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Surrey Cycle Show ~ Sunday 29 October 2017

See and buy the best brands, including female-specific bikes and kit. Talk to experts, try roller racing, win prizes, chat to local cycle clubs and chill out in the café zone… plus fun activities to keep the kids happy. Everyone’s a winner! https://www.surreycycleshow.co.uk/

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Notes from the Far West

Julian Allen writes….. After the best part of two weeks very hard work unpacking boxes, trying to get rooms sorted in our new house and thinking that the next contractor would turn up in the afternoon, I was encouraged to get out on my bike. So I did, only to get a phone call half an hour later saying that the TV aerial man had arrived. Cue a dash back home to find out why we had so many TV sockets, none of which appeared to work. The hill up to our house from the village centre is seriously steep but thankfully very short. Nevertheless I appeared at my own front door panting hard. Today, being Sunday and missing the Sunday ride – thought about you – I set off up the hill from our house. That there is a single arrow on the map is but the merest hint

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Prudential RideLondon 2018

Do you fancy trying the Prudential London/Surrey 100-mile bike ride in 2018? It’s a fantastic experience and we have the chance to book a guaranteed place with the charity I rode for this year The Caring Cancer Trust. They have 20 places and you can grab one if you book soon, we already have 11 of these places reserved in the first couple of weeks. Unlike a lot of charities, they aren’t too demanding, they have a registration fee of £25 and will be pleased if you can raise anything over £200 – I managed £500 for them this year. The charity was so pleased with what I did they have asked me to co-ordinate their Prudential for 2018 hence first dibs to West Surrey CTC riders! This charity’s purpose is to send children in remission from cancer on adventure holidays with any excess money being used for ethical cancer

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Tour of the Hills and Tour of the Greensand

The club’s most legendary event enjoyed fine, mild weather conditions – just! The rain started at around 7pm, by which time almost everyone – even those who cycled to and from the event – had reached home. Hard luck, Julie and Roland, but well done for riding to the start, taking some photos when on the ride, completing the ride almost within the time limit, and then riding home: true cycling heroes! And well done to all 103 finishers because it’s a tough ride by any standard, as was proved by the 25 who didn’t manage to finish. And as for the 24 who didn’t start, thanks for your entry anyway – we won’t waste your entry money on anything trivial. This year the Tour of the Hills was one of Cycling UK’s chosen events in their ‘Challenge Ride’ series. As such, every rider received a medal, a musette and

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G3 ride 30 Aug

Today’s ride has been cancelled due to rain. However it is proposed that a ride will take place tomorrow. Can anyone who would like to ride then please let Laurie know by email. (laurie.mutch@btinternet.com) Thanks. Laurie

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Urgent: Today’s Grade 3 ride is cancelled

All Grade 3 riders,   Today’s ride is cancelled because of the threat of rain for most of the day. However I will lead the same ride tomorrow at the same time, starting point. Please advise if you would like to join me.   Kind regards   Laurie Mutch   +44 7887 650777 (m)  

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Semaine Fédérale Internationale De Cyclotourisme 2017 – part 2

France celebrates the bike at the Semaine Federale At this year’s Semaine Federale based in Mortagne au Perche in Normandy the villages and farms went to town in celebrating the velo. It’s amazing that they have the time and inclination to put so much effort into celebrating the bike when they know the Semaine will have passed by in just one day. What follows are photos from this year’s event, with a few others from previous Semaines. They show great imagination and are an inspiring celebration of the bicycle   (see more photos here) Paul Gillingham see more photos here

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Cycling Mirrors – a potential life saver

Phil Hamilton and Bob McLeod introduced me to the Take-a-Look cycling mirror (made by Bike Peddler USA) about 4 years ago and I wouldn’t now ride without it. Generally bike mirrors fit into five categories: Frame mounted (e.g. Bike Eye), Handlebar (Oxford Bar End, Third Eye) , Helmet (EVT Safe Zone), Eye Glasses (Take-a-Look), and (now) Arm mounted. Handlebar mirrors are probably the most popular with varieties that can be fitted to either road or mountain / hybrid bikes. Prices generally range from £10 to £20 depending on local supply or imported. The Arguments for and against mirrors: It’s a subject that launches lots of passion amongst cyclists. I was concerned at first that the Take-a-Look mirror is close to my right eye and could cause a serious injury if I came off. However this risk seems very low when viewed against the advantages. Another argument against mirrors is the

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WMW’s Wey and Thames Towpath Ride

August is being a bit funny this year, weatherwise, and today was a typical example of the sort of muggy dull days we’ve been getting recently. (My photos also seem to get a bit fuzzy too so apologies for this.) Fortunately, there’s usually a bit of fine weather thrown in at some point each day, and in the case of today, it came at around lunchtime, so we enjoyed at least half of our ride today in pleasant sunshine. This was our annual jaunt up the towpath of the Wey Navigation to Weybridge, where the Thames is reached, and which we then pedal along all the way to Richmond. An eatery is then found – usually expensive in this part of the world – after which we return, taking a slight shortcut through Bushey Park, back to where we started. It’s a great ride and somewhat different from our usual

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Semaine Fédérale Internationale de Cyclotourisme 2017

On last year’s Semaine Federale in Dijon I was overtaken (as usual) by a woman. Flying the flag for West Surrey in my club shirt, she commented, as she passed, ‘Bonjour West Surrey.’ ‘Bonjour’, say I, adding ‘Where are you from?’ ‘Bristol CTC she replied. ‘How many are you?’ she added. ‘Just me, I’m afraid. How many are you?’ ‘Thirty-three,’ she replied…and sprinted on ahead. There was a time when a few West Surrey-ites enjoyed the Semaine. Mark W for one and our old pal Alan Holbrook was another enthusiast. (It was Alan, who’d been on seven Semaines, who first got me interested). But for the past two years – at Dijon and at Albi in the south – I was the only West Surrey cyclist. Sad! But this year it was different. There were THREE of us. Myself, John Pletts, who rode the 2011 Semaine with me in Flers

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