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

Monthly archive for November 2015

West Surrey AGM

I had to miss it this year.  What happened?  Has anyone written, or is anyone writing, a summary for the magazine?  I’ve received an email from Dane saying that the deadline is extended to about 6 December.

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Blacknest Golf Club Cafeteria

Some of us had lunch at the Blacknest golf club café “The Nest” recently and were made very welcome. They are keen to encourage cyclists. Small groups are welcome; larger groups please call 01420 22888  beforehand. The manager offered 10% discount for West Surrey CTC members and would be happy to discuss special menus for group bookings. Though he didn’t mention it, it might be tactful for cleated riders to use the side entrance, as people in spiked golf shoes are asked to do. More information and menus at: http://www.blacknestgolf.co.uk/dining

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That was freezing! Sunday 22nd November

What a relief it was a Guildford start. De-icing the chickens’ drinker and getting all those extra layers on meant that even an 8:30 depart to get to the start was a bit of a challenge. And you might not have noticed it but there was a huge amount of tectonic activity during the night. The distance between West Horsley and Guildford had grown by, well, miles and seemingly more than when than when the wind is a howling south westerly to be battled against. Though I can report that by the time of the return leg at the end of the day the tectonic plates had returned to their normal position. However I did make it to Guildford Station on the dot of nine and was the first to arrive. And it was freezing. Even the guys manning the barriers took pity on me. Eventually Peter arrived and disappeared

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CTC Campaign Wins – Eurostar backs down

Eurostar has now backed down over its controversial plans to make cyclists box up their bikes thanks to our ‘Zero Stars for Eurostar’ campaign. In a resounding victory for CTC and you, our supporters, Eurostar’s Head of EU Public Affairs Pierre Delalande emailed us at 6pm on Friday (13 November) to say: “You will be pleased to know that we are not intending to go ahead with the requirement for all bikes to be carried in boxes and will accept fully-mounted bikes.” We galvanised support from leading politicians on both sides of the Channel. The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group criticised the move as did the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan and CTC’s Head of Communications and Campaigns David Murray discussed the issue in a special meeting with Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s Director of Communications, at City Hall three days ago.

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Typecast after a couple of blogs… Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th Nov

Julian writes…. (with photos by Mark Waters) With good intention I don the lycra to ride over to the AGM in Godalming but have to clear some of the leaves and other garden rubbish before I set off. And as I get the bike out it starts to rain – hard. I don’t fancy sitting in wet clothes for hours as ther AGM works its way through the packed agenda. Change of plan, change of clothes and get the car out. “Oh you’re the one who writes the blogs.” “Yes, and you’re…….ah yes – the webmaster.” So let me ask, please can you put a counter on the blog pages so I can see if anyone reads my ramblings other than those with whom I ride and who make comment on the next ride. “Oh you are the SAD-R(?) who writes the blogs.” “Yes Bob,” but I am too polite

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Guildford Travel Club

Fellow West Surrey cyclists might be interested in the coming Guildford Travel Club meeting:- CYCLING TO THE ASHES: by Oli Broom, who recounts a cycle journey that took him 412 days and 16,000 miles through 23 countries from London to Brisbane, all for the love of cricket. Date: 15 December 2015, doors open 7.30pm, illustrated talk starts at 8pm & finishes at 10pm. Complimentary refreshments during interval. Where: Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Road, Guildford GU2 7QR. Entrance fee for non-members: £7.00

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ICE cards and Club Clothing

ICE cards It appears that some people are having difficulty ordering these cards for free.  The important thing is to choose the Mini Tags, and then also select West Surrey CTC as your club; the link is  https://www.onelifeid.com/page/custom_team_ids  which is the second link shown on the instructions at the end of the e-mail I sent to all ride groups.  You then insert the discount code, and it should then show that there is nothing to pay.  If anyone continues to have problems, please e-mail me. Club Clothing The new order has now been placed; delivery is expected in just over 3 weeks. Once I have taken delivery, I will e-mail individually all those who have ordered clothing, advising:- – the actual cost of all products ordered by you – the total cost to pay – how to make payment; preferably by direct bank transfer to the West Surrey account.  I

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Mountain biking Saturday 7th November

  My usual Saturday MTB ride became a mudfest at the weekend. We went along the Christmas pie trail, which is kind of sloppy muddy after any rain, so it was very sloppy. Just around Normandy, the bridlepath has been closed because Thames Water are doing something or other to the mains, meaning a longer and even more muddy detour. At Tongham we turned left, up to the Hog’s back, down towards Sands & back via Puttenham Common. Forget spending money on mudpacks etc, just go mountain biking on a wet day!  

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Sunday Ride on 8th November with the All Day Sunday Riders

You’d think that after six weeks cycling in hilly Italy with a full touring load, I might just be fit and prepared for a good old thrash around the lanes of Surrey and Sussex. Well, you’d be wrong! I very nearly got off my bike and walked up the final hill I was so pooped! What is it about cycling that suggests that one almost seems to need to train specifically for individual disciplines. OK, so I’m not on the same bike, so my gears are nowhere near as low, plus I’ve actually not ridden my bike since getting back a fortnight ago, but really…. I thought a day out on the bike without luggage and on a lighter bike would be a walk in the park. It wasn’t! But it was still great fun, helped by being in the best company, although our ranks were somewhat meagre – a

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Cycling Infrastructure – Where do we want the money spent?

  Have your say or put up with what we get. Respond by 15th November. We cycle to the shops, work and for fun, and we drive cars.  Thus we are best placed to influence and inform the Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council where to spend identified funding. There are three surveys that need your input, every input has equal weight so do not rely on others.  Have your say: www.travelsmartsurrey.info/guildford-consult is Guildford Borough Cycling Plan that flows down from the Surrey County Council Cycle Strategy – no funding yet www.surreycc.gov.uk/guildfordtransportschemes   walking, cycling and public transport pipeline – this has the most opportunity for funding, items should be implementable in the next 3 years and benefit commerce. www.guildford.gov.uk/article/14930/Help-shape-the-future-of-Guildfords-Town-Centre – 30 year Guildford draft Town Centre Masterplan with little on cycling. The Guildford Cycle Forum provided an input to the Guildford Borough Plan last year.  It included some specific recommendations and an “affordable and immediately implementable higher level to the strategy” that is copied

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