO7 4AN. Not far from Thirsk railway station. Plenty of parking at the back. Food will be available, but needs to be ordered in advance to Pete Mason on 07850 560607 or info@northallertonadvancedbikes.co.uk by Saturday 26th.

Proposed 2022 European Tour.

Dates: Sun 26th June to Sat 9th July 2022.

Destination: Eastern Pyrenees (France and Spain).

Distance: Total main route mileage (rtn North Yorks) approx. 2300miles, plus optional circular ride-outs totalling up to 850 miles.

General Itinerary: 

Sun 26th June – To Portsmouth (leave afternoon), overnight ferry with cabin to Caen

Mon 27th – From Caen south on main roads to Poitier and then into Limousin region for overnight stop (Limoge area)

Tues 28th – To Foix area (Pyrenees) for 3 nights

Weds 29th – Foix area, circular ride-out 1 (optional)

Thurs 30th – Foix area, circular ride-out 2 (optional)

Fri 1st July – Foix to Ripoll area (Spain) for 4 nights

Sat 2nd –  Ripoll area, ride-out1 (to the west)(optional)

Sun 3rd – Ripoll area, ride-out 2 (to the French/Spanish Med coast) (optional)

Mon 4th – Ripoll area, ride-out 3 (optional)

Tues 5th – Ripoll to Carcassonne, then to Languedoc area for overnight stop.

Weds 6th – Languedoc to Eastern Limousin for overnight stop.

Thurs 7th – Limousin to Amboise area, near Tours, overnight stop.

Fri 8th – To Normandy (optional detour along D-day coastline) and to Caen for evening overnight ferry, with cabin.

Sat 9th – Portsmouth to home. Should be back by mid-afternoon.

Accommodation: 2 x nights ferry cabin (single occupancy) plus 11 nights hotel rooms (sole occupancy basis). Hotel rooms are intended to be of a decent (if not luxury) standard. Some of us are too old to slum it.

Costs: Exact amounts TBC prior to any commitment. Using the cancelled 2020 tour as a guide, last time the accommodation costs B&B basis were about £900 each (slightly more for a couple) plus return ferry with cabin approx £240. It is inevitable that costs will have risen and I know that the ferry will be about £280 this year. Probably safe to assume it could be about £1300-£1400 for ferry and hotels but I would try to get it cheaper. Extras are then dinners, drinks & petrol, plus the odd motorway toll charge (motorways travel will be minimised but some is necessary).

How difficult?  Time per day “in the saddle” (excluding coffee/lunch stops etc) will usually be between 5-6hrs, although there are a couple of long days around 7hrs. The more technical & demanding the route, the less time on the bike. Many the roads are challenging mountain roads. Although everyone has the same route and destination, it is anticipated that different sub-groups will wish to ride at different paces and/or take more/fewer stops –  this has been taken into account for the purposes of route planning and timing.

Overview of Route and Ride-outs: I have placed a copy of an overview of the intended route, plus the ride-outs, on NAB MRA Group. Please note that these are indicative only at this stage and are almost certain to require some adjustment to allow for adequate accommodation venues.

Pillions?  Yes, by all means. Just let me know for room booking etc.

Bookings & Payments:  At this stage I only need to know who wishes to participate so that I can provisionally arrange accommodation. No deposit will be required unless or until there is a date when there is a cost to cancel, so if you need to back out later on you will not be penalised unless this has been made specifically known. With regard to ferry bookings, in the past I have booked a group booking but experience has shown that in the event of any sort of cancellation this can be a bit of a nightmare. It is also the case that with Brittany Ferries (Portsmouth-Caen) there is no discount for small groups like ours so therefore no advantage in booking as a group. For this reason my intention is to make all those going aware of the crossings required and leave it to each member to book their own ticket/cabin. In the event of any cancellation by all or part of the group it is then much simpler. Please note that Brittany Ferries are currently doing an Offer whereby all standard tickets booked prior to 28th February will automatically be upgraded to Flexible tickets, meaning that changes can be made up to 4hrs before sailing without penalty. Cancellation costs are also reduced to 25%. For this reason, I would wish to be in a position for everyone to book their crossing by the end of February and I will advise re details in due course. The IAM membership also provides a 5% discount with Brittany Ferries (book online) although I am not sure whether this can be used in conjunction with their current Flexible ticket offer.   

Miscellaneous:

It would be safe to assume that the entry requirements to France and Spain will require proof of vaccination status so you must be prepared to download the NHS Covid Passport.

You do not require an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in EU if you have a UK photocard driving licence.  You do not need a green card either. The bike must desplay a UK sticker, not a GB one.

If you have not ridden abroad before then don’t be put off – one of the advantages of a group tour is that there is always someone to assist you.  

So, please let Bob Bissicks know by Friday 11th February  if you are interested in joining this trip (by email if possible). I know some of you have already said you are interested in going but can you just drop me another email to confirm. bobbissicks@gmail.com

If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Wednesday 26th January.

The first evening gathering of 2022 will be a talk by a guest, Chris Brown MBE, who will present about his “hobby” of climbing mountains for charity. This will start at 7.30 at The Coore Arms in Scruton. The talk will be followed by supper. If you wish to attend, please let Pete Mason know on 07850 560607 or info@northallertonadvancedbikes.co.uk and if you wish to have a meal.