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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride – 24 March

Now in its sixteenth year, our Phil Hampton Memorial Ride this year will take place on Saturday 24th March.  With this ride we commemorate the life of Phil Hampton who was tragically killed while cycling in 2002.   We ask for a minimum donation of £5 and all money raised is sent to The Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists but which now covers all aspects of cycling and the law. Refreshments will be available at the start and finish, and there are also several pubs along both routes. TIME & DATE: 10am SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2018 STARTS FROM: Medstead Village Hall, grid ref SU659369, postcode GU34 5LG APPROXIMATE DISTANCES: 30 or 50 miles, and the routes are the same as last year; route instructions are available to download on the Cycling UK North Hampshire website Pre-entries would be much appreciated so we may better estimate numbers for catering.  To enter

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Guildford Borough Council consultation

Guildford Borough Council are currently holding a public consultation on a number of proposals designed to improve travel around Guildford. One proposal on which our members may wish to comment even if they don’t live in Guildford is to install traffic lights for pedestrians and cyclists at the roundabout A31/A331 where the cycle route from Tongham to Runfold crosses the A31. Anyone interested can find further details at:  

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News from west West Surrey

After a longish absence from the saddle due to many and long trips to Plymouth, the Christmas/New Year hiatus, Welsh rain, and wind, and unbelievably muddy and soggy roads I finally made it out, not once but twice this week.  It is absolutely time to reacquaint myself with hills already climbed and to acquaint myself with new ones.  Walking the new dog just does not help with what they call hills around here and what some of us might call absolute beasts of climbs. Tuesday was a ride of chores – the notary and post office in the nearby village, though the puddle on the Hill Road meant I went around the hill via mucky farm (it lived up to its nickname) and then down to the town via the Kerry Road – a road that I had wanted to try out as it offered a different way into town.  One might

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G-Bug next meeting, 30th January

Open Meeting with Surrey Police Tuesday 30th Jan, 6pm @ GBC Offices An important meeting with the police and Guildford Borough Council is taking place in the main Council Chambers on 30th January to discuss cycling issues in Guildford. We would like as many cyclists as possible to attend and to contribute to the debate. Some of the topics to be discussed include the following: Close passing #TooCloseForComfort Campaign: how can G-Bug help Surrey Police. How can people cycling help the police address the few deliberate aggressive people driving and also those who are perhaps unaware of their actions. What information do the Police need and in what format to take up the case. How can we break down the “cyclist vs car driver” mentality Does Surrey Police support better cycling and walking facilities and is there anything they can do to help push the case at a council level.

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Old Rides Lists

I have added three more old rides lists to the archives, from 20 years ago, 25 years ago and 30 years ago. Happy New Year!

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An Essential Spare

In the latest Audax UK magazine ‘Arrivée’ there is an article by Neil Goldsmith about his experiences as principal mechanic at the remote Eskdalemuir control assisting the 1500 riders on the 2017 London-Edinburgh-London ride. Here is an excerpt from it. “We had one rider who had broken his gear hanger. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do for him. All carbon, aluminium and many titanium frames have replaceable gear hangers. A gear hanger is a sacrificial part designed to break to save the frame. There are around 200 variations of gear hanger and bike shops buy them in to order. It is a roadside repair to change a gear hanger if you have one with you, and impossible without a hanger which fits. Gear hangers are easily sourced online. I regard them as an essential spare to carry along with spare tubes.” They are very small and light and can

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Cycling the Lee Valley (Olympic) Velodrome

We have an opportunity to make a block WSCTC booking for a track session at the Lee Valley (Olympic) Velodrome in Stratford.  This would involve an 80 minute exclusive session for 16 riders, to include bike/helmet hire, instruction on velodrome cycling, and the chance for each rider to do an individual timed lap and see their name up in lights on the scoreboard.  Anyone who has had the chance to cycle at the Velodrome before will know that it is a great experience. I have made a provisional reservation with the Velodrome for a session at 6pm on Friday 2 February, but need to get back to them to confirm this very shortly. This would allow us to get to the venue without too much involvement in the rush hour crush, and to finish early enough to enjoy some much-needed refreshment after the session. The cost would be £53 per

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West Surrey member publishes cycle-touring book

While the Sunday All-Day Intermediates were enjoying elevenses at Pilgrim Cycles at West Humble who should walk in but long-standing member Clive Williamson. I expect that very few reading this will remember him, for he is now 86 and says that he no longer keeps up with club rides.  To jog your memories you could look at the first two photographs on this archive page.  He lives in Walton and rode with the Weybridge Wheelers until that club’s demise, and now he is a member of Little Ron’s club, the Hounslow and District Wheelers. Only a couple of months ago he published a book describing a selection of his many world-wide cycle tours.  ‘Life Cycle’ is a substantial, well-produced paperback describing 18 tours widely scattered across the northern hemisphere, and is well illustrated with photographs and maps.  Many of the tours were solo, or with a single companion, enabling/requiring Clive

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Rastatt cycling trip

Many years ago, Rico Signore and Geoff Smith organised a twinning trip with Rastatt in Germany, and those who were fortunate enough to go will recall it as an unforgettable experience. That city are now planning a very special tour next year to celebrate their 50th such event, and again have invited friends from Woking, as well as their other twin town of Ostrov in the Czech Republic.  The plan is for the tour to take place from 29th August to 10th September 2018, and the invitation is for 3 cyclists from our club, plus a car driver to provide support.  The tour will start with a special welcome in Rastatt, followed the next day with a drive to Orange in France, another twin town.  There will be another welcome in Orange, for those who have recovered sufficiently from the night before. The cycling starts the following day from the

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Safe cycling routes in Guildford. Tell the council what you think about their new plans

Surrey Council have released their plans for a new Sustainable Movement Corridor (West) to help improve sustainable travel from the Research Park to the station. Please help us make it better by commenting today   We think the plans don’t go far enough and we need your help to improve the route for those who want to cycle this route safely. Have a look at the plans here and then go to the Surrey Council website to make your voice heard by this Sunday 29th October. Here’s some of our feedback that you might want to include in your response: The planned SMC(West) will have many stops and delays for cyclists. It is essential to minimise waiting times at junctions, exits etc, otherwise cyclists will be tempted to take risks, or just stay on the road, and the plans will not create a significant modal shift. Priority must be given to

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