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Manifestos by the candidates for Chairman

Here are the two manifestos prepared by Laurie Mutch and Mark Waters.  Please don’t forget to come to the AGM on 15th November at 10:00am at the Jack Phillips pub in Godalming.   West Surrey CTC should adopt a forward-looking programme following the excellent progress made in 2014. With the continuing growth in cycling popularity, the club offers an important service to the community within our designated postal codes. Our excellent new website now provides a valuable marketing and promotion tool and we should continue to enhance this. In addition, consideration will be given to appointing a sub-committee to explore other ways of attracting new members, both within our current age group and younger riders. It is important that we continue the ride leaders training programme, given that we offer some 30 different rides each month. A ride leaders’ workshop will again be proposed for early 2015 to share valuable

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Guildford & Godalming Wayfarers Ride ~ 19 October 2014

It would have been difficult to find an excuse not to get out today. Mid-October and it’s shorts and short sleeves mode still – wonderful! That said, there was plenty of water around and care was needed on slippery roads. Nevertheless, the countryside was looking quite wonderful even though light levels were low, leading to some pretty fuzzy photos. People out were Peter the leader, another Peter, Geoff, Hilary, Chris Jeggo and Roger; then at the Rural Life Centre cafe, we found Sue, Angela and David. People went in various directions after coffee and giant slabs of fruit cake. After intending to go one way, I ended up going another and so endured the climb up Beacon Hill Road to Hindhead, to be rewarded by that lovely descent round the Punchbowl and down to Brook. A fabulous half day ride -only about 47kms in my case but just right; hope

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halow250

  Good afternoon, I would like to introduce to you a unique and exciting charity bike ride and an opportunity to make a real difference to young people with a learning disability in Surrey. I am contacting you from local charity the halow project to let you know about our annual charity bike now in its fourth year, takes place from the 1st may – 3rd May 2015. The halow250 is a challenging and highly rewarding cycling adventure from London to Guildford via France. 250 miles in 48 hours through Surrey, Hampshire and quiet roads in Northern France. Our Patron Damon Hill OBE completed the ride last year and is hoping to do the same this year, he is keen to help us to make 2015 the year our peloton reaches 100. We would love to get more local people involved in our ride and we are hoping to have everyone signed

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Recommended local contacts

We are proposing to put a page on the website listing shops or other cycling related services that members would recommend. If you have had your bike serviced, or know of a really helpful mechanic, let us know and we will add them to the list. Please *protected email* me here with your suggestions. Thanks John Child

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Saddle up for Air Ambulance bike ride

    Cyclists are being urged to get on their bikes for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s annual Double 100 Cycle Challenge this Sunday (September 28th). The Double 100 is a 100-mile or 100km ride which starts and finishes at the helicopter bases at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey. Air Ambulance doctors, paramedics and staff members are among more than 200 riders who have signed up so far with more welcome to enter now or on the day. This year’s ride will include two new circular routes through the counties covered by the air ambulance and marks the first anniversary of the launch of the life-saving charity’s night flying service. Last year’s event raised more than £12,000 and the air ambulance is aiming to double its success this year with a new starting point at the charity’s Marden headquarters. Event project manager Julie Clare said: We are

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Lights to be Seen, and Lights to See.

      Pat Daffarn writes. . . . LIGHTS TO BE SEEN are so that cars don’t take you out – start with reflectors on pedals, rear and front, they are very effective, then add flashing lights front and rear.  Flashing allows car drivers and other cyclists to differentiate cyclists from distant cars.  Legally the reflectors and lights must be fixed to your bike and can be enhanced with reflective clothing. LIGHTS TO SEE are so you can steer round objects and holes on and off road – more bright (and expensive) than Lights To Be Seen, however good cycle lights can be used for other tasks – sailing, skiing and around the home, so when you decide what you want, consider all the other uses it may have, which makes it more affordable.  A good LIGHTS TO SEE comparison  is on the Wiggle site, 12% discounted in the CTC shop, but do shop around. You might like to

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Chawton ride Wed 10 Sept

      Neil Eason writes . . .   Another sunny and warm September day greeted a mix of 18 G3 and G4 riders. The route through the N Hants lanes provided some stunning vistas, quite a few hills(!) and some notable landmarks including Jane Austen’s house, Ropley Station on the Watercress Line ( our steam buffs/nerds lingered far too long here but it was magic! ), and the Civil War site of the Battle of Cheriton. The Bucks Head at Meonstoke on the River Meon proved to be an excellent choice although it was noticeable that the first climb after lunch was taken at a somewhat more sedate pace than normal! Thanks to all who participated in a very enjoyable trip – let’s do it again next year! Neil

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Are You Being Followed?

    Louise Gagnon writes . .  .     The CTC has many long honoured best practices that have stood the test of time. One of them is that at junctions, each rider should check that there is still another rider following, and, if not, wait at the junction.  Makes sense and this is why we have also put this good advice in our Group Riding Guidelines as well (Art.20).   But what if the person in front does not heed this time honoured CTC practice? Well, an empty junction with many options – such as this one – is what you are likely to find yourself confronted with.  Bah, humbug! Of course, this is a whole lot of no fun, specially if it is a cold winter… But if it is summer, sunny and 22C, you can always do like the infamous lost 5 riders (all ride leaders

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Sunday Intermediates ~ 24 August 2014

It was a bit of a chilly start for August – last night in Northern Ireland it was minus 2º! Nevertheless it was sunny and a large, cheerful crowd gathered in Godalming in readiness for the Tanner’s Hilly One! And that’s how it turned out to be: it was good to ride some of the Bicycle Icycle / Greensand route – some in the reverse direction – which of course is a delightful route. It was brilliant to ride up Tanhurst Lane, something I personally hadn’t done for a good number of years: it was still just as good. We took our time over the ride and needed to wait for quite some time on a couple of occasions due to mechanical and gradient issues so Derek changed the lunchstop from Shamley Green to the Volunteer in Holmbury. And very nice it was too – they were busy but they

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A Day in Pictures – Tour of the Hills 2014 (Audax)

  Louise Gagnon writes . . . .          

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