Hi Louise and the dedicated organisers of 7w’s,

A special thanks for another great weekend, gorgeous weather, fabulous rides, great company and a lot of laughs.

My second 7′w’s, and I’m sure, not the last.

Just to let you know that I followed Andy on his Aprilla all the way to Newbury (no fuel stops) and parted in the centre of the town.  I checked the Aprilla forum and found a solution to the small fuel tank (see attached picture) If he arrives with this modification then the 25th 7W’s WILL be memorable

Mike (E)


Hi all,

Let me add my thanks to Lou, Steve, and all run leaders, adding my thanks for your ability to add in extra fuel stops for the gas guzzler.

I’ve since found out the Aprilia tank is 17 litres and is good for 20 miles on reserve  – so the 18.5 with the ‘You need fuel’ light on was getting close. And how I got 17.2 litres in when I filled up I just don’t know (close perhaps) …Phew….

Thanks for the picture Mike  – Just got to save up now so I can take it out again later in the summer


Andy (S)


Hello everybody

I would just like to record my thanks to all the organizers and workers on this most fantastic 24th 7w’s weekend.

It was a great success and for such a large group worked really well.

Great runs and thanks to lill-Lou for the weather.

The 7W’s great ‘egg on face and Spoon race’ was well hosted by the Smiling Assassin ‘Simon’ and I am gutted by not being worthy of such recognition…yet again.

Ta Steve for tireless organization.

The first official duty if our new DC went well.

next time



Yes, finally, I got a taste of what 7W is all about, just a bugger it had to be on the last day. I had a fantastic day and will definitely come back. Thanks to all who made it happen and to everybody who have been looking after me.



I would like to ‘big it up’ for the excellent 7W’s. Wonderful weather, wonderful company and Stalag Rad Victoria Wells just gets better and better. And the Welsh Black at the Neuadd Arms Hotel…mmmm (later).

Thanks to everyone who helped organise the event and to Leucetois, welsh god of weather, for smiling so much this weekend.

Q (Sion)


Hi All,

Superlatives have yet to be defined that can adequately describe the 24th 7 W’s.

The organisation, venue, company,  wonderful roads (including those nadgery one’s on Charon’s run)  were spot on and what about that weather?

Thanks to all involved; your hard work made it a huge success and I had a brilliant time.

Peter D


Yes. Thanks from me too to Lou, Steve and team for their organization and to all the run leaders and back markers, and to everyone else, you all helped to make it a good weekend (and the weather helped).

And thanks for my spoon and your enthusiastic welcome back on Saturday (even if you were all forced into by the lovely Lou ). I certainly appreciated getting back to warmth, food, rest and good company after an interesting 3 hour ride in the dark.  

I very much appreciate all the people that have picked me and my bike up and helped me with punctures over the years, and I try to do my bit for others when things go awry. It’s one of the great things about our biking community that we look after each other.

Having said that, I’m not looking to pick people up off of the tarmac and would appreciate it if you would try not to throw you and your bike into the road in front of me (Bob!) unless it’s absolutely unavoidable.




Thanks everyone for a great weekend.  It’s clear that a tremendous amount of work and planning goes into the weekend and it’s very much appreciated.

Next time I will try not to go off on my own little detour.  From what I hear the scenery was a lot better where you went!  Still, some great roads, wonderful weather and good company . . . can it get any better?

Thanks again.



I just want to add my thanks for all the organisation that must have gone into this. I have had an amazing weekend. I have learnt a lot and feel my riding has improved, which has also boosted my confidence as well.

Thanks to Louise for three great runs. Thanks too to all the observers for their time and advice, and to all the other members offering advice and guidance.

My total from home to home – 791 miles and around £90 of petrol!

Hopefully see you all again for the next one.



Hear Hear.

Thanks Louise, Steve & Amanda for all the hard work and organisation, and to all for making it a great weekend.

Love to do it again, hopefully as a full member next time.


Andy R


Lets just say my fuel bill was a just a little bit bigger…(only by a smidgeon though…..)

Andy (S)


Hi chaps

So as not to clog up everyone else’s Inbox I thought I’d just send you a personal note of thanks for last weekend.

Once again very enjoyable and the seamless organisation reminds me of a swan in full swim. Well done.

John (Not JJ)


Thank you everyone.

I too had a brilliant time and a wonderful week-end in spite of my little faux pas on the bridge and Lynn I promise I do do my best not to throw my bike in front of anyone but if I am going to do in front of someone, I cannot think of a better person to do in front of than you!

