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Stonehenge 2014

Peter Hackman writes…. Thank you to all our participants without whom Nick, Marion, Bob and I would have had a very boring day! Here are some photos of the occasion. As well as the wild and very fierce animals we were treated to a bit of culture…Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The first time I’ve seen a pianist wearing cleated shoes!! Peter Hackman

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Ride Leaders: Sunday 8 June

    Helen Juden writes…. It’s great to see so many people out enjoying themselves on bikes, though sharing the roads with mass-participation rides can be rather tricky. If you are leading on Sunday 8 June, please bear in mind the routes of these other events: Wiggle Surrey and Sussex Scramble Liphook Charity Ride The hyperlinks go to route information about these events. Many thanks, Helen Juden 01428 683302

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Escaped Animals Seen on the Danebury

Bob McLeod reports seeing a couple of cycling animals on the Danebury yesterday. He suspects they escaped from the Alresford Watercress event!

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The Elstead 100 – 2014

Louise Gagnon writes…. Elstead Audax 100 organisers took an exceedingly dim view over rumours of illegal drug usage.  Here Peter Hackman is pictured after one successful intervention. Thanks Peter for keeping this great annual event drugs-free! [ All joking aside, thanks to Nick Davison, Marion Davison, and Peter Hackman for organising such a wonderful event. The route was beautifully scenic, mostly traffic-free and also somewhat pothole-free as we rode mostly in Hampshire.  As always the presence of other riders coming from far and wide made the real difference. A gorgeous sunny day and 23 C really boosted our spirits as well.   Marion, thanks for the refreshments. If I were you I’d get Peter to assist with dishes; he seems so highly capable.

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Wednesday Intermediates A Ride to Burnham Beeches

This was the ride done by the Intermediates ‘A’ group, for want of a better description; group participants were: Louise Gagnon, Alex  Nash, Neil Eason, John Child, Keith Ricketts (ride leader), Phil Gasson – one of our newest riders – welcome Phil! – Laurie Mutch and your scribe Mark Waters. An improving weather picture, forecast earlier in the week, for once met expectations: so we, who were lucky enough to be free to come out and ride today, were gifted a most glorious day – and make the most of it we did! Chobham was the starting point and we were heading north to Buckinghamshire and Burnham Beeches, via Windsor, Eton, Datchet and Dorney, where we had elevenses at Bressingham Garden Centre.  You can find details of the ride here: http://www.strava.com/activities/141045372                                      

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West Surrey CTC in Powys – more photos

On Tuesday we did a ride from Lake Vyrnwy … … visiting Pistyll Rhaeadr. Then on Wednesday we explored the twisty, hilly lanes heading for Caersws.    

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West Surrey CTC in Powys

We’ve been quite lucky with the weather so far. On Saturday we cycled along the Montgomeryshire Canal and visited both Welshpool and Newtown. Sunday was a grey day with quite a few showers around;  not good for photographs.  We visited Montgomery with its castle, the town of Bishop’s Castle, and cycled to the top of the road that crosses the Stiperstones ridge, at which point we saw a large grey cloud heading our way and ran for home.  That was the one shower that got us, and we only had our waterproofs on for half an hour. On Monday we rode to Llanfair Caereinion and then meandered around the hills between Welshpool and Lake Vyrnwy.

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Train assisted ride – 16th April

Train-assisted rides are great for getting outside your normal orbit, but surely not as far as Canada! Helen led a group from Haslemere station via Linchmere, Redford and Iping to Aylings Garden Centre at Trotton, where a fair few West Surrey CTC members were easily outnumbered by Portsmouth CTC. Many, sunny, twisty miles later (on wings of speed?) we arrived here:   Is there any truth in the rumour that we left one small piece of black PVC tape stuck to the signpost? From Quebec more twists and turns heading east at the foot of the South Downs took us to Cocking, where an excellent, though not cheap, lunch was provided by the Bluebell Inn.  Then a few more such lanes before turning north through Selham and Lodsworth to Gospel Green.  Some returned to Haslemere while others accepted Helen’s invitation to tea with hot cross buns at her home by

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The Surrey Hills Society

This is just to let you know that West Surrey CTC is now a member of the Surrey Hills Society. We use their logo so it was considered appropriate that we joined, and doubly so since a good proportion of our rides take place in the lovely Surrey Hills. Their letter of welcome is shown below. Should you wish to take part in any of the events they lay on, I am sure that you can. If you need to quote a membership number then, the number is 798/0.

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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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