With the growing interest in old and classic bicycles, the club, with the support and enthusiasm of member Brian Reid and his Golden Age Cycles business, launched the inaugural Banbury Star Retro Ride on Sunday. This non-competitive event, for pre 1987 bikes, attracted a fine diverse entry, with many of the riders adorned in period cycling attire. The event took place over an appropriate, relatively easy, 30 mile route, along some of the best local countryside roads. Light rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the riders, with a well timed halfway stop for coffee and cake at the popular Chandlers Arms in Epwell.
Among the bikes entered were models from Merlin, Holdsworth, Jack Taylor, Rotrax, Lotus, Carlton, Major Nichols and Raleigh. However, the most interesting bike was probably the Copenhagen Pederson, made in Cheltenham with a narrow tube triangulated frame that featured an early form of suspension. This won the trophy for the best of entry award for its suitably attired owner Richard Scrase. The ride also raised money for the charity Recycle – Bikes for Africa. The plan is now to build on its success and make this an annual event on the club’s calendar.