However please accept my public apology for this dastardly act.  )

& for those (few?) of you who have not heard the scuttlebutt yet – having taken my camera and not taken a single shot all w/e I thought it a lovely idea to stop for 30 seconds on a lovely old stone bridge in one of a number of little triangular  ‘alcoves’ on the bridge and take a couple of shots of riders coming across the bridge. Only to find in my impulsive decision I hadn’t clocked quite how narrow the bridge was and that every TVAM rider would then stop and ask if I was OK. It rapidly created an embarrassing traffic jam and in my haste to extricate myself from the situation, exiting the little alcove I just brushed the stone parapet which unfortunately was enough to tip the little scooter over – very much to my further embarrassment and chagrin having just had all the panels resprayed!

Act in haste, repent in leisure!




Certainly will second it was a fab trip away and appreciation to all those involved with planning! Loved it.

Candice X


Thank you Louise, Steve and all the team who organised the week end. I had a wonderful time and 3 exhilarating  runs with Ian, Louise and Amanda.

Thank you also to Colin and Ian for your encouraging and thoughtful instruction during my observed runs.

A great experience.

John (D)


Hi all
I’ve been trying to think of something clever to say in appreciation of a great weekend. All I can think of saying is THANK YOU ALL, not just the organizers but everyone involved with the runs.


Gary (P)


Louise / Steve

Just to say that I had the most fantastic time over the weekend, I do apologise for all the pestering and for being a complete pain in the arse, from myself and the campaigning from Amanda before hand.

But I’m just so pleased I was able to come, my new bike is now full run in and my confidence on it has been improved so much from a great three days riding. Amazing organisation, Amazing Roads, Amazing Weather.

Thanks for absolutely everything,  I have already block booked all the weekends in the family calendar for the end of Sept / Oct for the next one so I won’t be such a pain next time (hopefully!!)

See you soon<

Pete (C)


Same from me too.

Great weekend and even better than I was told it would be.

Think I have also mastered LLR at last with thanks to some advice from Andy!

Thanks to all involved,especially Louise and Steve,  for making it the best ever biking experience




Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone for the most brilliant weekend of biking!!  I’ve throughly enjoyed my first 7W’s and am already counting the sleeps to the next one..



Just to add my tuppence and to join in with everyone’s enthusiastic applause … wonderful … and I never imagined that the second 7Ws could ever equal the first … but guess what.

Tyres beginning to round off nicely with all those incredible curves  … must go back and get some photos at some point  just so I can show friends and family what I have been gibbering about for 24 hours.

Many thanks to all the event organisers and their helpers … and also so very much to all the friendly people who shared a wonderful weekend.



Hi All,

I just wanted to add my huge THANKS to all involved in making the 7Ws such a fantastic weekend.

This was my first 7Ws but certainly not my last, look forward to seeing you all for the 25th trip.

Many thanks,

Dawn x


What a fabulous weekend!

Amazing weather, fabulous rides and lovely people in Gods own country.
Huge thanks to Lou and Steve for the organisation, Steve and Ian for such brilliant runs and Dawn and Candice for being the best room-mates.



At risk of sounding tediously repetitive, many thanks to all those involved who made this a great weekend. However, unlike Simon’s memorable dressing down on the first night – “you know who you are, you know what you did, enough said, don’t do it again” – I do ask for all our sakes that you DO please do it again because in my view the 7Ws weekends encapsulate all that is good at TVAM.



Memorable!!! Thank you all

…… how many sleeps is it?



Hi All

I would like to add my huge thanks for another great 7W’s week-end, apologises for dumping my bike on the road on the way down on Friday.

Thanks to everyone who helped put it and me the right way up to continue the journey.

Looking forward to the next one, with great company.

Best regards



Just to echo all the previous messages; I had a terrific weekend, met some great people and enjoyed lovely weather.  Many thanks for the useful advice from observers I now have to dig out my highway code to prepare for my cross check.

Apologies to Paul for the run home, I had to turn off the A40 as I left my bum-bag at the Little Chef.

I’d love to go again!

Tony (W)


What can I say? brilliant weekend, supperb riding skills, great to watch, congrats to all, from a very appreciative associate.

Regards Mick. (K)



Thanks for another great weekend – wonderful runs.  Even better for my zero increase in the spoon count.



Hi Louise

Just wanted to let you know that Kev and I got home okay.  Thanks so much for all your input for the weekend… And Steve, Simon and front and back markers.  We had a fab time… Great weather; great roads and great company.

I am proud of my wooden spoon… I wholeheartedly accept it…

Thanks again… We really did have a great time

Kate & Kev


Home safe

Thanks for everything, had a fab time.

Oy, Chris, I think you’ve got something on the bottom of your shoe.



The dust has settled. Most of it appears to be on my bike!

Another fantastic 7W’s. Well done guys.

Love from Mike & Sheena.

7Ws_24B The remains of Lou’s Luggage: –

1 wooden spoon; 1 first aid kit; my helmet cam strap; a plastic wallet and my Kriega bag (sob).