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Sunday Ride with the Sunday Riders ~ 13 April 2014

Another superb day of gorgeous spring weather and a fine route from Guildford to coffee at Newdigate, then lunch at RSPB Wigginholt (otherwise known as Pulborough Brooks) before the ride home. Once the legs got going it was brilliant and the previous Wednesday’s ‘suffer-fest’ no doubt helped to firm the legs up for this 124km ride, taken at a slightly slower pace; and what a difference that makes! Thanks, Clive, for leading it and sorry we lost you for a while. For a gpx of the route, see http://www.strava.com/activities/129889999

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Wednesday Ride ~ 9 April 2014

What a gorgeous day! But what a ‘suffer-fest’ too! I grovelled home after doing my biggest distance of the year so far – 146kms. So why didn’t I go round the block to make it up to 150? Hmm, I was well knackered and probably only made it in home in compus mentis mode thanks to Don’s Rich Tea biscuits – thanks, Don! Other than the suffering, it was a truly brilliant day and well done to Nick + son who rode even further than me – back to Haslemere. The ride started in Chobham, but the image shows my total trip. For a gpx of the route, go to http://www.strava.com/activities/128522010

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Three Newly Qualified Ride Leaders at West Surrey CTC

Louise Gagnon writes…. Well, “qualified” is a big word as we have no formal training syllabus for our ride leaders – contrary to what Wantage CTC asserts but more on this later. Anyhow, with the Rides Secretary’s blessing, Neil Eason who is one of our foremost ride leaders, went ahead and provided familiarisation training on how our club leads rides to three keen new volunteers. When the trainees felt ready for it Neil validated their suitability during a “check ride” and the Club Secretary submitted their candidacy for approval to CTC Head Office.This Wednesday, in the blistering April sunshine outside Savills Gardens, Neil spoke an inspiring few words and presented the new ride leaders with their “badge of office”. Although these badges are simply club-issued First Aid kits, Neil was quick to highlight that such kits are nonetheless “practical yet symbolic items which remind our 3 new leaders of the

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Cotswold (CTC) Weekend – 5-6 April 2014

Louise Gagnon writes….   Jules and I had found out about this CTC Cheltenham event on the CTC weekly Newsletter “Cycle Clips”.  And so off we went on what was a rather cloudy but rain free April Saturday morning, covering the journey to Cheltenham from Guildford in a mere 2 hours. We had a choice of rides to go on and after quickly ruling out the 75 miler and the family oriented 32 miler, we set off on one of the popular Intermediate rides. As always, it was the people that made the day so beautifully memorable. How incredible that despite that fact that we were from 8 different CTC groups, we all showed up pretty well dressed the same, with similarly attired bikes, rode pretty well in the same fashion, and all exuded typical CTC good humour and bonhomie (a French word from the 18th Century, bien sur).  Well done Cheltenham CTC! Looking over the Malvern Hills, following what is probably the longest uninterrupted single file in CTC’s

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The Bicycle Icycle 2014

The ride, which took place on Sunday 6 April, attracted 7 people (including the organiser and your scribe), five of whom were West Surrey riders. These were Claire Hooper, Peter Hackman, Clive Richardson, Chris Boggon and a friend of his, Andrew Grundy from Tadworth; and finally Trevor Strudwick, who used to be one of us but moved to south Wales a few years back. Trevor was here to remind himself how grotty and awful our local lanes can be; he was not to be disappointed!   The forecast was poor and it rained gently on the morning of the ride, leading up to the start. In fact, although most wore waterproofs during the ride, what rain there was was light. The weather could best be described as mild and dank. A thick mist surrounded Leith Hill and the higher parts of the Surrey Hills. It was not the kind of

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Woking~ Party in the Park ~ Saturday 5th July 2014

From: Matthew.Glazier@woking.gov.uk Subject: Party in the Park 2014 Dear all, We will be running another Party in the Park event this year on Saturday 5 July from 12pm – 6pm in Woking Park and we are now taking expressions of interest from all sports clubs in the Borough. For those of you who are unaware of the event please see information here which gives details about last years event – http://www.celebratewoking.info/aboutpartyinthepark2013.aspx. It is a family event with music, dance, food and sport, which would provide a fantastic chance for your club to advertise themselves to 8,000 local people. If you are able to attend would you be able to answer the following questions to express your interest: –       What activity would you be able to provide (any images you may have would be great)? –       Would you have support from your NGB to do this (I know some NGB’s have

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What do you love about cycling?

The Guardian writes quite a lot about cycling. Here’s a link to their cycling pages with the opportunity to contribute your thoughts: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/02/what-do-you-love-about-cycling?CMP=twt_gu

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Farnham Wayfarers Ride, Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Leader Liz Palethorpe writes… It was very difficult to keep track of the participants, but here goes! Nine people turned up at the Maltings: Liz, Marion, Carol, Angela and Dave, John, Dave, Jonathan and “Million Mile Russ”. On hearing that the coffee stop was at Selborne, Russ immediately decided he would make his own (circuitous) way there. We picked up Roger as we went through Rowledge thereby allowing him an extra half hour in bed. As we got going again one of the riders stopped without warning to pick something up he had spotted in the road, Disc Brake Dave stopped OK, but John cannoned into him and deposited him (Dave) in a heap in the middle of the road. As nobody at the front had noticed this circus act, the front group rode on. Liz then decided to deviate from the route worked out with Roger and rode through

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Cyclists Required for Road Safety Trials at Dunsfold Track

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL, www.trl.co.uk) is currently recruiting participants to take part in some Road Safety Trials which they are running on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) at the Dunsfold Park Track (home of Top Gear) in Cranleigh, Surrey. The trials will be taking place during April and May this year and they are seeking mainly cyclists (aged 18 or over) and some car drivers to take part. You could earn up to £60!

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Wednesday Intermediates Ride ~ 19 March 14

Good numbers out today despite the weather not quite knowing what it was going to do. In the end it turned into a sunny afternoon. Forsaking the faster section on this occasion, your scribe started the ride at Watts Gallery’s tea shop and joined the intermediate group for a pleasant ride south to Loxwood, via Bramley, Thorncombe Street and Dunsfold. You can view the route here: http://www.strava.com/activities/122092424 Lunch was taken at the Onslow Arms on the canal at Loxwood and we were able to sit outside which is always a bonus. After lunch we all rode on to Plaistow where the group split up bound for our various final destinations. Mention should be given to Carol who was last seen heading off with Miriam towards the Blackdown massif muttering about the need to ‘get the miles in’. Good on yer, Carol!  

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