cycling in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and beyond…..

Yearly archive for 2012

West Surrey Tour to Austria ????

 Ah…. Sound of Music land, fabulous mountain scenery and a route planned by an expert (Chris Juden). Chris says this of the tour (which has completely filled after just a few days on the CTC H&T website and is thus no longer visible except to us tour leaders): Short days and rest days will provide many opportunities for sightseeing or relaxing. In addition to spectacular alpine scenery, the sights include picturesque towns and villages, churches, castles and caverns. Chris has asked if I would like to lead a repeat tour. Well, yes, I would, perhaps as a bona fide CTC tour, or perhaps as a friendly little West Surrey expedition. Several West Surrey folk managed to get on Chris’ tour, several others weren’t quite quick enough and didn’t. The plan so far is to see if there are enough of us to make up a group (of perhaps ten?). The

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Godalming & Guildford Wayfarers Christmas Lunch

There was a great turnout at this excellent event – first time for me! The brave among us cycled to the King William IV pub in West Horsley, whilst others (me included) decided it was really a bit too icy. Shame because the sun was shining. Hilary gave a brief speech, principally to thank Peter Fennemore for all his hard work in making these rides happen. Hurrah! Thanks, Peter!

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Ride Photos ~ 25/11/12

Can’t believe it but I think I’m acquiring the desire to go riding with my local group(s) – it’s only taken twelve years, but having done four rides in the last two weeks, the bug is beginning to get a strong grip. Mind you, it helps to have decent weather – which it has been on two and a half of the rides. The next thing to do is remember to bring my camera; iPhone cameras are useless for action pics. The two below are OK though (because they’re static). There were only four out on last Wednesday’s ride. OK, it was pretty grim. The Sunday Intermediates at Grayshott. It only rained a bit – honest! But so lovely and mild!

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A Veritable Touring Magazine ~ Bicycle Traveler

One of my favourite cycling blogs is Cass Gilbert’s While Out Riding, principally because Cass’ photography is so good < http://whileoutriding.com/author/otbiking/ >  His latest email post had a couple of links which caught my eye – both have been around for a while and I probably discovered them years ago but, with the passage of time, they slipped away. Here they are again, because you’ll probably like them: Bicycle Traveler magazine – don’t be put off by the American spelling (it’s an American magazine) but it’s an online magazine and it’s free, and it’s all about touring and photography and equipment and… well it’s just a little bit of heaven really. Here’s the link to it< http://bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundtheworld.nl/ > and here’s a crafty photo of the contents page to demonstrate what kind of stuff is in it. Very worthwhile reading – there’s even an old interview with our very own Ian

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Beryl Burton Play on the Radio

In the unlikely event that you didn’t see it in CycleClips… The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 27 Nov (1415-1500) is “Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels”. Maxine Peake writes and stars in this true love story of Beryl Burton, a working-class mum from Morley in Leeds who, with no financial backing or training, combined farm work with global domination in all areas of cycling competition from the 1950s to 1970s.  With contributions from Charlie Burton and Denise Burton-Cole. Have you read Beryl’s book, “Personal Best”?

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Times ‘Cyclesafe’ Survey

One or two members felt that other members might like to add their input to this survey. The details are below. To participate, click here to access the survey. (James Harding is the Editor of The Times, by the way.) And, yes, about 100 cyclists are killed each year on our roads – I checked with CTC’s Campaigning Department. Mary’s accident happened last November.

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Club Cycling Tops

Distributed at the recent AGM was the first batch of our newly designed CTC West Surrey cycle tops. We hope you like it – if you do, and would like to buy one, contact Rides Secretary John Murdoch. Your order will be processed as soon as possible, which basically is when we have enough orders to achieve a certain cost level – the bigger the order the cheaper each top. The first batch was a mix of summer weight long and short sleeved tops – 19 in all – which cost a tad under £40 each. Thanks to our models, Peter and Bob, not to mention Louise who is clearly excited by something – presumably our models! You see the effect a well designed cycling top can have! Several people have asked about winter weight tops – a copy of their price list may be found below, from which you

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That sinking feeling….

Yes, the CTC West Surrey website has been down for a couple of days, but now it’s up again. For an explanation, please speak to Plusnet, that highly recommended services provider. Only this time the very nice customer services person got it a bit wrong, which is why the site was down for a while. Oh well…..never mind…Worse things have happened. Apologies anyway!

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CTC West Surrey Cycle Tops ~ The Final Design

We’re all set for getting these produced – just waiting for the list from John M to send off. Below is the final design with the logo design too.

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Rides List for October – December 2012

The Rides List for October – December 2012 is now re-posted on to the website, with the bonus that you don’t have to lie on your side to read it! Photo shows our fave Manxman, Mark Cavendish, winning the stage on Guildford High Street.

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