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

Monthly archive for June 2014

CTC volunteering opportunity THIS WEEKEND in GUILDFORD

There is a Queen Elizabeth Park Residents’ Association event in Guildford on Saturday. The CTC will be running a ‘Dr Bike’ service and just generally chatting to residents about cycling in the local area. Would anyone be interested in popping along for a few hours and chatting to people about cycling in the local area between 1pm and 5pm? Located in Stoughton, opposite Budgens and next door to CTC Head Office.

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Loving The Ride but Not the Nettle & Thorn Pain?

Annoyed by overgrown cycling paths, as we were while en route to yesterdays’ Wednesday ride?  After a tip from Rico, I called the Highways Agency  (0300 123 5000). Their friendly “Local Area Team will get on with this clearing near Potters Lane along the A3 very shortly…but they are currently also quite busy so it may take a while. Mimicking the example of an 80 year old Rambler in my area, I thought: why not grabb a pair of secateurs and clear up the worst bits?  It took an hour to clear up a 100 meter corridor this morning (about 10% of the overgrown path) and allowed me to pleasantly engage with many commuting cyclists using the paths.  I think they’ll also come back with secateurs this weekend!  Let’s start a movement, my friends; let’s do our bit in our area to make our paths at least passable to fellow

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Rowlands Castle ride

This Wednesday, there is another ride for grades 3 and 4 in an area which we visit fairly infrequently.  The start is at Rowlands Castle, coffee at Stansted House (where there is ample parking for those wishing to take the car), and the plan then is for both groups to cycle via Bosham to take the little Itchenor ferry (2.50 including bike).  After that there is a shortish section of track round the edge of the harbour (still suitable for road bikes) with lunch at Dell Quay.  I will then lead back to Stansted House for those who have left cars there.  It is a great ride, not too long, but deserving of the very best weather; if it is not up to scratch, we might amend the route on the day, and leave Dell Quay to the August ride scheduled for the same area.

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Chris Jeggo’s French tour, September – one place left

Right now, three of us are booked on the Bike Bus to travel to Orange on 6 September, returning 21-22 September.  I am prepared to take one more, but the Bike Bus booking needs to be made soon, before it fills up on one of the journeys. This is a moving-on, unsupported, carry-your-own-luggage tour of some of the scenic splendours of southern France.  The itinerary includes Mont Ventoux, Gorges de la Nesque, Grand Canyon de Verdon (both sides), Gorges du Cian, Gorges de Daluis, Col d’Allos, Col de la Cayolle.  For photos and other information see Sheila Simpson’s and Francis Cooke’s Virtual Alps website:  http://www.aukadia.net/alps/south/sfa.htm I am not offering a fully organised package holiday.  We are a group of friends doing a tour together.  No accommodation is being booked in advance – finding rooms in September should not be a problem.  This is being done to keep the route as

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Farnham Wayfarers on Sunday 8th June

    Arthur Twiggs writes ….   The Farnham Wayfarers enjoyed the good weather on Sunday with a venture into the territory of our Guildford and Woking colleagues instead of the tranquil leafy lanes of Hampshire. This was a straightforward ride to Guildford using some of the North Downs Way and the Downs Link down to Shamley Green – along with lots of families trying to interest their kids in a healthy life style. I usually get some feed back but this time it ranged from “ooh I’ve never been through there before” to “ I blame the bloody ride leader”. It was also a cultural event as shown by the attached photos.

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Micheldever Ride

No chance of the midweek ride being postponed this week, the weather looks set fair.  The ride starts from Micheldever Station, if you are driving rather than travelling by train, there is a pay car park at the station, and limited free car parking fairly close.  Recommended parking is in Micheldever itself, about 2/3 miles from the station at SU519392.  Take the A33, turn right signposted Micheldever, and the parking is on the right as you enter the village.  We will have coffee at Whitchurch, then the plan for the grade 4 ride is to head north into the hills south of Newbury, before curving back round and back via the Test Valley to Micheldever again.  It is a delightful ride, on mainly quite lanes, with a mix of the hills and the lovely valley to finish.  I will meet the train at the station at 10.10 and lead to

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Endurance tales for your inner adrenalin junkie from Sean Conway

        Nick Davison writes…. Watched Bear Grylls’ TV show The Island and wondered if you’ve got what it takes to survive the toughest of environments? Here’s your chance to gain an insight into the mind of one man who’s proven time and time again he can go the distance…  This June, soak up the exhilarating tales of extreme endurance adventurer and history-maker Sean Conway. You might just find yourself packing your bag for your own big challenge! With a quirky take on extreme sports and challenges, Sean’s adventures have varied from climbing Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin, to cycling 16,000 miles through 6 continents in 116 days (most of which was done with a fractured spine after getting run over by a truck in America). To top it all off, he recently made the record books by becoming the first person in history to swim the length of Britain! 

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More Dunsfold cycle trials

The Transport Research Laboratory is undertaking more trials at Dunsfold in June:

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Nothing to do with cycling but…

…it’s in a very good cause!  On June 14 there is a show and concert at Ewhurst in aid of Prostate cancer hosted by Kenney Jones (ex Who, Small Faces). Lineup includes Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, Mick Hucknall, Mike Rutherford, Jeff Beck, Procul Harum and dozens more. Plus over 300 Ferraris and a couple of polo matches to boot!  All for £20. No bikes though.  Sorry. http://www.hurtwoodparkpolo.co.uk/events/rock-n-horsepower  

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Backyard Bliss on a Thursday ride?!

      Louise Gagnon writes….     A Wednesday ride being postponed to Thursday?  Now this is most unusual but a good call that the Group Leader of the Woking Midweek Wayfarers, John Murdoch, saw fit to make given the abysmal weather forecast on Met Office and BBC news right up to 9:30 AM yesterday.  A disappointment I am sure for the unlucky few who could not re-schedule and ride with us today. All in all a fantastic day, complete with: bright sun and 21C (cool shades essential) a fantastic bunch of 13 riders working as a team a little historical visit and briefing at the former Royal Canadian Air Force Station Dunsfold  circumventing Guildford for 54 miles, hence the ride name of Backyard Bliss 54 (see Garmin Connect link: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6816542 trying out Chris Juden’s technique of “human signposting”; everyone loved it. Makes for a smooth flowing, uninterrupted ride

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