Photographs from Twyford Round Table’s annual cycling trip, this year to Nord Pas De Calais in France. Catching an early ferry on Saturday morning we left vehicles in Coulogne before setting off on our bikes for St Omer, stopping in Ardres for a far-too-big, not suitable for cycling, type lunch. A few navigational hiccups later we arrived at our destination (we’re blaming Google maps).

After a great night out in St Omer we set off back to Calais in the morning, stopping off at the extremely impressive “Blockhaus” in Éperlecques. This was a liquid Oxygen factory and launch site for V2s although never properly finished because the allies bombed it to bits when they discovered it. A huge block of concrete with a massive internal space for holding and launching the V2 rockets. Plenty of sobering reminders of the humans cost of the place too, which was built mainly with forced labour from the concentration camps (especially once the bombing started). The ride ended with a big hill (climb and descent) followed by a 10 mile stretch of easy riding along the Calais – St. Omer Canal.

Thanks to the Sports officer for his excellent planning of the trip, however, the star of the weekend has to be the recalcitrant Silver Fox (a bike so bad that it had to be ridden in shifts).


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