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The Sun Shone on the Elstead Audaxes

A hot sunny day provided ideal conditions for the Elstead, Danebury and Stonehenge Audax events run from Elstead Village Hall by our club members on Sunday. Unfortunately entries were down this year, which may have been due to an Evans Sportive from Woking. The Club Sunday All Day Riders turned out in force on the Danebury and only just made the control time due to stopping at too many ice cream parlours!

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G-BUG meeting 11 June

Help Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council improve cycling infrastructure and make cycling safer – 6pm 11th June, Guildford Council Chamber. Your chance to learn about planned cycling infrastructure (or the lack of) in the Guildford (Borough) Transport Strategy and ask the leading councillor questions. Number count, so your presence is important. Assume 60 to 90 minutes for the meeting. There is secure cycle parking outside the chamber, if the fixed loops are full, chain up to the railings.  The Suffragettes did, and they got the vote.  Make yours count.  

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Mayday Midweek 2018 – photos

Nine cyclists and three non-cyclists enjoyed a Tuesday-Friday ‘weekend’ (we’re nearly all retired these days) at The Bell House Hotel in Sutton Benger, near Chippenham in Wiltshire.  Here are a few of my photographs.  There are more (and larger) photos at Malmesbury Market Cross Paul, Angela, Sue, Pat, Dave, Hilary and Charles at Castle Combe Wild garlic Sue, Peter, Pat, Paul, Hilary, Angela, Charles and Dave at Calne 8 cyclists inside the ancient yew tree in Alton Priors churchyard (2 not visible) Our base. The Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon and Angela riding past.   Corsham Court yew hedge

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IOW Randonnée 2018

A few pics of of our G3 team cycling the 2018 IOW Randonnée – a fantastic ride in glorious weather.  Sorry no pics of the G4s who were also well represented!      

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Semaine Fédérale 2018

message from Bob McLeod:   I was with Fleetcycling today and they have extended an offer to our club members to join in with Fleetcycling’s camping area at the Semaine Fédérale. There are 8 of us from Fleet including me. The Semaine Fédérale is based in Epinal within the Voges region of France from 5 to 12 August. This will be splendid event with wonderful cycling routes for 7 days. We will camp/caravan/motorhome as group on the fédérale camp site situated 4 kms from the centre of the town. If interested please contact Colin Waters *protected email* and he will register you with Fleetcycling or advise you what to do. Please click here to read Paul Gillingham’s blog of last year’s event . Bob McLeod  

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G-BUG meeting postponed

The G-BUG meeting scheduled for 17 April has been postponed. Click here to read the Committee Report which was going to be discussed.    

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The Eddington Number

Here’s a link to a very interesting article for all cycling nerds out there, written by my Oxford Cycling UK friend and long-term cycling buddy Jon:

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Cornwall holiday

Hello everyone, I am looking to update and start to think about the cycle trip to Cornwall from Saturday the 3rd till 8th July 2018. (5 nights) Could anyone who is thinking of going let me know by email *protected email*, I need to have firm numbers by the 8th April to decide if we have sufficient numbers to go ahead. Please let me have an email address and contact number. To date, I understand that Sue and Paul Herber and Anne and Derek Tanner are coming. Please confirm as a number of people have dropped out for very legitimate and personal reasons! I would like to think that a viable number would be 8-10 for it to go ahead. Accommodation can be at the County Arms, Truro ( Having looked at several hotels this one seems to be the best suited to our needs.  They have ample bicycle storage and

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More archives uploaded, including the ‘snowy’ Icycle

I have uploaded more photos (from 2006) and more old runs lists (from 1983, 1988 and 1993).  You can find the details here: No-one claimed the free pint offered in my recent post.  Statement (1) was true, but 2006 was not one of those years.  The snow in the photo (2) was artificial – see the explanation on the 2006 photos webpage. Also on that webpage you will see that I have been unable to name all the entrants in the Surrey Hills Saunter.  Please help out if you can. Further, if you have any photos you think are worth archiving, please get in touch with me.

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Not the club ride

With the hour change and a beautiful sunny morning I was more interested in putting my feet up and watching the world not go by – as very little passes our house except the weather.  However after some nagging I was persuaded to get out on my bike.  I decided to take the camera and idle my way around to Bishop’s Castle and back by the scenic route along the Vale of Montgomery.  Somewhere along the way – well Churchstoke to be honest I – forgot to take the right turn – but so what, the road was smooth, what passes for flat around here and pretty much traffic free.  And the views? Worth getting out of bed for, though the climb out of Bishop’s Castle was a bit longer than I expected.  All the more reason to stop have a snack and take a few pictures. Montgomery Castle The road to Chirbury

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