Geriatric Jaunts

Geriatric jaunts… with the last of the summer whiners

We started around 1991 or ’92 when Jim and Don, with Maurice Hunter decided to drag Baz Hewland out on his bike on a regular basic to recuperate from his heart surgery. As we got fitter we went faster and further and were joined by a number of Hull Thursday stalwarts Graeme Forester, Barry Trotter, Dennis Hunter and anyone else who had either retired or could scrounge off work. As we lived at various sides of the city we agreed to meet at different points on a regular basis.


The local cafés soon got to know and welcome us – the talk and discussion very much like that in the TV soap “Last of the Summer Wine”. My description was more as a bunch of geriatrics, mature bike riders behaving like children.

After Vic Sutton and Rob Stones joined the rides we were not averse to having skirmishes up and down the dales, always on the minor roads – in fact we try to find roads that we’ve never been down. Every ride an adventure but Baz and Maurice dropped out and Rob showed us how we could re-hydrate ourselves in a public bar when we got back to Hull. We never, except when I’m not there, have alcohol at lunch time unless there’s a special occasion like our Christmas Dinner.


“Wednesday Talk” is slightly abnormal and ridiculous. We sometimes go into Belgium and Holland for the Wednesday ride and these are always well supported. The above group is outside the church waiting for the Campanile to sound in Damme.

If you would like to join them and would like more info then contact Jim Sampson.

Geriatrics Rides List

‘Geriatric Jaunts’ rides lists available to download and print below:

If any of you would prefer a ‘hard copy’ please email Paul Brown the Geriatric Jaunts rides list compiler.



All runs start at 10.00 Growing old is compulsory; growing up is optional. No racing aloud.
The object is to discuss ways of putting the world right – without losing anybody!

1) Leader 1 will take the ride to destination as noted usually by a roundabout route.
2) Leader 2 will take the ride to destination by direct route or alternative destination shown
3) Rejuvenation for both rides will be as location shown.
4) To enable contact between groups on rides it would be helpful if mobiles phones were switched ON !!!!!!!!

The Last of the Summer Whiners