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Monthly archive for March 2015

Forty years ago – Chobham meet 23/3/75 – photo

From L to R:  Chris Jeggo, David Wells, Clive Williamson, George Upton, John Harper, Gordon Appleby, Basil Vowler, John Coleman, Harold Coleman, Mark Smith (Bill Inder’s grandson), Clement Collins, Keith Parfitt, unknown tall young person above unknown short young person, Denis Gray, Bill Inder, ?, Dave Bell, Nick Muir

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Samsride 17th May

York Rally

We have received the following letter from the organiser of the revived York Rally, which some of you may be interested in: I am writing on behalf of the group of volunteers who are reviving the York Rally, which as you may know was cancelled after the 2012 event, bringing to an end an almost 70-year run, as the CTC York Rally and later the York Cycle Show. We are happy to say that after a year of fundraising we will be reviving the event, as the York Rally, and will be staging it on the Knavesmire on the 20-21st June 2015, and we would very much appreciate your assistance in letting your members know that the Rally has returned! The revived Rally is not being run as a CTC event, but we know that it has been a treasured part of many CTC members’ cycling year for decades, and that

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100 mile and 75 mile rides, 19th July

The 100 mile and 75 mile rides, which this year are on Sunday 19th July, have for the past few years started and finished at Goal Farm Golf Club. This has now closed, so I’m looking for a new start and finish location. I don’t want to make a major change to the route for this year, so I’d like to find somewhere fairly close. One obvious possibility is to return to Pirbright Village Hall and I’m also looking at Worplesdon Village Hall, which is closer to me and for which I would, as a Worplesdon resident, get a concessionary rate for room hire. I would welcome comments on this move, any other suggestions for the start and finish location and also a volunteer or two to provide tea and coffee at the start and finish. Roger Philo

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Prudential RideLondon 100

Did you miss out on the ballot? If so,and you want to ride, see letter below received from Sense, the National Deafblind charity. I work in the Events team at Sense, the National Deafblind charity, and I wanted to get in touch as we have guaranteed places available on our team for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2nd August and we’d love for the members of West Surrey CTC to get involved. No doubt you are already aware of this event, which takes riders 100 miles on closed roads through central London and into the beautiful Surrey countryside, tackling the iconic Leith Hill and Box Hill along the way. It’s hugely popular and is always over-subscribed; this year around 25,000 riders are expected the cross the line. We appreciate that riding for a charity and fundraising can sometimes be a sticking point, particularly among club riders who frequently miss out on

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John Weatherburn’s cycle across America

John is cycling over 4,200 miles across USA this summer – raising money for Cancer Research.  See details here. (click on the title of this Latest News post to see the web page). We hope you can all support him, hopefully we will be able to track his progress on this site, I’ll keep you all posted.

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The Bicycle Icycle 2015

The ride took place on 15 March, starting at 09.30 although everyone was enjoying their tea and biscuits so much they actually didn’t leave the warmth of my new conservatory until 09.45. This disappointing level of enthusiasm for getting out into the fresh air wasn’t helped by the weather being significantly more dismal than on previous days: a very fine drizzle had started falling and it was decidedly un-warm. Nevertheless, the following West Surrey folk set off: Martin & Heidi Vinson, Peter Hackman, Chris Jeggo, Julian Allen, Pat Daffern and Clive Richardson (7 riders). This year I didn’t join the ride sadly since I was getting over a cough and cold – a feeble excuse, I know. The first rider back was Chris who admitted to taking a couple of shortcuts, so he’ll not be getting his points. The others rolled in not much later in a single group, at

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Tomorrow’s ride – press coverage

I have been advised that the Surrey Advertiser are planning to publish an article on John Weatherburn’s ride across America, and intend to send a photographer to the start of our ride tomorrow, to show John riding with our group.  I have agreed to this, it will be a great  opportunity to publicise the ride, or more specifically the fact that he will be raising money, for very personal reasons, for Cancer Research UK.   Our wish must be that this “goes viral” (I think that is the phrase!) and John can then get support from far and wide. The photo shoot will also be an opportunity, perhaps, to publicise our Club, so I think it would be a good idea for as many of us as possible to wear club jerseys, even if we cover up again later if it is too cold; those who do wear club jerseys

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Tomorrow’s ride – press coverage

I have been advised that the Surrey Advertiser are planning to publish an article on John Weatherburn’s ride across America, and intend to send a photographer to the start of our ride tomorrow, to show John riding with our group.  I have agreed to this, it will be a great  opportunity to publicise the ride, or more specifically the fact that he will be raising money, for very personal reasons, for Cancer Research UK.   Our wish must be that this “goes viral” (I think that is the phrase!) and John can then get support from far and wide. The photo shoot will also be an opportunity, perhaps, to publicise our Club, so I think it would be a good idea for as many of us as possible to wear club jerseys, even if we cover up again later if it is too cold; those who do wear club jerseys

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