Tour de Yorkshire Places

Good morning,

My name is Aaron and I’m getting in touch from the RAF Benevolent Fund – an organisation that supports the RAF Family with emotional, practical and financial welfare support.

We’re celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2019 and as such we’re involved with a number of events in Yorkshire. Most notably the Tour de Yorkshire next weekend.

We have a small number of places left in the team and I’m emailing to find out whether you have anyone in the club keen to take part. The deadline for registering to ride with the RAF Benevolent Fund is Tuesday 30th May and as places are limited, it will be first come first served. It’s a really exciting time to be involved and what better way than to ride through the county of Yorkshire.

It’s only £25 to register and all we ask is that each rider can raise a minimum of £175. In return we will kit you out with one of our exclusive centenary cycling jersey.

More info and to register, head to our Tour de Yorkshire webpage –

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

Best wishes,

Aaron Tillyer

Regional Fundraiser, North

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Bldg 328W, RAFC Cranwell, Sleaford, NG34 8HB

M: 07841 027494 | E:

We rely on your support to make a difference to RAF personnel, past and present, and their families. You can keep in touch by visiting our website, joining us on Facebook and Twitter, or making a donation today:

The Tockwith Service “A Celebration of Christmas”

I asked Keith about the Tockwith Service mentioned at the AGM yesterday. This was his reply.

Hi Andrew

The Tockwith Service is a  “A Celebration of Christmas”   – I am reluctant to call it carol service because most people think of a Christmas carol service as “Lessons & Carols” like the one from Cambridge.

Our service  is still obviously themed on Christmas and does have carols but there are  only a couple of readings and the other “lessons” are poems of varying degrees of humour.  We turn up in cycling gear and  applaud and laugh throughout the proceedings  (I think we are the highlight of the Tockwith Church’s year!)

Now 30 years, old the service has one person who has been to everyone and that is our own Peter Main.  Other WWs take part including Tom Beavers, Ann Benton, Nick Folkard, Nigel Emery & Bernard Turgoose and me plus anyone Tom ropes into the choir

Date is always the 2nd Sunday in December (9 Dec this year) and it starts off with  buffet lunch (provided by the under 5s mothers group) in the village hall, savory course before the service and desert course after the service.  Eating starts from about 11.45, the service starts at 12.45 sharp and lasts no more than 40 mins then its back to the hall for the trifle!!


Keith Benton

York Wednesday Wheelers Accounts in good health


Keith Benton gave a verbal report on the York Wednesday Wheelers Accounts at the AGM yesterday. Although the year showed a small deficit of £51.80, we have considerable reserves, that is a very healthy bank balance of over £1000.

Andrew Monk

Keith wondering if it will all add up – it did!KeithB

The world’s lightest secure bike lock – Made in Britain


Hello Mick,

I thought you and your cycling club members may be interested in our latest innovation, Litelok Silver.  It’s the world’s lightest secure bike lock range ever made, rated Silver by Sold Secure. It’s now on Kickstarter (a crowdfunding platform):

After consulting cyclists and bike experts globally we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure every design feature and functionality they desire is included. As well as being incredibly lightweight (starting from only 630g / 1.4lb), the locks are flexible, wearable, joinable, rattle proof, easy to use and come in 3 different lengths.

Continue reading “The world’s lightest secure bike lock – Made in Britain”

Free Komoot maps – turn your touchscreen phone into a cycling SatNav

I have vouchers for 2 sets of free Komoot maps (worldwide, normally €29). If you are planning to use Komoot for route planning or recording rides email me at or ring me on 01904 709542.

There is more about Komoot on our Links page  in the section headed “List of apps and webpages for route planning and recording”

Andrew Monk

How to get News and Ads blog posts emailed to you

Move your finger/mouse on this page until you get a pop up menu  “Follow…” . Touch/click this to get a window inviting you to enter your email address. Do so, then touch/click “Sign me up”. You’ll get an email with a link that you touch/click to complete the process. If you change your mind you can “unsubscribe” by touching/clicking the link at the foot of any email you receive.

Volunteers wanted for York Rally ride, 23 June

From Andrew Richardson

I have agreed to lead a D ride from York Rally on Saturday 23rd June. I have asked for this to be listed as a ride with York Wednesday Wheelers, with me as leader. I believe that the start time is at 9.10 from the Rally Headquarters on the Knavesmire.

The ride will be about 37 miles with a coffee stop in Stamford Bridge (there are several coffee shops now) after about 25 miles. Back by lunchtime.

It would be good if a few Wheelers were to join us, and I would appreciate a couple of volunteers to act as a ‘tail end Charlie’ and a second leader if the group is too big, and needs to be split. Please let me know if you are willing to help. I will supply you with the route in advance, but basically it is as below:

Outward route via Millennium Bridge, Walmgate Stray, Osbaldwick, Murton, Warthill, Upper Helmsley, Buttercrambe, Skirpenbeck, Bugthorpe, Youlthorpe, Gowthorpe, Full Sutton, Stamford Bridge (where there are a number of options for coffee).
Return via Route 66 to Dunnington, Murton, Osbaldwick, the cyclepath to James St then cutting through to Blue Bridge Lane and the riverside back to Millennium Bridge.

Survey of cycling near misses


Those of you who like statistics might like to glance at this nicely presented survey of cycling near misses in London.

It turns out, that it would be, on average, 400 years before a regular UK commuting cyclist would experience death or a serious injury. In contrast, s/he is likely to experience a ‘very scary’ incident once every week (this is London!) So they surveyed near misses to get more data, like they do for flight safety analyses.

The same lady has done some interesting work on how to influence cycling policy see the video on her website here.