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

Monthly archive for February 2016

G-BUG – new Guildford cycling campaign

Do you want to join G-Bug – a new Guildford Cycling campaign? G-BUG is a new cyclists’ user group in Guildford and the aim is to galvanise the support of as many cyclists as possible to improve cycling facilities in the town Meeting March 2nd at Guildford Borough Council offices. If you would like to attend please advise Doug Clare (07836 528723) so they have an idea of numbers.

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Forty Years Ago

In 1976 there was no newsletter, no magazine, no website, only the Runs List to record our weekly doings.  I have added a couple of Runs Lists from 1976 to the online archive, at: http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/runs7601.html There was also ‘News from our District Reporters’ in the CTC magazine ‘Cycletouring’.  The online archive also includes such West Surrey news from 1974 onwards, and I have just extended the coverage up to 1982 (previously 1980) so that the first few editions of our Audax rides ‘Stonehenge and Back’ and ‘Tour of the Hills’ are now included.

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Prudential Ride London – Surrey100 2016 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

  We have received the following letter from Woking & Sam Beare Hospices who have charity places available for the Prudential Ride London this year: We would love for your fellow cyclists to support their local Hospices in this world class festival of cycling and make their miles go even further by fundraising for WSBHospices. As you know the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 31st July, with 25,000 thousand cyclists embarking on the 100 mile ride, passing London’s iconic landmarks, through the rolling Surrey Hills and even Sam Beare Hospice. In order to secure a WSBHospice charity place the suggested sponsorship is £600, which goes towards the vital services we offer to patients and their families living with a life limiting illness in Surrey. To apply, please visit our website www.wsbhospices.co.uk/ridelondon. By being a part of ‘Team WSB’ you will receive full fundraising advice and guidance and

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The Bicycle Icycle

Civilised start time for Goldalming and the promise(?) of croissant is an added bonus. Even the weather forecast had improved so no excuses – the ride is on. A warm welcome from Mark accompanied by tea and biscuits is forthcoming on arrival and some new faces – we are going to be joined by two Fleet cyclists. The regulars slowly arrive but it does take some serious prodding to get the second cuppa and to make the croissant appear requires feats of which I am barely capable at that time of Sunday morning – but I am rewarded for my efforts. Then the prodding is the other way – you lot should get going. Yes Mr Chairman – anything you say! It should be noted that Clive is remodelling himself – he was early! Yup, I will repeat that just in case you missed it. Clive was early. Even Bob’s wife

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Wiggle to buy ChainReactionCycles

On Thursday last week the retail trade press was reporting that Wiggle had made an offer to buy ChainReactionCycles.  On Friday the deal was reported as done.  Wiggle is owned by Bridgepoint Capital (if memory serves me right) – a private equity company. Wiggle has a stated objected of becoming a £1bn revenue business – currently about £170-£180m revenue.  ChainReactionCycles is family owned and has a slightly smaller revenue – about £150m. Wiggle has voluntarily referred the deal to the Competition & Markets Authority (used to be called the Competition Commission) but they do not believe the CMA will object as very significant proportions of both their revenues come from overseas.  Apparently the CMA will review the deal but the usual rule of thumb is that the CMA would block the deal or would require significant divestitures if the combined market share was in excess of 20-25% on the grounds of a

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The Bicycle Icycle ~ it’s this Sunday !!!

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Yes folks, it’s time for the Icycle. With a route spawned from the delightful Tour of the Greensand (run alongside the Tour of the Hills each August) and adapted to start from Godalming, with a few more hills and miles added to boost up the fun, it’s hard to resist the lure of the Icycle. And this year, the intrepid cyclists of West Surrey have the opportunity to ride it as it should be ridden – in the deep, dank chill of mid-February. And it’s on St Valentine’s Day no less, so how could your divine ‘other half’ possibly resist the opportunity of cycling by your side – what could be more romantic! A massive turnout is expected, especially since the forecast is now predicting rain for a good part of the day. Let’s see if we can beat recent records and get into double figures. I’ve decided to

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Annual Dinner, Final Reminder

This is a final reminder that the Annual Dinner takes place on Saturday 5th March, at the Princess Royal in Runfold, near Farnham.  I am pleased to say that we already have over 50 attendees, but there is plenty of space for more.  If you would like to come along, please e-mail me (johnmatsouthview@btinternet.com) with your menu choices by Saturday 20th February at the latest.  Any later, and although I will try to fit you in, I cannot guarantee it.  I would stress that this is very much a social occasion for all, not just regular riders, but most certainly also for partners.  There will entertainment laid on to suit the nature of the occasion, as well as the presentation of the awards. John

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Drawing pin hazard between Winchfield and Hartley Wintney

If you should cycle along Taplin’s Farm Lane, which runs from Winchfield Hurst to Hartley Wintney/Phoenix Green, keep your eyes peeled for drawing pins scattered on the road.  There have been several instances of this malicious anti-cyclist vandalism.  For further details see Fleet Cycling’s website.  

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Opportunity to enter the London Nightrider event

The Jigsaw Trust is proposing to enter 10 riders for the London Nightrider event taking place on 4/5 June, with options of 100km or 60km routes. The Jigsaw School is based Cranleigh and is independent day school for children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder. Taking in over 50 of London’s famous landmarks, Nightrider™ London is a truly unique way to explore the capital. While London sleeps, 2500 cyclists will raise more than £1 million in one night for hundreds of charities. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House and the London Eye. Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish. There will be one start point in 2016 which will be Lee Valley VeloPark. You will be able to choose from a 100km

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