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Wednesday Ride ~ 2 July 2014

A good number of riders turned up at Petersfield for the start of this week’s Wednesday ride. Car / train assisted rides, where you get the chance to ride some different roads to those in our immediate vicinity, are popular with many and Petersfield, whilst not too far away, gives access to some quiet and potentially lumpy lanes in north Hampshire. After coffee in the Square in Petersfield, the group split into a couple of groups; the fast boys and girls disappeared up the road and your scribe, having climbed no more than two short hills in the past month, decided to opt for an easier day with the Group 3 riders. The weather was lovely – summer has definitely arrived – and the countryside was looking quite delightful as the photos below amply describe. Laurie was our leader so thanks to him for this – never an easy job,

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Ardèche tour

William Lowries’s trip to the Ardèche (click on the video link to view):  

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Farnham Wayfarers on Sunday 8th June

    Arthur Twiggs writes ….   The Farnham Wayfarers enjoyed the good weather on Sunday with a venture into the territory of our Guildford and Woking colleagues instead of the tranquil leafy lanes of Hampshire. This was a straightforward ride to Guildford using some of the North Downs Way and the Downs Link down to Shamley Green – along with lots of families trying to interest their kids in a healthy life style. I usually get some feed back but this time it ranged from “ooh I’ve never been through there before” to “ I blame the bloody ride leader”. It was also a cultural event as shown by the attached photos.

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Endurance tales for your inner adrenalin junkie from Sean Conway

        Nick Davison writes…. Watched Bear Grylls’ TV show The Island and wondered if you’ve got what it takes to survive the toughest of environments? Here’s your chance to gain an insight into the mind of one man who’s proven time and time again he can go the distance…  This June, soak up the exhilarating tales of extreme endurance adventurer and history-maker Sean Conway. You might just find yourself packing your bag for your own big challenge! With a quirky take on extreme sports and challenges, Sean’s adventures have varied from climbing Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin, to cycling 16,000 miles through 6 continents in 116 days (most of which was done with a fractured spine after getting run over by a truck in America). To top it all off, he recently made the record books by becoming the first person in history to swim the length of Britain! 

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More Dunsfold cycle trials

The Transport Research Laboratory is undertaking more trials at Dunsfold in June:

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Backyard Bliss on a Thursday ride?!

      Louise Gagnon writes….     A Wednesday ride being postponed to Thursday?  Now this is most unusual but a good call that the Group Leader of the Woking Midweek Wayfarers, John Murdoch, saw fit to make given the abysmal weather forecast on Met Office and BBC news right up to 9:30 AM yesterday.  A disappointment I am sure for the unlucky few who could not re-schedule and ride with us today. All in all a fantastic day, complete with: bright sun and 21C (cool shades essential) a fantastic bunch of 13 riders working as a team a little historical visit and briefing at the former Royal Canadian Air Force Station Dunsfold  circumventing Guildford for 54 miles, hence the ride name of Backyard Bliss 54 (see Garmin Connect link: http://connect.garmin.com/course/6816542 trying out Chris Juden’s technique of “human signposting”; everyone loved it. Makes for a smooth flowing, uninterrupted ride

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Wednesday Intermediates Isle of Wight Ride ~ 28 May 2014

The weather didn’t disappoint – it was out to get us from the start! But we still had a great day and it actually stopped raining during the afternoon. Good company, good riding and good food probably sums up the day as well as any other words one could write. Members present: Chris Williamson, Louise Gagnon, Mark Waters, Steve Bethell (guest), John Child, Alex Nash, Jo Stokes, Hilary Stephenson, Laurie Mutch, Noel Boyd, Brian King & Ian …. We took the Fishbourne car ferry from Portsmouth at 10am, so it was a relatively late start. The car park opposite the terminal cost £8 for the day. Do book the ferry online in advance to save an ‘admin charge’ which doubles the cost of a ticket – £10.20 return for senior railcard holders. John was our noble leader and an excellent job he did too! We headed pretty much south to

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Guildford-Windsor-Henley

    Peter Hackman writes….. Chris, Sonny, John, Peter, Julian, Clive and Peter ventured to the Theatre Chocolate Shop in Windsor. Unable to resist the temptation of yet more chocolate 4 of us braved the rigours of The Chilterns to try the sister cafe in Henley. Is it possible to overdose on chocolate?  

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5 New Ride Leaders Qualify in Spring 2014

    Louise Gagnon writes…   You probably recall seeing the picture of three grinning “brand new” ride leaders in an earlier blog article dated 10 Apr 14 (in case you’ve missed it, I have re-inserted the picture below). Well, we are proud to welcome in our ranks two more who have recently qualified: Chris Williamson and Laurie Mutch. Both come to us already well experienced in leading/monitoring group rides. Chris ride leads every Sunday with the Dorking Cycling Club while Laurie has long earned his spurs as a Marshall with the annual biggest bike race in the world (35,000 entries in 2013), the Cape Argus in Cape Town, South Africa.  Their new role as ride leaders became official when our the Club Secretary Nick Davison wrote to them recently: ” I confirm that you have been registered with the CTC as a Ride Leader for CTC West Surrey.  May

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Closed roads don’t deter the Sunday Riders!

Peter Hackman writes….     Six of us rode to Hook from Farnham for coffee and thence a big loop to Sherfield on Loddon in the hope of meeting up with the South Berks CTC riders. However due to a delayed departure from Farnham, a closed canal bridge to negotiate, a puncture and an encounter with a mole we didn’t arrive at Sherfield Garden Centre until 2:30, by which time the South Berks must have left. The closed bridge entailed man/woman handling the bikes over barriers, across ditches and along pipes and wooden planks to avoid a detour! Having successfully struggled to replace Heidi’s tyre after a puncture we encounterd a mole trying to eat a worm by the roadside quite oblivious to passing cars. Eventually John encouraged it back onto the verge with the aid of his pump. Our route took us past the Roman walls at Silchester and

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