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Monthly archive for May 2015

Sunday 31 May Audax events

On Sunday 31st May our club is organising three audax events from Elstead village hall: the Stonehenge 200k, the Danebury 150k and the Elstead 100k. See the Audax UK website for more details. Entries are accepted on the day. Thanks and regards, Nick

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Evening ride, Tuesday 19 May

Start: Godalming, Crown Court 19.00. An easy ride of about 2hrs on lanes and good tracks, using the ‘Rhododendron Route’ that proved popular last year. We’ll finish at a pub on the outskirts of Godalming. The forecast is for a dry evening after a showery day. See you there! Helen Juden

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Sunday’s All-Day Intermediate ride 24th May

I regret to inform you that there will be no official West Surrey CTC All-Day Intermediate ride on Sunday 24 May.  Roger Philo was planning to lead this ride but is unfortunately in Yorkshire recovering from a broken hip.  As none of the other regular leaders for these rides is free to lead the ride that particular day, the official ride is cancelled. This does not prevent any riders who still turn up for the advertised start time of 9.00am at Guildford Library from organising their own ad hoc ride on the day. Normal service will be resumed in June! Hilary

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Surrey Classic Bike Ride

West Surrey CTC have organised a 20% off discount code for any of our members, friends or family to use to enter a great new cycling sportive; The Sanofi Surrey Classic Bike Ride. Join the likes of Chris Robshaw and Kirsty Gallagher on their charity bike ride around Surrey all in aid of Sport for Freedom, an anti-slavery and human trafficking charity. With routes on offer of 15, 55, 85 or 100 miles, there really is something for everyone. The ride starts and finishes at Horsley Towers on Sunday 28th June and takes in the surrounding Surrey countryside. If you’re interested in the ride, please take a look at their website here. If you do end up entering, just enter the following discount code upon checkout to claim your 20% off. WESTSURREYCTC Hope to see you all on the start line. Kind Regards, Nick

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Guildford Sustainable Transport Workshop – Cycling Infrastructure

We have received this invitation from Surrey County Council, an ideal opportunity for you to influence cycle policy across the Borough: You are invited on behalf of Surrey County Council to comment on the proposals that are being developed for a network of cycle facilities across Guildford Borough. We have set up a drop-in session, to be held from 16:00-20:00 on 28 May 2015 at The Holy Trinity Centre in the Lower Hall (off Guildford High Street) and it would be great if you could come to give us your views. The aim of the session is to get comment and feedback from a range of stakeholders on: a proposed facility network as developed at a previous workshop; the developing ideas that could comprise a bid to the Local Enterprise Partnership funding board. The proposed network will be displayed and you will be asked to leave comments on it, officers will

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West Surrey goes north

Six of us spent a week in Middleton in Teesdale (Co Durham) exploring this very scenic area before moving on to Giggleswick, just across the River Ribble from Settle in Yorkshire, where we were joined by six more members for the May Day bank holiday weekend.  Here are a few photos.  There are lots more photos, at higher resolution, at https://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jeggo/sets/72157652493642885 Thanks are due to Derek and Anne Tanner for organising this most successful trip.

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Pat’s 60th birthday ride, Wednesday 6th May

  Five Grade 3 midweek wayfarers braved the weather on Wednesday to celebrate Pat Daffarn’s 60th birthday – that very day. How could we possibly miss this? One very lonely and abandoned Grade 4 group leader – none other than John Murdoch – joined Pat, Neil, Keith, Phil and Laurie on a thoroughly enjoyable route planned by Phil through the beautiful countryside around Basingstoke. Yes the rain did strike, fiercely but only briefly, just before lunch, and occasionally the gusts blew but this hardly mattered. The real enjoyment was Pat’s surprise at the end of the day. His partner, Maggi, secretly arranged to join us all at the Fox and Goose at Greywell with (unfortunately injured) fellow Grade 3, John Child, and a magnificent cake – sparklers and all. (cake supplied by My Little Shop of Cakes)

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Memories from my first Isle of Wight Randonnee

There are lots of reasons why I haven’t done this ride before and all of them perfectly valid this time, such as having to get up too early and not liking having to travel before I get on my bike and of course the weather. But this year it had been nagging me all week after discussing it on last Sunday’s all day ride. So I checked out the route, the ferry timetable and, of course, the weather. Come Saturday evening I half pack, the forecast is bad. 6am Sunday morning I am awake and checking the forecast- it’s a bit better. Better book my ferry ticket and get going. The drive down to Portsmouth was terrible – very heavy rain. At Portsmouth where do you park? That must have cost me 15 minutes. But I had paid for my ticket so onward and upward. My timing proved excellent as Clive

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Ride Leaders’ Workshop

Dear Ride Leaders, Just a gentle reminder that the Ride Leaders Workshop is to be held on Sat 9 May 2015 at the Bird in Hand pub at Mayford Green. Doors will open at 945 am and the Workshop will run between 10am and 12 noon. For your information the main topics to be addressed in the discussion groups are: 1  Leading and Backmarking – Finding Marginal Gains (lead – Brian Ross) 2  The Management of Roadside Incidents – Punctures/ Mechanical Breakdowns/ Accidents (lead – Chris Williamson)  Note that Chris has requested that you come armed with your preferred tyre removal tool – don’t ask! 3  In Case of Emergency (ICE) – Exploring Options for Provision of the Necessary Information (lead – Pat Daffarn). Finally, and to tempt you to come along, complementary drinks will be available from the bar after the event! Hope to see you there. Neil Eason

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