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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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Exposed skin burns in 5 minutes near Bosham!

      Louise Gagnon writes . . . .    Who would have thought that (a) the awful weather forecasted 24 hours earlier could change so dramatically and so positively and (b) SPF factor 30 barely coped with the bright sun and 28.5 C ?! Riders came out of the woodwork and eagerly joined the two Johns (John Murdoch and John Child) as they led memorable remote start rides down from Rowlands Castle. The grade 3s led by John Child ventured thru Bosham, exploring the lovely lanes around the coastal area back to Chichester. A mere 47 miles given that we were “delayed” at the Bosham ferry crossing. We however made the best of this fallow time catching up with accounts of each other’s summer vacations.  As one rider so accurately pointed out, such remote start rides truly bring out the “kid out for the day to play” in

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Surrey Hills Society

(West Surrey CTC is a member of the Surrey Hills Society) Message from the Chairman, Surrey Hills Society Chris Howard writes…. Firstly, we have been asked by the National Trust Ranger at Leith Hill, Ruby Cole, to assist her in raising £6,000 for a newly restored drinking water fountain to be located by the Tower for the 600,000 visitors that come to this beautiful site each year, be they people, dogs or horses.  The water fountain is to mark the 250th birthday of Leith Hill Tower. I think this is a very appropriate project for the Surrey Hills Society to support, and easily achievable.  Ruby has already raised almost half of this sum but needs help to raise the balance. Secondly, the Prudential Ride London/Surrey event takes place on 10 August and we have been given two free places for sponsored charity cyclists. Our two riders for this year are the

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Hospice2Hospice Team Challenge

Shooting Star Chase invites CTC West Surrey Cycling Club to take on their team challenge! Emma Willshire writes…. Our Hospice2Hospice Bike Ride is our annual ride around Surrey taking place on Sunday 21st September and we would like to invite CTC West Surrey Cycling Club to join us for a charity ride with a difference! Our distances include 30, 60 and 80 mile routes passing through Bushy Park, Newlands Corner and Box Hill – a very similar route to Ride London-Surrey 100 and the Olympic Road Race. How you can get involved… CTC West Surrey Cycling Club have the chance to go head to head with other local clubs, corporate supporters and groups of keen cyclists to win a team celebration dinner at a surprise location! Each member of the team will also receive a selection of cycling goodies worth over £50! Our new Team Challenge package gives teams of six the chance to compete against other riders.

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3 cafés tour with Sunday Riders 27/07/14

      Bob McLeod writes….   Peter has just returned from holiday so is somewhat pushed for time. As I took these few snaps he has delegated the report to me, Bob.  I’m not a regular Sunday rider but Pauline was busy at Rustic Sunday in Tilford so I was a free agent for a whole day. Dane has claimed that their Sunday rides are no faster than group 4  so this was a chance to test that hypothesis. Farnham leisure centre is a good meeting place as the facilities including coffee are available and there was a triathlon transition from the bikes to watch; including some of those streamlined helmets rushing in. There were eight of us, all bar one of us identifiable from the pictures. My apologies to Chris Boggon who was on a very elegant recumbent, although being made of steel it didn’t stand a chance uphill.  Chris left after coffee at Sherfield

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Tour of the Hills – 17 August

    John Murdoch writes…   There is now less than a month to go before the Tour of the Hills, the Club’s major event of the year (and largest fundraiser by far), and one which is gaining an ever increasing reputation amongst clubs and riders.   Whilst Don is “El Supremo”, it is very much a club event, which means that it not only needs club support to make it happen, but it is also when the whole club – riders from all the different groups, as well as current non-riders but still very much club members – can get together, represent the club, work as a team, and have fun. The specific requirements are for:- Marshals – it is essential that we marshal a number of controls, otherwise the event simply cannot take place.  All that is required is that you turn up at a specified point and

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Video by Patrick Guinard – 16 July 2014

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Wednesday Ride ~ 23 July 2014

Our annual trip up the Basingstoke Canal / Wey Navigation to the Thames, then along the river to Richmond took place on one of the hottest days of the year. Very little tarmac was encountered, otherwise it would possibly have been necessary to comment on things like melting tarmac; instead suffice to say that the dust rose as we sped past, first the six members of ‘Group 4’, followed closely by a larger number of Group 3 riders who did more or less exactly the same route. This included a circuit of Richmond Park where the only hill of the day was encountered – two in fact if you look at the profile of the route on Garmin (http://connect.garmin.com/course/7359524). Thanks to John C for this. Rico’s Group 1 members took a different route but we all ended up in the same pub – The Anglers in Twickenham – for an

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