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

Monthly archive for August 2015

Is Garmin myopia making us lose our group riding courtesy?

    Louise Gagnon writes…. I have been on club rides where over 60% of the group members are equipped with Garmin GPS pre-loaded with the day’s ride.  In theory, such abundance of riders in possession of the day’s ride is not problematic but it is in my view quite possibly gradually changing the way we ride as a group – and not for the better in some instances. My past 20 rides with our beloved club have left me with the occasional gnawing feeling that a wonderful tool such as pre-loaded GPS rides may just unconsciously lead us into occasional sloppy group riding. I think some of us have at times been led astray by the “HA- HGROG” syndrome (He’s Alright – He’s Got the Ride On his Garmin) or even worse, it’s close cousin “IA – IGROG” ( I am Alright – I’ve Got the Ride On my

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Possibly our Largest Pinkneys Green Ride Group Start

  Louise Gagnon writes….. A delightful ride yesterday at the Pinkneys Green remote start (near Maidenhead) with possibly our largest group in recent past  departing from that location; 25 riders making up the intrepid Wednesday Midweek Wayfarers G3 and G4 groups. Here are a few pics with captions:

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Tour of The Hills (2015) Catering Team – Another Good Year!

      Louise Gagnon writes …. Find below a few pics of the wonderful volunteers who assisted in making the TOTH a delectable experience for riders, marshalls and organisers alike. (Sorry to Sue Thorne; we have no pic of you; you must have been buzzing around so quickly after your Tour of the Greensands that we missed you!). Granted the team’s catering goal is to put a smile on the riders’ faces but why are all caterers, marshalls and organiser also grinning from ear to ear?  Because these smiles simply reflect oh so very well the West Surrey CTC club spirit at the Shere Hall on the day! The TOTH has proven over the years to be “the” event where the largest number of West Surrey club members conglomerate in a big team effort towards the same goal, that of making the TOTH AUDAX event a success. Much banter

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London to Brighton Cycle Ride – 3 places available

We have received the following letter from The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund: The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund has a team of ten cycling the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on Sunday 6th September 2015. We have filled seven of the places, but still have three places remaining. As the event is just three weeks away, we would love to fill all the places, so were wondering if you know of anyone who would like to ride the course for us – we are just asking that they either pay or raise sponsorship of £50. This will go towards either the General Fund of the Hospital, or St Lukes Cancer Centre – whichever the cyclist would prefer. This fundraising challenge starts in London and finishes 54 miles away on the Brighton sea front. There is a buffet lunch for all participants and the spirit of the event is ‘taking part’ not ‘winning’ so you go as fast

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Some photos from Tour of the Hills

Many thanks, Don, John and Louise, and all their helpers, for yet another very successful event.

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New cafe opened near Churt

Enclosed details of a new cafe opened near Churt [on the road between the Bell and Dragon pub and Churt crossroads pub. http://www.orchardbarncafe.co.uk

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Tour of the Hills – plea for marshals, and an enticement

The Tour of the Hills takes place in just over a week’s time, on Sunday 16th August.  It is our première event of the year, and even though the entry fee remains remarkably low, it remains a very important event for us, enabling us to make a profit and pay for so many things through the year for the benefit of all members.  I am still short of marshals for the event, so I would urge members to volunteer now in order that this event can take place, and be at the high standard that has been set over the years.  You will not be committed to man a control all day, there are specific opening and closing times, dependent on the final number of entries.  If you can help out, please e-mail me asap on johnmatsouthview@btinternet.com; thank you. It may be that some potential marshals would like to ride

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Comments on ‘Subscribe to the Forum’

For those who are interested, there have been some comments on my recent post ‘Subscribe to the Forum’, but someone has suggested that they will not have generated automatic emails which will draw your attention to them and that such an email is desirable.  Hence this post;  I apologise if you consider it to be unnecessary.

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Lazy Summer Lanes – Sunday 2nd August

A forecast of a glorious summer’s day, a start at Shalford and a ride which should be rolling rather than hilly – what could be better? Just one issue – how do I get out of West Horsley given that all the roads I need to use to get to the start of the ride are closed for The Prudential-Surrey 100 ride (or whatever it is called)? The riders must have started at a ridiculously early time to be in West Horsley just after 8am. Hope I can cross Ripley Lane at the Guileshill Lane – Hungary Hill Lane junction and then head off to the A3 cycle path. Plan formed I set off and get to the junction – and there is a solid wall of riders, a car at the bottom of Hungary Hill Lane has its engine switched off, the driver looking very board and the marshal

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Tour of the Hills Catering “gros fromage” – Fancy Having a Go in 2016?!

The Tour of the Hills event, held yearly in August at Shere and brilliantly organised by Don Gray, is the major source of funding for the West Surrey CTC.  Such funding is essential as it allows our club to partially subsidise a wide variety of things which are dear to us, from the purchase of club shirts, an occasional CTC membership for a member in need, first aid training for ride leaders, refreshments at AGM or club events, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed assisting Don by organising the catering for the 160 plus riders we typically get but alas this position of “Catering Big Cheese” will likely become vacant in 2016.  Not much to it: recruiting the best volunteers for the job (already a fantastic crew of 6 on hand!) purchasing the food a few days prior to the event and delivering it to the hall on the day overseeing

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