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

Monthly archive for July 2015

Wednesday 29 July Group 3 Ride

Mark Waters writes…. Your scribe, together with John Child and new member Alec Mackenzie, rode over from Godalming to meet the group at Mytchett at the very agreeable coffee shop at the Canal Centre. It was by no means the biggest assembly of recent weeks, no doubt partly because the Group 4 riders decided to have coffee at Seale. It was good to see Roger there – obviously on the up and up following his broken femur, Helen, the Tanners, Sue, Chris Jeggo, Rico and Russ, to name but a few. Phil Gasson was doing the leading today and with minimum fuss or delay, other than bumping into two fully laden Dutch cycle tourists who one simply had to exchange a few words with, we set off on what was advertised as being a long but fairly flat ride into an area not often visited, namely the area south of

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Subscribe to the Forum

I am organising a couple of things which are not part of WSCTC’s formal programme – they are not on the Rides List.  I have posted information about them on the the WS Forum, but have recently become aware that most members neither look at it regularly nor are subscribers (for email notifications), so they are not aware of the ride to the seaside I am organising this Sunday nor of my tour in S France in September. WSCTC currently has two forums, ‘Discussions’ and ‘For Sale and Wanted’.  If you already have a WSCTC user name and password you can log in and then, at the top of each forum page you will find a ‘Subscribe’ hyperlink.  (If you are already subscribed it will say ‘Unsubscribe’ instead.)  Otherwise you can go to either Forum page and find the ‘Register’ section at the foot of the left-hand column.  Registering for

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National AGM

The AGM of the CTC took place in London last weekend, and three members of the West Surrey committee (Mark Waters, Laurie Mutch and myself) attended, as well as Chris Jeggo and Juden.   We were there as all four of the contentious motions that had been tabled were proposed by either West Surrey Members personally, or on behalf of the Club. It is therefore entirely appropriate to report on proceedings for the benefit of West Surrey members. We did not go with any great expectations, and that was a good job, for otherwise we would have been disappointed. However, our primary aim of raising awareness of our very firm view that CTC is now effectively run by the Chief Executive, instead of how it should be, as per the Articles, by the Council, comprising Councillor selected by members, was most certainly achieved. Our members own resolutions focused on the key

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The 100 & 75 Mile Reliability Rides 2015

                            The 2015 Reliability Ride took place on the 19th July with the following characters being found to be (more or less) fully reliable: 100 Miles: Peter Hackman, Mark Heal, Clive Richardson, Dane Maslen, Martin Vinson and Mark Waters 75 Miles: Bob McLeod, Alan Ince & Chris Boggon As a result of a most unfortunate set of circumstances, Aiden Gill got separated from his companions and then suffered a GPS malfunction resulting in him taking a wrong turning. By the time he worked out where he was, he decided to head directly home rather than work his way back to the route and plod on alone: sensible chap! The weather couldn’t really have been better and it was altogether a most enjoyable day (however, see bottom para). The route is superb and the new start / finish

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Local CTC member rides the Tour de France

A local and long time member of CTC, Ciaran Doran, is currently riding with Geoff Thomas (and Lance Armstrong for two days, although the less said about that the better) on the charity event that involves riding the full route of the Tour de France, but one day ahead of the professionals. He is raising money for Cure Leukaemia, and members may wish to look at Ciaran’s blog at http://www.chaqueetape.com/ciaran-james-meet-leukaemia-patient-philip-large and perhaps also contribute to this most deserving charity. Ciaran lives in Guildford and I understand that he has occasionally ridden with the Sunday Riders, so clearly Clive has trained him well for such an immense challenge.

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Phil Gasson – new ride leader

With the increasing popularity of the Midweek Wayfarers rides, there is a need to ensure that there are sufficient ride leaders available every Wednesday.  This is a responsible job, although personally one which I find very enjoyable as well, and thankfully a number of experienced riders have volunteered their services in the past few months. The latest recruit is Phil Gasson, and I had the great pleasure of formally welcoming him as a new ride leader at the start of yesterday’s ride.  I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I do, Phil. John Murdoch

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National AGM – final chance to vote by proxy

The National AGM is to be held this Saturday, 18th July.  This year there are some important motions that have been put forward, and I would particularly draw your attention to Motion 8, which has been proposed by Mark Waters (Chairman) and seconded by myself, and is presented by the committee on behalf of West Surrey, after much discussion with members. The gist of the motion is that we believe that CTC Council have been emasculated by a Chief Executive who has strong views, and no longer exercise their responsibility in setting the strategic direction of CTC.  The “direction of travel” of CTC can very clearly be shown by the reduction in what we might call member services e.g. provision of Touring Officer and Technical Officer.  It is very clear from the CTC regulations that it is the Council who should set the strategic direction, and leave the Chief Executive

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Sunday 12th The Tale of the Epic Voyage to the Bognor Abyss and the Fate of the Crew

“‘Twas a dark and stormy night and the Audience gathered around the fire, with mugs of cocoa in hand, no doubt laced with suitable fortification. The Storyteller sat quietly by the fire staring deep into his mug. An expectant hush fell over the Audience and the little one said, “Tell us a story.” “Aye,” they chorused, “tell us a tale which will have our hair on end and send shivers down our spines.”   The Storyteller looked slowly up, blinked several times as if recognising for the first time that the Audience had gathered and took a long swig before clearing his throat. ‘Twas a dark and stormy night and the call had gone out for a crew to assemble at the Ford at Guild at two bells. At the appointed hour, some regulars and irregulars appeared out the shadows waiting nervously for the Captain and First Mate to tell us

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Reliability Rides ~ 19 July 2015

A new start point has been arranged for the 100 & 75 mile Reliability Rides which will be ridden next Sunday. Find full details on the Events page or see this PDF:  100 & 75 mile Reliability Rides Entry Form and Info#1~2015 A route sheet, map and GPX track will be uploaded on to the Events page within the next few days.

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Wednesday Wayfarers ~ the Petersfield Ride (8 July 2015)

A minor accident, numerous punctures, a little rain and a lot of wind, an ‘undulating’ route and over twenty out on the Group 4 ride alone: it all made for a day’s riding that made the run-in to Amiens on the Tour today seem almost dull by comparison! No fewer than 40 West Surrey riders turned up at 10am at Heidi’s in Petersfield ready for a good bike ride and half were up for the hard one: were we mad? Was there something in the air? Had we all had drugs for breakfast? About a mile out of town and we had a man down – fortunately nothing serious, but a warning to all: the route, the weather and the numbers made it a day to be taken moderately seriously. John Murdoch, as usual, was the man doing the leading and a good job he did, particularly since he had

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