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

Monthly archive for August 2016

WMW Annual Thames Towpath Ride 2016

For those of us who enjoy the annual hot, dusty trundle (at speed) down the Thames, today did not disappoint: it was indeed hot and dusty…. but oh such fun! It really is a ride with a difference and it was a joy to see us all heading off with a minimum of organisation and a maximum of anticipation of a good day in good company. Mountain bikes had, in most cases, been pulled out from the back of the bike pile, checked, oiled slightly and were ready to rock and roll. Before heading off from the car park of the Black Prince in Woodham – a mere few hundred yards from the start of our canalian progress – John very sensibly reminded us of the occasion when there had been a minor ‘towpath fracas’, the consequence being that one of our number found himself in the water, complete with

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Tour of the Hills

In my opinion, yesterday provided the very best example of what it means to be involved in a Club such as West Surrey, with club members working together to put on a truly exceptional event.  The Tour of the Hills is our major event of the year, and a few weeks before the event there were a few challenges to overcome.  However, true club spirit prevailed, and the combined work of very many people enabled the Club to put on an event of which we can all be proud.  The feedback from entrants was consistently positive, not to say effusive, with one seasoned campaigner saying that it was the best Audax event that he had ever experienced.  Don Gray was the mainstay and worked through the year, but thanks go to all those who helped in so many ways, particularly with the catering and the marshalling, both of which were

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Tour of the Hills 2016

Here are a few photos taken inside and outside the hall during the Tour of the Hills 115km audax, which took place yesterday, 21st August. It would be good to receive a report on the ride from someone who rode it. From the point of view of this scribe, who worked on the catering side, it was a great day with no accidents and lots of seemingly happy riders (once they had completed the ride – they looked a little apprehensive before the ride!). Everyone looked like they enjoyed the eats which always brings a smile to any caterer. Well done, all, for turning a great event into a great occasion!

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Free Ride Leader workshops

Please see the attached received from Cycling UK   We hope that you are enjoying a summer of cycling and have taken the opportunity to get involved in the many events being delivered as part of the Big Bike Revival. We would love Cycling UK members to get involved in putting on a series of celebratory rides in October to top off a fantastic summer of cycling delivered via the Big Bike Revival and support even more cyclists. To help you feel confident and knowledgeable on the road we are really excited to be able to offer a limited number of free places on Ride Leader workshops across England. These workshops are aimed at both experienced Ride Leaders and those who would like to give it a try. Find your local ride leader workshop and register for your free place now What you will get from the day: Ride Leader

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Sunday All-Day Riders ~ 14 August Ride

Some fabulous August weather saw a small group of us heading out to Lasham aerodrome for coffee, followed by lunch at The Good Life at Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, and we even enjoyed yet more cake on the way home at Selbourne. Is there really a better way to spend a mid-summer Sunday!

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Guildford Bike User Group (G-BUG)

Proof that better cycle infrastructure dramatically increases cycle use New research by academics at Cambridge University has found that cycle friendly infrastructure accounts for 85% of increased cycle use. Cycling UK’s Space for Cycling campaigner Tom Guha to present Space4Cycling at G-Bug’s next meeting Tuesday 23rd August 6pm to 7.30pm at Guildford BC offices, Millmead House, Millmead GU2 4BB.  Special Celebrity Guests – Roger Geffen MBE – Campaigns and Policy Director at CyclingUK and Tom Guha CyclingUK – Space For Cycling Campaign Officer  G-BUG’s guests will present the Space4Cycling campaign to us and then we are looking for their advice on best practice Design Standards regarding the Guildford Town Centre Transport Package with Marc Woodall and Rob Curtis of SCC also joining us to discuss SCC Design Standards.  

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