Roasting at Rando Cyclos

The 2019 edition of Rando Cyclos, held at Sars Poteries in north-eastern France just by the Belgian border, was the 28th year this fabulous rally has been held. Despite an unpromising few days (cold, damp) before the rally weekend it turned out to be a real scorcher on the day, with temperatures around 30 degrees. The British contingent, nearly all of whom are NACC members, turned out in force, with the official count being 25 in total. The run itself, following a substantial lunch at the Salle Communale, was 50kms long and meandered north to the outskirts of Maubeuge, bypassing Jeumont and then heading down the long Thure river valley to the old customs post at Hestrud, then turning east along more familiar routes back to Sars Poteries again.

The NACC team were well rewarded by the organisers: Josie Stanley won a prize for her bright yellow New Hudson autocycle, Nick Devonport for his Tuk-tuk, Mike Hele for his superb Dresco/Sachs tandem, Martin Preston for his dans son jus Phillips Powered Bicycle and John Burgess for his Francis Barnett Powercycle.

A full report will be in August’s Buzzing, but in the mean time a few photos here give a flavour of the long weekend.

Gathering in front of the band-stand in the centre of Sars-Poteries
Out on the route, waiting for the Solexes to catch up….!
Le Coin Anglais at the municipal campsite in nearby Felleries
The usual story; two guys fixing a bike and five others giving them the benefit of their superior knowledge…..
View of the assembled bikes earlier in the day, there were many more by lunchtime.