"Bionic" Brian Tilley is recovering in hospital following a nasty bike accident on the Tuesday evening "BRAT Bash" this week.  There were no cars involved, and no other bikes came down either.  The probable trigger was a "touch of wheels" at speed, resulting in Brian falling onto the road, fracturing his left shoulder, several ribs and his pelvis.  He also suffered a punctured lung.  Although he has little memory of the accident, he specifically wanted to thank all of the BRATs who helped get him to hospital and on the road (as it were) to recovery, including Mark Hirsch ("he was magnificent"), Washy (who broke the news to Clare), Cocky, Chris and Speedy Dave.  Brian is also pleased to report that his bike appears to be relatively undamaged - although he now has matching scrape marks on both brake levers (the first sustained following his accident and broken hip a year ago).

The BRAT Bash is a regular training session during the lighter months consisting of a group ride over a fast standardised 26 mile loop from Wythall through Hockley Heath to Rowington and back through Knowle.  Despite this accident and its challenging nature, the BRAT Bash has one of the best group ride safety records - this is only the second major accident in 10 years.  Please refer to the updated BRAT Club group riding etiquette (attachment). Get well soon, Bionic - you will be back, stronger than ever.

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Monday, 24 June 2013 15:21

C is For Cake

What better reason to get out of bed early on a Sunday morning, than to enjoy some time in the saddle in pursuit of cake. Last Sunday's C ride (expertly led by Andy Stowe) included a super stop at Dynamic Rides in Hockley Heath for some welcome refreshments of coffee, cake and other sweet treats. The riders definately earnt their crumbs after peddling hard for 40 miles in the glorious summer sunshine.

Cake: The ying to the yang of a healthy BRAT lifestyle! 

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The country lanes of Warwickshire saw summer arrive in style on May Bank Holiday Monday: Shades were on, arm warmers were off and legs were out for the squad of BRAT riders taking part in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital charity bike ride in aid of for the Intensive Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. 

The pack set off on the 60-mile route closely and expertly controlled by Ann-Marie Two-Whistles amid bright sunshine and blue skies. The event has been heralded as a fantastic day, thanks to a combination of a great route, good group riding organisation, everyone (almost, not mentioning names Daisy and Hannah!) decked out their in BRAT kit, and a fantastic BBQ at the end. Thanks to everyone who took part for helping to raise over £2000 for such a good cause. Thanks too to Tess Oelofse for organising the BRAT contingent to take part.

If you’d like to know more about this ride or donate to the cause, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/ICUBike2013, or look out for the extended report on this event (which includes further details on the burgers, wee stops and other comedy moments) in the next edition of BRAT news! 

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