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Opportunity to enter the London Nightrider event

The Jigsaw Trust is proposing to enter 10 riders for the London Nightrider event taking place on 4/5 June, with options of 100km or 60km routes. The Jigsaw School is based Cranleigh and is independent day school for children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder. Taking in over 50 of London’s famous landmarks, Nightrider™ London is a truly unique way to explore the capital. While London sleeps, 2500 cyclists will raise more than £1 million in one night for hundreds of charities. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House and the London Eye. Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish. There will be one start point in 2016 which will be Lee Valley VeloPark. You will be able to choose from a 100km

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Snowdrops in Mud

And so it came to pass that he who hates the cold – your scribe no less – found on waking that it was not cold; plus he needed to ride because he hadn’t since those heady, warm pre-Xmas days (how memories of rain soaked rides fade!); plus, the ride began at Godalming Station – oh joy! Present at Godalming were Clive, Nick, Martin and Heidi, and Chris B. It wasn’t much of a day for photographs, but it turned out to be a great day for chatting – well I thought so anyway – so there was plenty of that. It must have been a good day for hills too, although Clive was somewhat co-erced into climbing the dreaded Bexley Hill, because there was no one present who wasn’t up for it – there definitely must have been something in the air today. By gum, what a grovel, but,

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MAD – Sunday not all day 17th Jan

It was cold and slushy dawn but the thermometer was above freezing. A flurry of texts but no indication that the ride was cancelled. Wet slush on the road but should be less once I get on to the Epsom Road. I can always turn back if it really is madness. Can’t dawdle though as I have wasted too much time being indecisive. I make my exit saying, “I might be back very soon.” First to Guildford Station and it is grey and threatening looking, not really the best day for a ride. Finally a fellow rider, Chris, appears. “How are you?” he asks. “Mad,” is my reply. He agrees. He had to walk down the hill from his house. And then Clive appears, not as instantly recognisable as he used to be since taking up wearing a helmet. He had a slow journey over Hindhead. Impressed he made it.

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The Seductive Power of N+1

His name is Gustav – it says so on the frame – and he rode into my life without so much as a by-your-leave and in spite of, or may be because of, his history. I wasn’t looking for a new bike. I was just seduced. But let me start at the beginning. I was preparing the Luxo-cruiser for the following day’s ride. The chain needed to be changed and I had the rear wheel out and the cassette disassembled for a complete clean. I had noticed that the brake pads were wearing down a while back and now they urgently needed replacing –  before the following day’s ride. A trip was required to my local bike shop, Horsley Cycles.   John, the owner, fixed me up with two news sets and he asked if I wanted him to put them on. As it was late in the afternoon and he

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CTC SW London Hilly 50km, Saturday 5 March 2016

Mike Morley of CTC SW London has asked me to publicise this early-season warm-up event which is raising money for St. Raphael’s Hospice, North Cheam.  Entry is £5 (at least) payable on the line which will all go to St. Raphael’s. Signing on is at Ryka’s cafe car park Burford Bridge/Box Hill from 9.30am Saturday morning with prompt start at 10am. Pre-entry will be helpful. For full information look at ‘Hilly 50K’ on their home page at www.cyclingswlondon.org.uk.  This is a sporting, challenging, unsupported ride and few will complete it in under two hours. Now there’s a challenge! The event has been running for over 30 years and is a well tried route finishing at the Cafe on top of Box Hill by 2pm.

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, 19 March

letter from Dan Montgomerie: I would like to let you know about this year’s Phil Hampton Memorial Ride since you may have ridden this event in the past.  This will be the fourteenth consecutive year we have organised this ride to commemorate the life of Phil Hampton, who was tragically killed while cycling in 2002 This year it is on Saturday 19th March 2016, starting at 10am from Medstead Village Hall (grid reference SU659369).  As usual, all funds raised by the event will be sent to the charity The Cyclists’ Defence Fund which works to raise awareness of the law relating to cycling. There is a choice of 30 or 50 miles, and the routes are the same as last year.  There will be refreshments available at the start and finish.  Please see the attached entry form for more details, including how to enter.  Information about entering is also on

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Apartment to rent in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

This post has now been moved to the For Sale and Wanted section.    

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More Tales from 16 December

Bob Mcleod writes….   I’m feeling a little guilty about abandoning the group 3 ride today. It looks as though I only started riding with them so that I could enjoy last week’s excellent Christmas dinner at the Scarlet Arms. Not true. Neither was it just because Pat was leading dressed up as a reindeer. The truth is very simple. I was enticed by the offer of Apple Crumble at the Crossways Inn at Churt, plus the added inducement of being towed home, almost to my door, by that excellent leader John Murdoch. (This is not to assume that there are not equally good leaders with group 3 but so far they have never offered their rear wheel and towed me home.) As to the photo. I shot ahead, being familiar with the opportunities this ford on the road past Little Frensham offers for a sometimes dramatic picture. It can

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WMW G3 Ride ~ Wednesday 23 December 2015

Following some very mixed conditions over previous days, the weather today was nothing short of spectacular for two days before Christmas: blue sky and as mild as Majorca. Your scribe joined everyone at the under new management Seale Coffee Shop, where some of us took our refreshments at a table outside, there being no room in the inn-side. (Note festive connotations!) Our group, ably led by Pat, was taken to Shamley Green via Elstead, Thursday, Bowlhead Green, Witley, Hambledon, Vann Lane, Loxhill, Dunsfold and Cranleigh – a stupendous loop along familiar and much loved roads & lanes, with the bonus of a shortcut along a mostly tarmacked track between Vann Lane and Loxhill – sort of. The Bricklayers Arms provided a decent sandwich for lunch after which the group dispersed homewards in various directions. My ride was 63kms long with a height gain of 533 metres. Full details of the

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Sunday 20 December 2015 – the Lash-Down from Lasham Ride

Following the JW Epic / Christmas Lunch ride of last Sunday, out of which I funked owing to…. well, lots of things really (but not a sense of foreboding – I am no soothsayer sadly), a sense of duty urged me to turn up for today’s ride, not to mention the proximity of the start to my domicile. Under lowering skies and temperatures more akin to Gaza than Godalming, we set off by climbing the dreaded Holloway Hill before joining what I call my regular training ride – I do it at least once every two years: Enton (Water Lane) – Witley (Church Lane) – over the A286, but not before managing to fall off grace à M. Hackman, but entirely my fault for being so close as to be half-wheeling him; then he slowed and swerved somewhat abruptly; that’ll teach me! Once over the 286 it was my favourite

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