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Tour of the Hills 2016

Here are a few photos taken inside and outside the hall during the Tour of the Hills 115km audax, which took place yesterday, 21st August. It would be good to receive a report on the ride from someone who rode it. From the point of view of this scribe, who worked on the catering side, it was a great day with no accidents and lots of seemingly happy riders (once they had completed the ride – they looked a little apprehensive before the ride!). Everyone looked like they enjoyed the eats which always brings a smile to any caterer. Well done, all, for turning a great event into a great occasion!

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Free Ride Leader workshops

Please see the attached received from Cycling UK   We hope that you are enjoying a summer of cycling and have taken the opportunity to get involved in the many events being delivered as part of the Big Bike Revival. We would love Cycling UK members to get involved in putting on a series of celebratory rides in October to top off a fantastic summer of cycling delivered via the Big Bike Revival and support even more cyclists. To help you feel confident and knowledgeable on the road we are really excited to be able to offer a limited number of free places on Ride Leader workshops across England. These workshops are aimed at both experienced Ride Leaders and those who would like to give it a try. Find your local ride leader workshop and register for your free place now What you will get from the day: Ride Leader

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Sunday All-Day Riders ~ 14 August Ride

Some fabulous August weather saw a small group of us heading out to Lasham aerodrome for coffee, followed by lunch at The Good Life at Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, and we even enjoyed yet more cake on the way home at Selbourne. Is there really a better way to spend a mid-summer Sunday! https://www.strava.com/activities/677795716

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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: http://www.jeggo.org.uk/wsctchistarch/runs7605.html  

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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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