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Monthly archive for May 2017

Woking Sunday Riders

Please note that the ride on Sunday 21st May from Boots in Woking is cancelled as there is no ride leader available on that day. Good wishes to all John Wills

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Farnham Cycling Festival

For its 2nd year, the Festival is co-organised with the very successful Farnham Charity Bike Ride which has grown to 1800 participants. New free elements this year include the women’s and men’s town center road races on closed roads which will be attracting nationally, British Cycling racing licence holders.   ?The event is now supported by County, District and Town Council and is set to become a major annual jamboree.?

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Guildford Cycling Campaign (G-BUG)

The next G-Bug Open Meeting is at Guildford Borough Council offices at 6pm on Tuesday June 6th, all are welcome. They have two guest speakers: Clare Rogers – Enfield Cycle Campaign Paul Gasson – Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Enfield Cycle Campaign along with Enfield Borough who have recently had a government grant of £30M installed a segregated cycle route on the A105 through the centre of the Borough. Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign have worked with the local Council in a major scheme costing £50M+ involving the villagisation of Waltham Forest by implementation of a Mini-Holland scheme where most rat runs have been closed and 20mph speed limits introduced in residential areas such that the streets now belong to the residents not the traffic. This allows safe use for cyclists and pedestrians and even creates children’s play streets! Could this be North Street? They will be offering their considerable experience to advise us on how we

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Mid-week Trip To Somerset (May 2017)

Immediately following the Mayday holiday weekend, 22 of our cycling clan headed to North Wootton for four days of riding in the glorious Somerset countryside. The first and fourth days consisted of 30-mile rides on Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning, taking in lots of lovely quiet lanes.  We also took the time to visit a 13th century tithe barn in Pilton, cycled past Worthy Farm where the Glastonbury Festival is held, slithered our way through a ford and enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee and cake in Castle Cary. The first full day (Wednesday) was a relaxed affair riding through the Somerset Levels and pondering the devastation caused by floods in recent years, however the area is now calm consisting of water meadows, nature reserves and peat beds.  Coffee (obligatory) was taken in the city of Wells with time to visit the Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and wander around the market

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Mayday Midweek

We went to Somerset last week, staying at The Crossways at North Wootton, a few miles south of Wells.  The worst weather we had to face was a few spotlets of drizzle, so we had some good rides to Wells, Glastonbury, Castle Cary, The Levels and the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. Many thanks to Anne, Derek and Hilary for all their organising — accommodation, meals, rides, leading etc — resulting in yet another successful Mayday tour enjoyed by 20-odd members. Here are a few photos of Cheddar Gorge.  There are more of my photos at

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Cycling UK AGM 2017 – vote now

The following is my personal view, independent of West Surrey CTC committee. At last year’s AGM a motion was passed requiring candidates for election as trustees to have been CUK members for at least a year.  When the elections came round, this motion was ignored – half the candidates were not members at all, and the names of some candidates who had a right to stand never made it on to the ballot paper. This year’s agenda includes a number of resolutions relevant to the relative power of members and trustees to influence CUK policy, i.e. concerning how democratic our organisation is.  I appreciate that many of you just want to get on with riding your bikes, but I appeal to you to consider just 3 of the 15 motions and vote as follows. Motions 5 and 7 are designed to suppress opposition from ordinary members;  please vote against them.

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