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

Monthly archive for September 2014

Garmins and Mobiles

There is now a web page for Garmin and Mobile app users. Please let me know if you would like any more info to be added Thanks John Child

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Saddle up for Air Ambulance bike ride

    Cyclists are being urged to get on their bikes for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s annual Double 100 Cycle Challenge this Sunday (September 28th). The Double 100 is a 100-mile or 100km ride which starts and finishes at the helicopter bases at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey. Air Ambulance doctors, paramedics and staff members are among more than 200 riders who have signed up so far with more welcome to enter now or on the day. This year’s ride will include two new circular routes through the counties covered by the air ambulance and marks the first anniversary of the launch of the life-saving charity’s night flying service. Last year’s event raised more than £12,000 and the air ambulance is aiming to double its success this year with a new starting point at the charity’s Marden headquarters. Event project manager Julie Clare said: We are

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Woking Mid-Week Wayfarers – Laurie Mutch writes

The Grade 3 ride on Wednesday 24th September starts at Ripley at 09h45, with tea at Bocketts Farm via Effingham Common and Bookham. We then head due south to Newdigate and Rusper and south-east to Warnham and Rowhook. Lunch will be at the Scarlett Arms at Walliswood. The return to Ripley will put to the vote at lunch but the direct options are via Shere or Abinger Hammer, then Combe Bottom and East Clandon. Overall, quiet roads, 50 miles with a few nice climbs. Weather wise it looks set to be a good day, max temperature 18 degrees with the possibility of a short rain shower over lunch – bring a light rain jacket.   Refer Landranger 187, and GPS downloads available (email: *protected email*)   Look forward to seeing you all.   Laurie

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Lights to be Seen, and Lights to See.

      Pat Daffarn writes. . . . LIGHTS TO BE SEEN are so that cars don’t take you out – start with reflectors on pedals, rear and front, they are very effective, then add flashing lights front and rear.  Flashing allows car drivers and other cyclists to differentiate cyclists from distant cars.  Legally the reflectors and lights must be fixed to your bike and can be enhanced with reflective clothing. LIGHTS TO SEE are so you can steer round objects and holes on and off road – more bright (and expensive) than Lights To Be Seen, however good cycle lights can be used for other tasks – sailing, skiing and around the home, so when you decide what you want, consider all the other uses it may have, which makes it more affordable.  A good LIGHTS TO SEE comparison  is on the Wiggle site, 12% discounted in the CTC shop, but do shop around. You might like to

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Latest Club Magazine

The latest Club Magazine has just been published, you can see it here. The latest Rides lists are also available to see and download here.  

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Chawton ride Wed 10 Sept

      Neil Eason writes . . .   Another sunny and warm September day greeted a mix of 18 G3 and G4 riders. The route through the N Hants lanes provided some stunning vistas, quite a few hills(!) and some notable landmarks including Jane Austen’s house, Ropley Station on the Watercress Line ( our steam buffs/nerds lingered far too long here but it was magic! ), and the Civil War site of the Battle of Cheriton. The Bucks Head at Meonstoke on the River Meon proved to be an excellent choice although it was noticeable that the first climb after lunch was taken at a somewhat more sedate pace than normal! Thanks to all who participated in a very enjoyable trip – let’s do it again next year! Neil

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Are You Being Followed?

    Louise Gagnon writes . .  .     The CTC has many long honoured best practices that have stood the test of time. One of them is that at junctions, each rider should check that there is still another rider following, and, if not, wait at the junction.  Makes sense and this is why we have also put this good advice in our Group Riding Guidelines as well (Art.20).   But what if the person in front does not heed this time honoured CTC practice? Well, an empty junction with many options – such as this one – is what you are likely to find yourself confronted with.  Bah, humbug! Of course, this is a whole lot of no fun, specially if it is a cold winter… But if it is summer, sunny and 22C, you can always do like the infamous lost 5 riders (all ride leaders

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Wednesday’s ride

Just a reminder that the ride this Wednesday, the 10th, is a combined grade 3 and 4 ride, which means that the pace will that of the 3’s (not that there is really much difference with the 4’s).  Neil has devised a wonderful route from Chawton, taking in some very rural roads that we rarely cycle along, passing through Bighton and Cheriton before lunching at Meonstoke, at The Buck’s Head, an excellent country pub.  I cannot promise that it will be all downhill back to Chawton after lunch, but the roads should still delight.  Whilst this is an “away” (or train assisted ride) it is really easy to get to.  You can either travel by train to Alton (I will meet the train and cycle to coffee), or you can drive to Chawton; there is free parking there, but beware, use the far car public car park, not the pub

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Guildford & Godalming Wayfarers

I’m off on my holidays – so is any registered leader available to lead either or both of the following rides?   If a leader is not available there’s no problem with anyone riding into the beyond as a group, however it will be as a group of adults doing their own thing!. For 21 Sep (start Godalming, coffee Haslemere) – No volunteers (at 16.9.2014) so please do your own thing and enjoy the ride. 5 Oct (start Guildford, coffee One Forty Cafe, Cranleigh) – Thanks to Brian Ross who’s volunteered to lead this one. Please call Peter Fennemore on 01483 300689. If I don’t answer, just leave voice mail and I’ll get back to you. Safe and Happy Cycling Peter

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Wednesday 3rd September – Group 3 ride

The G3 ride tomorrow starts from Normandy Crossroads at 09h45 with tea at Secretts via Wanborough Hill (a bit of huff and puff) and Shackleford. After tea we head south-east to Plaistow via Hydestyle and Handon Copse, then west to Lythe Hill and north to Wormley.   Lunch will be at the Dog & Pheasant at Brook.   Return to Normandy via Elstead and Seale. A relaxed and beautiful ride of around 50 miles in total. Weather wise it looks set to be a good day, no rain, max temperature 22 degrees.   Refer Landranger 186, and GPS downloads available (email: *protected email*)   Look forward to seeing you all.   Laurie    

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