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Monthly archive for July 2016

Wednesday 20 July Ride to the Coast

The day after the hottest day of the year so far came the second hottest and we were bound for the coast. Whilst some opted for some assistance, others opted to ride the full distance and here are some shots from the group which started riding prior to meeting at Rowlands Castle. In case you don’t recognise them, we have Tim and Debbie, Anne, William, Patrick, Nick, our great leader, Cap’n H, and yours truly, embarking on his longest ride of the year (so far, he hopes). The day didn’t start as bright as forecast and almost looked like it could rain a one point; but by the time we reached the coffee stop, the sun had come out for good and we enjoyed fine, sunny weather for the remainder of the ride. The route began by climbing up over Hindhead before running down through South Harting and on to

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Grade 3 and 4 ride tomorrow, 20th July

As a result of very limited response, I have decided to cancel the planned Downs Link ride for tomorrow.  It will be replaced by a “normal” road ride, to make the most of the good weather and enjoy the sea breezes at Bosham. The ride will be for both grades 3 and 4; there will be leaders for each.  If you do not wish to join Peter Hackman with his early start from Guildford (see earlier post) then you will need to get to Stansted House tea room (PO9 6DX) by 10.30/10.45.  There are various options; you may wish to drive to Stansted House (open until 6.00), or other local places such as Petersfield (the car park at Heath Pond, SU755226, is free but there is a height barrier), or take the train to Rowlands Castle and cycle to Stansted House; there will be no leader meeting the train, and

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Surrey Sportive 14 August 2016

Club members qualify for 15% discount on the Surrey Sportive, 3 distances: 64km (Primo), 97km (Venti) and 119km (Grande). (Quote clubdeal on the entry form)   Full details here.

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Wednesday’s grade 3 and 4 ride

The planned ride this Wednesday for the grades 3 and 4 is advertised as being a mainly off road ride down the Downs Link to Shoreham.  This was suggested by a club member as providing some further variation in our programme, and with the weather set fair and looking as though it will remain hot, the section along the old railway line will no doubt provide some welcome shade.  However, I recognise that such a ride will not appeal to all, and therefore Peter Hackman has kindly arranged an alternative on road ride for the grade 4’s with coffee at Stansted House (PO9 6DX) , and thereafter via the Itchenor Ferry to Dell Quay; should be glorious but take sun screen.  Please see his e-mail for further details, or contact me direct. It may be that no-one will favour the Downs Link ride, so if you plan to attend that

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‘August Audacity’ – extra ride

As last year (and in 2010) I invite members of West Surrey CTC and Woking Cycle Users Group to join me in riding (on-road) to the seaside at Shoreham and back on Sunday, 7 August.  See for details.

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Tour of the Hills 21st August – Marshals required

The Tour of the Hills on 21st August is our major event of the year, and the one for which the support of members is essential.  One basic requirement is to have sufficient marshals to man all the required points along the route.  I therefore require volunteers for this role, please contact me as soon as you can if you are able to help, e-mailing me on  It is not necessary to have previous experience, indeed it would be nice to have wider support, perhaps from newer members, and not rely solely on those who have contributed so much over previous years.  When volunteering, please specify your preference e.g. early, late control; location – closer to Guildford or further away; the earlier you volunteer the more likely it will be that I will be able to accommodate your preferences.  Naturally, the more volunteers I receive, the lighter will be

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