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.

2018 Events List

Mid week runs

We will 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 availability. 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 runs to be added to those below so watch this space.

March 13th Tuesday (clubnight) 

Interesting Talk at the Cherry Tree. Stuart McGuigan of Criterion will talk about Velocette gearboxes.

March 27th Tuesday (clubnight) 

Technical Question Night at the Cherry Tree. Jon Dunsdon will give a talk about carburettors and chronometric speedometers and then Tony Mortimer and Dave Downer will take questions on the repair and maintenance of Velocette singles.

April 1st Sunday

Meet up with South Hants Cantre on their run to the Rural Life Museum at Tilford  nr Farnham. They will meet at Loomies, West Meon at 10:30, details of our meeting point and times for the run to Loomies to be confirmed later.

April 15th 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 22nd Sunday

Classic Meeting at Bishopstone near Swindon. Details of Run to be confirmed.

April 29th Sunday

Velocette Day at Brooklands with run there. Meeting points and times to be confirmed.

May 2nd Wednesday

Canal Museum Run Stoke Bruerne. Meeting point and times to be confirmed.

May 7th Monday (Bank Holiday)

Fleet Lions 35th 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 9:30 and depart 9:45.

May 19th 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 23rd 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 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.

May 27th 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 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

June 13th Wednesday

Bletchley Park run. Meeting point and times to be confirmed.

June 16th 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, with lots of visiting bikes. 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.

June 24th Sunday

Bike Life Classic at Sammy Millers Museun. This is a 60 mile each way run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at times to be confirmed.

July 4th Wednesday

Flower Pot Run. This is a 35 mile each way run with lunch at Cheriton near Alresford. Meet Henley Town Hall at 10:15 for 10:30 departure.

July 10th Tuesday (clubnight)

West Hagbourne Bike Meet now held at the Upton Recreation Ground. 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 14/15th 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 29th 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 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

August 5th Sunday (Provisional date)

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 8:45 for 9:00am departure.

August 12th 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 9:30 for 9:45 departure.

August 15th Wednesday

Gaydon Museum Run. Details,  meeting point and times to be confirmed.

September 9th 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 12th Wednesday

Run to Brookwood Cemetary. This is a 20 miles each way run, meet at Arborfield in the Britich Legion Car Park (post code RG2 9PR) on the A327 at 9:45 for a 10:00 departure.

September 15/16th

Kop Hill Climb near Princes Risborough. This is an amazing car and bike event specializing 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 19th Wednesday

Andover Iron Age Museum Run. Details,  meeting point and times to be confirmed.

September 30th 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 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

October 10th Wednesday

Berkshire Downs Run. Meet at Bull Car Park (Traffic Lights at Streatley) at 9:30 for a 9:45 departure.

December 2nd Sunday (provisional date)

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 11th Tuesday

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

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