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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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Photos of September’s tour of southern France

I have uploaded my photos of this recent cycle tour to flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jeggo/albums/72157658803960279 Barbara and George of Woking Cycle User Group were able to join me for the first week;  I was on my own for the second.  You will see some photos of the effects of serious flooding which occured during my trip, but fortunately most of the heavy rain fell overnight, and I only had one wet day, plus a few damp ones.

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Autumnal G3 BBQ at Neil’s Bar & Grill

    Louise Gagnon writes….. What a joy it was to ride the usual Wednesday Midweek Wayfarers G3 ride in such glorious sunshine (cool shades were a must) and replace the traditional pub lunch by a delicious BBQ hosted by Neil and Elaine Eason as well as Laurie Mutch.  Chris Williamson did a super job in leading 15 of us though the spectacular Farnham area countryside before returning to Neil’s place just in time as this latter was turning over the last Pirbright’s own butcher sausage on his massive gas BBQ. The banter and humour were at an all-time high throughout the ride, probably fuelled by the constant mileage countdown by a few of our hungry riders of how far we were from sinking our teeth into juicy beef burgers: 7 miles to go, 4 miles to go, etc. A fantastic and very inviting spread of food so kindly prepared

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Sunday All-day Intermediates 27th September

An excellent route, a visit to a place of interest, wall-to-wall sunshine and an excellent tea place. Many thanks, Hilary

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Wanted – Experienced cyclists for NEW leisure cycle club in Ash.

We have received the following request from Susan Keywood, the CTC Cycling Development Officer for Surrey and Hampshire, who is looking for people to help set up a club in the Ash area, would any of our members who live in that direction like to help?: About me My role is to set up community cycle clubs in the Blackwater Valley, as part of a funded project and Ash is one of my target areas. I have started to offer taster rides in Ash, to engage with residents and weigh up the interest. Well the interest is definitely present, so the next step is find people to lead the club, lead the rides, etc. As mentioned I have funds to help with start-up costs, for equipment, training people, etc. However, a cycle club needs people to run it, so I am keen to reach out to experienced cyclists who might live locally,

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Most people lose weight through cycling: I lost weight in order to cycle!

    Louise Gagnon writes… Sipping tea on a glorious September Sunday morning at the Seale coffee shop I met a gentleman who is likely to become the newest member of our Club. Very early in the conversation, Johnny mentioned that after a challenging period in his life he had ballooned to 19 stones (266 pounds). He vividly remembers that fateful morning of May 2014: “I felt awful going up a Surrey hill on my bike. My legs were hurting so badly that I climbed off my bike and had to stop”. “I was disappointed with myself and knew I had to do something about losing the weight as otherwise I would have to stop cycling. So a few weeks later I exchanged my hybrid for a road bike with drops and got on a strict diet that still enabled me to gradually increase my mileage”.  Superbly determined, Johnny kept

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Is Garmin myopia making us lose our group riding courtesy?

    Louise Gagnon writes…. I have been on club rides where over 60% of the group members are equipped with Garmin GPS pre-loaded with the day’s ride.  In theory, such abundance of riders in possession of the day’s ride is not problematic but it is in my view quite possibly gradually changing the way we ride as a group – and not for the better in some instances. My past 20 rides with our beloved club have left me with the occasional gnawing feeling that a wonderful tool such as pre-loaded GPS rides may just unconsciously lead us into occasional sloppy group riding. I think some of us have at times been led astray by the “HA- HGROG” syndrome (He’s Alright – He’s Got the Ride On his Garmin) or even worse, it’s close cousin “IA – IGROG” ( I am Alright – I’ve Got the Ride On my

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Possibly our Largest Pinkneys Green Ride Group Start

  Louise Gagnon writes….. A delightful ride yesterday at the Pinkneys Green remote start (near Maidenhead) with possibly our largest group in recent past  departing from that location; 25 riders making up the intrepid Wednesday Midweek Wayfarers G3 and G4 groups. Here are a few pics with captions:

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Tour of The Hills (2015) Catering Team – Another Good Year!

      Louise Gagnon writes …. Find below a few pics of the wonderful volunteers who assisted in making the TOTH a delectable experience for riders, marshalls and organisers alike. (Sorry to Sue Thorne; we have no pic of you; you must have been buzzing around so quickly after your Tour of the Greensands that we missed you!). Granted the team’s catering goal is to put a smile on the riders’ faces but why are all caterers, marshalls and organiser also grinning from ear to ear?  Because these smiles simply reflect oh so very well the West Surrey CTC club spirit at the Shere Hall on the day! The TOTH has proven over the years to be “the” event where the largest number of West Surrey club members conglomerate in a big team effort towards the same goal, that of making the TOTH AUDAX event a success. Much banter

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London to Brighton Cycle Ride – 3 places available

We have received the following letter from The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund: The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund has a team of ten cycling the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on Sunday 6th September 2015. We have filled seven of the places, but still have three places remaining. As the event is just three weeks away, we would love to fill all the places, so were wondering if you know of anyone who would like to ride the course for us – we are just asking that they either pay or raise sponsorship of £50. This will go towards either the General Fund of the Hospital, or St Lukes Cancer Centre – whichever the cyclist would prefer. This fundraising challenge starts in London and finishes 54 miles away on the Brighton sea front. There is a buffet lunch for all participants and the spirit of the event is ‘taking part’ not ‘winning’ so you go as fast

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