The 31st Hetchins ride took place, in reduced format, on Saturday 9th Sept 2023. The event was sponsored under the aegis of Golden Age Cycles Gallery in Adderbury, Oxfordshire. Approximately 20 people attended, 12 rode, and several met us along the way for tea and lunch at the planned stops. Many familiar faces, and some new ones, greeted us. Several bikes not seen before also debuted. Due to the heat, we kept the routes short, approx. 10 miles out to elevenses at the Moon and Sixpence in Hanwell, then a short hop to lunch at the Wroxton House Hotel in Wroxten. From Wroxten, riders made their way back to Edgehill by various routes (each to his own, depending on hilliness and distance).
A fine dinner was enjoyed at the Castle at Edgehill; the service and food both excellent--highly recommended.
Some impressions of the day follow.
Above: the assembled attendees.
The green Experto is Trevor Jarvis's own:
the black one to the rt. foreground is that of Trevor's father.
Trevor is in the back row, center, in the original Alf Hetchin jersey.
Chatting on the grounds of The Castle, before the ride.
Above: Three beautifully restored bikes, not seen before.
1999 curly Mixte; one of only three built.
Full chrome Anglo-Continental (note the beefy fork).
1950s Swallow w/ spectacular finish; often ridden at L'Eroica.
Tea and cakes in Hanwell.
En route to lunch.
Typical for this region: thatched-roof houses.
Lunch stop in the village of Wroxton.
Departing for a leisurely ride back to The Castle.
Crossing the border from Oxfordshire into Warwickshire, Shakespeare's country.
Return to The Castle for afternoon tea.
The Castle overlooks a famous battlefield.
A brief visit to the Golden Age Cycles Gallery, Adderbury.
Relaxed dinner and conversation at The Castle.
Chocolate mousse to die for.
We hope to see you all again next year.
(We'll have an OS map for each rider.)