Thames Valley Centre Events

Most of our events during the year are club runs. We organise frequent runs to interesting venues, mostly on weekends but some mid-week as well. Our runs are well controlled by the Run Leader and Back Marker with a comfortable pace aimed to suit the riders and bikes. We also join up with other Centre’s runs and will lead our group to the meeting point. For dates of planned runs see below.

Get on Jon’s email list and join us on a run, you won’t regret it.

From time to time we also organise events mostly on Club nights at the Cherry Tree, such as our popular Question nights on technical Velo matters of guest speakers – see Events List below.


Thames Valley Velocette Centre – Events in 2017

See below for a list of events in 2017, or download the Events PDF. This PDF was last updated 13th November 2017.

Thames Valley Velocette 2017 Calendar

Download Calendar PDF. This PDF was last updated 9th November 2017.

2017 Events List

Mid week runs

We aim to have at least one per month hopefully more from Spring to Autumn and we have a small team of volunteers to try to achieve this and the first run in April is currently being planned. Generally confirmed within a weeks notice to fit in with weather and member availablity. Any changes or cancellation will be via our email circulation list so contact Jon Dunsdon to get on his list.

We are considering some other weekend runs to be added to those below so watch this space.

February 28th Tuesday (clubnight)

Talk on his Enfield ride in India by Nigel Adcock in the Cherry Tree Inn.

March 28th Tuesday (clubnight)

Technical Question night in the Cherry Tree Inn.  Guest experts will answer questions on repair and maintenance on Velocette singles.

April 2nd Sunday

Meet up with South Hants Centre on their run to visit the Tangmere Museum at Chicester. Details of meeting point and departure time to be confirmed later.

April 9th Sunday

Run to Prescott Bike Festival. Meet Waterfront Café, Benson at 08:45 for a 09:00 departure and a 60 miles each way run.

April 25th Tuesday

Mid week run to the FAST museum at Farnborough. Meeting point and time to be confirmed.

May 1st Monday (Bank Holiday)

Fleet Lions 34th Classic Motorcycle Rally. The rally includes a 45 mile run with a lunch stop. Meet at Doubles Garage the Murco filling station on B3349 in Spencer Wood postcode RG7 1AF at 09:30 and depart 09:45.

May 20th Saturday

Kempton Park Southern Classic Bike Show and Autojumble. We will have a stand showing a selection of interesting Velocettes. Some help from members to man the stand over Saturday open times would be useful.

May 24th Wednesday

Cheddar Gorge Run. Run to be confirmed the previous week based on weather forecast. This is a 85 miles each way run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 08:45 for a 09:00 departure.

June 7th Wednesday

Mid week run. Meeting point and time to be confirmed.

June 14th Wednesday

Haynes Museum Run. This is a 85 miles each way run, meet at Shell Services Padworth at 08:45 for a 09:00 departure.

June 25th Sunday

Run to Crofton Beam Engines ‘in steam’ at Crofton Pumping station  a 34 miles scenic run there but may be shorter return. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 09:15 for 09:30 departure.

July 8/9th Saturday & Sunday

Woodcote Steam Rally. A two day public event local to Cherry Tree. We will have a display stand so pick up an entry form at club night or internet and get your entry in. Our meeting time at the Rally to be confirmed.

July 11th Tuesday (clubnight)

West Hagbourne Bike Meet at the Horse & Harrow pub. Meet at Bull pub car park at Streatley on the A329 at 17.00, departing 17.15 and ride there (8 mls) as a group and return to the Cherry Tree later (18 mls) for our Club Night.

July 15th Saturday

Show off Your Bike Day. This is our big Open Day at the Cherry Tree pub starting 12.00 noon and our biggest event of the year, which had record numbers last year. Barbeque food available and lovely weather booked! Awards (but not ultra concours judging!) in classes from vintage to modern, for Velo and non-Velo. All welcome – no need to book.

July 23rd Sunday

VMCC Founders Day at Stanford Hall. Possibly organising an enjoyable run there – meeting/departure times to be confirmed.

July 30th Sunday

South Hants ‘Up the Downs Run’. We will have a 30 mile run to their starting point at the White Hart Inn, Stockbridge for 10:30am and join them on their run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 09:15 for 09:30 departure.

August 6th Sunday

Sammy Miller Museum Run. The museum has an amazing collection of bike and a bike autojumble. This is a 60 mile each way run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at 08:45 for 09:00am departure.

August 9th Wednesday

Mid-week Run. Provisional – Details,  meeting point and times to be confirmed.

August 13th Sunday

Popham Megameet. We have two stands as usual in the best position up at the marqee with plenty of room for visitors from other Velocette sections so we usually have lots of Velos. There will also be a 19 mile club run to Popham Airport meeting at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 09:30 for 09:45 departure.

August 23rd Wednesday

Middle Wallop Run. This is a 30 miles each way run, meet at Shell Services Padworth at 09:15 for a 09:30 departure.

September 3rd Sunday

Seymour Run. Our established annual charity run on a 65 mile scenic route through Oxfordshire returning to the Cherry Tree where there will be food options available. Meet at Waterfront Cafe at Benson on the A4074 at 09:30 for a 09:45 am departure.

September 13th Wednesday

Run to Brookwood Cemetary. This is a 20 miles each way run, meeting point and times to be confirmed.

September 16/17th

Kop Hill Climb near Princes Risborough. This is an amazing car and bike event specialising in old vehicles. Spectacular attendees on show, like a local Goodwood Revival. Lots of Velocettes and other interesting bikes entered for the Hill Climb, and overall a very good day. We are planning to have a big display this year, expanding on what we did last year. Details to be available later.

September 24th Sunday

Run to Crofton Beam Engines Steam Fair at Crofton Pumping station, a 34 miles scenic run there but may be shorter return. Really good day with variety of food on offer. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth (near Aldermaston Wharf) at 09:15 for 09:30 departure.

October 11th Wednesday

Mid-week Run. Provisional – Details,  meeting point and times to be confirmed.

December 10th Sunday

Reading Toy Run – This 7 mile run attracts several thousand bikes every year in aid of Barnardo’s School in Wokingham. We will be meeting at 12:45 at the car Park (opposite Bell & Bottle pub) in Hyde End Road, Shinfield  and riding as a group to the start at Foster Wheelers.

December 12th Tuesday

TV Velocette Christmas Dinner at the Cherry Tree. Full details to be available later.

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