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Annual dinner – March 3rd

As already advised, we will again be holding an annual dinner in March.  This is our main social occasion of the year, and is an opportunity for anyone who is associated with West Surrey CTC in any way to get together for what we hope will again be a very enjoyable evening.  It will also  include the presentation of awards, both formal and informal, by our President, Keith Chesterton. Details are as follows:- Date:  Saturday 3rd March Time:  7.00 for 7.30 dinner Location:  The Princess Royal, Guildford Road, Runfold, Farnham, GU10 1NX  Cost:  £17.50 for 2 courses, £24 for 3 courses; a subsidy will be provided by the Club to hold prices down Menu:  See attached. Booking:  Contact John Murdoch by e-mail (*protected email*) or ‘phone (01276-681131), advising names of attendees and menu choices; you will receive a response advising how payment should be made, either by bank internet transfer

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next G-Bug meeting

If you haven’t already seen the blog post, there is an important meeting taking place at the Council Chambers on 30th January to discuss cycling in Guildford (http://westsurreyctc.co.uk/blogs/g-bug-next-meeting-30th-january/). Please come along and give your support. Pat Daffarn  

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G-Bug next meeting, 30th January

Open Meeting with Surrey Police Tuesday 30th Jan, 6pm @ GBC Offices An important meeting with the police and Guildford Borough Council is taking place in the main Council Chambers on 30th January to discuss cycling issues in Guildford. We would like as many cyclists as possible to attend and to contribute to the debate. Some of the topics to be discussed include the following: Close passing #TooCloseForComfort Campaign: how can G-Bug help Surrey Police. How can people cycling help the police address the few deliberate aggressive people driving and also those who are perhaps unaware of their actions. What information do the Police need and in what format to take up the case. How can we break down the “cyclist vs car driver” mentality Does Surrey Police support better cycling and walking facilities and is there anything they can do to help push the case at a council level.

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Old Rides Lists

I have added three more old rides lists to the archives, from 20 years ago, 25 years ago and 30 years ago. Happy New Year!

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An Essential Spare

In the latest Audax UK magazine ‘Arrivée’ there is an article by Neil Goldsmith about his experiences as principal mechanic at the remote Eskdalemuir control assisting the 1500 riders on the 2017 London-Edinburgh-London ride. Here is an excerpt from it. “We had one rider who had broken his gear hanger. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do for him. All carbon, aluminium and many titanium frames have replaceable gear hangers. A gear hanger is a sacrificial part designed to break to save the frame. There are around 200 variations of gear hanger and bike shops buy them in to order. It is a roadside repair to change a gear hanger if you have one with you, and impossible without a hanger which fits. Gear hangers are easily sourced online. I regard them as an essential spare to carry along with spare tubes.” They are very small and light and can

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2018 dinner

The annual dinner in 2018 will take place on Saturday 3rd March, with the venue again being the Princess Royal at Runfold, who looked after us well earlier this year, and provided very good food.  You may wish to make a note of the date now.  I will post further details, including the menu, and how to book, in the New Year.

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Cycling the Lee Valley (Olympic) Velodrome

We have an opportunity to make a block WSCTC booking for a track session at the Lee Valley (Olympic) Velodrome in Stratford.  This would involve an 80 minute exclusive session for 16 riders, to include bike/helmet hire, instruction on velodrome cycling, and the chance for each rider to do an individual timed lap and see their name up in lights on the scoreboard.  Anyone who has had the chance to cycle at the Velodrome before will know that it is a great experience. I have made a provisional reservation with the Velodrome for a session at 6pm on Friday 2 February, but need to get back to them to confirm this very shortly. This would allow us to get to the venue without too much involvement in the rush hour crush, and to finish early enough to enjoy some much-needed refreshment after the session. The cost would be £53 per

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West Surrey member publishes cycle-touring book

While the Sunday All-Day Intermediates were enjoying elevenses at Pilgrim Cycles at West Humble who should walk in but long-standing member Clive Williamson. I expect that very few reading this will remember him, for he is now 86 and says that he no longer keeps up with club rides.  To jog your memories you could look at the first two photographs on this archive page.  He lives in Walton and rode with the Weybridge Wheelers until that club’s demise, and now he is a member of Little Ron’s club, the Hounslow and District Wheelers. Only a couple of months ago he published a book describing a selection of his many world-wide cycle tours.  ‘Life Cycle’ is a substantial, well-produced paperback describing 18 tours widely scattered across the northern hemisphere, and is well illustrated with photographs and maps.  Many of the tours were solo, or with a single companion, enabling/requiring Clive

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Rastatt cycling trip

Many years ago, Rico Signore and Geoff Smith organised a twinning trip with Rastatt in Germany, and those who were fortunate enough to go will recall it as an unforgettable experience. That city are now planning a very special tour next year to celebrate their 50th such event, and again have invited friends from Woking, as well as their other twin town of Ostrov in the Czech Republic.  The plan is for the tour to take place from 29th August to 10th September 2018, and the invitation is for 3 cyclists from our club, plus a car driver to provide support.  The tour will start with a special welcome in Rastatt, followed the next day with a drive to Orange in France, another twin town.  There will be another welcome in Orange, for those who have recovered sufficiently from the night before. The cycling starts the following day from the

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Ladies cycling jersey

It has been pointed out that the only ladies jersey available is the sport fit, which is described as unisex, and therefore may well not be ideal for ladies. I have therefore added another item to the list of clothing available, being:- Ladies short sleeve pro fit jersey, 3/4 zip  Price £43  Sizes S1 to S10 (see Owayo website for full details) The pro fit is more expensive than the sport fit, but I have applied a similar level of discount.  The pro fit is also a more snug fit, we have had one previous order for this item (in 2015), at size S7, and if you are concerned about sizing I can put you in touch with that purchaser, if you e-mail me to let me know. If you wish to order this item, please e-mail me by the deadline, this Sunday, 19th November. John Murdoch

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