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100 mile / 100 kms Tri-Vet Rides with Fleet Cycling

Colin Waters writes… This year we are running our first ever open event and have chosen two Tri-Vet rides of 100 miles and 100 kilometres to be held on 19th June 2016.Information about the rides can be viewed here Briefly the 100 mile ride starts at 8.00 am from Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet and the 100 kilometre ride at 10.00 am. The rides will be led by our ride leaders in groups of about 10 entrants. Refreshments will be served at the end of the ride and gels/energy bars distributed at two points during the ride. Entry fee is £9.00 which includes the above refreshment but a hot lunch and beverage is extra at £6.00. We would be grateful if you could let your members know about the rides. Many thanks, Colin WatersSecretaryFleet address: 61 Victoria Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51

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Tour of the Hills Catering “gros fromage” – Replacement Needed for 2016!

The Tour of the Hills event, held yearly in August at Seale and brilliantly organised by Don Gray, is the major source of funding for the West Surrey CTC.  Such funding is essential as it allows our club to partially subsidise a wide variety of things which are dear to us, from the purchase of club shirts, an occasional CTC membership for a member in need, first aid training for ride leaders, refreshments at AGM or club events, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed assisting Don by organising the catering for the 160 plus riders we typically get but time for a change after 3 years in the job so this position of “Catering Big Cheese” will become vacant in 2016.  Not much to it: recruiting the best volunteers for the job (already a fantastic crew of 6 on hand!) purchasing the food a few days prior to the event and

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CTC Governance Matters.

I am currently in Japan.  Lynette and I have spent a couple of weeks visiting our son Mike and his family in Tokyo, but today we took a train south-west to the tip of the Izu peninsula and my plan for tomorrow is to hire a bike and explore some wild coastal scenery. Being away, I have yet to read the April ‘Cycle’ but I gather from facebook that it has generated a great deal of comment.  I hope the WSCTC Committee will consider the rebranding and the proposed governance changes and come up with a plan for action at the CTC AGM on 7 May.  I shall be going, and am more than happy to act as proxy for anyone who wishes to vote but cannot attend.  Instruct me how to vote on each agenda item, or leave it to my discretion, whichever you wish, but please, please vote. 

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An expedition into West Sussex

It was a happy band of six Grade 2 cyclists and five bicycles (work out the maths!) who travelled by train on Wednesday to Liphook, where we were greeted by a reception party of a further four cyclists. After the initial climb out of Liphook, we enjoyed an easy ride along quiet lanes to coffee at the Maple Ridge garden centre. It was after this relaxing interlude that the real adventure started, for this was no ordinary West Surrey CTC route but a trademark Chris Juden route, incorporating stony and rutted bridleways and even a vast, open field! For the more intrepid among us, such routes are a real bonus but for those who prefer a nice stretch of tarmac, it was perhaps a tad too bumpy. Our efforts were amply repaid though with glorious views all around. This rather unconventional route delivered us to the cosy interior of the

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WMW Group 3 Ride ~ 16 March 2016

What, no rain and no frost? It must be spring! It is and we all know what that means – cold easterly winds; and we were not to be disappointed. Nevertheless, it wasn’t too bad, and as the day wore on, it became sunnier, but not much warmer. Certainly more riders had crawled out of their burrows than on the past two or more rides and here they all are at the bus stop on Pirbright Green – well, the thees and fours anyway; the ones and twos were allowed another half hour in bed so we didn’t see them. The threes quickly overtook the fours – Mr Murdoch was re-named Mr Puncture for the day, although they still somehow beat us to coffee in Odiham – must have taken a shorter route. The route is only glorious for the last section; unfortunately there are things called connurbations between Pirbright

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G-BUG – new Guildford cycling campaign

Do you want to join G-Bug – a new Guildford Cycling campaign? G-BUG is a new cyclists’ user group in Guildford and the aim is to galvanise the support of as many cyclists as possible to improve cycling facilities in the town Meeting March 2nd at Guildford Borough Council offices. If you would like to attend please advise Doug Clare (07836 528723) so they have an idea of numbers.

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Forty Years Ago

In 1976 there was no newsletter, no magazine, no website, only the Runs List to record our weekly doings.  I have added a couple of Runs Lists from 1976 to the online archive, at: There was also ‘News from our District Reporters’ in the CTC magazine ‘Cycletouring’.  The online archive also includes such West Surrey news from 1974 onwards, and I have just extended the coverage up to 1982 (previously 1980) so that the first few editions of our Audax rides ‘Stonehenge and Back’ and ‘Tour of the Hills’ are now included.

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Prudential Ride London – Surrey100 2016 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

  We have received the following letter from Woking & Sam Beare Hospices who have charity places available for the Prudential Ride London this year: We would love for your fellow cyclists to support their local Hospices in this world class festival of cycling and make their miles go even further by fundraising for WSBHospices. As you know the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 31st July, with 25,000 thousand cyclists embarking on the 100 mile ride, passing London’s iconic landmarks, through the rolling Surrey Hills and even Sam Beare Hospice. In order to secure a WSBHospice charity place the suggested sponsorship is £600, which goes towards the vital services we offer to patients and their families living with a life limiting illness in Surrey. To apply, please visit our website By being a part of ‘Team WSB’ you will receive full fundraising advice and guidance and

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The Bicycle Icycle

Civilised start time for Goldalming and the promise(?) of croissant is an added bonus. Even the weather forecast had improved so no excuses – the ride is on. A warm welcome from Mark accompanied by tea and biscuits is forthcoming on arrival and some new faces – we are going to be joined by two Fleet cyclists. The regulars slowly arrive but it does take some serious prodding to get the second cuppa and to make the croissant appear requires feats of which I am barely capable at that time of Sunday morning – but I am rewarded for my efforts. Then the prodding is the other way – you lot should get going. Yes Mr Chairman – anything you say! It should be noted that Clive is remodelling himself – he was early! Yup, I will repeat that just in case you missed it. Clive was early. Even Bob’s wife

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Wiggle to buy ChainReactionCycles

On Thursday last week the retail trade press was reporting that Wiggle had made an offer to buy ChainReactionCycles.  On Friday the deal was reported as done.  Wiggle is owned by Bridgepoint Capital (if memory serves me right) – a private equity company. Wiggle has a stated objected of becoming a £1bn revenue business – currently about £170-£180m revenue.  ChainReactionCycles is family owned and has a slightly smaller revenue – about £150m. Wiggle has voluntarily referred the deal to the Competition & Markets Authority (used to be called the Competition Commission) but they do not believe the CMA will object as very significant proportions of both their revenues come from overseas.  Apparently the CMA will review the deal but the usual rule of thumb is that the CMA would block the deal or would require significant divestitures if the combined market share was in excess of 20-25% on the grounds of a

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