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

Monthly archive for March 2017

Geoff Smith

It is with great sadness that I have to advise members that Geoff Smith passed away recently.  Geoff was a true stalwart of the Club, being a tireless editor of the magazine, and an enthusiast in all that he did – whether that was  cycling, swimming, or indeed anything else to which he turned his hand.  He was very much his own man, and after he moved down to Devon we missed his cheerful presence on our rides, and now we shall miss him even more. A personal recollection from Rico Signore is attached, together with some wonderful photographs of Geoff John Murdoch   Rico Signore writes: I was very sorry to hear of the death of my good friend Geoff Smith. Having heard of his illness (leukemia) I spoke to him on the phone not that long ago and he seemed very cheerful and upbeat. So it came as

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Too Close for Comfort?

The latest edition of Cycling UK’s monthly newsletter to member groups included this piece* : Too Close for Comfort? Cars overtaking too close…. we’ve all experienced it and we wish they wouldn’t. West Midlands Police back in September last year began to tackle this problem with plain clothes officers on bikes and close pass education mats. The results were instant, with a 50% drop in reported close passes. Cycling UK decided to try and make sure this result was replicated in other areas by raising enough money to ensure every force across the UK had its own mat. Our ‘Too Close for Comfort’ appeal reached its target in 48 hours, and now we’re looking to pass these mats on to police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We’d love to get our groups involved in their handover and create a bit of a local PR about the perils of close passes,

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SADR Ride on 26 March 2017

This was a right old ‘suffer-fest’ for me: I mean, 89 miles and it’s still only March, not to mention only my third ride of the year! Paddy and Chris – sorry no photos – sensibly headed home after coffee, but that would still have been about 60 miles. Good to see Dane at coffee too, which was at a café in Alresford. We – that is Clive, Dave, Keith and yours truly then headed south east to cross the South Downs bound for lunch at Rowlands Castle. Clive deserves a medal for ensuring that the journey home – he peeled off at Liphook of course – was as flat as it could be, and to Dave and Keith for their excellent company; if it wasn’t for them I think I’d still be lying in a ditch somewhere along the way. There’s no doubt it was a lovely ride, and

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New Forest Cycling Week

Information about this excellent family-focused event has recently been received. It’s an event which has run successfully for many years, partly due to the efforts that have been made to prevent CTC (CUK) HQ getting involved in any way, despite it being pretty much a CTC event, organised by CTC people. Full details may be found below. The 42nd New Forest Cycling Rally will again take place at Avon Tyrrell from Friday 28 July until Saturday 5 August. Bookings will once again be made through Avon Tyrrell. Bookings will be open from 1st April, via a special direct web link which will be exclusive to the New Forest Cycling Rally where you make your booking for the rally. Alternatively you can make a telephone booking direct with their bookings team or by post. If telephoning please remember to tell them you are booking for the New Forest Cycling Rally in order for you to take advantage of

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Oil Exploration in the Surrey Hills

Pat Smith of Brockham Oil Watch (BOW) writes: Oil exploration and drilling in the Weald is changing and this has huge implications for cyclists.  Recently passed plans for Leith Hill involve extensive movements of huge lorries along Coldharbour Lane (from the village of Coldharbour to Dorking) which is narrow and constantly used by cyclists. The road surface is fragile to start with and will probably not be repaired until the 18 weeks of exploration finishes. BOW is a non-political group of concerned local people who want to raise awareness of the implications of the changing face of oil developments in this area.  We are increasingly worried about loopholes in regulations and this has received a lot of media attention. 2 BBC News items / front page of The Times / article in The Independent / current edition of Private Eye (p11). We are holding an event on Easter Sunday: come

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The Bicycle Icycle 2017

West Surrey’s first event of the year took place on 19 March in mild, cloudy conditions. The roads were dry for a change and the turnout was excellent – 18 people, including two guests. The riders were: Angela Byrne, Marion and Nick Davison, Julian Allen, Chris Boggon, Clive Richardson, Chris Jeggo, Peter Hackman, Martin and Heidi Vinson, Bob McLeod, Chris Juden, Matt Carolan, Dave King, Paul Taylor and Mark Waters. Chris Wright (Alton CTC) and Andrew Grundy (East Surrey CTC) were guest riders. The Bicycle Icycle, which as mentioned above did not live up to its name thankfully, is a lumpy ride – 3,535ft of climbing in 42.5 miles. For those who rode the Phil Hampton Memorial Ride the previous day, it must have been especially challenging: hero of the day must surely be young Bobby McLeod who rode both in fine style; a couple of others found it all

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Woking Midweek Wayfarers Ride ~ 15 March 2017

After a spate of bad weather Wednesdays, here at last was some real spring weather. Spring flowers, sunshine and warmth! Our 55 mile ride (2,300ft of climbing), planned and led by Bob(by), took us from Pirbright to Farnborough – Church Crookham (coffee) – Odiham – Froyle – Binstead – Churt (lunch) – Tilford (ice creams!) – Runfold and back to Pirbright. Here are a few shots from the ride. Lunch was taken in the garden of the Crossways pub in Churt and the next photo gives an indication as to the state of the weather! And to finish, a couple of group shots from the ride: And finally, the ice cream team – not entirely sure why yours truly is enshrouded in a haze… Thanks, Bob, for a really excellent ride and route!

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Christmas Lunch Rides

A happy group

Cast your mind back several months and recall those lovely meals you enjoyed with your cycling pals. Here are a few reminders. Firstly there was the Sunday All Day Riders’ annual Christmas lunch at the Blue Ship. And then there was the Guildford and Godalming Wayfarers’ Christmas lunch at the Parrott….  

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This weekend’s events

I hope you are all now well prepared for a strenuous weekend. On Saturday it is the Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, organised by North Hampshire CTC, starting in Medstead at 10am.  Phil lived in Farnborough, was a keen member of Audax UK, and often rode with us, being a key member of the WSDA team that was highly placed in the CTC’s DAs’ Touring Competition:  9th in 1989, 2nd in 1990 and winners in 1991-3.  Sadly, Phil was killed in 2002 by a lorry driver who was under the influence of drugs.  The entry fee for this ride in his memory is a donation of at least £5 to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund.  There is a choice of routes, 30 or 50 miles, see http://nhampshirectc.org.uk/phil-hampton-memorial-ride/.  I am planning to do the 50, which ranges over the scenic Hampshire lanes to the south, out to Bishops Waltham and Hambledon.  A treat!

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River Wey towpath

Nigel Burke from Guildford  Bike User Group (G-BUG) has recently taken over as Cycling UK’s representative on the National Trust River Wey User Forum and there is a meeting this Wednesday. If you have any issues you would like to raise with regard to cycling on the towpath, please email him at*protected email*  

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