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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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West Surrey Cycle Clothing – New Order

      A new order for West Surrey cycle clothing will shortly be placed, so now is the time to refresh your own cycling wardrobe. The committee have agreed to provide a generous discount on all clothing, to encourage West Surrey members to wear our own branded kit.  This subsidy includes a commitment to cover the cost of any surcharges levied by our supplier for low order volumes, which means for the first time we can quote a guaranteed price for reach item, no matter what quantity is ordered. Our ability to provide this subsidy results from the profits made on club events such as the Tour of the Hills, and our wish to give this back for the benefit of members.  Therefore, those who helped out on events this year can be rewarded for their contribution, and those who did not can also benefit, and no doubt make

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Porto Pollensa apartment

Alison has posted a new slideshow of her holiday apartment in Porto Pollensa on the ‘For Sale and Wanted’ page. have a look at it here

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Louise in Canada:

To fellow West Surrey-ites, Just to let you know how our old pal Louise is doing back home in Ottawa. She’s flying the flag as always for safer and more inclusive cycling, The link below shows one of her four volunteer jobs, riding a £7,000 Danish bike and helping to give the old folk a lot of pleasure:   click here to see video She sends her friends in the club her very best wishes.   Paul Gillingham

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The Dole Run – in praise of Granny rings

The phone rings on Tuesday evening. “Are you coming out on the Dole Run?” “Yes.” “That’s good. Do you like hills?” “They’re ok.” “Meet at Brooks Cycles, Welshpool at….” “10am?” “Yes that’s right. See you tomorrow.” “Until tomorrow then.” Just after 9am I set out for Welshpool, nervously wondering what I had let myself in for. I had been reassured that the Dole Run was a more civilised pace and more social. Arriving at the shop in good time I went in and there was one person waiting – Yogi. We introduced ourselves and I met the shop owner as well. Brooks Cycles is a sponsor of the club. In the end six of us turned up, two of whom I knew and we set off just after 10am. We did a tour around the block to arrive within 20 yards from where we started and then turned into Church

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Guildford Travel Club

Most of our West Surrey CTC members are travellers, so I thought you might be interested in seeing this year’s programme for the Guildford Travel Club, with the season beginning October 3rd. There are some fab journeys with excellent speakers. GTC-Programme-2017-18  

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Cornwall holiday 2018

Hello everyone, I am organizing a cycling holiday for riders from the West Surrey CTC to Cornwall from Saturday the 3rd till 8th July 2018. (5 nights) Accommodation will be at the County Arms, Truro (countyarmstruro.co.uk). Having looked at several hotels this one seems to be the best suited to our needs.  They have ample bicycle storage and parking for cars. All rooms are standard en suite with a double or twin beds. The price covers Bed and breakfast although this can be optional.  They have a varied menu for evening meals if you choose to eat in but there are other options locally. If you have any questions please contact me on my email address below or ask when I next see you. The price below includes a 10% discount on NEXT year’s prices and is only for members of our group who wish to go. (Not yet listed

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Sunday All-Day Intermediates Ride to Bosham

Sunday 24th September turned out to be a glorious day for a bike ride. And where better to head for than the coast! So off we set from Petersfield – that is Derek and Anne, David and Helen, Angela, Peter, Roger and your scribe, along with course creator and ride leader Hilary. It’s always good to get away from one’s home area and it seems to me that groups are doing ‘train assisted’ rides more often these days. Personally I hope it’s a taste of more to come. Hilary found some beautiful lanes to get us to coffee at Stansted House, which is a delightful place to stop for refreshments, after which the route flattened out as we continued south. It wasn’t long before we reached Bosham to find that the tide was out, allowing us to ride round the shore road. It was all highly photogenic …. We still

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The Club Ride “B” group that wasn’t

After 4 weeks the house is coming along well and some progress is being made on my workshop so I thought I would see what the local cycle club Sunday Club Ride was like. I emailed the contact and was told, “It’s the CX season with a race on the same day, so only a B group ride this week. You would be most welcome to join us. Flash 9:30 Welshpool.” Flash turned out to be the leisure centre. Sounds ok so I plotted a route to the start. Most of the routes are hilly but the A road between Newtown and Welshpool isn’t and shouldn’t be too busy on a Sunday morning. At the allotted hour I set off on the luxo-cruiser thinking that I did not want to set high expectations by going on the grin machine. I also wanted a granny ring for the hills. On reaching

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