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Guildford Bike User Group (G-BUG)

Proof that better cycle infrastructure dramatically increases cycle use New research by academics at Cambridge University has found that cycle friendly infrastructure accounts for 85% of increased cycle use. Cycling UK’s Space for Cycling campaigner Tom Guha to present Space4Cycling at G-Bug’s next meeting Tuesday 23rd August 6pm to 7.30pm at Guildford BC offices, Millmead House, Millmead GU2 4BB.  Special Celebrity Guests – Roger Geffen MBE – Campaigns and Policy Director at CyclingUK and Tom Guha CyclingUK – Space For Cycling Campaign Officer  G-BUG’s guests will present the Space4Cycling campaign to us and then we are looking for their advice on best practice Design Standards regarding the Guildford Town Centre Transport Package with Marc Woodall and Rob Curtis of SCC also joining us to discuss SCC Design Standards.  

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Wednesday 20 July Ride to the Coast

The day after the hottest day of the year so far came the second hottest and we were bound for the coast. Whilst some opted for some assistance, others opted to ride the full distance and here are some shots from the group which started riding prior to meeting at Rowlands Castle. In case you don’t recognise them, we have Tim and Debbie, Anne, William, Patrick, Nick, our great leader, Cap’n H, and yours truly, embarking on his longest ride of the year (so far, he hopes). The day didn’t start as bright as forecast and almost looked like it could rain a one point; but by the time we reached the coffee stop, the sun had come out for good and we enjoyed fine, sunny weather for the remainder of the ride. The route began by climbing up over Hindhead before running down through South Harting and on to

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Surrey Sportive 14 August 2016

Club members qualify for 15% discount on the Surrey Sportive, 3 distances: 64km (Primo), 97km (Venti) and 119km (Grande). (Quote clubdeal on the entry form)   Full details here.

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Record Turnout and Weather at the Elstead Audaxes on 5th June

With a record 90 riders taking part in the three events and a forecast of 25 degrees the day was a roaring success. Teamwork moved up a gear to meet the high numbers with Peter and Christine Hackman still producing their high catering standards; Elizabeth Weatherburn and Marion Davison gave valuable assistance in the kitchen whilst  Bob and Nick handled the record keeping. It was a great day for the Club with eight riders from the Sunday All Day Group on the Danebury 150k event.

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Grinning all the way to Shoreham

The ride to Shoreham Airport is one of my favourites, some lovely lanes, I know I am going to do over 100 miles and I can’t remember too many hills of note. So the Saturday preparation routine should be simple enough. It’s going to be the Grin Machine, but I will swap out the Powertap hub for my lightest wheelset and just for fun I will put on my slickest tires. Makes it very easy to ride off the front of the group but the down hills are just amazing, climbing is pretty easy too. With my usual Sunday morning faffing I manage to leave the house late but with the Grin Machine in speed mode I still get to Godalming early but not first. Today we are going to be joined by the technical expert – aka Chris J. But it’s the fine carbon rod alongside the waterbottle cage

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Forty Years Ago

Here are two more runs lists from 1976:  

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Brief report on the Cycling UK AGM

Thank you, those 13 of you who asked me to be their proxy at the recent CTC/CUK AGM.  There were about 50 people present in the meeting, and from the voting figures announced in the meeting it would appear that they were able to cast roughly 100 proxy votes between them in addition to their own.  The chairman on the other hand held about 2900 proxy votes, including 900-odd discretionary ones which were all cast in favour of the Council line as set out in the April ‘Cycle’.  Thus all resolutions were decided in advance of the meeting by the proxy votes, and the only two that did not go the Council’s way, via directed proxy votes vested in the chairman, were: Resolution 6 – passed:  that candidates for election to Council must have been fully paid-up members for at least a year; Resolution 8 – passed:  that CTC follow

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Today I decided to be indecisive

Yesterday I made all the decisions, what to wear, which bike and when I would bail out. I had studied the map most carefully and much though I wanted to cycle to East Meon, as I had once visited a school chum who used to live there and I have never been back, I thought that the ride back to W Horsley would get me home long after my elder daughter had departed following her flying visit. And as teenagers like lying in bed I would have been long gone before she surfaced. Today, I put one top on but a few minutes later changed my mind having felt the chill when I let the chickens out of their house. I was aiming to leave by 7.50 but my indecision meant it was 7.55. It is 16.8 miles to Elstead so I was going to have to get the wings

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Dorset Delight – G2’s Gone West

Eleven riders (Hilary, Roger, Dave, Carol, Sue and Paul, Brian and Helen, Nick and Marion) headed West on the Bank Holiday Weekend. Our base was the Rising Sun Pub in Middlemarsh a very popular local watering hole, which is midway between Sherbourne and Dorchester. We were joined by Paul G, who came up from his Dorset cottage. Saturday turned out to be a lovely day after a dull morning. We headed out to Yetminster, which is a very pretty village with stone cottages, for coffee at the On the Boil Café and Gallery. Then South via Rhyme Intrinseca on the NCR 26, which became a track through farmland as it crossed the Dorset Downs where we had our only puncture of the weekend. Eventually we picked up the Frome valley and a quiet Roman road, which led us into Dorchester where we arrived at the old Castle, the scene of

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Petition for A245 cycleway

A staunch member of Woking Cycle User Group, and a former Woking councillor, Norman Johns, has created an online petition to Surrey CC to convert the footway between Byfleet and Cobham to shared cycling/pedestrian use.  Please read it, at  I hope lots of you will support him by signing it.

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