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Monthly archive for May 2016

Grinning all the way to Shoreham

The ride to Shoreham Airport is one of my favourites, some lovely lanes, I know I am going to do over 100 miles and I can’t remember too many hills of note. So the Saturday preparation routine should be simple enough. It’s going to be the Grin Machine, but I will swap out the Powertap hub for my lightest wheelset and just for fun I will put on my slickest tires. Makes it very easy to ride off the front of the group but the down hills are just amazing, climbing is pretty easy too. With my usual Sunday morning faffing I manage to leave the house late but with the Grin Machine in speed mode I still get to Godalming early but not first. Today we are going to be joined by the technical expert – aka Chris J. But it’s the fine carbon rod alongside the waterbottle cage

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Forty Years Ago

Here are two more runs lists from 1976: http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/runs7605.html  

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Halfords acquires Tredz and Wheelies

Halfords has acquired Tredz and Wheelies for £18.4m to help it grow its online presence. Both will continue to trade as standalone businesses under their current management

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Grade 4 Ride 18 May 2016

On behalf of Peter Hackman…   Hi All Group 4’s,I was supposed to be leading tomorrow’s ride from Pirbright to Frensham GC, however, the forecast is looking decidedly wet so I have decided not to ride. If anyone decides to go I’m sure you know the way there and please take care. Best regards, Peter Hackman     Kind regards   Laurie Mutch +44 7887 650 777  

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Brief report on the Cycling UK AGM

Thank you, those 13 of you who asked me to be their proxy at the recent CTC/CUK AGM.  There were about 50 people present in the meeting, and from the voting figures announced in the meeting it would appear that they were able to cast roughly 100 proxy votes between them in addition to their own.  The chairman on the other hand held about 2900 proxy votes, including 900-odd discretionary ones which were all cast in favour of the Council line as set out in the April ‘Cycle’.  Thus all resolutions were decided in advance of the meeting by the proxy votes, and the only two that did not go the Council’s way, via directed proxy votes vested in the chairman, were: Resolution 6 – passed:  that candidates for election to Council must have been fully paid-up members for at least a year; Resolution 8 – passed:  that CTC follow

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Today I decided to be indecisive

Yesterday I made all the decisions, what to wear, which bike and when I would bail out. I had studied the map most carefully and much though I wanted to cycle to East Meon, as I had once visited a school chum who used to live there and I have never been back, I thought that the ride back to W Horsley would get me home long after my elder daughter had departed following her flying visit. And as teenagers like lying in bed I would have been long gone before she surfaced. Today, I put one top on but a few minutes later changed my mind having felt the chill when I let the chickens out of their house. I was aiming to leave by 7.50 but my indecision meant it was 7.55. It is 16.8 miles to Elstead so I was going to have to get the wings

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Dorset Delight – G2’s Gone West

Eleven riders (Hilary, Roger, Dave, Carol, Sue and Paul, Brian and Helen, Nick and Marion) headed West on the Bank Holiday Weekend. Our base was the Rising Sun Pub in Middlemarsh a very popular local watering hole, which is midway between Sherbourne and Dorchester. We were joined by Paul G, who came up from his Dorset cottage. Saturday turned out to be a lovely day after a dull morning. We headed out to Yetminster, which is a very pretty village with stone cottages, for coffee at the On the Boil Café and Gallery. Then South via Rhyme Intrinseca on the NCR 26, which became a track through farmland as it crossed the Dorset Downs where we had our only puncture of the weekend. Eventually we picked up the Frome valley and a quiet Roman road, which led us into Dorchester where we arrived at the old Castle, the scene of

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Wednesday’s Group 4 ride is cancelled

The ride scheduled for Wednesday 11th May from Conkers GC in Hatch has been cancelled due to a forecast of heavy rain for the whole day. Nick Davison

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Petition for A245 cycleway

A staunch member of Woking Cycle User Group, and a former Woking councillor, Norman Johns, has created an online petition to Surrey CC to convert the footway between Byfleet and Cobham to shared cycling/pedestrian use.  Please read it, at http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/A245CycleRoute/.  I hope lots of you will support him by signing it.

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Paddy Shea’s funeral, Monday 16 May

2.45 at Woking Crematorium Paddy’s son Paul writes: “Past and present members of the club are most welcome to attend, my dad’s one big passion in life was cycling and he successfully transferred that to me, although my fitness has dropped off in the last couple of years following the arrival of our daughter Nuala – time is too short. “I can recall the last time I cycled with him. It was his birthday in the late 90’s and we cycled down to The Haven on a beautiful July day. On the way back we cycled up Newlands Corner from Albury – I waited an age at the top but eventually my dad’s bobbing head appeared….he assured me he hadn’t walked!”

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