The Britannia Times
The 2017 Team EditPublished on 17th. May 2017
Earlier this year we hailed an almighty yell for Team entries for this year's Ride. As The Ride reaches final places - here's the good and the great from the Team list.
We've had a fantastic response to our shout out for Team entries this year - the Team list is bigger than ever! As ever - we are bowled over by how much passion and effort our Riders go to. With this in mind, we've picked out a handful of Teams that caught our eye (you'll see why) Our Teams will also be given a 'Field Card' so they'll be enjoying some treat time at the bars! Team entry is still open - so don't miss out! Read more HERE for the details! For now...We present The 2017 Team Edit!
Mug Runchers Cycling & Coffee Club
“A small group of plucky riders that met through the love of rugby and cycling and now tour the wonderful roads of Leicestershire in search of good coffee cake and beer! We also ride for a small charity and have recently completed the Coast to Coast challenge and will attempt London to Paris in August after Eroica Britannia.”
Cicli Artigianali (Pictured)
“We are an informal group of cyclists based in the London area who restore, maintain and most importantly ride vintage artisan-built road racing bicycles. Our machines hail from the 'golden era' of cycle racing - the 1930s to mid 1980s, with the cut off date coinciding with the arrival of index gears, clipless pedals and all carbon fibre frames.”
The Guvnors' Assembly
With the smallest submitted biog 'A drinking club with a cycling habit' BUT with the best call to arms...Have a look HERE!
“We rode and enjoyed this event so much last year we are back again with more riders. Most of us ride with a Portsmouth based club.”
Boston Steel Wheelers
“We are a group of Cyclists from the Boston Wheelers Cycling Club in Lincolnshire. Some of us have attended and ridden in the festival before. This year we have three husband and wife members riding and are very proud to be able to enter as a team. We have researched the Boston Wheelers history and have had jerseys custom made to replicate the Official Club racing kit of the era. We are all camping at the festival and look forward to the new venue and enjoying the entertainment line us as well as the fantastic atmosphere we know there will be. “
Pioneer Cycling Club
“Originally founded in 1881, The Pioneer Cycling Club are one of the oldest cycling clubs in the UK. Our archivist holds a complete set of monthly newsletters from 1894 to 1901. Reformed in 2012 Members of the Pioneer Cycling Club have cycled far and wide from The Cape Argus to the Etape du Tour in true Pioneering spirit. This year we will be visiting Corsica Orkney, the Somme Battlefields and of course Eroica Britannia.”
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
“Our team members are connected by working, living or being born and of course cycling in Nottingham - the home of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Nottingham is the city where Raleigh workers flowed to and from outlying suburbs as part of their daily grind - on trusty steel steeds. Saddle bags and rolled up yellow cycling capes were an essential part of everyday equipment for this hardy but happy breed. Clothing needed to be stout often utility but essentially stylish, especially for weekend social rides outside of the daily commute to the Raleigh factory. These social rides were often for distances of at least 25 miles and sometimes even more! Cycling to the factory was not a choice; however weekend social rides to Derbyshire made it all worthwhile. Cycling was essential and adverse weather distance as well as the nearby Derbyshire hills were often befriended and sometimes... even enjoyed. Whatever the journey, whatever the climate was the ever ready rolled up yellow cycling cape on the saddlebag! Saturday Night and Sunday Morning often meant local ales by night and rides out by day!”
“We are six grown up Norwegian youngsters in their late fifties/early sixties, who are good friends since many years back from doing the trip to the Peaks for the second time. We decided to book accommodation early and found the Whitehouse Farm fairly close to the festival site about 2 mile away. The converted barn may house up to 14 persons so we shouted through the grapevine in the Norwegian vintage bike community that there were beds available for the event. Four youngsters in their early thirties have now booked for the event. The fitness level and cycling experience varies from zero to experienced riders with many long distance events under their belts like the 530 km long Trondheim Oslo. Nowadays there is no internal competitions among us, the fittest helps the more inexperienced as a motor to bring everybody through the challenge. The youngsters fit well into the team with fitness and good stamina needed to tow us all through, together.”