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Monthly archive for November 2013

Sartorially Splendid Cyclists of the West Surrey

In response to a comment about there being no photo of Don in his lederhosen – I can assure you there is: see October 15 ride – it would seem appropriate to re-post a couple of photos for everyone’s amusement. (And I thought I was the one into self-advertising!) And here’s Don receiving his award for daring to wear his lederhosen outfit in the Surrey Hills. Will Bob receive something in due course? A budgie perhaps!

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Farnham Group ~ 10th November Ride

Hugh’s photo was taken at Gibbet Hill on 10th November on the Farnham ‘ 2nd Sunday’ Ride. The weather was perfect and we could see, if looking in the right direction, the outskirts of London. (Or even the centre: Docklands, City, skyscrapers etc? – ed)

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New Chairman’s Message (from the AGM)

Louise Gagnon, our new Chairman, gave a lengthy and most impressive speech at our recent AGM and it’s been suggested that people might like to hear it again (or read it), so here it is. To listen to it, click on this link  Chairmanship CTC West Surrey – Manifesto to AGM 2 Nov 2013 Good morning everybody! My life was quiet and uneventful until mid –August. This is when I received an email from our Chairman, Roger Philo, asking me: : “Louise, why don’t you consider becoming our next Chairperson?”. Needless to say, this came as a little bit of a surprise… As we all know, a very important part of a Chairperson’s mandate is to provide a focus, a sense of future direction for the activities of the club. So I set about consulting with as many of you as I could, I must have spoken to at least

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A BCQ Ride by Chris Jeggo

The 7th of November turned out to be a fine autumn day, far pleasanter than the immediately preceding wet Wednesday, which was better spent catching up with admin chores, giving the mid-week club ride a miss.  I decided to visit three more BCQ locations. The British Cycle Quest is run by the CTC as a challenge for cycletourists.  There are six places to visit in each county in the UK, with a question to answer at each.  If you submit your answers on official forms you can win certificates, medals and trophies, if that turns you on.  Not me.  However, the checkpoints have been chosen to be in interesting places, in good cycling areas, so I have found them to be an inspiration for bike rides that take me to locations which I would probably not have visited otherwise but which turned out to be worth visiting. Having already ‘collected’

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Bob Macleod in his “Budgie Smugglers”

Laurie Mutch writes: Bob apparently leapt out of the house on Wednesday morning in a hurry only to discover that he had grabbed completely inappropriate clothing for a wet ride (or perhaps very appropriate as a swimming costume). He then had a choice of returning home to face his wife or the amusement of his fellow cyclists. On arrival, his cycling “friends” absolutely collapsed in laughter – especially given the white gap between his summer tanned legs and the budgie smugglers.

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Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation ~ Read all about it!

  Five CTC members attended the once in a decade live Surrey Cycling Debate at Surrey UniversityUnfortunately little of the discussion was on Surrey’s Cycling Strategy. Concerns were expressed by Surrey residents about the behaviour of cyclists and the number of cycling events in the County and their impact on access and business. Both the police and residents spoke about poorly supervised and undisciplined sportives. In many respects a lost opportunity to debate the strategy and develop common ground. Over the past month the Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation has been taking place. Your committee has made an official response, as has Guildford’s Cycling Forum. Keith Chesterton, who some of you will know, has been keeping some of us in the loop with information.  There follow some links and copies of emails which will, I hope, put anyone wishing to learn more, in the picture as far as the current status

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Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation ~ Read all about it!

    Five CTC members attended the once in a decade live Surrey Cycling Debate at Surrey UniversityUnfortunately little of the discussion was on Surrey’s Cycling Strategy. Concerns were expressed by Surrey residents about the behaviour of cyclists and the number of cycling events in the County and their impact on access and business. Both the police and residents spoke about poorly supervised and undisciplined sportives. In many respects a lost opportunity to debate the strategy and develop common ground. Over the past month the Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation has been taking place. Your committee has made an official response, as has Guildford’s Cycling Forum. Keith Chesterton, who some of you will know, has been keeping some of us in the loop with information.  There follow some links and copies of emails which will, I hope, put anyone wishing to learn more, in the picture as far as the current

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Sunday Ride ~ 3 November 2013

Here we were in November, and still the weather was holding – more or less. The forecast hadn’t been good which probably resulted in the poor turn-out of four. We actually had just one small shower and the promised wind really wasn’t bad at all. The sun was low in the sky, which made the countryside look even more stunning than usual. The route: http://www.strava.com/activities/92945071

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Wednesday 30 October Ride

Surprisingly pleasant weather! Perhaps the most notable aspect of the day was that Don was stunning us with his remarkable cycling top. The Route which officially started at Maybury:  http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1980606

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Chris Jeggo ~ Past & Future Touring

Chris Jeggo had a great time touring the Pyrenees in September, and has now put his photos on to Flickr:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jeggo/sets/72157636660099003/   No accommodation was booked in advance, which caused no problems, but which enabled the itinerary to be adapted to the weather. This varied between seriously sunny and seriously wet.     He’s thinking of doing something similar next year, probably a two-week tour to include Mont Ventoux, the Grand Canyon du Verdon and the southern Alps.  Let him know if you might be interested in joining him.            Mt Ventoux

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