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

Monthly archive for May 2014

5 New Ride Leaders Qualify in Spring 2014

    Louise Gagnon writes…   You probably recall seeing the picture of three grinning “brand new” ride leaders in an earlier blog article dated 10 Apr 14 (in case you’ve missed it, I have re-inserted the picture below). Well, we are proud to welcome in our ranks two more who have recently qualified: Chris Williamson and Laurie Mutch. Both come to us already well experienced in leading/monitoring group rides. Chris ride leads every Sunday with the Dorking Cycling Club while Laurie has long earned his spurs as a Marshall with the annual biggest bike race in the world (35,000 entries in 2013), the Cape Argus in Cape Town, South Africa.  Their new role as ride leaders became official when our the Club Secretary Nick Davison wrote to them recently: ” I confirm that you have been registered with the CTC as a Ride Leader for CTC West Surrey.  May

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IOW 28 May – only one ride

The only ride on the Isle of Wight on 28 May will now be the Intermediates ride; please note that the details for this ride are not as given in the Rides List, but as per the  other Latest News post from 23 May i.e 10.00 crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne.    John Murdoch

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Closed roads don’t deter the Sunday Riders!

Peter Hackman writes….     Six of us rode to Hook from Farnham for coffee and thence a big loop to Sherfield on Loddon in the hope of meeting up with the South Berks CTC riders. However due to a delayed departure from Farnham, a closed canal bridge to negotiate, a puncture and an encounter with a mole we didn’t arrive at Sherfield Garden Centre until 2:30, by which time the South Berks must have left. The closed bridge entailed man/woman handling the bikes over barriers, across ditches and along pipes and wooden planks to avoid a detour! Having successfully struggled to replace Heidi’s tyre after a puncture we encounterd a mole trying to eat a worm by the roadside quite oblivious to passing cars. Eventually John encouraged it back onto the verge with the aid of his pump. Our route took us past the Roman walls at Silchester and

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WMW Intermediates IOW ride 28 May

Click on link above to read whole post Fast Riders – for details see Rides List Intermediates – Use the 10:00am Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry. This is about 5 mins cycle ride from the station, close to the Spinnaker Tower and clearly signposted. If you are coming by car you should be able to park in the car park opposite the Wightlink terminal. Meet at 9:45 at the terminal. Book online to avoid admin fee. If you wish to stay on for a bite in the evening, there is a good pub at Fishbourne – the Fishbourne Inn, very close to the terminal. For those of you with Garmins, you should be able to download the proposed route from here (about 50 miles, there is an option to go on the cycle path from Freshwater to Yarmouth but at the moment I have planned the route to stay on roads) :

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Sunset Freewheelers: New Godalming Meeting Point.

We will meet at the top end of the Crown Court Car Park, closest to the High Street (GU7 1HR) – just behind the Jack Phillips Pub. Next evening ride: Tuesday 27th May 14 at 7 PM. Always check Latest News before heading out for a club  ride. 

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Stonehenge 2014

Peter Hackman writes…. Thank you to all our participants without whom Nick, Marion, Bob and I would have had a very boring day! Here are some photos of the occasion. As well as the wild and very fierce animals we were treated to a bit of culture…Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The first time I’ve seen a pianist wearing cleated shoes!! Peter Hackman

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Ride Leaders: Sunday 8 June

    Helen Juden writes…. It’s great to see so many people out enjoying themselves on bikes, though sharing the roads with mass-participation rides can be rather tricky. If you are leading on Sunday 8 June, please bear in mind the routes of these other events: Wiggle Surrey and Sussex Scramble Liphook Charity Ride The hyperlinks go to route information about these events. Many thanks, Helen Juden 01428 683302

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Escaped Animals Seen on the Danebury

Bob McLeod reports seeing a couple of cycling animals on the Danebury yesterday. He suspects they escaped from the Alresford Watercress event!

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The Elstead 100 – 2014

Louise Gagnon writes…. Elstead Audax 100 organisers took an exceedingly dim view over rumours of illegal drug usage.  Here Peter Hackman is pictured after one successful intervention. Thanks Peter for keeping this great annual event drugs-free! [ All joking aside, thanks to Nick Davison, Marion Davison, and Peter Hackman for organising such a wonderful event. The route was beautifully scenic, mostly traffic-free and also somewhat pothole-free as we rode mostly in Hampshire.  As always the presence of other riders coming from far and wide made the real difference. A gorgeous sunny day and 23 C really boosted our spirits as well.   Marion, thanks for the refreshments. If I were you I’d get Peter to assist with dishes; he seems so highly capable.

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Farnham Wayfarers change of meeting place

Please note: – change of meeting place for Brockenhurst ride 18 May. Now 8:00am at 41 Boundstone Road, Farnham GU10 4TW. OS186/831439 Happy pedalling.  Liz

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