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

Monthly archive for October 2016

WMW train-assisted ride 26th October 2016

The weather was grey as we set off from Winchfield station for the quiet, twisty lanes through Mattingley and Stratfield Turgis to the excellent coffee shop at Bramley Bakery, but it steadily improved to become a lovely day, mild with sunny intervals.  Leaving the café, the trainspotters among us had the good fortune to have to wait for three trains to pass before the level crossing barriers rose.  More lanes took us to Ramsdell and the very busy A339 Basingstoke-Newbury road, where a most unusually cooperative articulated-lorry driver signalled us to cross and slowed right down to let us do so, so we were soon on our way, looking at his long tail of cars that would otherwise have delayed us considerably.  What a gent!  Must be a cyclist. Now we were into the downs, and the gradient started to warm us up more than the sunshine was doing.  Then

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Revolution Championship Series Grand Final

Tickets have been offered by the organisers to the club for £148 +VAT for VIP hospitality with hot gourmet food and drinks at the final two days on 2nd and 3rd December at the London Velodrome. The seats are at tables next to the finish line with unique access to the pit area and riders. Booking form is available from Nick Davison [*protected email*]

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AGM 29th Oct

If you would like to peruse the various documents before the AGM on Saturday, you can see them all here. (Click on ‘Read more…’ below and then go to the Minutes and Reports page.

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WMW Ride to Walbury Hill ~ 19 October 2016

This was a great ride, planned by Phil, which started and finished at Micheldever. It was great to cycle outside of our usual area, particularly when the route was so good….. and so quiet! There was very little traffic and what a pleasure that was! Below are some photos including one in the churchyard of St Peter’s parish church in St Mary Bourne; we stopped there for a moment to focus our thoughts for a few moments on Ron Richardson, whose funeral was today. We were a large group of 18 people for some of the ride. A couple of our number got stuck for well over an hour in a jam on the M3, following an accident, on their way to the start of the ride, so they didn’t join us till later on the ride. Other than that, the day went smoothly enough and in fine cycling conditions.

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AGM Discussion Document

Member Group or Affiliate Group? Views differ on this amongst our members. Click on the link below to read some of the arguments that will be presented at the AGM, and do feel free to start discussing the matter on the Forum prior to the meeting. http://westsurreyctc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Resolution-to-AGM-10.16-V5ii.pdf

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Bicycle Traveler Magazine

In case you didn’t know…. Bicycle Traveler is a free international magazine devoted to bicycle touring. Packed with stunning photography and entertaining stories, it will make you want to grab your bike and hit the road. It’s an online magazine which you can read from the comfort of the chair in front of your home computer. To read the latest copy, and subscribe to future issues, follow this link: Bicycle Traveler Magazine

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Wednesday Rides, 19th October

You will no doubt have seen that Ron Richardson’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, 11.45 at Woking Crematorium. I have spoken with the family, who have encouraged us to continue with our normal Wednesday ride, just as Ron would have wished. They have also invited all those members who knew Ron to attend the funeral, and afterwards gather at Il Rustico, Chobham.  Their preference would be that we wear Club colours, and certainly normal cycling attire. In view of this, I have changed the published plans for the rides on that day.  The Micheldever ride for the 3’s and 4’s will remain for those who wish to do that, being a joint ride led by Phil Gasson.  I will be at Pirbright at 9.45 and will lead those who wish to attend the funeral on a short morning ride.  For those who did not know Ron that well, an

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Ron Richardson’s Funeral

Ron Richardson’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 19th October at Woking Crematorium at 11.45am

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Ron Richardson

I was very sad to hear from Steve on yesterday’s gr 2 ride, confirmed later by Rico, of the passing of our fellow cyclist,  ‘Little’ Ron. ‘Little’ is a misnomer, as Ron Richardson was a giant of our club and it was good to see that his contribution was celebrated with a special birthday cake presented to him by our leader John M at the annual dinner in 2015. The cake, with a cycling motif, was to celebrate Ron’s 90th birthday. On my first ride with the club a good few years’ back I remember asking Ron when he began serious club cycling. ‘1942’, he replied!  It was when he was in the British army during World War 2. This was before most of us in the club (with honorable exceptions) were born, yet he was still outstripping many of us up hills well into his 80’s. I seem to

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Newlands Corner proposals

We have received the following representation from the Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group who would like to make local residents aware of the current Planning Applications for Newlands Corner and to request that if you have concerns that you *protected email*: “You may have heard about the significant controversy there has been over Surrey County Council’s (SCC) proposals to develop Newlands Corner, near Guildford.  I have asked your organisation to pass this letter on to you to ask for your help in objecting to the initial stage of SCC’s plans which concerns the introduction of car park charge machines onto the site. Newlands Corner, including the car park, is registered common land, managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) on behalf of SCC.  The placing of fixed structures on common land needs to be approved by the Planning Inspectorate (part of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).  On 14 September,  SCC submitted

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