Last Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the annual Benson Veteran Cycling Club bike ride. I had another appointment in the afternoon so it was a flying visit to see friends and then a few pictures in Ewelme before the first pit stop for the riders.
Those interested in seeing the images they are now online and prints are available should you wish to treat yourself!
Many of you that know me from Twitter (@ringmybrassbell) and Facebook (My British Bicycle) will be aware I am a proud owner of a Pashley Guvnor. I have owned it for just under a year and bought it new from The Traditional Bicycle shop in Stratford Upon Avon, the home of Pashley Cycles. It’s a fabulous shop and I cannot recommend them enough to anyone looking to purchase a Pashley bicycle. My good lady and I look forward to the Pashley Picnic later this month!!!
My reason for this post is just to share a photograph I took last year at a wedding. I am a professional photographer by trade and shoot around 25 weddings a year. The groom had arranged for Caroline Grace to do a fly past in her Spitfire for 10 mins or so on her way to Highclere castle! Caroline owed the groom a favour and all he had to do was pay for a tank of fuel.
Well, all I can say was it was an incredible evening and here is my favourite image of the Spitfire I took. Being VE Day today reminded me of this iconic plane and how valuable it was to us during WW2.
Reynolds supply the tubing for the Pashley Guvnor, the legendary 531 tubing, a very popular choice in the days of all steel bicycles. Now, I hope you are sitting down……Reynolds also supplied the tubing for the Spitfire during the war and made almost 25,000 miles of alloy and steel tubing in the production of Spitfire planes and other machinery used in the war effort.
Riding the Guvnor makes me even more proud to be British!
As it’s a great British tradition of voting on a Thursday and with our polling station around a mile away I though I would cycle the short journey to cast my vote. It was a lovely trip on my 1920’s /30’s Humber through the #Oxfordshire countryside to do my little bit for society. I love this time of year when the cow parsley is dancing in the breeze on the road side and took this opportunity for a quick picture under one of my favourite trees.
Today the #TourOfBritain came through our village so we thought it was only polite to take some time out this afternoon to take a stroll past the cricket ground and watch the racers as they sped past. With primary school children lining the way and quite a crowd of locals out to cheer the riders on it was a lovely atmosphere. I decided to head away from the crowd to get a few shots against a less cluttered background with some nice autumn colour behind the riders. I positioned myself with a few other people at the bottom off Kingston Hill in Kingston Blount, Canon camera in hand I was poised and ready! After lots of police and organiser motorbikes came flying though the cyclists suddenly appeared. I had to be quick as they had just travelled down the hill and still had plenty of pace. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the race, it all happened in such a blur and was all over in 30 seconds once the pack appeared. See if there are any cyclists you can recognise?