Ypres: 2017

Important Information

Final Arrangements for trip to Ypres
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Click here for printable details
Click here for printable check list


Group Rides and Leaders
Routes and leaders are subject to update/amendment as we approach our date of departure!!

A Group
These are being organised by Barry. The rides to and from the ferry will be at B+ pace and it is expected that A and B+ riders will ride together.
52 miles   (to Hotel recommended route for B+ & A riders)
56 miles  (from Hotel to Dunkirk for A and B+ riders)
The rides on Tuesday and Wednesday will be at A pace, albeit B+ rides are welcome.

B+ Group
It is expected that B+ riders will ride to and from the hotel together with the As. On Tuesday and Wednesday B+ riders are welcome to join the As or Bs – or sort out their own rides.

B Group
For the first part of the ride on Monday the Bs and Cs will ride together led by Ken. At some stage the group will separate with the Bs continuing under the leadership of John Thompson, See Route here
A similar arrangement will apply on the return journey on Thursday when the Bs will be led by John and leave later and join the Cs part way along the route.  See route here
Tuesday’s ride will be led by Ken
Wedneday’s ride is being organised by Cliff/Di

C Group
Ken will assume responsibility for leading the Cs on both Monday and Thursday. Activities on Tuesday and Wednesday will be arranged amongst themselves.
It should be noted that the ride to the hotel is 40+ miles and, although flat, good weather and helpful winds cannot be guaranteed. Riders must satisfy themselves that this can be achieved in a reasonable time.

Ride Ideas around Ypres
Ideas for consideration

To Bruges  33 mile each way
Armentiers, Lille, Roubais, Passchendaele 52 miles (As Wednesday)
(opportunity to visit Passchendaele museum )
Armentieres and Poperinge 40 miles
Passchendaele Menen round trip 36 miles
(opportunity to visit Passchendaele museum )
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4150057  43.6m
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/3343757  40.4m
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5793671   32.3m
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7877473  40.1m

Group Hotel: Gasthof ‘t Zweerd
This is the link to their website .
For individual room bookings see the attached schedule.

Ferry Bookings
Outbound :-      Monday  DVDK 12/06/2017 10:00
Homebound:-  Thursday  DKDV 15/06/2017 18:00

Members attending the ride.

Contact Barry at  reply  to this mail  ID=1

Two documents supplied by the ferry company for information.
DOV-GD-032 Cyclist Group Leader Safety Instructions – Rev004
Bicycle Leaflet



Diary Note: Club Quiz Night – Fri 29th Sept

Following on from the very successful quiz night last year, Cathy and Heather have booked Shoreham Village Hall for the 29th Sept. The format will be as before
– Bring your own drinks and nibbles
– Tea and coffee available at bargain prices
– Fun guaranteed.
– Tables of 8
– This is a non-profit event; ticket prices not yet fixed but will not exceed £5.

Put the date in your diary and invite your friends and colleagues along to make up tables of 8. Smaller groups welcome – we will make up complete tables on the night.
Further details will be added to this post in due course.


DUMFRIES HOLIDAY Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2nd Jul

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If youscotlandr holiday diary is not full why not join the group of 10 who have already booked for a interesting week’s cycling round the Dumfries area of the Scottish Borders. We have a selection of rides to Gretna, Anna, Castle Douglas & Forest of Ae. We are,also hoping to take a train to Kirkconnel 180 metres above sea level for a down hill cycle to return to Dumfries almost at sea level.

At the hotel there is a swimming pool and gym free to guests.

Any queries please talk to Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, contact carassisted@meridiancyclingclub.co.uk


  • DATE; Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2rd July
  • HOTEL: Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club Dumfries
  • TARIFF: Twin/Double £455; Triple £420 Single £595 This for 7 nights per person to include Full Scottish Breakfast and 4 Course Table d’Hote Dinner.
  • LEISURE FACILITIES; Free use of indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym plus WiFi
  • BIKE STORAGE; Overnight in hotel.
  • CAR PARKING; Hotel Car Park
  • RAILWAY STATION; 5 minute walk
  • CYCLE RIDES Approx. 40 miles but not quite as hilly as the rides on the Denholm holiday The local trains or our cars may be used for 1 or 2 of the rides.
  • RIDE LEADERS; Rides to be for B and B+.
  • A RIDERS If any A riders are interested in joining us we will help them to organise suitable longer rides.

So far we have had an expression of interest in this holiday from 16 members. Please will members wishing to come confirm by the date of the AGM 9th Nov. and providing we have an viable number we will ask you to book direct with the hotel and pay a £25 non refundable deposit.As there are a number of non cycling partners interested in coming here are some suggestions for activities/places of interest.

  • For those interested in walking please look at WALKHIGHLANDS DUMFRIES AND THORNHILL
  • For history visits in Dumfries may be made to Robert Burns House and Museum, Dumfries Museum and camera obscura in a tower.
  • Trains from Dumfries go to Annan and Gretna Green – big shopping centre here but you could find somebody to marry in the Blacksmith`s Shop now open as a museum.
  • Castles galore – Drumlanrig, Threave ( house castle and gardens) Sweetheart Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle a refreshment stop on one of the cycle rides.
  • If you wish to come on the holiday please reply to Rosemary or Mike Wakefield at carassisted@meridiancyclingclub.co.uk

Riccione, Italy Sept 2017

Riccione 2 – 9 September 2017.

This trip is being organised by Bob Craig.

He has contacted the Hotel Poker Riccione who are offering a twin/double room for Euros 350 and a single for Euros 385 for the week, plus Tourist Tax of Euros 1.50 per person per day. For this you get

  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast Packed lunch if needed
  • Dinner with water and wine included
  • Bike storage and workshop
  • Free laundry for bike kit
  • Free rescue within 10 km Free WiFi
  • Heated outdoor pool.

EasyJet flights from Gatwick to Bologna are currently priced at £162 return including luggage. The hotel will arrange an airport transfer or cheaper option train from Bologna and free transfer from station to hotel.

The hotel will provide 20 riding itineraries with maps and have also offered to organise rides to a medieval village ( Mondaino ) for a pasta lunch and possibly a trip to a Formaggio di fossa ( cheese ) farm.
Bike hire is available and I will source details soon.
All in all incredible value. Please add your name to the interested list ASAP or contact me for any further information.


Time to decide is running out. Please go to the website and register if you are at all interested.
Transport to Bologna is your own responsibility, but I am trying to arrange something from the airport to the hotel and will let you know when I have prices.

Bob Craig
Contact by email  (Contact No: 161)

Comments from Bob Hazell
Certainly great value. I went there on a Dave Sims trip some years ago. The hire bikes, the rides and the guides were brilliant. The hotel buffet was extraordinary!