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A festive Christmas lunch for 20 G3s at the Scarlett Arms in Walliswood

    Louise Gagnon writes….   Our cycling club attendance always rises on the days throughout the year when the advertised lunch venue is the Scarlett Arms. This time, we had reserved the place for our Christmas lunch and we were again treated to amazing service and superb food by Tracey the landlady and her team. We had pre-selected our choice of meals and all was delivered promptly and flawlessly thanks to the professionalism of the staff under the watchful eye of Tracey who, I swear to God, in a previous life must have been a Sergeant-Major in the Parachute Regiment! The open log fire and cozy main room made it the perfect setting for our rather festive group. We were unanimous in finding the whole experience superb value for money. So much so that I was glad to write a little review on Trip Advisor, giving the place a

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Sunday Riders’ Xmas lunch ride

The 13th was the Sunday Riders’ Xmas lunch ride and unlucky for John Weatherburn who had a brush with a van on the way down Leith Hill. Not lethal fortunately, but snapping the end off your femur is bad enough! Apparently they’ve reattached the broken bit with a screw – just like Roger Philo’s recent mend. Let’s hope it’s not one of those things that come in threes! Go carefully out there – the icy months are still ahead of us! We all wish John a good recovery – and here’s a couple of photos from later in the ride when the sun came out for a bit.

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That was freezing! Sunday 22nd November

What a relief it was a Guildford start. De-icing the chickens’ drinker and getting all those extra layers on meant that even an 8:30 depart to get to the start was a bit of a challenge. And you might not have noticed it but there was a huge amount of tectonic activity during the night. The distance between West Horsley and Guildford had grown by, well, miles and seemingly more than when than when the wind is a howling south westerly to be battled against. Though I can report that by the time of the return leg at the end of the day the tectonic plates had returned to their normal position. However I did make it to Guildford Station on the dot of nine and was the first to arrive. And it was freezing. Even the guys manning the barriers took pity on me. Eventually Peter arrived and disappeared

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Typecast after a couple of blogs… Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th Nov

Julian writes…. (with photos by Mark Waters) With good intention I don the lycra to ride over to the AGM in Godalming but have to clear some of the leaves and other garden rubbish before I set off. And as I get the bike out it starts to rain – hard. I don’t fancy sitting in wet clothes for hours as ther AGM works its way through the packed agenda. Change of plan, change of clothes and get the car out. “Oh you’re the one who writes the blogs.” “Yes, and you’re…….ah yes – the webmaster.” So let me ask, please can you put a counter on the blog pages so I can see if anyone reads my ramblings other than those with whom I ride and who make comment on the next ride. “Oh you are the SAD-R(?) who writes the blogs.” “Yes Bob,” but I am too polite

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Mountain biking Saturday 7th November

  My usual Saturday MTB ride became a mudfest at the weekend. We went along the Christmas pie trail, which is kind of sloppy muddy after any rain, so it was very sloppy. Just around Normandy, the bridlepath has been closed because Thames Water are doing something or other to the mains, meaning a longer and even more muddy detour. At Tongham we turned left, up to the Hog’s back, down towards Sands & back via Puttenham Common. Forget spending money on mudpacks etc, just go mountain biking on a wet day!  

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Sunday Ride on 8th November with the All Day Sunday Riders

You’d think that after six weeks cycling in hilly Italy with a full touring load, I might just be fit and prepared for a good old thrash around the lanes of Surrey and Sussex. Well, you’d be wrong! I very nearly got off my bike and walked up the final hill I was so pooped! What is it about cycling that suggests that one almost seems to need to train specifically for individual disciplines. OK, so I’m not on the same bike, so my gears are nowhere near as low, plus I’ve actually not ridden my bike since getting back a fortnight ago, but really…. I thought a day out on the bike without luggage and on a lighter bike would be a walk in the park. It wasn’t! But it was still great fun, helped by being in the best company, although our ranks were somewhat meagre – a

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Cycling Infrastructure – Where do we want the money spent?

  Have your say or put up with what we get. Respond by 15th November. We cycle to the shops, work and for fun, and we drive cars.  Thus we are best placed to influence and inform the Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council where to spend identified funding. There are three surveys that need your input, every input has equal weight so do not rely on others.  Have your say: www.travelsmartsurrey.info/guildford-consult is Guildford Borough Cycling Plan that flows down from the Surrey County Council Cycle Strategy – no funding yet www.surreycc.gov.uk/guildfordtransportschemes   walking, cycling and public transport pipeline – this has the most opportunity for funding, items should be implementable in the next 3 years and benefit commerce. www.guildford.gov.uk/article/14930/Help-shape-the-future-of-Guildfords-Town-Centre – 30 year Guildford draft Town Centre Masterplan with little on cycling. The Guildford Cycle Forum provided an input to the Guildford Borough Plan last year.  It included some specific recommendations and an “affordable and immediately implementable higher level to the strategy” that is copied

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G4 ride – 4th November

On Wednesday 4th November a select band of 6 group 4 riders set off from Ripley for coffee at Polesden Lacey. The f’cast was for showers, but actually we scarcely got rained on at all. After coffee we were heading for the Scarlett Arms at Walliswood, but so were the group 3 riders, so our main objective was to get there first We went via Box Hill, Betchworth, Newdigate, Capel & the lovely (if poorly surfaced) Weare Street. We arrived at the pub about 10 minutes before the other group. Result! But there was plenty of food for all. After lunch I returned via Elstead, Cranleigh and Shamley Green. Strava says we did 88.2k & 720m of climbing. It also calls one of the Strava segments “Box Hill cake stop”, but I can assure you we didn’t stop for cake! Many thanks to Nick Davison for leading us (& getting

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Where’s this?

Somehow I’ve managed never to visit this tucked away spot before, despite its being only a few miles from several of our regular watering holes.  Do you know where it is?  

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Pictures – now and the 1920s – re Grade 3 ride 14/10/15

You may recall that this morning we stopped to regroup just after reaching the Bath Road at Hare Hatch, outside this pub: This is how it looked in the 1920s, a sketch by Charles G Harper in the April 1922 C.T.C. Gazette: It hasn’t changed that much, but the Bath Road certainly has: – Another sketch by Charles G Harper in the January 1922 C.T.C. Gazette.

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