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

Monthly archive for June 2015

Job Done!

When a grown up man, abandoning himself to a mid-afternoon moment of childhood exuberance and donning faint traces of leftover chocolate ice cream around the edges of his mouth, looks at you and says “that was a cracking ride!”; When a somewhat novice lady rider rolls up to you and sensing a junction coming up eagerly and without any kind of prompting asks “do you want me to sign post this one?”; When you hear the laughter and the animated discussions of 14 riders six metres behind you on a quiet country lane; When a very experienced lady rider who has recently re-joined our riding group looks at you and says “I am so glad I joined your ride today”; …. then you know that ride leading can be a most exuberant and gratifying experience; one of sharing your love of cycling and your leadership with a view of putting

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Sunday Ride 21st June – Godalming to Bognor; A tale of jelly and cake

The trouble with blogging is that once you have started people seem to expect you to continue; at least I think that is what is wanted as the remark came, “I am looking forward to read what you write about today’s ride.” And, “How do you and Peter coordinate the blog.” We don’t. But this was tempered with, “You only write when it rains.” The ride really starts on Saturday as I study the weather forecast, check the bikes, ensure I have some cash and try and make those difficult decisions as to how many layers to wear and which bike to take. The bike was easy – the luxo-cruiser given the distance and the hills. The layers were not. And the local cash machine had died. At Merrow I spotted two cyclists heading towards Guildford and decided they must be Heidi and Martin – which meant that I was

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Ride Fuel – Enjoy your ride, Don’t Just Endure it!

Ride Fuel – Enjoy your ride, Don’t Just Endure it! by Louise Gagnon Tips to Stay Strong on Your Next All Day Club Ride Summer has finally arrived (well, sort of) and many of us are hitting the roads for longer rides. So here are a few reminders that will help you not only to ride with a smile on your face and not feel lethargic the next day, but also enable you to ride more safely. If your blood is too low on sugar or salts you can become disoriented, lethargic, and/or incapable of reacting quickly; all things that are very bad not just for your safety but also for that of the rest of your cycling group. Breakfast Eat foods that have a low to medium sugar index, such as porridge, Shredded Wheat cereals, baked beans, whole wheat bread, bananas, etc. Don’t forget proteins: either poached or hard

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Another all-day ride on 7th June ….. and Thirty Years Ago

I was looking through some old rides lists recently, and noticed that we used to go north of the Thames more often than nowadays.  That gave me a yen to get into the Chilterns, so last Sunday I headed towards Henley, and had a picnic lunch in the sun at Hambleden Lock, watching the traffic go through, including one lovely all-wood motor launch a bit like this one: http://www.marinefilm.co.uk/PageImages/SlipperLaunch.jpg Then I headed up the delightfully scenic Hambleden valley through Skirmett, getting sight of Turville windmill atop the hill ahead, to Fingest with its distinctive church tower.  The gentle climb through Frieth takes you on to a ridge (more good views) before you drop down through Bovingdon Green to Marlow.  A highly recommended loop! Since then I have turned the 1985 Runs Lists into web pages in the WSCTC online archives, so you can find out what we were doing 30

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Sunday All day ride 7th June: Guildford, Horsham, Steyning

My wife noticed first, on Friday to be precise, and told me when she got back from teaching Bikeability on Friday morning and cycling over to Woking in the afternoon; there was something in the air. I answered with a rather non-committal “yes” as I had not had a chance to experience it. I was rather focused on the Sunday ride as the weather forecast was very good and I had had a lousy week. I needed to turn the pedals. I had even decided which bike to take out – my grin machine, or negative gravity machine as Peter Fennemore (spelling?) had once christened it. Guildford is the best start for me – it’s the closest and I can cope with leaving the house just before 8:30. And I was not going to be late. In fact I was blowing away the cobwebs and didn’t realise Martin was chasing

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Fleet Cycling – Magna Carta

Message from Fleet Cycling: This coming Sunday, 7th June, we have a special ride planned. We are cycling from Odiham to Runnymede as part of the Odiham celebrations of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta. This will be a club ride but is open to all CTC members as well as 10 guest riders. The ride starts at 9:00am outside the George Hotel in Odiham High Street and stops at 9:30am in Fleet at the Hart Leisure Centre to pick up Fleet riders. Then onto coffee at Deepcut and lunch at Runnymede. The ride finishes in Fleet at Hart Leisure Centre – total of 70 miles There are more details on our website – where you will find details of the route out and back as well as contact details for the ride leader, Ken Crookes. It is possible to download ‘gpx’ files of the routes if you want to load

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Danebury 150

One of the reasons  I go on the Sunday ride (and there are others such as just enjoying being on the bike and the companionship) is to get over the stresses of the week.  So having to decide whether I was going to go on the Danebury 150 given the weather foreast, which bike to ride and what to wear doesn’t reduce the stress.  And having faffed for too long and driven in the car along the roads I would have ridden – rather than going the car-friendly route – and struggling to find a parking spot I was late. Everyone had set off.    Huge thanks to Nick for registering me at top speed and ringing Peter to say I was chasing behind.  I should catch up at Whitchurch.  No idea why the usual 10min-grace-period-for-a-puncture-on-route delay to the start was not observed.  But anyway I set off in haste and hoped the weather

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West Surrey CTC Audax events – 31 May 2015

Our new feather flag flies outside the Elstead Village Hall on Sunday 31st May for the three Audax events organised by Nick and Marion Davison, Peter Hackman and Bob McLeod. We opened the Elstead Village Hall control at 0645 in steady rain and strong winds. Despite the bad weather, forty six riders on the Stonehenge 200k, Danebury 150k and Elstead 100k braved the elements as they headed out to Whitchurch and were rewarded with sunshine and tail winds in the afternoon as they headed back from Alresford. The last two riders finished at 9.15pm just as it was getting dark. We had some impressive riders taking part: two riders on the 200k are due to take part in the PBP in August and another two were training for a race from Belgium to Turkey this summer.

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